More than $320,100 in scholarships and awards were presented to Sulphur Bluff High School seniors during the annual academic awards ceremony Friday afternoon, and school officials say additional funds are expected to be awarded to these students over the next week and summer.
Darron Foster was noted to be eligible for $100,000 or more in benefits, bonuses and educational funds from the U.S. Navy.
Salutatorian Tyler Raine was admitted into the Honors College at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a “full ride” estimated at $60,000 to $100,000 for up to four years provided he remains in good standing and continues to meet terms of the award.
Raine and Meagan Coberley each received $250 FFA Scholarships. Coberley and Erin Zeringue both received $500 scholarships from Sulphur Bluff Parent Teacher Organization while Katelyn McDonald and Halie Wade were awarded $250 PTO scholarships.
McDonald was also awarded a $500 Hopkins County 4-H Scholarship and a $200 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Scholarship.
Sarah Williams was also awarded a $200 FCCLA Scholarship as well as a $500 Lake Country Antique Tractor Association Scholarship and the $500 scholarship given in honor of longtime Sulphur Bluff educator Bruce Fielden.
Class valedictorian Cheyenne Bryant was admitted into the Texas A&M University- Commerce Regent Scholars Program, which includes $56,000 in scholarships over the next four years in addition to a paid trip abroad.
Also admitted into the TAMU-C Regent Scholars Program was Casey Gore; that award is also valued at $56,000 and includes a trip. Gore also benefitted from a $1,000 Rotary Club Scholarship and was awarded a Professional Land Title Company Scholarship in memory on Frankie and Glenna Jo Price by their daughters, Markeda Fisher and Kayla Price.
Landon Dorner received the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award and a $500 scholarship given by Sulphur Bluff Masonic Lodge #246 in honor of George Dorner, a longtime SB Mason who died in January. The award was especially significant for Landon Dorner because George Dorner was his grandfather.
Hopkins County D.A.R.E. Sgt. Brad Cummings presented Kaci Powers with one of two D.A.R.E. Scholarships valued at $1,000 issued to two graduating seniors in one of the six county schools served by the program who is going into a law enforcement or an educational field of study. Powers also received a $1,734 award from Paris Junior College.
Students receiving Red Cord Honors, a designation to wear at graduation denoting the student has donated blood twice were Bryant, Lyndsey Calhoun, Coberley Donner, McKenna Duncan, Gore, Jaycee Halbert, McDonald, Powers, Raine, Megan Self, Waid, Sarah Williams, Shelby Williams and Erin Zeringue. With just their two donations alone this year, with each blood donation estimated to save at least three lives, that’s 270 lives the SB students have helped to save.
Eighth graders Sarah Harper and Joseph Forshee were recognized as SBJH valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Many junior high and high school students during Friday’s awards program also received numerous certificates, medals and recognition for outstanding academic achievements in their classes this year, highest grades in various classes, STAAR awards, Accelerated Reader recognition, being on the A and AB Honor Rolls, Perfect Attendance and UIL awards and participation.
A baccalaureate will be held for Sulphur Bluff students at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Sulphur Bluff Baptist Church. These graduates will also be honored during a commencement service at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in SBHS Gym.
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