From left: Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor; Bianca Bravo, LSC-University Park; Janeth Del Carmen Castellanos, LSC-Tomball; Jessica Tovias, LSC-North Harris; Diego Zaragoza, LSC-CyFair; Chelsea Nail, LSC-Montgomery; and Alexis Duke, LSC-Kingwood.

Lone Star College (LSC) students shared their personal stories of overcoming obstacles and finding success at the 24th annual Chancellor’s Breakfast presented by the LSC Foundation.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year because we get to hear some remarkable stories from Lone Star College students who have worked hard to find success,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “It is truly a privilege to listen to them share their personal stories of accomplishment.”

The Chancellor’s Breakfast recognizes six students, one from each of the LSC campuses, for their winning essay. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship which is made possible due to the generosity of LSC Foundation donors and supporters.

The six student essay winners were: Diego Zaragoza, LSC-CyFair; Alexis Duke, LSC-Kingwood; Chelsea Nail, LSC-Montgomery; Jessica Tovias, LSC-North Harris; Janeth Del Carmen Castellanos, LSC-Tomball; and Bianca Bravo, LSC-University Park.

LSC students are invited to participate in the essay contest to write about “How my Lone Star College experience has influenced my life” each school year. Winners are selected by campus committees before the breakfast event, which was held Jan. 31 at the Lone Star Community Building in The Woodlands.

“We are so grateful for the generous support the Lone Star College Foundation receives from the many individuals, families, businesses and foundations which help Lone Star College students reach their goals,” said Nicole Robinson Gauthier, CFRE, LSC Foundation executive director. “The students’ stories are truly inspiring.”

Excerpts from this year’s student essay winners:

Alexis Duke, LSC-Kingwood:

“The tools I have gathered such as listening, understanding, then reacting have shaped me to become a diverse person. The ability of realizing other perspectives has assisted me, as I hope to pass this on in the future to my clients after I become a psychologist. The ability to learn from others and have an open mind is something Lone Star College-Kingwood has taught me and something I am very grateful for.”

Jessica Tovias, LSC-North Harris:

“Lone Star College-North Harris has directed my life in a positive way. I am more than glad that my first college experience was from attending Lone Star College. I have learned many things here that will continue to help me in the future. I’ve had many challenges while attending college, some with the classes and others outside of class, but I have been able to overcome all of them. I feel confident that I am prepared for any challenges that come my way.”

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