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.
Luke Sciba, Aubrey
Luke Sciba did a little bit of everything on the football field for Aubrey over the last few years. While the Chaparrals lost a lot of talent from the team that won eight games in 2017, Sciba emerged as a leader for an inexperienced group and guided Aubrey back to the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Sciba had 127 tackles and 14 TFL as a linebacker, and he also rushed for 486 yards and five touchdowns as the Chaparrals’ top weapon in the backfield during his senior season. Sciba also competed in golf, track and powerlifting at Aubrey.
“My experiences on and off the field have created memories I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Sciba said. “Sports have brought so many people into my life that have made an immense impact on me and my family. High school athletics also taught me a number of life skills and morals that I am certain I will take further into life to be the best person I can be.”
Off the field, Sciba made an impact by assisting with food drives, trash pick-ups and nursey home visits in the city of Denton. Sciba has been on a handful of mission trips, most notably serving orphanages and small churches in Haiti and Chicago.
Sciba graduated as Aubrey’s salutatorian last month, was named Mr. AHS, and was a member of Senior Beta and Student Council. Additionally, Sciba earned the Brandon Burlsworth Award for Outstanding Character and Sportsmanship.
“Being able to see the joy in the faces of those who you are helping, and seeing the difference you are making, means so much,” Sciba said. “You can see that you are literally changing lives for the better, and that’s extremely special.”
Sciba will now attend Texas A&M University, where he plans to study aerospace engineering.
Caroline Shipley, Krum
It’s one thing to have the talent to excel in an athletic setting. It’s a lot more impressive to be able to do so while being a leader amongst your peers on the team, in your classroom and in your community. Caroline Shipley has checked all of those boxes and stands out as a leader at Krum High School. Shipley is a leader on the Bobcats’ girls basketball and cross country teams and head girls basketball coach Lana Degelia.
“Caroline is the perfect teammate, she’s a hard worker, and she’s all about the community and the service to her church. She’s just an outstanding student-athlete and ambassador for Krum High School,” Degelia said.
When she’s not participating in athletics, Shipley can be found on the sidelines, working as an athletic trainer or studying to keep her competitive academic record intact.
“She doesn’t just make great grades, she is a leader in the classroom and really in whatever she sets her mind to,” Degelia said.
Her leadership skills haven’t just been picked up on by Coach Degelia — her peers have picked up on her good work as well. Shipley was elected as a class officer, is a leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and participates in student council.
“She just works so hard to be the best that she can be in every aspect of her life,” Degelia said. “She is constantly trying to do new things to better herself, it’s impressive.”
Though she has not solidified her post-college plans, Shipley will graduate in June and plans to continue her education and attend a four-year university. The standout student-athlete is looking forward to continuing her leadership through the spring semester at Krum.
“There’s no doubt that whatever Caroline chooses to do she will be able to accomplish,” Degelia. “She is an outstanding young lady who has done so much already and has a bright future ahead.”