Ryan Baumgartner - MHS

Ryan Baumgartner
Memorial High School
College/School: University of Texas at Austin
Career Goal: Petroleum Engineering


Ryan has been a Student Council representative for four years and served as vice president and recording secretary on the Executive Board of the Student Body. A member of the National Honor Society, he won the Lawrence Tech Award for Excellence in Science and Math. Ryan is a Mustang Student Mentor.

He is active in YoungLife and played varsity football and basketball.

Ryan writes, “Although born and raised in Texas with my American father and Arabic mother, I can’t help but be concerned about the Syrian half of my family struggling to cope with the terror and danger of the country’s civil war, and wonder if things would be different if Syria was as oil-rich as, say, Libya. For better or worse, oil plays a part in every aspect of my life. And the older I get, the more certain and passionate I become that the particulars of the oil industry will also shape my career.”

Ryan plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study petroleum engineering.

2013 Diane Jackson Scholarship Winner
A longtime employee of Spring Branch ISD, Diane Jackson was a dear friend to many here and in Austin. She was a staunch supporter of public education and passionate advocate for SBISD. She spent many of her days every two years in Austin during the Texas Legislature, helping the district and state lawmakers remain connected. She died three years ago, but her friends and co-workers have kept her spirit alive by continuing to honor graduating seniors with scholarships in her name. 

Diane herself left a financial gift to SBEF for this very purpose.

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