GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


PORTALES, N.M. Katelynn Stice of Odessa, Susie Thiessen and Christopher Harris, both of Seminole, graduated from Eastern New Mexico University during the spring semester.

WICHITA FALLS Nathan Joseph Johnson of Odessa graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing from Midwestern State University.


Whitley Penn Audit Partner, Catherine Speer, has been named as the 2020-2021 Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA) Rising Star. Speer will be honored at the Virtual TXCPA annual meeting on June 24.

The TXCPA Rising Star Award annually recognizes a TXCPA member at the age 40 of and under. This award recognizes the member’s demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and active involvement in TXCPA, the accounting profession and his or her local communities.

Speer has more than 15 years of assurance experience advising clients on audit and accounting. She has extensive audit and accounting knowledge in the energy, manufacturing and construction industries, as well as experience in auditing governmental and nonprofit organizations.

Outside of the office, Speer serves as a member of TXCPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Locally, Speer is an active board member for the Permian Basin chapter of TXCPA and an Internal Audit Committee member for the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Speer graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. and M.S. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.


KINGSVILLE Laura Torrez Vasquez of Odessa and Chonte Tai Swanson of Big Spring have been named to the president’s list Texas A&M University-Kingsville during the spring semester.

The president’s list requires a grade point average of 4.0 on all work attempted for a particular semester, with a minimum of 15 semester undergraduate hours completed, exclusive of credit only (CR) courses.


SAN ANGELO Angelo State University in San Angelo has announced local and area students achieving the Dean’s List designation for the 2021 spring semester.

To be eligible for the ASU Dean’s List, full-time undergraduate students must maintain a 3.25 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Honored students are: Odessa: Angel Benavides, Ana Bordner, Ashlee Covos, Lorenzo Dominguez, Brady Greenlee, Wendy Hernandez, Halley Marsh, Trinity Mendoza, Emilye Montalvo, Rayna Rojas; Alpine: Grayson Anderson, Matthew Fields, Thomas Spencer, Jorge Vargas, Nicole Wilson; Andrews: Halie Brumfield, Anley Longshore, Skyler Strube; Balmorhea: Tyler Dutchover; Crane: Crimson Fuentes, Amy Rodriguez, Alaynah Tarpley; Denver City: Yesenia Trinidad; Fort Stockton: Andrea Macias, Ysabel Velasquez, Jordan Ward; Gardendale: Rylee Day; Iraan: Victor Olvera, Taylor Parmer, Saul Rico, Neftali Torres, Brianna Yoeun; Kermit: Alexis Armendariz, Gabriel Mendoza; Lamesa: Laura Ruvalcaba; McCamey: Cotie Brown, Jocelyn Bent, Hillary Johnson, Cheyenne Webb, Austin White; Monahans: Alexis Almanza, Shelby Caldwell, Ignacio Flores, Alexandra Marquez, Marissa Nunez; Pecos: Zoellee Alvarez, Christopher Gonzales, Karen Perez, James Serrano; Rankin: Victoria Guerra; Seminole: Antonio Arreola Lechuga, Kaighan Gray, Javier Juarez, Melissa Moore; Stanton: Jacklyn Graham, Alexander Haislip, Betsaida Rodriguez, Gabrielle Vanderveen.

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. Mark Fanous of Odessa was recently named to the Dean’s List at the College of William & Mary for the spring 2021 semester.

In order to achieve Dean’s List status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 quality point average during the semester.