May 22, 2019 – Academic and Sports achievements, graduating Seniors, top students, outstanding teachers and retiring staff were recognized during the Scholarship Banquet held in the Saltillo ISD Cafeteria on Tuesday May 21, 2019. Following a welcome from Superintendent David Stickles, coaches, teachers and sponsors took their turns in honoring individuals and groups of students. The twelve graduating seniors will cross the stage on May 31.
Students involved in boys and girls athletics including Cross Country and Track, Basketball and Softball in Varsity and JV divisions were recognized by Coaches Bill Giles, Casey Riddle, Clint Stephens and Colton Smith. Senior Sienna Collins was noted for advancing all four years to State in Track and Cross Country. She also earned the prestige of being the first student ever in the State of Texas to earn gold in UIL 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs, or the “Triple Crown”.
Beta awards were given by Math Department Jennifer Ricketson, with two students advancing to Nationals; Garrett Tarver and Allie Smith. FCCLA sponsor Johnna West recognized 31 students who participated at Regionals this year, 8 of whom earned Bronze, 10 who earned Silver and 13 who brought home Gold awards. Additionally, the entire 52-member FCCLA Class created a Scholarship Program of their own, and funded it through a Coffee and Cocoa Shop which they helped operate through the winter months, earning over $1,000. Thus, four FCCLA students were awarded scholarships of $200 each, leaving a small balance on hand for next year’s fund. Julie Maroney handed out honors to students participating in UIL Academic contests, and nine were recognized as One Act Play District Champs , three of whom made All Star Cast. Bright Star Scholarship winner Nathan Valenzuela also accepted the City National Bank Memorial Scholarship of $2,000, Miss Lyndsey Butler accepted the Sulphur Springs Lions Club Scholarship award of $1,000 and Seth Crosby the CFA Safety Award for $500. The twelve graduating seniors are Matthew McGill Gurley, Lorena Castro, McKenna Wiler, Nathan Valenzuela, Melissa Tawil, Ben Moore, Christy Marquez, Levi Hoover, Monica Harvick, Joshua Seth Crosby, Sienna Collins and Lindsay Butler. They will take a Senior Trip on May 28 to Top Golf and Jump Street, and to SpeedZone.