by Carla Noah Stutsman
The future of science and medicine may be in the hands of the 2013 Azle High School valedictorian and salutatorian.
Jamie Backiel, AHS valedictorian, will pursue a degree in actuarial science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Salutatorian Kyle Petter will attend Baylor University in Waco, where he will major in biology in preparation for medical school. He hopes to someday be a surgeon.
Both are intellectual, athletic, and civic minded young people who place high value in their families.
Backiel is the daughter of Terrence and Julie Backiel and has a sister, Jessica Elkins, brother David Backiel, niece Hannah Elkins, and a large extended family.
She enjoys soccer, kayaking, swimming, hiking, playing piano, and watching movies. She describes herself as hardworking, outgoing, positive, trustworthy, and loving.
During her high school career, Backiel was involved in Student Council, serving as executive treasurer and executive secretary. She served as her class president, was a member of National Honor Society, and was active in the Azle Rotary Club’s high school presence, Interact.
Petter, too, puts family first, describing his life with two younger brothers, a father who works at Lockheed, and mother and step-father who are small business owners.
He played football and baseball in high school and was on the powerlifting team. In fact, he was captain of the varsity Hornets his senior year and was named Academic All-State.
Petter was also active in National Honor Society and PALs – Peer Assistance & Leadership – as well as youth activities at his church, Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
“I like doing community service and I volunteer regularly at the Fort Worth Nature Center and the Community Caring Center,” Petter said. “I also love working with the Azle Little League with my little brothers.”
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