Chinh Pham - SWHS

Chinh Pham
Spring Woods High School
College/School: University of Texas at Austin
Career Goal: Visual Art Studies and Computer Science


Chinh is a member of the Student Council, Spring Woods High School Yearbook Staff and one incredible photographer. He was a national finalist in the Nikon Student Photography Contest, won the Reserve Grand Champion Photography Contest at the Houston FFA Live Stock Show, and several other photo awards.

Math teacher Diane Hudson writes, “Chinh’s pictures are not of grand, obvious items. They are of ordinary life, depicted deeply and beautifully. Walking past the same scenes others pass by, Chinh will see a story where others see none. He wields his camera as a poet would a pen.”

Chinh understands the value of hard work and dedication. As he so brilliantly puts it, “Learning alone makes you go fast. But learning together makes you go far with a spirit full of unity, creativity and responsibility.” This fall, he will begin studies in visual arts and computer science at the University of Texas at Austin.

2013 Rachel Pendray Scholarship Winner
A former student at Spring Woods High School, Rachel Pendray attended Sam Houston State University, where she was involved with cheerleading and she pursued the study of nursing.

In the reading used to present her scholarship, the following was stated: “There were many ways in which Rachel made herself known – she was involved with swim team and diving, was active in her church, and was a friend to everyone she met. She did not know a stranger and was an inspiration to many. Rachel was always laughing and smiling, giving support to those who might be down, and she left a permanent memory of a beautiful girl whose shining face and loving heart touched our lives forever . . . and whose smile was occasionally mixed with a crazy silly grin, pushed up nose and tongue sticking out . 

“While Rachel’s life ended too soon, her short time with us made a tremendous impact on all whose path she crossed. We are excited to present three worthy students the chance to begin their college career while carrying on Rachel’s memory and working towards a future that would make Rachel proud. We ask our honorees to please accept this donation towards your future in honor of a wonderful young lady – study hard, smile a lot and represent Rachel in a way that will make her and her family and friends honored to be a part of your future.”

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