Sabra Thomas named valedictorian, Hannah Martel salutatorian at NH

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 20, 2007 - North Hopkins High School has named Sabra Thomas the valedictorian and Hannah Martel the salutatorian of the school's graduating class.

They will be honored along with the other members of the Class of 2007 with a baccalaureate service Sunday, May 27, and a commencement service Saturday, June 2.

Thomas, daughter of North Hopkins English teacher Janis Thomas and Rivercrest Technology Coordinator Woodrow Thomas, will graduate with a weighted grade point average of 5.3385.

During her high school career at North Hopkins, she has been active in sports and University Interscholastic League academic competition, and served in leadership positions in various clubs.

Thomas participated in cross country, track, basketball and volleyball all four years of high school. In cross country, she was named All-Star and Academic All State in 2006, and All-State from 2003-2006. She was named First Team All-District and Academic All State in volleyball in 2006, Academic All State and  First Team All-District in basketball in 2007, and Academic All State in track in 2007.

She was named Student of the Month, received the superintendent's Award for A Honor Roll in 2006-2007 and the Perfect Attendance award for 2006-2007. She was also selected as 2007 Homecoming Queen, Miss NHS 2006 and Best All Around 2007. At the 2006 State UIL meet, she placed fourth place in editorial writing.

Thomas was a member of the Student Council and served as class secretary. In Beta Club, she served as secretary, and in 2006 placed third in the State Beta Spelling Contest.

She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she will run cross country. She has yet to declare a major but will study in the College of Liberal Arts.

Salutatorian Hannah Martel, daughter of Kim and Billy Martel, will graduate with a 5.1117 grade point average.

Martel also has been an active participant in extra-curricular activities such as UIL, school clubs and sports.

She was a UIL state qualifier as well as on the honor crew at the State UIL meet. She too was named Student of the Month and received the Superintendent's Award.

Martel was named 2nd Team All District in volleyball and honorable mention in basketbal, and cross country Academic All State.

She served as vice president of the BETA Club, was a class officer and was a Student Council representative.

Martel was offered a four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship to Texas A&M University, where she plans to major in psychology. She also plans to become an officer in the United States Navy.

Thomas and Martel, along with classmate Nicholas Tamsma, were also named as Distinguished Graduates, Honor Graduates and Texas Scholars.

Other seniors named as both Honor Graduates and Texas Scholars were Holli Argenbright, Jeremy Dixon, Ebbonye Johnson, Blake McClure, Alejandra Santana and Brian Vaughn.  Leia Butler, KayLee Cotten and Steven Crocker were also among the Honor Graduates.

The baccalaureate services honoring the seniors will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27. The students will also present their mothers with roses during the service, and enjoy a reception afterward. Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and close with the traditional candlighting ceremony. Both program honoring NHHS Class of 2007 will be held in the gymnasium at the school, located at 1994 FM 71 west.

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