Sulphur Springs High School set a record at its annual Honors/Awards Program Tuesday night with a whopping $2,874,821.40 in scholarships, awards and armed forces appointments handed out, primarily to this year’s seniors.
And that amount doesn’t include the State College Valedictorian Scholarship awarded to Jacob Russell to cover the cost of his first year’s tuition, whatever it may be, provided he attends a state school his first year out of high school. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem for Russell, who has indicated to school trustees that he plans to attend Texas A&M University this fall to pursue a career in petroleum or mechanical engineering
Military appointments and armed forces scholarships accounted for $1,377,212 of the $2.87 million awarded, the most awarded to SSHS students during the program in at least 10 years, and probably ever. The remaining $1.497,609.40 was presented in the form of college scholarships and other monetary awards.
Garrett Gray received what was easily the largest award. He was offered a $375,000 United States Naval Academy appointment by Chuck Hopkins, retired U.S. Navy Chief cryptologocial technician.
Three students also receiving large offers were Maria Cruz, Ashton Pruitt and Wayne Rasmussen. U.S. Navy Petty Officer Rob Boone offered each a $192,256 United States Navy Scholarship in exchange for their service to the country.
Another $385,444 in United States Army Scholarships was extended by U.S. Army SSG Ninoska Urbina and Sgt. Kristen Ries to five SSHS students. James Jones was awarded $75,500, Brittany Couch $84,500, Jordan Johnson $65,500, Nicholas Ramirez $81,444 and Robert King $78,500.
The remaining $40,000 in armed forces scholarship funding was presented by U.S. Air Force Major O.J. Ghaemmaghami to Ryan Young in the form of a U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School Scholarship.
One large group of scholarships handed out went to student athletes. SSHS Athletic Director Greg Owens had the pleasure of naming 10 football players who will receive a cut of the $547,838 in scholarships awarded by eight schools and an academy. They included Austin Brewer to play for Howard Payne University; Jameison Dial for Southern Arkansas University; Darrell Franklin for East Texas Baptist University; Rashad Hall and Anthony Mills, both for Tyler Junior College; Jace Jackson for Sam Houston State University, Johnny McSheffery for West Texas A&M University, Colton Nash for the University of Arkansas, Tyrik Rollison for Auburn University and Ryan Young for the Air Force Academy.
Several students were awarded several scholarships including this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian.
In addition to the valedictorian scholarship, Jacob Russell was also awarded $2,000 in scholarships from the National Wild Turkey Federation, $500 from the local group and $1,500 from the state group; a $250 P.A.C.E. Scholarship; a $500 Hopkins County A&M Club Scholarship; a $1,000 Patrick Miles Memorial Scholarship; a $750 Balfour Scholarship; a $300 East Texas DI (Destination Imagination) Alumni Scholarship; a $1,000 Curtis Morris Fighting Heart Scholarship; and a $1,000 Dallas Scottish Rite Library & Museum Scholarship.
Both Russell and Salutatorian Brandon Harry were also offered scholarships to attend Paris Junior College, Russell a $1,600 Love Valedictorian Scholarship and Harry a $1,000 Love Salutatorian Scholarship.
Brandon Harry was also awarded an $8,000 Alliance Bank Educational Scholarship, a $10,000 Fed Ex Freight Sheridan Garrison Scholarship, a $1,000 Wood County Electric Cooperative “Power My World” Scholarship, a $500 Area I Region III Business Professionals of America Scholarship and a $1,000 Peoples Telephone Cooperative Scholarship; and was offered a $46,000 scholarship from Houston Baptist University, a $44,000 President’s Gold Scholarship to attend Baylor University, a $47,400 Southern Arkansas University Mulerider Excellence Scholarship, a $44,000 Hardin-Simmons University Trustee Scholarship, and $1,000 Christian Leadership and $37,976.40 Academic Honors scholarships for him to attend Dallas Baptist University (where he indicated to school officials he plans to attend).
Bonnie Grafton may not have gone home with as many scholarships as many of the classmates named below, but she did get one large award definitely notable because of its sheer size. Grafton was presented the $73,904 Oral Roberts University Honors Fellowship Award Tuesday night.
In addition to the Navy scholarship, Wayne Rasmussen was also offered a $60,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship to Austin College.
Shelby Blezinger, Jacob Mazoch, Kaci Mohon and Morgan Lutz were each awarded scholarships to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce. Blezinger was offered a $6,500 Department of Music Scholarship, while Mazoch was awarded a $5,000 Department of Music Scholarship and a $4,000 Housing Scholarship, Mohon a $16,500 Department of Music Scholarship and a $50,000 Honors College Scholarship, and Lutz a $50,000 Honors College Scholarship to TAM-C.
Shelby Blezinger was also awarded a $1,000 Farmers Electric Scholarship, $75 for the Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest, a $250 P.A.C.E Scholarship, a $1,000 Patrick Miles Memorial Scholarship, a $500 Sulphur Springs Ladies Tennis Association Lamar Moss Scholarship, and was offered a $6,750 Music Scholarship to attend Auburn University College of Liberal Arts.
Morgan Lutz also went home with the $500 Tyhler Reppond Thespian Scholarship and Jacob Mazoch was the recipient of a $32,000 Provost’s Gold Scholarship to attend Baylor University.
Others offered scholarships to attend Baylor University were Victor Gonzalez, a $44,000 President’s Gold Scholarship; and Andy Ginn, a $10,000 Dean’s Gold Scholarship. Gonzalez was also awarded a $1,000 Patrick Miles Memorial Scholarship.
Cooper Welch was presented with a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship, a $500 Sulphur Springs Aides & Secretaries Association Scholarship; and was offered a $14,000 Christian Leadership Scholarship and a $28,000 Presidential Scholarship, both to attend East Texas Baptist University.
Dylan Rutherford was awarded $2,000 from GSC Enterprises, Inc. Rutherford also was awarded a $1,000 Sulphur Spring Adult Leadership Scholarship, a $500 Mother’s Culture Club Scholarship, and was offered a $40,000 St. Mary’s University Presidential Scholarship
Amy Highfield and Staci Orsonio were also awarded $2,000 from GSC Enterprises, Inc. Highfield, Jamie McKinnon and Michael Wells were awarded $1,000 HCMH Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship. Osornio and McKinnon also each received a $4,000 scholarship and Wells a $2,000 scholarship from Carriage House Manor. Wells and Haley Ball were awarded $1,000 Hopkins County Memorial Hospital awards. Junior Waverly Club also awarded McKinnon a $500 scholarship
Alyssa Burney went home with a $500 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Pageant Scholarship. She was also offered a $28,000 Deans Scholarship from Hardin-Simmons University and $26,000 from Mary Hardin-Baylor in the form of a $10,000 UMHB Leadership Scholarship and a $16,000 Honors Scholarship.
Whitney Hu was another student well rewarded for her school and extracurricular achievements. She was awarded a $500 State BPA Scholarship, a $500 Area I Region III Business Professionals of America Scholarship, a $1,000 Patrick Miles Memorial Scholarship, a $50 senior Teen Court Merit Club Winners award, a $750 Teen Court Senior Scholarship; and was offered a $14,000 Founders Scholarship from Texas Christian University and a $28,950 Coe College Diversity Leadership Scholarship
Jake Moreland was the recipient of a $1,500 Texas Aggie Grant to attend Texas A&M University, as well as a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship. He was offered three scholarships to attend Pepperdine University: a $300 Associated Women of Pepperdine Scholarship, a $200 Howard A. White Scholarship and a $28,166 Pepperdine Grant Scholarship
Another student to receive several awards was Haley Reynolds. Scholarships she will benefit from include a $250 Chapter AB of PEO Sisterhood Scholarship given in memory of Inez McCorkle; a $1,000 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Pageant Scholarship, the $500 Stephanie Longino Davidson Talent Scholarship
Regan Gilmore went home with a $3,500 City National Bank Scholarship given in memory of Martha Reynolds, a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship, a $500 Homicide Investigators of Texas Scholarship
Sarah Fox was awarded a $1,500 Perry Bradley Jr. Scholarship. She also will benefit from $250 Chapter AB of PEO Sister Hood Memorial Scholarship given in memory of Inez McCorkle, was offered a $12,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship to attend Stephen F. Austin State University, a $16,000 Board of Regents Scholarship from the University of North Texas,
Receiving the $1,500 Kiwanis Scholarship and a $4,000 Patrick Miles Memorial Scholarship was Ashlea Brown.
Others also receiving Patrick Miles Memorial Scholarships were RaShad Hall, $4,000; Jayden Wallace and TraShonda Green, $2,500; and Brittany Bell, Heath Robinson and Baleigh Butler, $1,000. Hall also was awarded a $2,000 Jeld-Wen Scholarship
Erika Garrett received a $250 Peggy Reynolds/Dallas Morning News Scholarship, a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship, and a $500 Sulphur Springs Aides & Secretaries Association Scholarship
The recipient of a $6,000 West Texas A&M University Scholarship and a $2,500 Truman State University President’s Honorary Scholarship was John McSheffery.
San Antonio Livestock & Expo Scholarships in the amount of $4,000 were awarded to Thomas Albritton, Chasen Folmar and Jami Scroggins.
Blake Wheeler got The Faulk Company Scholarship in the amount of $500, as well as a $250 Area Council Parent, Teacher Organization Scholarship. Also receiving a $250 Area Council PTO Scholarship was Alysha Meehan, recipient of a $1,000 Helen Ewing Ditto True Gritt Award.
Britney Cheatham and Kaitlyn Potts each received a $1,000 Jan James Memorial Golf Scholarship. Cheatham also earned a $750 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen Pageant runner-up scholarship, a $500 Lions Club Scholarship and a $250 Professional Land Title Company Frankie & Glenna Jo Price Memorial Scholarship. Potts received a $250 Dairy Fest Pageant Scholarship. The $200 Allarea Black Scholarship went to Cammie Pingel. Owens also received a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship.
Eddie Arciga was presented a $500 Lions Club Scholarship and a $1,000 Sulphur Springs High School Communications Scholarship. Other recipients of $1,000 SSHS Communications Scholarships were Danyelle Carter and Johnathon Lee.
SASSIE Scholarships in the amount of $500 were also presented to Marron Allison, Brittany Bell, Jentri Broumley, Jordan Owens and Melissa Ream. Broumley also was awarded a $500 Perry F. Bradley III Scholarship.
Teen Court Merit Club also awarded Andrew Dulude a $500 Senior Scholarship, and gave $50 awards to freshman Alleigh Harland, sophomores Kayla Townsend and Hilary Harrington, juniors Coby Steele and Brad Worsham and senior Robert King.
Rotary Club also awarded Samantha Weeks a $500 and Brittany Lamphere a $50 4-Way Speech Contest award.
Others award recipients included Joshua Gaines, $6,000 Sandy Chester Memorial Scholarship; Bailey Booher, $1,000 Texas Tech University Alumni Association Scholarship; Ariel Palacios, $1,000 Clayton & Graves Scholarship; Ben Barrows, $500 Hopkins County A&M Club Scholarship; Chea Townsend, $250 Professional Land Title Company Frankie & Glenna Jo Price Memorial Scholarship; and Stevie Moore, $200 Dial Study Club Scholarship.
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