Two seniors win scholarships in honor of slain deputy

May 19, 2017

Robert Partin of the Partin Foundation, second from right, presents Cy-Fair senior Maria Chanquin with a $1,000 Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship at the school on May 17. Chanquin is joined by her family and Partin is joined by Deputy Tyler Yawn of the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office.
Robert Partin of the Partin Foundation, second from right, presents Cy-Fair senior Maria Chanquin with a $1,000 Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship at the school on May 17. Chanquin is joined by her family and Partin is joined by Deputy Tyler Yawn of the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office. 

May 19, 2017—Two CFISD students received a surprise on May 17 when they were selected as winners of the second annual Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship, named for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was slain in 2015, recognizes students with active extracurricular participation who exhibit characteristics of honor and sacrifice.

The scholarship went to two students in CFISD, where Deputy Goforth was contracted in the Stone Gate subdivision. Former Stone Gate HOA board member Robert Partin delivered the two $1,000 scholarships to Cy-Fair High School senior Maria Chanquin and Cypress Falls High School senior Kevin Guzman on behalf of the Partin Foundation.

Cypress Falls senior Kevin Guzman receives a $1,000 Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship at the campus on May 17. Pictured, from left, are Deputy Tyler Yawn of the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office; Ibel Martinez, mother; Kevin Guzman, Cypress Falls senior; José Guzman, father; Robert Partin, Partin Foundation; and Lt. Sheila Jones, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Cypress Falls senior Kevin Guzman receives a $1,000 Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship at the campus on May 17. Pictured, from left, are Deputy Tyler Yawn of the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office; Ibel Martinez, mother; Kevin Guzman, Cypress Falls senior; José Guzman, father; Robert Partin, Partin Foundation; and Lt. Sheila Jones, Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Sheila Jones from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Tyler Yawn of the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office joined the surprise announcements at Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls.

“We wanted to do something in honor of Darren,” Partin explained. “We selected two students who we think will carry on his legacy.”

Cypress Falls choir teacher Deirdre Douglas congratulates senior Kevin Guzman on winning a Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship in his choir class on May 17
Cypress Falls choir teacher Deirdre Douglas congratulates senior Kevin Guzman on winning a Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship in his choir class on May 17

“It only takes one person to start a chain reaction; it only takes one person to show others not to be afraid,” Chanquin wrote in her scholarship essay. “That’s all it takes, one person to stand out and be different, to show those around them that it’s OK to stride away from the crowd. Before you know it people will start following in your footsteps.”

“Police officers make the choice to serve others and their communities. They sacrifice every day when they put themselves in harm’s way to help strangers,” Guzman wrote in his essay. “Honor and integrity go hand in hand. It is how I choose to live my life. It is how my mother and family have raised me and I am grateful. I am an extension of them and I will continue to live my life with honor and integrity.”

Partin Foundation representative Robert Partin explains the background of the Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship to Cy-Fair senior Maria Chanquin.
Partin Foundation representative Robert Partin explains the background of the Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship to Cy-Fair senior Maria Chanquin. 

The money for the scholarship fund was raised through the Darren Goforth Memorial Golf Tournament last fall.

 

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