April 26, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 17

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Fiesta fun makes scholarships possible for two Health Careers High School students


Health Careers High School students Angelic Escobedo and Raymundo Rendon will receive scholarships from the Health Science Center at the annual Fiesta de Tejas event April 27.

Angelic Escobedo has always wanted to enter a health care profession.

As a youngster suffering from diabetes, Escobedo spent a lot of time in the care of physicians. Like many patients, she sometimes felt ignorant about medical jargon and hospital procedures and wanted to know more. Now as a senior at Health Careers High School (HCHS), she is learning what being on the other side of the stethoscope is like and is beginning to understand how complex and demanding it is to treat patients.

"I now see that being in the medical profession is more than curing the sick," said Escobedo. "It also is about understanding the patient's needs and making the patient aware of what is happening."

Raymundo Rendon's perspectives on health care also have changed during his time at HCHS. A student with above-average grades in middle school, Rendon found himself struggling during his freshman year at the magnet school. His interest in science motivated him to persevere, and today he is taking advanced courses and preparing for graduation and college. Rendon hopes to become a veterinarian, and Escobedo is working toward a degree in nursing.

The Health Science Center annually provides scholarships to students from HCHS to help make possible their health career educations. These scholarships are made possible with money raised at the Health Science Center's annual Fiesta de Tejas event. Rendon and Escobedo were chosen, each to receive a $500 scholarship. Rendon already has plans to use the award for a new computer to take to college. Escobedo said she will put the money toward nursing school tuition.

The scholarship checks will be presented to the two students during Fiesta de Tejas at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, on the main stage at the Health Science Center recreational area.