Courtney Goldsmith earned valedictorian honors with a 3.619 grade point average. She is the daughter of Tonya Biggs and the late Michael Goldsmith.
During her time at Saltillo High School, Goldsmith was active in sports and academic UIL contests and represented various clubs in leadership positions, for which she received recognition.
She was a regional qualifier in cross country her first three years of high school. She also was on the varsity basketball and tennis teams her freshman, sophomore and junior years, and played varsity softball all four years. She was named Second Team All-District in basketball her junior year, and in softball was First Team All-District outfielder her sophomore year and 1st Team All-District catcher her junior year. As a senior, she was named District MVP and served as captain of the softball team.
Goldsmith competed in academic UIL all four years in calculator, mathematics, spelling, number sense and history. She also competed in One-Act Play her sophomore through senior years. As a junior, she received Honorable Mention All-Star Cast honors and as a senior was named to the All-Star Cast.
She was a member of the Beta Club her first three years of high school. Her junior year, she served as chapter vice vice president candidate.
Goldsmith was a member of the local chapter of Future Farmers of America her freshman year, and a 4-H member her sophomore, junior and senior years. In FFA, she qualified to compete at area as a member of the senior skills team. In 4-H, she showed grand champion broilers her junior year and reserve grand champion broilers her senior year.
She also participated in Relay For Life and served as a class officer her freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school. She was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes all four years of high school. Goldsmith was a Homecoming Duchess her sophomore and junior years, and was a Fall Carnival walker her junior year.
She’s remained on the A Honor Roll all four years and was named Hopkins County Student of the Month as a senior.
To help her pursue a college education, Goldsmith has been awarded a $55,000 Honors Scholarship and a $6,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship from Texas A&M University-Commerce, as well as a $12,582 Texas Valedictorian Scholarship and a $500 Texas Electric Cooperative Scholarship.
Moore also earned accolades and recognition for her participation in sports, academic UIL and involvement in other extracurricular pursuits.
She was named Second Team All-District in basketball andSoftball Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. As a sophomore, she made First Team All-District in both basketball and softball. Her junior year, she made First Team All-District in basketball and First Team All-District designated player in softball. As a senior, she was named First Team All-District in basketball and softball. She also helped her team to the regional finals in basketball her sophomore and junior years. During her senior year, she served as co-captain of the basketball team, which finished the season as the runner-up for the state championship title.
In addition to athletics, Moore was also competitive in academic UIL. She was a regional qualifier her sophomore and senior Years in feature writing.
She received the Greenhand Award in FFA and a Dr. Joe Minter Academic Excellence and Leadership Award as a freshman. As a senior, she served as president of the senior class and of the Beta Club.
Moore has been accepted into the University of Texas at Dallas, where she plans to pursue a degree in psychology and prelaw. She is a recipient of a $90,000 Terry Foundation Scholarship, a $2,500 City NationalBank Scholarship and a $2,000 UTD Top 10 Percent Scholarship.
Goldsmith and Moore, along with the rest of the senior class — David Barajas, Tiffney Goldsmith, Nicholas Boekhorst, Karli Brewer, Richard Clover, Tyler Floyd, Jaylon Garmon, Garrett Sustaire, Cody Wilson, Clayton Jones, Leldon Momon, Ashton Shadow, Victoria Stretcher, Salvador Olayo, Andrea Tippit, Ariel Tippit, Wendy Perea, Giovanni Coleman, Ragan Rutherford and Chanda Neal — will be honored with a graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Kerry W. Garmon Gymnasium. A baccalaureate will also be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2.
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