About Galveston Academic Excellence Booster Club
The quality of our schools is one of the most important criterion by which residents and potential residents judge our community. Excellence in education will assure our community’s future.
Since 1975, the Galveston Academic Excellence Booster Club (GAEBC) has celebrated outstanding academic performance in our local schools. The GAEBC:
· Recognizes 50 of Galveston’s best students and 50 outstanding teachers in the annual Top 50 Ceremony held each spring
· Funds scholarships to graduating seniors at Ball High School, O'Connell College Preparatory High School, and Odyssey Academy.
· Recognizes additional student accomplishments in Galveston’s elementary and middle schools with certificates of achievement awarded annually by each school
· Provides financial support to the annual Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair
The GAEBC is an all-volunteer organization sustained by tax-deductible donations. All contributors become members of the booster club. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to the GAEBC in support of the hard work, discipline and perseverance of our students and teachers. Any amount is greatly appreciated. For your convenience, GAEBC now accepts online payment via PayPal on our website.
Our Board of Directors
Executive Board Members
President - Dyann Polzin
Vice President - Mary Lou Kelso
Secretary - Janet Mack
Treasurer - Anne Woodson
Historian - Shelley Kessler
Past President - Tony Brown
Rebecca Trout Unbehagen
In 1975, educators and parents formed the Academic Games Booster Club. The group raised funds to conduct an academic games competition in the Galveston public secondary schools. Over 100 students participated the first year. From this activity a steering committee formed to grow and formalize the Galveston Academic Excellence Booster Club (GAEBC).
The club's mission was to foster and honor academic excellence in the Galveston schools. Members encouraged the Galveston Independent School District School Board to support extra-curricular academic programs in secondary schools. As a result, the school board sent a dozen students to the National Academic Games Tournament where they won several awards.
In 1977, GAEBC created the Top 50 Awards Ceremony to recognize 50 outstanding Galveston students from local public and private schools. Each spring top students are selected according to their academic records as determined by their schools. The annual awards ceremony is held every May on the campus of The University of Texas Medical Branch.
In 1979, GAEBC was chartered as a corporation by the State of Texas and the following year was awarded its non-profit tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. The academic games were later replaced by the awarding of certificates of merit presented by the schools at their annual Awards Day celebrations. In 1981, GAEBC awarded the first merit scholarships to the top high school seniors at Ball and O'Connell high schools. The number and amount of the scholarships is dependent on annual fundraising efforts conducted by the club.
The Top 50 Ceremony was expanded in 1984 to include the top 50 teachers. This tradition continues today as each honored student is asked to select one Galveston teacher who has had the greatest impact on his/her education to date. The teachers are also recognized during the Top 50 ceremony.
GAEBC also provides financial support to the Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair.
GAEBC archives are housed in Galveston's Rosenberg Library. The archive contains detailed history, organizational documents, minutes, programs, pictures and other records from throughout our 39-year history.