As another semester comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to focus on the students who are making a positive change on their campuses throughout Texas. Students who, no doubt, are not afraid to step up and make the case for conservative principles to their peers. It has been a joy to work with them this fall and they deserve to be recognized.

Who are these students?

They are students such as James Hescock and Katie Hicken at UT-Tyler. James, a conservative watchdog for his student government, and Katie, a member of the Women’s Golf Team, worked tirelessly this semester to establish a Turning Point USA chapter on their campus.


They are bold young women like Brittany Tidwell and Kimberly Murro, who came back from Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Conference and chose to start chapters at Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas. Now, these chapters are reaching out and interacting with a combined student body of more than 72,000.

They are stalwart conservative Aggies like Brandon Gindt, Jonathan Stack and Jennifer Duplessie who are ensuring ideas like limited government continue to be embraced at Texas A&M University.


They are the journalists of tomorrow like Annabel Scott and Estrella Gonzalez. A chapter leader at TCU, Annabel is currently completing a prestigious media internship in Washington D.C. while Estrella, a freshman at UT-Arlington who is leading an effort to form a chapter there, aspires to one day work in conservative media.

There are still so many others who deserve to be mentioned like Connor Price at Baylor University, Myah Bowermaster at Tarleton State University, and Alexa Acquista and Christina Torre at the University of Dallas. Because of students such as them, we are winning the debate on the key issues that face not just millennials but our nation as well.