Sulphur Bluff announced Zach Steven Hope, William Everett Wilder and Jacob Mac Stahl as this year’s high school honor graduates and named Kaitlyn Hancock, Heather Daniel Anderson and Collin B. Williams as this year’s top 8th graders.
Hope, son of Pam Hope of Nelta and older brother of Alexis Hope, achieved the top grade point average in the SBHS class. The valedictorian has been active in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.
He has advanced to the regional contest all four years of his high school career in the informative speaking category. He also received dual high school and college credit in government, economics and English classes.
Hope serves as a senior class officer, has served as president of the Beta Club and is a member of the Hopkins County High School Leadership Class. He also was involved in Future Farmers of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for a couple of years. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Boys Scouts of America.
He is on the state-bound cross country varsity track team this year, and was active as a member of the varsity track team. He was on the basketball team until his year. In fact, Hope said he loves sports so much that when not playing them, he enjoys watching them on TV.
Hope credits his mother for his successes.
“My mom is my biggest supporter,” the valedictorian said. “She is always there for me.”
After graduation, Hope plans to get his “basics” out of the way at Paris Junior College then transfer to a four year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in finance then a master’s degree in business administration. He said he really likes money and finance, and when not watching sports can often be found absorbed in business programs on TV.
William Everett Wilder, son of Gina Wilder and Bill Wilder of the Nelta community had the second highest grade point average, and thus was named this year’s SBHS salutatorian. He also is the younger brother of Emily Wilder.
The salutatorian has gone to state in both track and cross country. He is advancing to the state track meet June 5-6, with second place finishes in both the 3200 meter and 1600 meter runs at region last week. In fact, because of the time conflict with graduation, Wilder has opted to give his salutatory address and participate in the special graduation event held during the state track meet.
He has also received dual high school and college credit in government, economics and English classes. He competed academic UIL all four years in calculator applications.
Wilder was a member of the Beta Club, should soon be achieving his Eagle Scout ranking in Boy Scouts of America, served as a regional FCCLA officer a few years ago, and was a member of Hopkins County High School Leadership Class.
He also has been working with pilot instructor Rickey Morgan, logging numerous hours toward his pilot’s license.
After high school, Wilder plans to attend Stephen F. Austin University on an academic scholarship, majoring in aerospace and mathematics which should serve him well in the future as he begins pursuing a career as a commercial pilot, something he’s become interested in “because it’s fun.”
He said that Coach Charles Wright has been an especially influential person in his life because “he’s helped me out with running.”
Also recognized for earning the third place ranking among the senior class was Jacob Mac Stahl.
This SBHS honor graduate is the son of Scott Stahl and Margaret Stahl of the Dike community, and brother of Justin Stahl.
He has attended school at Sulphur Bluff since the second grade. He was active in Beta Club, Hopkins County High School Leadership Class, Boy Scouts of America, District FFA for four years.
Stahl competed in the academic UIL One Act Play and Lincoln Douglas debate contests. He also ran cross country and track with the school teams. He obtained dual credit, high school and college, in economics, government and English classes. A self admitted procrastinator, Stahl said he’s learned he “works well under pressure.”
He said he would be hard pressed if asked to name just one teacher or person who made a difference in his life, as he had the privilege of being taught by numerous individuals he liked.
Stahl indicated he plans to attend Paris Junior College and a theater scholarship, majoring in engineering in order to obtain a degree and training which will enable him to design bridges and other structures.
Hope and Stahl along with classmates Hailey Abernathy, Andy Adair, Randy Adair, Edgar Atwood, Cody Austin, Cheyenne Brown, Josh Formoso, Ismael Gutierrez, Zach Leatherwood, Mason Littrell, Robert Messick, Ryan Moore, Sarah Nelson, Colt Nichols, Chelsea Roman, Chris Russell, Jacob Stahl, Summer Stailey and Keri Tubb will be honored during a baccalaureate service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Sulphur Bluff Baptist Church and commencement exercise June 5 in the new school gym.
Also recently recognized were eighth graders Kaitlyn Hancock, Heather Daniel Anderson and Collin B. Williams.
SB eighth grade valedictorian Kaitlyn Hancock finishes the year with a 4.7385 grade point average. She is the daughter of Lisa Josey and Lee Hancock.
Hancock served as class president during both seventh and eighth grades, and also participated in UIL. She was also very active in school sports, playing basketball and volleyball, running cross country and track both years. As an eighth grader, she placed second in the 110 meter hurdles, third in high jump, and participated in long jump, 300 meter hurdles and 400 meter relays. In seventh grade, she placed second in district in cross country, and in track placed fourth in 110 meter hurdles and high jump, and second in the two-mile run. She also listed soccer among her other activities.
Eighth grade salutatorian Heather Danielle Anderson finishes the year with a 4.5 GPA. She is daughter of Phillip and Sarah Anderson.
Anderson has served as class reporter. In academic UIL, she competed in prose, number sense, mathematics, dictionary skills, listening skills, modern oratory, and maps graphs and charts. In sports, she participated in basketball, volleyball, softball and track. She’s a member of Theta Rho of Texas and the church youth group.
Collin B. Williams is the third honor graduate of the eighth grade class of 20 students. Williams, son of Carolyn Williams and Steve Williams, finishes eighth grade with a 4.2 GPA.
He competed in number sense and maps, graphs and charts competitions. He was involved in FFA. In sports, he played on the school baseball and basketball and ran cross country and track. He also played on a Sulphur Springs baseball team and and a Winnsboro traveling team too.
An awards program will be held at 1 p.m. June 1 for high school students and at 2:30 p.m. June 1 for junior high students; athletic awards will be presented at that time as well. Elementary UIL awards will be presented May 22, and elementary awards June 4. Graduation for prekindergarten students will be June 2. The FCCLA banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight (May 21) and the FFA banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, in the cafeteria. The senior trip is planned for May 29.
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