Sturgill finishes CPHS with a 5.9794 weighted grade point average, earning his top ranking both for this year’s grades as well as cumulatively, making him the 2014 class valedictorian.
He attended schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma during his early school years, but has been a student at CPCISD since the sixth grade.
The valedictorian has been involved in many activities at school, but said music and theater have been a huge part of his life at CPHS. When not involved in life outside of school, he has predominantly been involved in one or the other, serving as drum major and in the CPHS choir. He has been involved in One Act Play, earning a number of honors for his efforts.
He has also served as Student Council president, National Honor Society reporter and helped with a bood drive. He was also recognized Monday night as one of only four UIL Scholars and one of only five Honor Graduates in this year’s graduating class. He also was part of Carter Blood Care’s Red Cord Honors Program, which recognizes graduates who donated blood with a red cord to wear during commencement exercises.
Sturgill offers special thanks to several members of the CPCISD staff, including Julie Weir, Shelly Anderson, Marcie Porter, Jeremy Wofford and Bobby Mays.
“They’ve always been there, not just academically, but to help us become young adults. If you are going through a trying time, are in trouble or having a bad day, they are there to make sure you are OK,” he said.
Sturgill extends thanks to his parents, Kevin and Rosie Sturgill, and the rest of of family, which includes siblings Jill, Jenna and Seth Sturgill, “for everything they’ve done for me — never letting me give less than 110 percent.”
His advice to students looking to succeed is to “keep your drive. Always drive for things you want to become and never give up.”
He has attained 18 college credit hours to count toward his education, taking some dual credit courses.
Sturgill received a $68,000 scholarship to the Texas A&M University-Commerce Honors College, in addition to the Texas Education Agency Honor Graduate Scholarship which covers his first year’s tuition at any public institute in Texas, valued at approximately $7,000. He was also the recipient of a $500 Como-Pickton PTO scholarship.
He says while he’s not certain what his future holds, he plans to major in English and is leaning toward being a book editor. He reads and writes a lot, he explained.
Salutatorian Chris Nabors finishes CPHS with a 5.8984 GPA. He was ranked fifth in class based on this year’s grades but was named salutatorian based on his cumulative GPA.
He has attended Sulphur Springs Independent School District, where he attended Bowie Elementary, Douglas Intermediate then Sulphur Springs Middle School, then transferred to Como-Pickton, where he has attended classes since his freshman year.
Nabors counts among his honors being on the A and AB Honor Roll throughout his years at school and being in the National Honor Society. He, too, is one of only five honor graduates and four UIL Scholars, who are students not only ranked in the cumulative top 10 of their graduating class but who have also been active in a UIL activity — whether academic, musical or athletic.
He participated in One Act Play and competed in informative speaking in academic UIL, served on the Student Council and vice president of Hopkins County Teen Court.
Nabors was a member of the junior varsity football team his freshman year, played varsity football starting in his sophomore year. As a senior, he served as cameraman for the school football team.
He has attained 33 hours of college credit while attending high school, and will finish out his last year of community college at Paris Junior College starting this fall, then will attend Texas A&M University-Commerce.
The CPHS 2014 salutatorian plans to pursue a degree in business management with the intent of forming two businesses — a business with his closest friends making commercials for products, businesses and groups, and a real estate business with his family.
He received a $500 Como-Pickton Booster Club Scholarship and a $300 class scholarship from PJC to put toward his last year there, but plans to apply for more financial scholarships as they are made available.
Nabors offers special thanks to his parents, Ronny Nabors and Amanda Nabors, for supporting him through the years, especially his mom, without whom he would not have accrued so many college credits.
He also offers special thanks to his closest friends, Caleb Boyd and Hunter Childers, who have “been with me since the beginning of my school years here. Without them, I would not have found my passion for film and computers.”
Nabors said they are working on a website that will contain information for graduates, as well as TV shows, movies and other information. He said they are also working on Tripple Barrel Students, which could include a youtube channel.
In his spare time and most weekends, he enjoys gaming with his best friends, a love of all video games started when he was a kid living next to his grandparents, Wayne and Linda Nabors, to whom he has always been very close — making the loss of his grandfather within the last years to a tragic crash that much harder.
Nabors’ advise to other students is to remember “You are in control of your own future,” a lesson he learned in second grade when he was an admitted “troubled” student. But, with that acknowledgement he’s done well in school, becoming salutatorian of the 2014 graduating class.
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