C-P senior class earns almost $200,000 in scholarships

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 18, 2007 - Como-Pickton seniors combined to earn nearly $200,000 in scholarships this year and were recognized Thursday during the school's annual High School Academic Awards program.

The overall total for the Como-Pickton High School Class of 2007 was $196,150, not bad for a class in which every member has been formally accepted to a college, university or technical school to continue their education.

Several students who received more than one scholarship were honored during the program.

Andrea France took home the largest sum. She was awarded a $40,000 Schreiner University Presidential Scholarship as well as a $40,000 Texas Christian University Dean's Scholarship.

Pamela Baxley, who finished at the top of the class, brought $66,000 overall in scholarships. Texas A&M University-Commerce offered her their new Honors College Scholarship, worth a hefty $50,000. Baxley also came home with an $8,000 Texas Education Agency valedictorian award and an $8,000 James E. Casey Scholarship, making her the second person in her family to receive the UPS scholarship as her older sibling was the first recipient of the award.

Reece Caddell was awarded the $5,000 Verizon Scholarship, which can be renewed up to four years for a total of $20,000. He also earned the East Texas Ford Scholarship.

Gayle Spearman raked in $8,900 in scholarships. She was awarded a $300 Sulphur Springs Area of Retired School Personnel Scholarship, a $500 Gus Garrison Masonic Lodge Scholarship, a $2,000 Northeast Texas Livestock Association Scholarship, a $600 Pickton Alumni Scholarship, a $1,000 Cargill Community Scholarship, a $500 Hopkins County Fall Festival Cover Girl 1st Runner Up Scholarship, a $500 Lake Country Antique Tractor Association Scholarship and a $3,500 City National Bank Memorial Scholarship awarded in memory of Mary Shrode which will be awarded in increments of $1,750 per semester.

Justin Asbill earned a $500 Lake Country Antique Tractor Association Scholarship, a $6,000 San Antonio Livestock Scholarship for his grand champion jersey, a $1,000 Texas FFA Ford Tough Scholarship sponsored by Elliot Ford in Mount Pleasant and Ford Motor Company, and $1,000 from Texas FFA Foundation for being a state winner in dairy proficiency. He's also one of the finalists for state FFA scholarships which range in award from $2,500 up to $15,000, according to agriculture instructor Michael Bowen. 

Jackie Hoppenreys was awarded the $500 Joshua Biggerstaff Memorial Scholarship, one of  three cash awards made in the late C-P student's honor. One was presented last year, and the third will go to Biggerstaff's brother Drew, who attends Sulphur Springs High School.

Jonathan Garrett was awarded a $250 Como-Pickton Athletic Booster Club Scholarship and a $600 Como Alumni Association Scholarship.

Olga Tellez went home with a $1,000 Price Minter Memorial Scholarship, awarded by Kay Minter-Tomlin in memory of the 1962 Pickton graduate and former coach and educator at the school, who died in 2003. Kay Minter-Tomlin noted that Tellez, like Price Minter, also worked hard at school to make a difference. Tellez was also awarded a $400 Northeast Texas Community College Counselor/Principal Scholarship.

Karen Preciado was awarded a $1,000 Pickton Alumni Scholarship and a $1,000 Custom Shutters Scholarship, and is one of the finalist being considered for an $8,000 NTCC Honors Program Scholarship.

Alyssa Taylor was awarded a $250 Como-Pickton Athletic Booster Club Scholarship and a $250 Eagle Baseball and Softball Scholarship.

Also awarded a Custom Shutters $1,000 scholarship was Everado Perez, who along with Cheyenne Mays, Tony Mercado and Jose Hernandez also received $1,000 Career College & Schools of Texas scholarships.

David Mabe awarded Jensen Mabe a $250 Region VIII Education Service Center College Scholarship, an award offered to children of Region VIII ESC employees.

Kristian Davidson was awarded a $300 Alpha Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship, and Alberto Gutierrez earned the $100 Como-Pickton Little Dribblers Scholarship.

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