Chicken Express honors Rowlett's Garret Hermes, Gilmer's Madeline Barber as Community Heroes

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Chicken Express and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football are partnering to honor the heroes in your community. Male and female student-athletes that lead by example on the field of play and in the classroom can be honored as Chicken Express Community Heroes and receive scholarship money to continue their education beyond high school. Athletes can be nominated at

Garret Hermes
Rowlett High School

Garret Hermes is a 1st team all-district third baseman and a member of the Rowlett football team (249 yards passing, 164 yards rushing, and 3 total touchdowns this season), but his contributions to the American Cancer Society resonate even more than his play on the field. Hermes, a senior, has had family members affected by cancer over the years and decided to step in to help. For the last three years, Hermes has been involved with a Relay for Life team, and raised more than $5,000 for the American Cancer Society.
“It’s a good feeling knowing that you’re helping out and doing whatever you can to try to fix it,” Hermes said.
As a senior, he is still playing out the baseball recruiting process but hopes to continue his athletic career at the next level. In addition to his community service and athletic involvement, Hermes has a 3.42 GPA while taking dual-credit classes.

Madeline Barber
Gilmer High School

Madeline Barber, a sophomore at Gilmer High School, has been a key figure in the community both on and off the field for the last few years. Barber is a member of both the Buckeyes’ volleyball and softball team. She was the District 16-4A softball Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, and was an academic all-district selection as well. At school, Barber is an FFA chapter officer and is involved with the Dueces Club.
In the community, she is a volunteer at the local vet clinic, the Longview mud run for the Miracle League, the Highway 80 Rescue Mission and the local nursing home.
“It means a lot to be able to give back to all of the people who do so much for me and my peers in the community,” Barber said. “It was very special to be a part of all the community service I’ve done.”
Although she is only a sophomore, Barber has aspirations to go into veterinary medicine and wants to play college softball.

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