“It means a lot,” Benavides told the Index after the ceremony. “All the people that were nominated for it – I was kind of shocked I got it – they are all really great people.”
She said she hopes to major in Biology and become a dentist.
“Those are my goals, but this means a lot,” she said. “I was really honored to get it with all the people who were nominated.”
“Congrats to Coach Harvey. He’s such a great person and a great coach. He’s helped me a lot here,” she added.
“I’m very honored that I received this award from the selection committee and the school and the teachers,” Prestwood said. “It means a lot to me, it really does. Kristian and Kevin, any one of us could have got it, I’m very honored I did get it – it’s a big honor.
He said he hopes, after a year at Tyler College, he can transfer to Rice University, where he wants to play Division 1 football.
Down the road, he said he would like to get a master’s degree in Engineering – either electrical or mechanical.
“That’s the plan right now,” he noted, adding that things can change.
Also at the Hall of Honor induction ceremony, long-time coach Jackie Harvey became the 2013 honorary alumnus, joining the ranks of Clarence Holliman (2007), Wanda Reddell (2009) and Col. Willie Casper (2011), who preceded him.
Harvey has coached at MWHS since 1972, according to senior Courtney Havens, who inctroduced him and guest speaker Kayla Peak.
“I want to thank the selection committee and the community of Mineral Wells for considering me for this award and presenting me this award,” Harvey told the crowd. “It’s truly an honor. I came here 41 years ago and this community has really accepted me with open arms.