The Exchange Club of Killeen recognized the Killeen Independent School District’s Outstanding Youth of the Quarter. The students honored are, back row, Nathan John Diederich, Ellison High School; Jeremy Candelas, Harker Heights High School; Charles Britton Owens, Killeen High School, and Mitchell Scott Telles, Shoemaker High School; front row, Christy Coe, Ellison High School; Chase Lalouette, Harker Heights High School; Brittany Mitchell, Killeen High School; and Kyana D’Andrya Lemons, Shoemaker High School.

The Exchange Club celebrated the outstanding youth of the Killeen Independent School District, recognizing Students of the Quarter at their meeting Monday.

A male and female senior student from each of the four high schools in the district was honored.

Killeen ISD Deputy Superintendent John Craft called the event a “wonderful occasion to gather and celebrate some of the finest students in Killeen ISD.” He thanked the students for their hard work and discipline, as well as the parents and educators who supported them.

“We love all of our high schools,” he said.

Club president-elect Charlie Guidry read each student’s biography before handing out certificates of recognition and posing for photos.

“We want to sing loud and proud about these students,” Guidry said.

From Ellison High School, Christy Coe and Nathan John Diederich were honored.

Coe is ranked first in her class and plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study biochemistry.

Diederich’s post-high school plans include working as a strength and conditioning specialist for Olympic trainees. He is second in his class.

Killeen High School student honorees were Brittany Mitchell and Charles Britton Owens.

Mitchell is an accomplished student athlete, placing as the district champion in cross country and track the past four years. She plans to become a mathematician. Owens grew more social after participating in the marching band and theater. He is now executive director of the theater club, having acted in a number of productions.

Shoemaker High School honored Kyana D’Andrya Lemons and Mitchell Scott Telles.

Lemons is ranked fifth in her class and is an active member of her church, Grace Christian Center. She hopes to study biomedical engineering at college. Telles was ranked 160th in his freshman year and worked to rise to 14th in his class.

“I want to inspire others to never give up,” he said of attaining his goal.

He plans to reach the top 10 ranking and study at the University of Texas at Austin.

Harker Heights High School named Chase Lalouette and Jeremy Candelas, who were accompanied by Principal David Manley. Lalouette, the student council president, plans to attend Dallas Baptist University upon graduation. Candelas is a National Hispanic Recognition scholar, 4-H president and an active member of Junior ROTC.

At the year’s end, two students will be chosen from all of the students of the quarter to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Guidry encouraged each student to apply.

Contact Madison Lozano​ at or 254-501-7552.

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