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Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

Two Watson Junior High students were recently honored by Texas Tech University and Whataburger with the Whataburger Winners Circle award.
Eighth grader Jaxson Burrus, son of Justin and Jennifer Burrus, is involved in a variety of activities. He plays trumpet in the band, is active in athletics with football as his favorite sport, and the Gifted and Talented program where he recently participated in a quick-thinking project for an event.

Courtesy Photo/Hollye Hooten

Jaxson is a member of 4-H and plans to show a Holstein in the next stock show.
“I’m very thankful I was selected for the program,” Jaxson said.
Sixth grader Aubree Peralez, daughter of Pablo Parelez and Karina Avila, is an enthusiastic fan of sports, especially basketball where she likes to play defense.
As part of their Whataburger Winners Circle award, Aubree and Jaxson each received four free tickets to a Texas Tech/Baylor game, where they were honored along with other area students during half time. Both were proud to announce that Tech won.
Aubree’s favorite subject is math. “I like putting equations into a problem and trying to solve it, getting our minds set on where everything must go,” she said.
Aubree added, “I’m really glad that I got picked to show others they can do it on their own, and to know how it feels to go to a Texas Tech game.”
According to a release from Texas Tech University and Whataburger, the program honors students who are good citizens, conscientious individuals who are achieving to the best of their abilities. Qualities that are rewarded include attending class on time, improving academically, being a good citizen, completing all their homework and being respectful in class.
Teachers selected two students each from 6th, 7th and 8th grade to be considered for the award, according to Hollye Hooten, student services coordinator.
“Their parents were so excited,” Hooten said. “They had a good time and were honored for their actions, behavior and hard work.”
The Whataburger Winners Circle program has been in place at Muleshoe for several years.

Courtesy Photo/Hollye Hooten
Jaxson Burrus, left, and Aubree Peralez display their certificates from Whataburger recognizing them as member of the Whataburger Winners Circle program.
Rhea Gonzales


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