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Sulphur Bluff students recognized with awards, scholarships

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Sulphur Bluff school Tuesday afternoon recognized its junior high and high school students for outstanding achievement and performance, and rewarded several seniors with scholarships for their scholastic aptitude and accomplishments.

Sulphur Bluff Principal Amy Northcutt noted that she’s had the opportunity to watch this year’s seniors grow and develop from the second grade through 12th grade. She’s had to contact a few parents over the years because their students didn’t want to read, do homework, participate in class or any number of other issues. But, at the end of the line she is happy to report “all of the seniors turned out to be wonderful students.”

She said that, in and of itself, is proof to students that, no matter their class ranking, “when you apply yourself can get there. They did. Don’t give up. You CAN be in their shoes,” she says to younger students.

Several seniors were awarded scholarships, some more than one, to help them further their education in their chosen field and were noted for their other achievements as well.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Lamb recognized Ben Brown and Chance “Tyler” Hampton, who by enlisting into the USMC will receive at least $220,000 in combined “educational benefits to take care of them.” Lamb noted the them to be two “special guys” who have “fall under my care” and with whom he’s been to some “awesome places,” and who he’d seen yelled at by drill instructors.

Brown was also recognized Tuesday for having the highest grade in agriculture mechanics class.

Amanda Fowler benefitted from several scholarships. She was awarded an $8,000 Alliance Bank Scholarship, which is payable in the amount of $2,00 per year for up to four years. Alliance Bank Senior Vice President Keith Shurtleff noted that the bank initiated the scholarship program years ago as a way to give back to the community.

“The strength of the bank is tied to the strength of the community. We have operations in three counties. We offer scholarships there. We believe that when scholarship recipients get their education some will come back home, be productive members of our community which enhances our bank as well,” Shurtleff noted, when presenting the scholarship award to Fowler. “We give two scholarships in Hopkins County, one to Sulphur Springs and one to a county school.”

Fowler received a $4,000 Christian Leadership Scholarship because of her involvement with First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon and other ministries, a $9,500 Academic Scholarship for her grade point average and ACT scores, and a $1,000 Honor’s College Scholarship from East Texas Baptist University. All of the scholarships are renewable.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter Adviser Janie Vandiver presented her with a $200 FCCLA scholarship, noting the chapter scholarship program was stared with a donation made five years ago and the organization has been able to offer a scholarship annually since.

Fowler was also awarded a PTO scholarship by Mike Gilkey, one of two PTO officers, said the organization was able to give thanks to the fundraising activities of parents and teachers.

“We appreciate all the applicants we had. We want to let all students know we are proud of them,” Gilkey said just prior to awarding Fowler a $250 scholarship and Micah Mathis a $500 scholarship on behalf of the PTO.

Fowler was also recognized as having the highest grades in precalculus, environmental science, college trigonometry and college government.

Mathis was also awarded a $2,500 Finis and Onree Attlesey and Garland and Sweet Gamblin Scholarship. This award comes from a trust established in Finis Attlesey’s last will and testament which provides one scholarship to a graduating senior in each of the seven county school districts who has a heartfelt desire to further their education.

Colton Emerson was awarded the Chance Ringler Memorial Scholarship, which covers all of his costs to attend fire academy. The award was established by Becky Ringler Endsley in honor of her son Chance Ringler and late husband Matt Ringler, who were killed in June 13, 2004, in a multiple vehicle crash. Matt Ringler was a part-time firefighter for Hopkins County Fire Department, a full-time firefighter in Grapevine, a volunteer at Brinker Volunteer Fire Department and also was involved in preparation and instruction at Northeast Texas Fire/EMS Training Academy. Each year, Endsley offers a scholarship to the fire academy to a promising student in their honor.

Jamie Goldsmith was awarded a $250 Hopkins County Memorial Scholarship by nurse Beth Hankins. The award is one of five HCMH was able to award this year to students in local school districts.

“The hospital is a big supporter of schools and continuing education. Each year we give money to a senior who is pursuing a health care field,” Hankins noted, adding that the recipient can enroll in any medical field, not just those seeking more well known careers such as registered nurses or physicians but anything, including respiratory therapists and any other health care field. “We received multiple applicants this year and have a number of recipients.”

Sulphur Bluff agri-science teacher Brian Rank awarded a $500 FFA Booster Club Scholarship to Caleb Raine, whose involvement in FFA included showing pigs and heifers, quiz and livestock judging. Raine also received a $500 Youth Ranch Rodeo Association Scholarship.

Becca Naylor was accepted into the Honor’s College at Texas A&M University-Commerce, which comes with a full scholarship. She was also noted for advancing to the regional UIL contest after earning first place honors at the district Lincoln Douglas debate, was named Best Actress at the Zone 2 One Act Play competition this year, for making all As and having the highest average in theater class.

Ester Marquez was awarded a $500 scholarship for being Golden K Kiwanis sophomore of the year in 2010. She also advanced to the regional UIL contest after placing third in district poetry interpretation, and earned the Outstanding Technical Support Award in One Act Play.

Dustin Lawson received a renewable $200 Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Scholarship. He was also noted for making the AB Honor Roll and recognized as Honorable Mention All Star Cast at the Zone 2 One Act Play contest. Lawson was also recognized by Teen Court Merit Club for his service.

Jackson Dailey was awarded a $750 Teen Court Merit Club Scholarship from Eddie Northcutt for his involvement in Teen Court. Teen Court was started by Sulphur Springs Leadership Council in 1995 to give teens who have been accused of a Class C misdemeanor “an option to not have a conviction on their record” but an option for a deferred disposition while giving back to the community. It also gives high school students who are interested in the judicial system an opportunity to serve while learning from officials in the field to serve as lawyers, bailiff and jurors. Merit Club members are given points and two students from each grade level are awarded cash prizes annually for their efforts. The points are tallied and in the spring Teen Court awards at least one scholarship, sometimes as many as three scholarship, to the senior with the most points.  He was involved in Teen Court for four year sas a Merit Club member. He was first place this year with the high point total. He has served as an attorney and bailiff, but mostly as a juror.

Dailey also was awarded a $2,000 Houston Livestock Show Rodeo Association FCCLA Leadership Scholarship, a $1,000 Rotary Club Scholarship and, like Naylor was admitted to the TAMU-C Honor College, which includes a full scholarship. Out of the 4,000 Beta Club members in the country, Jackson was one of only about 220 to receive a $1,000 Beta Club Scholarship. Club sponsors thanked him for the service and leadership he’s provided over the past three years.

He was also noted for placing fourth in computer science and Lincoln Douglas debate at the district UIL meet. He was recognized for having perfect attendance, being on the A Honor Roll; and having the highest grade in Spanish III, college algebra, college economics and English 1301 and 1302.

To those seniors who did not receive a scholarship, Principal Amy Northcutt advised, “Don’t give up hope yet. We know of two to three that are still to be given on graduation. They’re still up.”

Cameron Hancock was recognized for making the AB Honor Roll, having the highest score in government and economics, English IV and practicum food and natural resources. He was part of the road crew for the One Act Play.

Bruce Marrero was recognized as part of the district first place team in number sense which advanced to the regional UIL contest, for making the AB Honor Roll, and being named an All Star Cast in the Zone 2 and district One Act Play contests.

Mikayla Potts made the AB Honor Roll and had the highest average in algebra II.

Ryan Watts was part of the first place number sense team which advanced to the regional UIL contest. He also received a perfect attendance award, was on the A Honor Roll and had the highest average in college algebra.

Several in grades seven through 11 were also recognized. Taylor Self was recognized as class valedictorian and Alexis Greer as class salutatorian of the eighth grade class. The top seniors were not announced because they had yet to be determined for a number of reasons. The final grades from some AV and college classes were not yet in; the GPAs of the top students were so close that those final grades will determine the places; and the school’s computer system went down the morning of the awards program, the school counselor noted.




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