Twins Graduate from Carl Albert State College with Highest Honors
Families from across the region have been celebrating the success of their college graduates, and at the Burgos-Botello home in Heavener that celebration was times two. It isn’t often that siblings attend Carl Albert State College at the same time, but twins Reyna and Fernando Burgos-Botello graduated together this spring. Both earned pre-law/criminal justice degrees, and in addition to making the highest honor list were also members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
The twins had different paths to Carl Albert. Reyna was accepted to the CASC Scholars Program and she explained, “I knew what I needed on my GPA and ACT to make the program. I worked hard and made the cut.” Fernando on the other hand was on the brink of not pursuing college when he was offered financial assistance to attend Carl Albert. “At first I said no, but then my high school science teacher, Mr. Mead, found out I was thinking about not going so he came to my house and said you have to do this!” Fernando went on to explain, “Looking back I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity. I am thankful for those in my life who helped make it possible for me to be where I am today.”
Reyna reiterated Fernando’s thoughts, “We have seen the difference made by people in this community as our dreams became realities when pursing college degrees.” Both Reyna and Fernando pointed out Steve and Pam Holton in particular as some of those community members. Reyna stated, “The Holtons’ support has been great. They were my scholar family and Fernando received a very generous scholarship funded by them. They truly care about us, and we are very thankful for all they have done to help us along the way. We would not be where we are without them.”
These two hard working twins are the children of Pilar Botello and Cecilio Burgos, and are the first in their family to graduate from college. In addition to being exceptional students, Reyna and Fernando both worked as Resident Assistants on campus while holding down one and sometimes two other jobs off campus.
When asked about the decision to attend Carl Albert, Reyna stated, “We are glad we were able to attend here together. It is close to home and that’s important to us. Now for the first time we will be going different directions. It is going to be new to us because we are pretty close, but we are also independent so we will be fine.” Reyna is heading to Northeastern State University and Fernando is going to Central Technology Center in Sapulpa. Reyna’s aspirations are to put her criminal justice degree and an accounting degree together to perhaps someday join the FBI. Fernando would like to become a state trooper, but somewhere along the way would also like to build a mechanics shop and work alongside his dad.
Reyna and Fernando Burgos-Botello are definitely prime examples of how to succeed at Carl Albert State College and prove that when there is a will to attend there is indeed a way!