Shirley Sinclair named to President’s List

Shirley Sinclair, of Friendswood, was named to the Summer 2017 President’s List at Georgia State University. To be eligible for the President’s List during the summer semester, students must earn a 4.0 GPA for the semester and complete at least six semester hours of academic credit with no incompletes.

Dallas G. Balli graduates from basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Dallas G. Balli graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Balli is the son of Susan and Douglas Balli of Galveston.

Concerned alums form ‘Adopt a Gator’ Scholarship Fund

Four Dickinson High School 1989 graduates, Allison Farris Fox, Eric Driskell, Stephen Tackett, and Bernie Smiley put their Gator spirit to work after Hurricane Harvey, joining forces to create and promote a scholarship fund specifically for current Dickinson High School students to attend College of the Mainland, either through the Collegiate High School are as entering students next year. They created a plan for raising significant funds to provide 25 need-based scholarships for students who are enrolled through dual-credit, Collegiate High School (an early college program) or are set to graduate this year with plans to enroll as a traditional college student. Contributions can be given online at

Ishmael Robles earns highest rank

Ishmael Robles, of Galveston, was recently promoted to the highest rank in Texas martial arts by the American Karate Black Belt Association. He received the 10th degree black belt as a lifetime achievement award for his 45 years as a black belt, a two-time national karate champion and world champion kickboxer.

Clyde Jackson named GM of the Year

Clyde Jackson, a native of La Marque and graduate of La Marque High School, was named the General Manager of the Year by Global Grassroots, which covers youth sports globally. Jackson is the coach and general manager of Gulf Coast and North Coast Blue Chips, which are AAU basketball teams.

TAMUG researches receive grants

The National Science Foundation recently announced awards totaling more than $1.2 million to support 13 research projects throughout the Texas A&M University System whose aim is to understand the effects of natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey. Drs. Anna Armitage, Jens Figlus and Hui Liu, researchers at Texas A&M University at Galveston received three of these awards.

Local students inducted into honor society

Elizabeth Flores, of Friendswood, Victoria Carrillo, of League City, and Annette Macias-Hoag, of Tiki Island, were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Flores and Carrillo were initiated at Texas State University, and Macias-Hoag was initiated at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Michael R. Odom, son of Michael and Cheryl Odom, was named to the dean’s list and awarded distinguished academic achievement for the spring 2017 semester at Sam Houston State University.

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