SSHS grads snag $1.3 million in scholarships
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

A U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant presents Terry Barron and Justin Morris (right) with Montgomery GI Bill and Tuition Assistance Scholarships totaling a combined $70,400. The Marine was assisted by Michael Crotzer, a 2003 SSHS graduate who just finished basic training. Morris also received a $50,000 Marine Corps College Fund award.
Staff Photo by Rickey Russell

May 19, 2004 -- Members of the 2003-2004 senior class walked away from Sulphur Springs High School Honors/Awards Assembly held in Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Tuesday night with an estimated $1,318,210 in scholarships and monetary awards.

The largest individual awards went to students enlisted or considering enlisting in the armed services, with the second largest chunk of funding awarded to 14 student athletes. Several other students were also awarded several scholarships each.

Justin Morris was awarded a whopping $85,400 from the United States Marine Corps in the form of $35,400 through the Montgomery GI Bill and Tuition Assistance and $50,000 from the Marine Corps College Funds.

Elizabeth Gammill was awarded $48,960 from the United States Army: $35,460 from the Montgomery GI Bill and $13,500 from the College Fund.

Chris Caruthers, Adam Peugh, Billy Webb, Eric Whittington and James Sawyer were each awarded $35,460 each from the United States Navy, while Terry Barton was awarded $35,000 from the United States Marine Corps through the Montgomery GI Bill and Tuition Assistance.

Fourteen students brought in a total of $641,770 in athletic scholarships.

Football scholarships went to Blake Birchfield, Southwest Baptist University; Aaron Boles, University of Central Arkansas; Kedaron Franklin, University of Texas at El Paso; Trey Hall and Brandon Skelton, Southeastern Oklahoma; Ryan Henry, Belhaven College; Jordan Jones, Northwestern State University; Jonathan Lindley, Southern Methodist University; Leo Wisniewski, Southwestern Kansas; and Kendall Wright, Northwest Missouri State University. Ryan Henry was also awarded a $1,000 Sulphur Springs High School Coca-Cola Scholarship. Brandon Skelton was awarded the $500 Justin Gammill Football Scholarship, the $1,000 Texas High School Powerlifting Association scholarship and the $1,000 Curtis Morris Fighting Heart Scholarship in addition to a $13,400 SOSU Non-resident Tuition Waver Scholarship.

Students receiving softball scholarships included Savannah Gibby, Texarkana College; Melissa McSheffery, St. Edwards University; and Hollie Watson, University of Central Arkansas. Hollie Watson was also awarded a $1,000 Doulos Scholarship. Brandi Crouch was offered a basketball scholarship from McLennan Community College.

Lauren Owens, who was named valedictorian for the senior class, was awarded more than $43,200 in scholarships including a $1,500 TBTEA scholarship, the State College Valedictorian Scholarship which pays one year's tuition for the first year if she attends a state school, $500 Sulphur Springs Aides & Secretaries Association (SASSIE) Scholarship, a $40,000 2004 Terry Scholar award and the $1,000 Ex-Students' Association scholarship from the University of Texas at Austin and a $200 Student Council Sponsor's Award and Scholarship.

The University of Texas at Tyler awarded Nick Kennon a $16,000 Patriot Regent's Award while Leigh Ann McKinney received $13,440 Non-Resident Tuition Waver and $5,200 Resident Hall Scholarships from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Kennon also received an $8,000 Stephen F. Austin University Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Hannah Avent also received a $8,000 Stephen F. Austin University Academic Excellence Scholarship and a $150 Theatre Department Scholarship awarded by the high school's Fine Arts Department.

Carrie Armstrong was presented with a $1,000 Doulos Scholarship and a $24,000 Provost's Baylor Scholar award from Baylor University

David Johnson was awarded an $8,000 Alliance Bank Educational Scholarship, a $17,000 President's Scholarship from Case Western Reserve University, $500 SASSIE Scholarship,

Alan Hudson was presented a $10,000 Henderson State University Band Scholarship and a $500 Band Booster Scholarship.

Katy Gibson received the, $2,500 City National Bank Scholarship.

Monica Lancaster received at least $11,850 in scholarships including a $250 Area Council PTO Scholarship, $500 Justin Gammill Memorial Scholarship, $500 Sulphur Springs Area Classroom Teachers Association award, $1,000 Northeast Texas Choral Society Scholarship, an $8,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship and a $1,600 Music Scholarship from Stephen F. Austin University, and a $500 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship.

Magan Spataro went home with a $500 SASSIE Scholarship, $1,000 Rotary Club Scholarship, Texas A&M University-Commerce $4,000 Housing and $2,000 Blue & Gold Scholarships, $1,000 Sulphur Springs High School Coca-Cola Scholarship, and a $250 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship.

Rachel Preuss was the recipient of the $500 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Stephanie Longino Davidson Talent Winner Award Scholarship as well as the $1,000 awarded to the Dairy Festival queen.

Lacy McCaig was presented the $1,000 Carriage House Manor Scholarship as well as the $2,000 GSC Enterprises Scholarship.

Zane Brown left Tuesday night's assembly with seven scholarships including a $500 4-H Booster Club scholarship, Texas A&M University-Commerce $4,000 Academic Excellence and $4,000 Housing Scholarships, $1,000 SSHS Coca-Cola Scholarship, $200 Cecil Tucker Memorial FFA Scholarship, $250 Farm Bureau/James Miller Memorial FFA Scholarship and a $1,000 Northeast Texas Livestock Association FFA Scholarship.

Kelly Fouse was also among the $500 SASSIE Scholarship and $2,000 Texas A&M University-Commerce Blue & Gold Scholarship recipients.

Chance VanWinkle went home with eight scholarships including a $500 SASSIE Scholarship, $250 Hopkins County A&M Club Scholarship, $1,000 Hopkins County Manufacturing Association Jim Holland Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 SSHS Coca-Cola Scholarship, $500 Sterling & Eva Beckham FFA Scholarship, $1,000 National FFA Ford Truck Scholarship from Ford Foundation, $250, Farm Bureau/James Miller Memorial FFA Scholarship and $1,000 Northeast Texas Livestock Association FFA Scholarship.

Blake Fisher was the recipient of five agriculturally related scholarships: a $1,000 National FFA Ford Truck Scholarship from Ford Foundation, $6,000 San Antonio Livestock Show FFA Scholarship, $1,000 Northeast Texas Livestock Association FFA Scholarship, $200 Sulphur Springs Young Farmers FFA Scholarship, $500 Fort Worth Livestock Show FFA Scholarship.

Jared Glenn was presented a $500 SASSIE Scholarship and a $1,000 San Antonio Livestock Show FFA Scholarship. Amber Porter also went home with $1,500 in scholarships including the $500 VFW Ladies Auxiliary Wandalee Darley Memorial Scholarship, $500 Leadership Sulphur Springs Alumni Association Tom Barr Scholarship and a $500 Sulphur Springs Coalition For Equality in Education Scholarship.

The $500 Junior Waverly Scholarship went to Kristina Bryant. She also received a $1,500 Foxworth-Galbraith Company American Values Scholarship.

Joshua Huckabee took home the Texas A&M University-Commerce $4,000 Housing Scholarship and $2,000 Blue & Gold Scholarship. Stefani Ivey was also awarded $4,000 Housing Scholarship and a $600 Upward Bound Scholarship from Texas A&M University-Commerce, while Francesca Wright went home with a $300 Upward Bound Scholarship from TAMU-C.

Jason Trout was presented with a $2,000 Blue & Gold Scholarship and a $4,000 Housing Scholarship from TAMU-C, a $500 San Antonio College Student Financial Services scholarship and a $16,000 CPI/Access MVP Scholarship award from Copy Products Inc.

Texas A&M University awarded Caleb Beck a $3,000 Opportunity Award Scholarship Program Aggie Keys to College Scholarship, while Ashton Rush was awarded a $6,500 Freshman Housing Scholarship from Northwood University.

Kamica Dial also received a $600 Sulphur Springs Coalition for Equality in Education and a $1,000 Perry F. Bradley Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Kay Temples received the $1,000 Carriage House Manor Scholarship. Northwestern State University in Louisiana also awarded her a $3,400 Outstanding Student Scholarship, a $4,000 Presidential Honors Scholarship and a $600 Leadership Scholarship.

Jessica Johnson was presented with a $250 Area Council PTO Scholarship as well as a $4,000 Presidential Scholarship from Paris Junior College.

Ian Wells was awarded a $1,000 Presidential Freedom Scholarship, a $750 Pace Alumni Scholarship and a $500 Destination Imagination Scholarship, based on his experiences as an ACE student in middle school and his experience as a coach for this year's ACE middle school ESL DI team.

Christopher Good received a $1,000 SSHS Coca-Cola Scholarship and a $1,000 Career Colleges and Schools of Texas scholarship, while Chris Clement was presented with a $1,000 San Antonio Livestock Show FFA Scholarship, $600 Paris Junior College J.A. Love Salutatorian Scholarship and a $1,000 Ex-Students of The University of Texas at Austin scholarship.

Lon Morris College extended Megan Brown a $2,500 Music Scholarship. She was also awarded a $250 Winnsboro Classroom Teacher's Association scholarship.

Ana Gomez was awarded a $500 Sulphur Springs Area Classroom Teachers Association scholarship and the $300 Sulphur Springs Area Retired Teachers and School Personnel scholarship.

Sheryl Garrard went home with two awards, a $500 SASSIE Scholarship and the $250 Allarea Black Scholarship.

Patrick Morgan received three scholarships: a $400 scholarship from Sulphur Springs Coalition for Equality in Education, $500 Hopkins County Flag Football scholarship and the $2,000 Jeld-Wen Scholarship.

Larissa Knotts was presented with a $250 Sulphur Springs Ladies Tennis Association Lamar Moss Scholarship and a $275 Future Teachers of America Scholarship

Other students receiving $1,000 scholarships included Jessica Pope, Principal's Leadership Awards; Mallory Hoybook, Kiwanis Scholarship; Zach Wilhite, Russell Mannon Wildcat Baseball Scholarship; Brent Askins and Chris Clement, San Antonio Livestock Show FFA Scholarships; Whitney Gideon, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. Hal Thorkilsen Scholarship; Jose Bonilla and Lance Reppond, Career Colleges and Schools of Texas; Brittney Adams, Ex-Students of the University of Texas at Austin scholarship.

Hutton Harris went home with a $700 Balfour Scholarship and Emily Long the $500 Hopkins County Bar Association award.

Savana Gibby was presented with a $500 SASSIE Scholarship. Colston Copeland and Collin Stroud each received a $500 Hopkins County Boys Baseball Association scholarship. Stroud also received a $750 Ex-Students' Association of the University of Texas at Austin scholarship as did John Litzler and Matt Worsham. Worsham was also awarded a $150 Theatre Department Scholarship from SSHS Fine Arts Dept.

Sulphur Springs Soccer Association awarded $500 scholarships to Yori Franklin and Jim Grand-Linard. Holli-Von Bronson got the $500 Perry Bradley III Scholarship and Lacy Temples a $500 PEO scholarship. Brittany Abron received a $500 scholarship from Sulphur Springs Coalition for Equality in Education. San Antonio College also awarded a $500 Student Financial Services scholarships to Calvin Friesth and Andrew Howser. Howser also received $50 award and a $50 scholarship from Teen Court as did John Litzler. Teen court also presented $50 awards to Kylie Littlefield, Ethan Mitchell, Dawn Soeder, Sam Dolan, Lindsey Kennedy and Drew Blezinger.

Students also receiving Future Teachers of America Scholarships were Maricela Resendiz, $100; Marisha Peugh and Mandi Speaker, $200; and Chandra Alford, Ashlee Buchanan and Angela Franks, $275.

Scholarships of $250 were awarded to Andrew Watson, PTSO Scholarship; Cody Bain, Hopkins County A&M Club Scholarship; and Kasie Moon, Peggy Reynolds/Dallas Morning News Scholarship.

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