Watkins wins first place at Skills USA Texas State Competition

Jasmine Watkins received the highest honor for criminal justice in the Skills USA Texas State competition. She will compete in the national pageant in June to be held in Atlanta. Jasmine is a senior at Southside ISD and a former student at Pleasanton ISD. His mother, Lisa P. Watkins, is a life skills paraprofessional with PISD in high school. DIANA GUTHRIE | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton ISD alumnus Jasmine Watkins won first place in the Skills USA Texas State Competition in Criminal Justice Skills earlier this month in Corpus Christi. She will compete in the National Skills USA competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Watkins is a senior at Southside ISD, a member of the NHS and ROTC, Chief of Law Enforcement Cadets, as well as a District 5A track and varsity basketball athlete, earning All-Academic Honorable Mention. districts for 2021.

Jasmine is in the one percent quartile, ranking 14 out of 348 students, with a GPA of 95.83333. Based on her grades, academic and athletic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities, and honors received, she was accepted into the A&M and UTSA Honors Programs, with a full scholarship to UTSA. She plans to enter the field of criminal justice.

As a cadet, she won the Outstanding Leadership Law Student award for the 2020-2021 school year. Jasmine is a recipient of the $7,500 Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship for student-athletes. Additionally, she won the 2022 Patricia Calderon Scholarship, which was established in memory of Officer Patricia Calderon, the first female officer killed in the line of duty in San Antonio. She received an ROTC scholarship and was chosen to receive the MAJ James and Cheryl Cunningham, Alamo Chapter Scholarship, named in honor of the past president, which is awarded to an outstanding senior in the organization.

The ROTC officer nominated Jasmine to attend flight school this summer, in order to obtain certification to fly.

In her spare time, she helps out at the school food bank and has volunteered 111 hours at Mission Road Ministries with children with special needs. Currently, she is employed at the Olive Garden when not involved in school activities.

On Wednesday, April 20, the Southside School Board will honor him at its regular meeting. His photo will be on a billboard placed on Goliad Road which will show Southside ISD as a competitor in academic and extracurricular activities with other local schools.

This star pupil of the Southside High School Cardinal is the daughter of Lisa Padron Watkins, a life skills paraprofessional at Pleasanton High School and James Watkins, of Leming.