Cumby High School seniors this spring received $469,000 in scholarships and other financial rewards for education. Most of the awards were presented during the school’s annual academic awards assembly May 20, and a few others have come in since then.
Arsenio Ugalde and Kaylee Rutledge were awarded $100,000 each in education benefits from the United States Army. Alicia Keim was awarded $80,000 in educational benefits from the Army National Guard. Ugalde was also recognized for his involvement in the UIL One-Act Play and as a Beta Club member. Keim also was recognized for her involvement in academic UIL and received the Outstanding Art Student award.
Cumby valedictorian Megan Rucker raked in $71,000 in scholarships. Texas A&M University-Commerce admitted her to the Honors Program, which amounts to about $70,000 in educational benefits. She also was awarded a $1,000 Cumby Telephone Scholarship. Rucker was also recognized as a Beta Club member, participation in academic UIL, making the A Honor Roll and having the highest grade point average in duel credit college government, economics and English classes.
Salutatorian Taylor Gifford received $62,000 in scholarships. Texas A&M University-Commerce also admitted Gifford to the Honors program, with $55,000 Regency Honors award. She also received a $6,000 Academic Excellence Award and a $1,000 Cumby Telephone Scholarship. Gifford was also recognized as a Beta Club member, for making the AB Honor Roll, receiving the One-Play Top Crew Award and competing in other academic UIL events, and for having the highest GPA in government and in English IV.
Molly Nance also received a $250 Cumby PTO Scholarship, as well as a $1,000 Cumby Telephone Scholarship and a $500 Patti Earls Scholarship.
Reece Walker received an $8,000 Texas Tech Presidential Scholarship.
Corrie Retting was awarded a $500 Masonic Lodge Scholarship as well as a $5,000 State Fair of Texas Scholarship.
Joseph Martin was awarded a $1,000 Cumby Telephone Scholarship, a $155 Senior Class award and a $2,500 Finis and Onree Attlesey and Garland and Sweet Gamblin Scholarship. Martin was also recognized as a Beta Club member, making the AB Honor Roll, being the Top Student in career prep I and having the highest GPA in scientific research and design class.
James Evans received a $1,000 Cumby Telephone Scholarship, a $500 Cumby Young Farmers Scholarship and a $150 Professional Land Title Company Scholarship. He was recognized as a Beta Club member, his participation in academic UIL and having the highest GPA in government, English IV and welding I.
Karli Emmons received a $1,500 Clarendon College Athletics Scholarship and a $500 Cumby Athletic Booster Club Scholarship. Emmons also was recognized for participation in academic UIL and as the Top Yearbook Creator/Photographer.
Luis Osornio received a $1,500 Clarendon College Athletics Scholarship.
Colton Speights’ $1,250 in scholarships included a $1,000 Charles Roger Miller Scholarship and a $250 Senior Class award.
Brandon Gomez went home with a $1,000 Charles Rogers Miller Scholarship and a $250 Cumby Youth Sports Association Scholarship.
A $1,000 Young Farmers Scholarship was awarded to D.J. Lackey, who was also recognized for participation in academic UIL and having the highest GPA in professional communication and ag facilities.
Others seniors recognized for their involvement in academic UIL competition included Taylor Green, Cydney Jenson, Brandon Jones and Angel Wilson. Jones was also noted for his participation in Beta Club, making the AB Honor Roll and being the Top Student in problems and solutions class. Wilson was noted for having the highest GPA in economics.
Lauren Nicholson received the Top Art Student award and was recognized for having the highest English IV and government GPAs. Also noted for having the highest GPA in a subject were Taylor Nabers in career prep II and Brianna Wilson in English IV and economics.
Glenn Goode was named the Outstanding Student in welding II.
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