Como-Pickton High School seniors took home nearly $200,000 in scholarships as well as hundreds of awards recognizing its brightest and best this week.
Heading the list of seniors with the 10 highest cumulative grade point averages for the past four years from first through 10th place are Hannah Manverse, Deanna Garrett, Eduardo Diosdado, Dustin Flower, Shelby Harrison, Paula Wygal, Lisa Lageschaar, Ryan Sharp, Kelyn Fain and Christina Sandate.
Valedictorian Hannah Manverse, daughter of Bob and Sherry Manverse, was awarded the Texas Education Agency Valedictorian Scholarship which would pay her first year’s tuition and fees at a Texas college or university. However, she said she plans to attend Vanderbuilt University, utilizing $50,000 worth of scholarships offered to her by the school. She has yet to determine what field she plans to go into but said becoming a missionary is one idea she’s considered.
She encourages other students aspiring toward success in any area of life to “make wise decisions and try to glorify God in all you do. You can lose yourself sometimes, but God is always unchanging. I see so much selfishness in myself and others. I keep coming back to that. Mission work is doing something bigger than yourself,” she said.
Manverse said of all her teachers, Coach Mowat has been the most influential. “She coached me in volleyball. She knows me and still loves me,” she explained.
In addition to four years of volleyball (three of which were on the varsity squad), Manverse also was a varsity cheerleader for three years, played varsity golf for three years, was a member of the National Honor Society, served as class vice president, served on the Student Council, was on the yearbook staff for three years. She took honors calculus and English classes. She will start college a few classes ahead of new freshmen; she’s already gotten some of her basics out of the way at Paris Junior College.
CPHS salutatorian Deanna Garrett, daughter of Meg and Mark Garrett, plans to use the $16,000 freshman honors scholarship she was awarded by UTA , as well as the $2,000 Texas High School Top 10 Percent Scholarship and a $100 Como-Pickton PTO Little Dribblers Scholarship to earn a degree in psychology. She said she will attend UTA for four years then transfer to UT and continue her studies.
“I wanted to be a doctor since I was little. I thought for the longest time I wanted to be a pediatrician, but as I got older I discovered I like to analyze people and things,” Garrett said.
She encourages others to strive for success by paying attention in class “and doing what the teacher tell you to do.”
“Studying is the key,” she said.
The teachers most inspirational to her have been Shelly Anderson, who taught her English as a junior and sophomore, and Jack Forsee, who made precalculus, PAP chemistry “fun and interesting.”
Garrett is slated to compete in the pole vault at the state track meet for the third consecutive year, then hopes to make it back in time to speak at the graduation ceremony Saturday, June 6.
She’s participated in athletics all four years of high school, including four years on the basketball team, one playing varsity volleyball and three years on the junior varsity volleyball team, and four years in track. This year, she’s had the opportunity to practice track without the usual three-month interruption, which has helped keep her in shape. She hopes to continue to compete in pole vault events at UTA.
Garrett also participated in the UIL One Act Play contest as a freshman, and was an All American Cheerleader and varsity cheerleader for three years.
Eduardo Diosdado and Dustin Flowers also received $2,000 Texas High School Top 10 percent Scholarships. Diosdado and Spencer Boyd also received $36,000 University of North Texas Emerald Eagle Scholars Grants. Boyd also went home this week with a $500 Como-Pickton PTO Scholarship, a $300 Eagle Baseball Scholarship, a $500 Gus Garrison Masonic Lodge Scholarship, a $500 Como-Pickton Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, a $500 Lake Country Antique Tractor Association Scholarship, a $1,000 Custom Shutters Scholarship and a Robert Davis Mowat Scholarship.
Lisa Lageschaar went home with $18,500 in scholarships for her participation in livestock and agricultural events: a $500 Fort Worth Stock Show Calf Scramble 2008 Scholarship, a $1,000 Fort Worth Stock Show Calf Scramble 2009 Scholarship, a $500 Leo Hoff Sr. Memorial Scholarship from Texas Holstein Association, a $10,000 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship, a $5,000 State Fair of Texas Scholarship and a $1,000 Cargill FFA Scholarship. She also was awarded a $1,500 achievement scholarship from Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club, a $150 Frankie and Glenna Jo Price Memorial Scholarship from Professional Land Title Company, and a $750 Northeast Texas Community College Titus County Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship.
Chelsey Coke, Heaven Gatlin and Bethanie Flewelling were honored for completing all high school requirements in three years as opposed to the usual four. Coke and Gatlin were awarded $2,000 Early Graduate Scholarships from Texas Education Agency. Flewelling received a $3,000 TEA Early Graduate Scholarship with college bonus, awarded to students who not only have completed high school in three years but who also managed to rack up some college hours. Coke also was awarded a $1,500 Northeast Texas Livestock Association Scholarship and a $500 Hopkins County Fall Festival 1st Runner-Up Cover Girl Scholarship.
Other recipients of the C-P Little Dribblers $100 Scholarship included Cole Boseman, Ryan Carpenter, Austin Darby and Shelby Harrison.
Others receiving scholarships were: Shelby Harrison, $300 Eagle Softball and $4,000 Tyler Junior College Presidential Scholarship; Ryan Carpenter, $750 Texas Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship; Ryan Sharp, TAMU Regents’ Scholarship; Olegario Guitierrez, Spanish Club Scholarship; Irma Tellez, FCCLA Scholarship, NTCC Counselor/ Principal Scholarship and a $300 NTCC Rupert and Phobe Cobb Memorial Scholarship; Austin Darby, $500 Como-Pickton Athletic Booster Club Scholarship; Cole Boseman, $1,000 Pickton Alumni Scholarship and a $1,000 Price Minter Memorial Scholarship; Lindsey Watkins, $750 Moo-LA Transport Scholarship and a $500 Junior Waverly Scholarship; Wilke Jacobs, $4,000 Carriage House Manor Scholarship; and Maci Kight, $1,000 Lonnie Niblett Scholarship.
In addition to the seniors, Como-Pickton also announced its top eighth grade students this week. Aaron Screws, son of Alan and Kim Screws, was named the valedictorian and Juan Amaro, son of Maria Amaro and Jose Amaro, the salutatorian. Screws is also the younger brother of Justin, Jonathan and Kinde Screws. Amaro said he tries to be a good role model for his three younger sisters, Karen, Yesenia and Yoanna Amaro.
Aaron Screws noted that he is the third generation of his family to be named eighth grade valedictorian. Screws’ father, Alan, and paternal grandmother, Linda Screws, were valedictorians of their eighth grade and high school classes. Screws said he hopes to continue the tradition through high school.
He said the key to success in school is to pay attention. Amaro added that working hard is also an important factor in making good grades.
Both Screws and Amaro noted Robert Snyder to be their most influential teacher. They noted that he often taught history lessons equivalent to a college classroom, information they will continue to be able to utilize as they continue their education.
Amaro had attend Como-Pickton school since the fourth grade and was an active member of the National Junior Honor Society. Screws said he’s attended C-P since first grade, and enjoys computers, football and track. He’s also involved with the National Junior Honor Society.
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