SSHS grads earn more than $1.4 million in scholarships
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

May 20, 2005 - Sulphur Springs High School students were recognized and honored Tuesday night for all their efforts this year to the tune of more than $1.4 million in scholarships and awards.

Several students earned multiple awards, while three were presented with scholarships totaling more than $100,000 each, which accounted for $689,879 of the total amount earned by graduating seniors. Another 13 students amassed a collective $364,448 in athletic scholarships.

Jamie Brockemehl’s awards totaled $354,600. The $347,000 United States Air Force Academy appointment the Class of 2005 salutatorian received was by far the largest single award presented at Tuesday night’s awards ceremony. She also was awarded a $6,000 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, a $1,000 Helen Ewing Ditto “True Grit” Award, and a $600 Paris Junior College Love Salutatorian Scholarship.

Chelbie Bolton also received several awards Tuesday, for a total of $234,328 to apply towards college. The three largest amounts Bolton was offered include $91,376 from Southern Methodist University, $72,000 from Hardin Simmons University and a $64,152 McNeese State University Presidential Excellence Award. She also was awarded a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship, a $500 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship, a $300 Future Teachers of America Scholarship and a $5,000 Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church Scholarship.

Michael McAndrew was another student who walked away from the awards program with a large chunk ($100,750) of the funds. McAndrew received a $39,000 Moody Scholarship from Southwestern University at Georgetown, a $1,750 Texas Ex-Students’ Association of the University of Texas at Austin, a $40,000 Baylor University President’s Scholarship and a $20,000 University of North Texas Board of Regents Excellence Scholarship.

Senior athletes contributed an additional $364,448 to the overall $1.42 million recognized Tuesday night. Keelan Green received both football and track scholarships from Northwest Missouri State. Other students receiving football scholarships included Chris Berry, Trinity Valley Community College; Keenan Clayton, University of Oklahoma; Tremayne Jones, Southeast Oklahoma State; Patrick Radney, Austin College; and Rolaundo Wright, Arkansas State University. Betsy Blount was awarded a volleyball scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State, while volleyball player Christina Patchen received $17,000 from the University of Texas in Tyler. Casey Carper’s skills in softball landed her an athletic scholarship from Odessa Junior College, while fellow Lady Cat Stephanie Kethley was awarded a softball scholarship to Bossier-Parish Community College in Louisiana. Soccer Cat John Fox’s scholarships from East Texas Baptist University include the athletic scholarship, a $3,000 ETBU scholarship, a $1,000 Christian Leadership Scholarship and an $892 Lee Randall II Scholarship. College of the Ozarks in Arkansas offered Wilson Jones an athletic scholarship to play soccer while, Independence Community College in Kansas offered Cody Moore a tennis scholarship.

Kasey Davis received $68,569 from Central Christian College of the Bible and Zachary Kolhoff was offered $36,360 from the Navy College Scholarship Fund.

Chelsea Cobb received a $500 Band Booster Scholarship; a $40,000 Presidential Academic Scholarship and $650 Band Scholarship from Henderson State University; and a $50 Senior Teen Court Merit Club Winners award.

Luke Panter also received numerous awards, including an $8,000 Alliance Bank Educational Scholarship, $250 PTSO Scholarship, $250 Area Council PTO Scholarship, $500 Presidential Freedom Scholarship, $500 PACE Alumni Scholarship, $20,000 ACT Academic Scholarship with Oklahoma State University, and a $500 Earle Williams/Larry Austin Scholarship awarded by East Texas Creative Problem Solving Organization.

Christina Patchen, in addition to the $16,000 University of Texas at Tyler athletic scholarship, also received a $500 PEO Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jen Grundei and Laura Jones, and a $2,500 City National Bank, a $10,000 Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a $12,400 University of North Texas scholarships.

Allison Garrard was awarded more than $20,000, including a$250 Area Council PTO Scholarship; a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship; a $15,080 Trustee’s Award and $4,000 Evelyn LeTourneau Scholarship, both from LeTourneau University; $1,000 Kiwanis Scholarship; and a $200 Allarea Black Scholarship.

Valedictorian Kim de Witte qualifies for the State College Valedictorian Scholarship which will pay her first year of tuition at any college within the state, as well as a $500 Perry F. Bradley III Scholarship and a $2,000 Texas Ex-Students’ Association of The Unversity of Texas at Austin.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University awarded Amanda Brock a President’s Leadership Class $13,800 tuition scholarship and a $5,600 housing scholarship. Abilene Christian University presented Valerie Walker with a $16,000 scholarship. Brock, along with Leslie Horne, Kayla Lucas and Patrick Radney, were each awarded $8,000 through the Academic Excellence Scholarship Program at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Andrew Blezinger was awarded $9,000 by Texas A&M University-Commerce as well as a $500 Band Booster Scholarship, a $622 FEC Electric Scholarship, and a $1,000 Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Kay Hughes, Charlie Jones and Martha Scott from Northeast Texas Choral Society.

Jared Ramey was awarded a $6,000 scholarship for his performances at the San Antonio Livestock Show, while Aaron Ball earned a $4,000 Presidential Scholarship from Paris Junior College.

The $1,300 Doulos Scholarship went to Brooke Wilson, as did the $700 Balfour award.

Awards of $2,000 went to Kyle Henton and Tyler Law from GSC Enterprises Inc., and to Wes Woods from Texas Quarter House Association

Kristopher Pace received the $1,500 Foxworth-Galbraith American Values Scholarship and a $500 Tulsa Welding School award.

Patrick Whitehead received $500 each from Gober-Merrell and from Teen Court Merit Club Senior Scholarship Winners. He also went home with a $1,500 Cisco Community College Theatre Scholarship.

Kacy Sheffield and Calvin Friesth were each awarded a $500 Area I Region III Business Professionals of America Advisors Scholarship. Sheffield also got the $1,000 TEAS Business Technology Educators Association Scholarship and the $250 National BPA Officers Scholarship. Friesth also went home with the $1,000 Hopkins County Manufacturing Jim Holland Memorial Scholarship.

Stephanie Kethley and Candace Stillwagoner were the first students to benefit from scholarships awarded by Sulphur Springs Law Enforcement Association. Kethley was awarded $250 and Stillwagoner $500 to assist them with college expenses. Stillwagoner also went home with a $1,000 Dallas Scottish Rite Library and Museum Inc. award and Kethley a $1,000 Curtis Morris Fighting Heart Scholarship

Whitney Thompson was presented with the $500 Junior Waverly Scholarship, the $1,000 Legacy Scholarship of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, a $500 Spina Bifida Association of Dallas Scholarship and a $1,500 Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Wilma Potter Scholarship.

Other students receiving $1,000 awards included Casey Carper, Derek Dickson, Latara Turner, Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarships; Whitney Roberts and Susan Pennington, Rotary Club Scholarships; Angie Hudson, Hopkins County Memorial Hospital award; Leslie Horne, Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship; Jonathan Hall, Grayson County College Foundation Inc. Viking Scholarship; and John Michael Fox, Perry Bradley Jr. Scholarship.

Jennifer Moreland received a $300 Future Teachers of America Scholarship, and Kristin Midgley got $750 from the Classroom Teacher’s Association. Lillian Hynson was awarded $800, and Latara Turner and Rolaundo Wright $600 each by Sulphur Springs Coalition for Equality in Education. The $300 award from Sulphur Springs Area Retired Teachers & School Personnel went to Cassie McClendon.

Tess Bragg was awarded the $250 scholarship established as a Memorial to Justin Gammill, a $300 Future Teachers of America Scholarship and a $500 Sulphur Springs Soccer Association award.

Megan Lescallett was awarded $500 by Hopkins County A&M Club, while Adam Hall walked away with a $500 Band Booster Scholarship and Betsy Blount was awarded a $750 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship. Tanna Lampp was awarded the Hopkins County 4-H Scholarship and a Sulphur Springs Aides & Secretaries Association (SASSIE) scholarship, which were worth $500 each. Casey Carper, Karmon Coke, Ashley Landers and Kimberly Perry were also awarded $500 SASSIE scholarships.

Other students receiving $500 scholarships included Heath Hammond, Tulsa Welding School award; Eric Shockey, Future Teachers of America Scholarship; Jamye Arrington and Maria Lopez, Principal’s Leadership Award; Eric Chenault, Sulphur Springs Soccer Association; and Zach Adair and Kason Scroggins, Russell Mannon Wildcat Baseball awards.

Students receiving $250 scholarships included Lacy Murry and Lacie Ross, Hopkins/Rains County Farm Bureau James Miller Memorial Scholarship; Whitney Hurley, Century 21 First Group Scholarship; Cassie Gaddis, Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship; Kimberly Garrard, PTSO Scholarship; and Kailey Gammill, Peggy Reynolds/Dallas Morning News Scholarship.

Kassie Gregory, Lindsey Kennedy and Torey Matthies were each given a $200 Allarea Black Scholarship. Kennedy also went home with a $200 Thespian Scholarship, a $500 Senior Scholarship and $50 senior award from Teen Court Merit Club Winners.

Teen Court Meric Club Winners also presented $50 awards in the following categories: Colleen Lucky and Chelsey Tiegiser, freshman; Kylie Littlefield and Rachel Ming, sophomore; and Tyler Beck and Zach Howser, junior.

Carriage House Manor Scholarships, the amount of which was unspecified, were also awarded to Tanna Lampp, Eric Shockey and Elizabeth Stump. The Leadership Sulphur Springs Alumni Association was also slated to present a $500 Tom Barr Memorial Scholarship at a later date.

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