Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Maddala named Mr. TAMUK, Escobedo earns first Mr. Philanthropic

KINGSVILLE - November 13, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


KINGSVILLE (November 13, 2006) — Gupta Maddala, a graduate student from Chennai, India, studying computer science was named Mr. TAMUK 2006 during the competition held Saturday, Nov. 11, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Maddala received a $1,000 scholarship. He also was named Mr. Photogenic in the contest, which was themed this year as “Hollywood Hunks.”

Derrick Escobedo, a senior business management and finance major from Donna, was chosen first runner-up and received a $500 scholarship. Tying for second runner-up were Roy Arredondo, a senior animal science/pre-vet major from Brownsville, and Jeremy Michael Martinez, a junior fine arts and general business major from Kingsville. The fourth runner-up was Michael T. Snider, a graduate student studying civil engineering from Corpus Christi.

Juan A. “Tony” Riojas, a senior biology major from Three Rivers, was voted Mr. Congeniality.

In a new contest this year, Escobedo was named Mr. Philanthropic after a Penny War held the previous week. Students donated their loose change to the candidate of their choice. The winner then received all the proceeds to donate to his favorite charity. Escobedo’s winnings were given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. All the contestants together raised $245.

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