Dwayne McMeans (left) presents Sulphur Springs High School Class of 2008 Valedictorian Jacob Cooper with a Hardin-Simmons University-Presidental Scholarship in the amount of $32,000.
Staff Photos By Angela Pitts

�SSHS grads earn more than $1.2 million in scholarships

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 21, 2008 - More than $1.2 million in scholarships and awards were handed out to this year's Sulphur Springs High School Class of 2008 during the school's annual Honors/Awards Assembly, held Tuesday night at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium.

United Stated Army Srgt. Urbina (left) presents Oscar Marroquin, Phebe Rutledge and Jessica Haas each with $62,136 U.S. Army Scholarships in the form of large checks.

Accounting for the bulk of the awards, which totaled at least $1,266,882, were athletic scholarships and awards presented by the armed forces that totaled a combined $366,966.

The armed services doled out $306,408 at the program. The United States Army handed out scholarships of $62,136 each to Jessica Haas, Oscar Marroquin and Phebe Rutledge. The Air Force Community College awarded the other $120,000 in increments of $60,000 each to Jordan Horne and Jacob Jones.

Another $60,558 was divided up among eight students in the form of athletic scholarships. Brittan Diamond received a baseball scholarship from Texarkana College, DaQualin Evans a football scholarship from Navarro College, Kelsey Evans a softball scholarship from Hardin-Simmons University, Rodney Evans a football scholarship from Kilgore College, Tyler Francis a football scholarship from Trinity Valley Community College, Tate Ramirez a soccer scholarship from College of the Ozarks and Marci Womack a softball scholarship from West Texas A&M University.

Sulphur Springs High School Salutatorian Kelsey Evans earned Hardin-Simmons University-Presidental Scholar in the amount of $30,000.  Evans went home with more than $85,000 in awards.

SSHS 2008 valedictorian Jacob Cooper earned perhaps the most in scholarships by a single student. He was awarded more than $219,600 in scholarships and awards. In addition to the State College Valedictorian Scholarship, which covers his first year's tuition if he attends a state school, Cooper was offered a $30,000 John C. Stevens Academic Excellence Scholarship from Abilene Christian University, a $32,000 Hardin-Simmons University Presidential Schlarship, a $1,600 Love Valedictorian Scholarship from Paris Junior College, a $40,000 Merit Scholarship from Baylor University, a $48,000 Dean's Scholarship from Texas Christian University and a $68,000 Tulane University Scholarship.

Salutatorian Kelsey Evans went home with more than $85,000 in scholarships. She benefitted from an $8,000 Alliance Bank Educational Scholarship, a $500 Hopkins County Bar Association Scholarship, a $1,000 Rotary Club Scholarship, a $32,000 Hardin-Simmons University Presidential Scholarship, the Hopkins County Dairy Festival Pageant's $500 scholarship, a $1,000 Order of the Eastern Star Grand Chapter of Texas Educational Scholarship, a $2,000 Doulos Scholarship, a $1,000 Curtis Morris Fighting Heart Scholarship, and was offered a $1,000 Love Salutatorian Scholarship from Paris Junior College, a $28,000 Merit Scholarship from Baylor University and a $10,000 Christian Leadership Scholarship from East Texas Baptist University.

Both Keegan Stalcup and Jacob George received $24,000 scholarships from LeTourneau University. George also was awarded the $500 Perry F. Bradley III Scholarship.

Josh Dunn racked up a few scholarships as well. He went home with the $1,000 Casey McMahan Scholarship, a $1,000 Rotary Club Scholarship, a $750 Balfour Scholarship, an $18,824 Leadership Scholarship from Dallas Baptist University, a $1,000 Russell Mannon Wildcat Baseball Scholarship, a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship, a $1,000 Sulphur Springs High School Communication Scholarship and a $500 Lions Club Scholarship.

Marci Womack recived the $500 Sulphur Springs Area Classroom Teachers Association award, a $14,000 West Texas A&M University Scholarship and a $37,032 Chancellor's Scholarship from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Sarah Yosten was awarded a $12,000 Patriot Scholarship from the University of Texas at Tyler, the Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen Pageant's $1,000 scholarship, the $500 Stephanie Longino Davidson Talent Scholarship, a $500 Thespian Scholarship and a $2,000 Jeld-Wen Scholarship.

Jeld-Wen also awarded $2,000 scholarships to Joycelin Jones and Christopher Kultgen.

Morgan McCormack went home with a $500 Hopkins County A&M Club Scholarship, a $1,000 Rotary Club Scholarship, a $250 Sulphur Springs Ladies Tennis Association Lamar Moss Scholarship, a $250 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Pageant Scholarship, $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship and a $500 Lions Club Scholarship award.

Luz Hernandez was awarded the PEO Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500, as well as a $1,500 Perry Bradley Jr. Scholarship, a $500 Sulphur Springs Symphony League Scholarship, a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Junior Symphony League Scholarship, a $1,000 Tyhler Reppond Scholarship and a $1,000 Sulphur Springs High School Communication Scholarship.

Also receiving a number of awards Tuesday night was Olivia Stribling. She was presented with the $1,500 Kiwanis Scholarship, one of the two $2,000 scholarships presented by GSC Enterprises Inc., a $750 Sulphur Springs Coalition for Equality in Education scholarship, a $1,000 Texas Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship and a $1,000 Sulphur Springs High School Communication Scholarship.

Jillian Campbell was awarded a $20,000 scholarship from Oklahoma State University and a Blue & Gold Scholarship from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Samuel Pierce was awarded a $6,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Awarded the 4-H Booster Club $300 scholarship was Tate Ramirez. He also earned a $500 Sulphur Springs Soccer Association Scholarship and a $32,000 University of the Ozarks scholarship.

Rachel Watley also went home with an award from the University of the Ozarks, a $24,000 scholarship, as well as a $250 Frankie & Glenna Jo Price Memorial Scholarship from Professional Land Title Company.

Jimmy Helfferich was awarded a $20,000 Stephen F. Austin Department of Ag Alumni Association John and Kathy Mast Scholarship, a $4,000 San Antonio Livestock Show/Stephen F. Austin Endowment and a $500 scholarship from Area I, Region III Business Professionals of America.

John Holland and Brennan Rhoades also went home with $4,000 San Antonio Livestock Show/SFA Endowments. Holland also was awarded a $4,000 San Antonio Ag Mechanics Scholarship and Rhoades with a $500 Sulphur Springs Aides & Secretaries Association (SASSIE) Scholarship.

The $250 scholarships awarded by the Area Council Parent-Teacher Organization went to Rachel Carrington and Kaylon Page. Carrington also received one of Texas A&M University-Commerce's Blue & Gold Scholarships and a $25 Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest award. Page went home with a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship.

Also among the students awarded $4,000 in Blue & Gold Scholarships from Texas A&M University-Commerce were Dakota Graham, Caitlin Thomas, James Wheeler, Justin Brown and Helena Wall. Wall also received a $500 SASSIE Scholarship and Brown the $3,500 City National Bank Scholarship presented in memory of Sally Gilmore.

Sam McLeroy was the recipient of a $30,000 Texas Tech University Presidential Endowed Scholarship and Christopher Thompson received a $40,000 Merit Scholarship from Baylor University.

Megan Arnold and Andrew Panter were each awarded a $250 P.A.C.E. Scholarship. Panter was also presented with a $20,000 Presidential Academic Success Scholarship from Oklahoma Christian University, a $1,000 Rotary Club Scholarship, a $500 Leadership Training for Christ Award and a $300 Destination Imagination Advertising Award. Arnold also went home with a $500 SASSIE Scholarship and The Faulk Company Scholarship in the amount of $500.

Other recipients of $500 Sassie Scholarships included Ethan Dorsey, Brittany Scott and Amanda Salters. Scott was also awarded a $2,000 Food Sales Associate Scholarship from Brookshire's

Alyson "Aly" Jackson, as the runner-up for the Hopkins County Dairy Festival Pageant queen title, was awarded a $750 scholarship. She also received a $250 Professional Land Title Company Frankie & Glenna Jo Price Memorial Scholarship and a $250 Sulphur Springs Ladies Tennis Assocation Lamar Moss Scholarship.

Lauren Buck and Crysel Garcia each received a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Coca-Cola Scholarship. Buck also received a $2,000 Doulos Scholarship and Garcia a $500 Sulphur Springs Soccer Association Scholarship. Another $2,000 Doulos Scholarship recipient was Jarrid Horton.

Receiving $4,000 Carriage House Manor Scholarships were Kamesha Hall and Amanda Stoutenburg.

Megan Reese was honored with a $10,000 Central Baptist College Academic Scholarship and Mario Arellano earned an $8,800 Achievement Grant Scholarship from East Texas Baptist University.

A $2,000 GSC Enterprises Inc. Scholarship was awarded to Preston Ray, and a $1,000 Hopkins County Memorial Hospital award went to Danielle Campbell.

Chaz Hinkeldey went home with the $1,000 Sulphur Springs Adult Leadership Scholarship. Others earning $1,000 scholarships included DaQualin Evans, the Dr. Marion H. Wheeler Sr. Pulpit Lawyer Scholarship; and Amber Wilburn, The Clayton & Graves Scholarship; Colleen Lucky, the Sam Walton Community Scholarship and the Teen Court Merit Club Senior Scholarship; Dorothy Williams, the Helen Ewing Ditto True Grit Award; Aaron Johnson, West Texas A&M University Scholarship; and Brittan Diamond and Kevin Mabe, Casey MacMahan Scholarships.

Also receiving $500 scholarships were Kim Kennon, Junior Waverly Club Scholarship; Kevin Mabe, Jerry Wayne Faulks CTE Scholarship; DaKesha Nash, Sulphur Springs Coalition for Equality in Education; and Destiny Howard, Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest.

Dusty McQueen was awarded a $250 Frankie & Glenna Jo Price Memorial Scholarship from Professional Land Title Company, while Allison Hefner received a $250 scholarship from the Hi-King Klub. Others receiving $250 scholarships were Chelsey Tiegiser, recipient of the Peggy Reynolds/Dallas Morning News Scholarship, and Jacob Jones and Kendal Scudder, who were given Teen Court Merit Club Senior Scholarship. Tiegiser also was awarded a $750 Teen Court Merit Club Senior Scholarship.

Sulphur Springs Coalition for Equality in Education also presented Shardae Jones with a $200 scholarship, while Dial Study Club gave Kali Hood a $200 scholarship.

Teen Court also presented six underclassmen with $75 Merit Club Winners awards. They were freshmen Taylor Hale and Katie Hu, sophomores Michelle Malone and Coby Steele, and juniors Andrew Dulude and Whitney Hu. Another $75 award was presented to Kendall Scudder by Rotary Club for the 4-Way Speech Contest.

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