SSHS seniors earn more than $1.58 million in scholarships
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

May 19, 2006 -- More than $1.588 million in scholarships and other monetary awards were handed out to Sulphur Springs High School students at the annual Honors/Awards Assembly held at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center last night.

The largest amounts of money were awarded to two students by armed forces academies. Tim Phillips was the big money ringer, receiving offers for nearly $500,000. He was awarded a $374,032 certificate of appointment to the United State Air Force Academy as well as a $100,000 Air Force ROTC Scholarship.

Jermaine Wright also went home with an offer for $250,000 for signing an appointment to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Wright was also awarded a $2,000 Trio Program Upward Bound Scholarship to Texas A&M University in Commerce.

Another  $180,574 was awarded to 10 students in college athletic scholarships. Pratt Community College awarded both Alex Aguilar and Casey McMahan baseball scholarships, while Southwest Baptist University gave Fred Dale, Cole Strawn and Bryce Jackson each a football scholarship. Torrence Wright was offered a football scholarship from Arkansas Tech, while Iowa State University presented Jose Vargas with a football scholarship, and Southwestern Oklahoma University gave Spenser Daniel a football scholarship. Seth Northcutt was awarded a golf scholarship by Quachita University, and Tyler Junior College extended a tennis scholarship to Cynthia Sanchez. Spenser Daniel was also noted to be the recipient of a $1,250 Doulos Scholarships in addition to his athletic scholarship.

At least one other student received more than $100,000 in scholarships, a number garnered more than $50,000, while dozens of others took home more than one award to help further their education after high school.

Andrew Watley alone took home at least  $106,000 in scholarships and awards Tuesday night. Austin College awarded Watley a $95,000 Presidential Scholarship. He also received the $1,000 Perry Bradley Jr. Scholarship and a $10,000 New York Life Family Scholarship.

Cole McNair went home with a $96,000 Presidential Scholarship to attend Maryland Institute’s College of Art and Sarah McLeroy was presented an $88,000 Distinguished Scholars Award from Tulane University.

Jeffrey Kramer brought in about $80,000, including a $68,000 Terry Foundation Scholarship, a $6,000 Paris Junior College J.A. Love Salutatorian Scholarship, a $500 Sulphur Springs Aides & Secretaries Assoc. Scholarship, a $2,000 University of Texas at Austin Ex-Students’ Assoc. award and a $3,000 University of Texas at Austin Merit Scholarship.

Baylor University presented Jessica Anderson and Brandon Woolley each with $32,000 President’s Scholarships, gave Travis Longino a $26,000 Provost’s Scholarship and offered Kiffer Davis a $6,000 scholarship.

Brandon Woolley also walked way from the awards assembly with a $1,250 Doulos Scholarship and a $150 Thespian Scholarship.

The $28,000 Sun Devil Scholarship to Arizona State University was given to Chase Helm.

Matthew Y’Barbo also went home with a number of awards including an $8,000 Ouachita Baptist University Band Scholarship, a $3,000 University of Texas at Tyler Music Talent Scholarship, an $11,200 Henderson State University Band Scholarship and a $2,000 Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship.

Stephen F. Austin State University awarded Lacey Boggs a $12,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship and a $12,000 Regents Scholarship. Boggs also received a $500 Junior Wavery Club Scholarship and a $250 Area Council Parent, Teacher Organization Scholarship.

Among the awards Candace VanWinkle received were the $8,000 Alliance Bank Educational Scholarship, a Northeast Texas Livestock Assoc. Scholarship, the $1,000 Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship and a $500 Sterling & Eva Beckham Scholarship and $500 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship.

Morgan Baima received the valedictorian award and the State College Valedictorian Scholarship, which covers the cost of the first year’s tuition to any state school in Texas, as well as a $250 P.A.C.E. Scholarship.

Tasia Barrett earned a $500 SASSIE Scholarship, an $8,000 award from Hardin-Simmons University and the $500 scholarship from Area I Region III Business Professionals of America.

BreAnn Phillips received a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship and a $500 SASSIE Scholarship.

Jarred Dodd was the recipient of a $1,000 First Baptist Church Music Department Scholarship; North East Texas Choral Society’s $1,000 scholarship established in memory of Kay Hughes, Charlie Jones and Martha Scott; and a $500 Band Booster Scholarship.

Tara Gibby benefited from a $500 Hopkins County Softball Girls Assoc. Scholarship, a $2,000 Rotary Club Scholarship, a $500 Sulphur Springs SASSIE Scholarship, a $250 Hopkins-Rains County Farm Bureau Scholarship and a $250 James Miller Memorial Scholarship.

A $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship was presented to Jacob Broumley, who also received a $2,000 San Antonio Rodeo Scholarship and a $500 Sulphur Springs SASSIE Scholarship.

Tyler Beck went home with a $500 Teen Court Merit Club Senior Scholarship, a $4,000 housing scholarship and a $6,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

TAMU-C also awarded $4,000 housing scholarships to Jeananne Fain, Jacob Karstens, Ty Stephens, Leo Wisniewski and Brittany Thomas. Fain, Karstens, Wisniewski and Thomas also received $4,000 Blue & Gold Scholarships. Dean Soeder and Stephens were also awarded Academic Excellence Scholarships from TAMU-C, while Jessica Peoples benefited from a $10,000 Presidential Scholarship from the Commerce school.

Peoples was also the recipient of the $500 Ocean Spray Hal Thorkilsen Scholarship. Soeder also took home a $500 Teen Court Merit Club Senior Scholarship, as did Sam Dolan. Zachary Wisniewski was also presented a $12,000 scholarship from Stephen F. Austin State University.

The Perry F. Bradley III Scholarship in the amount of $500 was presented to Jessica Arledge, who also went home with a $14,992 scholarship from East Texas Baptist University.

Alina Tatum received a $1,000 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship, a Northeast Texas Livestock Assoc. Scholarship and a $200 Cecil Tucker Memorial Scholarship. Lane McClung was presented with a $3,500 award from City National Bank, while Ricky Godbolt received a $2,000 Jeld-Wen Scholarship and Brittany Boyd got a $2,000 GSC Enterprises Inc. award. Boyd also was given a $200 Allarea Black Scholarship as were Meredith Massey and Kayla Caldwell.

Christopher Clark got a $4,000 Presidential Scholarship from Tyler Junior College and took the $250 Current Events Sweepstakes.

Marshall Hoybook received a  Hopkins County A&M Club Scholarship as well as a $1,500 Kiwanis scholarship and a $250 P.A.C.E. Scholarship

Foxworth-Galbraith Co. awarded Amber Miller its $1,500 American Values Scholarship, and Wal-Mart gave Brandi Laine a $1,000 scholarship. Laine also received a $500 Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest award and a $1,000 Texas Grocers Assoc.  award.

Jessica Lewis took home a $1,250 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship and a $150 Thespian Scholarship. Rachel Brown and Ryan Thompson also received $150 Thespian Scholarships.

Hailey Watson was awarded a $1,250 Doulos Scholarship and $500 from Hopkins County Girls Softball Assoc., while Kelly Keys received $1,500 from the University of Texas at Austin Ex-Students' Assoc..

The $2,500 Chance and Matt Ringler Scholarship went to Rachel Dorris. Scott Stewart received the $1,000 Wildcat Baseball Scholarship in honor of Russell Mannon.

Blake Holly and Brent Holly each were awarded a $2,000 Mickie and Linda Eddins Family Scholarship offered through Howard Payne University as well as a $250 each from Sulphur Springs Soccer Assoc..

Kadi Ragan got a $2,000 Rotary Club Scholarship, and Ralshella Washington and Torrence Wright each received a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coalition For Equality in Education award.

Kaytlin Black took home the $1,000 Curtis Morris Fighting Heart Scholarship and Jeremy Potter got the $1,000 Helen Ewing Ditto True Grit Award.

Other students receiving $1000 scholarships last night included Sarah Williamson, Brittany Thomas and Lane McClung, Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship; and Kencade Odom, Robert Russell and Colton Wilks, an Imagine America Scholarship.

Balfour extended Colbie Cross a $750 award and Tosha Cotton was awarded a $100 Future Teachers of America Scholarship. Cross also took home a $100 National AFL/CIO Scholarship.

Others receiving $500 scholarships included Alyssa Armstrong, Hopkins County Bar Assoc.; Makenzie Kelty, Sulphur Springs Soccer Assoc. and Hopkins County Girls Softball Assoc.; Dillon Millsap, Shelbi Owens, Nathan Spataro and Sarah Williamson, SASSIE scholarships; Kati Riggs, Chamber of Commerce Adult Leadership Alumni Assoc. Scholarship; Jason Starrett, Tommy Starrett Memorial Scholarship; Ryan Thompson, Lamar Moss Scholarship from Sulphur Springs Ladies' Tennis Assoc.; and Stacey Flora and Hailey Watson, HC Girls Softball Assoc.

The Parent, Teacher, Student Organization gave Laura Ream and Audrey Lutz each a $350 scholarship, and Gober-Merrell gave Andrea Cordova a $200 Scholarship Award. Maria Zuniga was awarded the $400 Outstanding Hispanic Student on Campus award.

Those with $250 scholarships included Heather Murray, James Miller Memorial Scholarship; Lacey Boggs and Laura Ream, Area Council PTO Scholarship; Breiann Birchfield, Hopkins County Dairy Festival Scholarship; and Micaela McSheffery, Peggy Reynolds/Dallas Morning News Scholarship. Awards of $200 went to Stacey Flora, Cecil Tucker Memorial Scholarship; and Matthew Ragan and Mitchell Self, San Antonio Rodeo Scholarships.

Recipients of $75 Teen Court Merit Club awards also  included freshmen Brandi Bailey and Morgan Lutz; sophomores Colleen Lucky and Chelsey Tiegiser; juniors Katie Hettich and Ethan Mitchell; and seniors Sam Dolan and Audrey Lutz.

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