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Bryan High School
Class of 1988
Memories from School Days:
Bryan High School
Class of 1982
Memories of School Days:
Activities: Volleyball, basketball, track, cross country
Non-school activities: 4-H shooting sports, softball
Favorite classes: Biology I and Biology II were the favorites!
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Frieda
In Biology, we were learning the skeletal structure of cats. As we manipulated the cadaver, one of the bones broke. Mrs. Frieda’s comment was, “Isn’t that ‘humerus’!” It was the humerus bone that broke and we thought that was just the funniest comment ever. I will always remember which bone is the humerus bone because of that incident.
Thanks to all the dedicated teachers and administrators, I was prepared to enter college. I know that Mrs. Frieda did a super job as I felt that I had a much better understanding of material in my college level Biology classes than other students.
Connie Smotek is a native of Bryan, Texas and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. After graduating from TAMU and living elsewhere for several years, Connie returned to Bryan/College Station and began working in the Department of Agricultural Economics at TAMU in 1995. From 2001-2017, she worked as an administrative assistant for Dr. Wayne Hayenga, a lawyer with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, who specializes in farm and ranch estate planning. After completing a Master’s degree in Accounting in December 2016, she is now an extension program specialist and takes a greater leadership role in the work she continues to do for Extension.
Connie joined the Brazos 4-H Sportsman’s Club in 1978 as the first girl in the club. Driven by a love for the sport of international skeet and a competitive nature, Connie made the Olympic Shooting team twice, in 1992 and again in 2004. In 1992, men and women competed together and she enjoyed the honor of being one of six women in the world in the skeet event. In the 2004 Olympic Games she finished sixth. She traveled to many countries, including Australia, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Cuba, and China, to name a few. Over the course of her competitive career, she won 10 US Women’s International Skeet National Championships, set a world record, and won 5 international events. Connie was an active competitor until 2011.
As a volunteer of the Brazos 4-H Sportsman’s Club, she helps coach club members at all skill levels. It gives her great enjoyment to help someone be successful both on and off the range. She also currently serves as a board member of the US Center for SafeSport.
Dr. Guy Clifton
Stephen F. Austin High School
Class of 1967
"I loved my English literature classes. Both of my teachers were gifted and in one class I could read anything I wanted for extra credit. I never stopped reading books after that."
Bio:Dr. Clifton was founding Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he served for 22 years and held the Runnells Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery. He is author or co-author of over 100 scientific publications. Clifton was named among best doctors in US for 8 years & Who’s Who in the World or America for 6 years. He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Former Students of the Texas A&M College of Science.
Bryan High School
Class of 1981
Charles Mancuso grew up in Bryan, Texas where he worked for his father’s equipment rental business from a young age. Charles followed in his father’s footsteps and opened several rental businesses, We Rent It, BCS Stop and Go Potties, and The Big Dumpster. In 2009 Charles sold We Rent It and began focusing on his other businesses.
As The Big Dumpster expanded Charles realized the majority of the materials inside of the dumpsters he rented contained recyclable materials and construction debris. He began developing options to divert these materials from the landfill to decrease disposal cost. Eventually, these ideas led to the formation of Brazos Valley Recycling (BVR), a state certified recycling and composting facility. Brazos Valley Recycling (BVR) and The Big Dumpster quickly grew into one of the largest recycling facilities in the state of Texas, recycling well over 300 tons of material each day. BVR has thousands of pieces of recycling equipment ranging from compactors, balers, dumpsters, to recycling bins across Texas. Charles also obtained a class four landfill permit to compliment his roll-off and recycling companies. Over the past decade, Charles pioneered innovative waste and recycling practices throughout Texas. The following are a few of the examples of this:
● Working with large corporations like Pepsi Co to get closer to achieving their zero waste initiatives by composting liquid waste and recycling packaging.
● As the exclusive recycling partner for Texas A&M University, their recycling diversion rates rose from under 5% to over 65% over the course of five years. He was also responsible for coordinating, collecting, and hauling of all recyclable materials at Kyle Field, one of the largest stadiums in the country.
● Implemented thousands of recycling programs ranging from construction projects and municipalities to hospitals, schools, and businesses.
In 2015 Charles and his daughter, Amanda Mancuso-Laird, started Embassy Records Management & Storage (Embassy RMS). Embassy RMS provides AAA NAID certified, secure document shredding, records storage, and scanning services across the state. In June of 2017, Charles sold BVR and kept the waste equipment portion of the
In July of 2017, Charles Mancuso and Amanda Mancuso-Laird founded Waste Equipment Rentals & Sales to provide the highest quality commercial waste equipment on a national scale. Waste Equipment provides commercial waste and recycling equipment such as compactors and balers available to rent or purchase to customers across the United States ranging from local businesses to fortune 500 companies. They also offer equipment installations, removals, repairs, and preventative maintenance services.
In the summer of 2017, Charles had sold his recycling company in June and started his Waste Equipment Company in July. In August of 2017 Hurricane Harvey hit. It was one of the strongest storms to hit the Texas coastline in 50 years. Days later Charles was called upon to assist in the hurricane debris relief efforts. Charles quickly established
debris removal zones, debris drop off areas, implemented debris removal policies, and assisted local municipalities on locating the equipment and resources they needed. Charles volunteered his time and refused to accept any payments or compensation for his efforts.
When Charles is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 35 years, Cindy, his two daughters, son-in-laws, and four grandchildren. Charles also enjoys spending time outdoors and is often at his ranch, Bright Star Ranch and Resort.
Dr. Mary Custer
Dr. Adolph Johnson
Tommy Ramirez, Jr.
Dr. Bill Riggs
Derick “D.D.” Grubbs
Randy Sims, Jr.
Richard Seale, III
Travis Bryan III
M. Bookman Peters
Pat Allen Rice
Susan Miller Hult