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SSHS 2022 Seniors Receive Almost $5 Million In Scholarship Offers And Military Awards

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Sulphur Springs High School 2022 Seniors received almost $5 million in scholarship offers and military awards during the annual Senior Awards Ceremony. Scholarship offers totaled $2,939,460 and military awards accounted for the rest of the $4,919,460 announced during the senior awards assembly.

The SSHS Senior Class of 2022 honor graduates, valedictorian and salutatorian, UIL Scholars, National Merit Scholar, and senior state Academic UIL qualifiers and winners were also recognized during the program.

The largest amount announced, $1.98 million went to graduates who are or will be enlisting in a branch of the military.

Recognized for their commitment to the Texas Army Nation al Guard were Amanda Hernandez Bahena and Aidyn  Rodgers; to the U.S. Air Force was Weston Fields; to the US Army was Ben Hatcher and Rylee Penny; to the US Marines was Ashtyn Bettis, Clayton Boykins, Brett Lester, Maddox Miller, Evan Patrick and Bryan Taylor.

Tammy Carrell presented Hatcher, Hernandez Bahena and Lester with Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins Military Scholarships. The awards are given in memory of the SSHS graduate and Army Ranger killed 10 years ago in Afghanistan. Funds come from the nonprofit foundation established in Higgins’ name are raised through a Warrior Run, held annually in April to remember Sgt. Higgins. The foundation provides funds to assist graduating seniors entering any branch of the US Armed Forces, to help military personnel transitioning back to civilian life, as well as military families. Hatcher received a $300 Higgins scholarship, Hernandez Bahena a $700 scholarship and Lester $1,000.

Matthew Sherman was awarded the Easterwood Scholarship for Corps of Cadets for $16,000 from Texas A&M University in College Station. He too was awarded a $1,000 Sulphur Springs Band Booster Scholarship.

Another large amount announced at the May 17, 2022 SSHS Senior Awards Program went to student athletes. Fifteen students amassed $551,000 in scholarship offers to play college sports. They include: Caleb Alexander to play basketball for TLAP Prep Academy, Osvaldo Arellano to play soccer at Paris Junior College, Brooklynn Burnside volleyball at Cisco College, Clair Bybee for track and field at Kansas State University, Addison Caddell softball at the University of Texas at Dallas, Jeauxleigh Cantu tennis at LeTourneau University, Missiah Dugan Southwest Christan College for volleyball, Jaslyn Galvan cheer and dance at UT-Tyler, Justin Haire for basketball at Dallas Baptist University, Alan Hernandez for soccer at NTCC, Ja’Quan Jones football at Clark University, Colt Silman football at East Texas Baptist University, Katie Tiemeyer cheer and stunt at UT-Tyler, Korderrion Turner for football at ETBU, and Jakobe Yarbrough football at Hendrix College.

The 2022 James Cameron Fighting Heart Award recipients were Claire Bybee, Addison Caddell, Cable Glenn and Colt Silman. The 2022 Forest Gregg MVP Award recipients were Parris Pickett, Justin Haire and Korderrion Turner.

Cable Glen received a $5,000 Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance for the way he battle back while recovering. He also was awarded a $1,000 SSHS Athletic Training Program Scholarship.

The John & Deborah Gillis Foundation awarded $320,000 to SSHS students. Receiving $40,000 each Bright Star Scholarships each were Connor Bailey, Dawson Carpenter, Cable Glenn, Mattison Martin, Carter Owen, Katie Tiemeyer, Michelle Tijerin and Cash Vititow.

Glenn, Desirae Hall and Daylon Robertson each received $500 MLK Legacy Award Scholarships. Robertson also received the $500 Perry F. Bradley III Scholarship

Glenn, Alex Flecker and Jadyn VanWinkle were awarded a $1,000 Lions Club Scholarship. All three also benefit from a Sulphur Springs Soccer Association Tommy Long-Weldon Faulks Soccer Scholarship; Glenn and Flecker received $500 each and VanWinkle $1,000.

Receiving $1,000 Jake C. Wilson Memorial Scholarships the year were Emily Atkinson, Connor Bailey, Claire Bybee and Luke Dietze.

Connor Bailey, Dawson Carpenter and Jerkevian Taylor were awarded $3,500 Attlesey and Gamblin Scholarships.

Alaisha Alvardo received a $500 Faulk Company Scholarship and a $1,000 National Technical Honor Society John H. Poteat Scholarship

Luke Dietze and Jacob Semler received the Distinguished Award Scholarship from Baylor University, with the amounts for them being for $103,000 and $108,000 respectively.

The $1,000 James Goggans Memorial Scholarship went to Brandon Williams,

Hallie Hinton, Paige Miesse and Tate Smith each received a $250 Allarea Black Scholarship.

Junior Waverly Club awarded Harley Archer a $750 scholarship.

Janiya Gatlin received two scholarships, the Mason and MoMusic Scholarships for $800 and $500 respectively, from Grambling State University. 

Annalee Wesson received a scholarship for Academic Achievement and the Hendrix Achievement scholarship for $80,000 and $4,000 respectively from Hendrix University.

Presented by Amy Jumper, Claire Bybee received the Kansas State Founders Non-Resident Scholarship for $45,304 to attend Kansas State University. 

Jimena Mendoza was rewarded the Trustee’s Scholarship for $25,000 from Merrimack College.

Fernando Chimal was awarded the General Merit Scholarship for $750 from Midwestern State University. 

Connie Bailey received the Out of State Academic Achievement Scholarship for $48,000 from Oklahoma State University. 

Cable Glenn was awarded a $76,000 Presidential, a $1,000 Tiger Network, and a $4,000 Pruet Scholarship from Ouachita Baptist University. He also received a $3,500 One Church Scholarship and a $1,000 Helen Ewing Ditto True Grit Award

Harley Archer was awarded a $4000 scholarship for Academic Excellence from Paris Junior College. 

Joel Villarino was awarded two scholarships, the National Merit for $2,500 and the Trustee Distinguished Merit for $60,000, from Rice University. Villarino too was offered a $25,000 University of Texas Computer Science Department Merit Award and a $42,000 Texas A&M National Merit Award.

Both Paige Miesse and Kate Mitchell were awarded the $5,000 Jo McCain Trust Scholarship. Mitchell also received a $500 Hopkins-Rains County Retired School Personnel Scholarship and a $500 Patsy Bolton Scholarship.

Peyton Hammack was awarded the $500 Tommy Starrett Memorial Scholarship. 

Jerkevian Taylor was awarded the $1,000 Columbia Lodge #81 Scholarship.

Jadyn VanWinkle received both the $350 Enduring Minds Scholarship and the $1,000 Elks Tesa Scholarship, and an $8,000 Alliance Bank Scholarship.

Jayla Sherrell Yarbrough received a $1,000 scholarship from 360 Barber College.

Savannah Lilley was awarded the Merit Scholarship for $12,000 from the Colorado School of Mines. 

Presented by Estefania Torres, both Claire Bybee and Hannah Wilcox received the $6,000 scholarship for Academic Excellence, while Priscilla Gasper received the same scholarship for $10,000, from Stephan F. Austin University. 

Hannah Wilcox also received the President’s Gap scholarship for $2,000 from Tarleton State University. 

Dawson Carpenter received the College Board National Rural & Small Town Scholarship for $24,000 to Texas A&M University in College Station. Carpenter was also offered a full ride to attend the University of Alabama, estimated at $204,000, as well as a $108,000 Baylor University Distinction Award.

Madison Martin received the TAMU Scholarship for $1,000 from Texas A&M University in College Station. 

Several students were awarded the $4,000 Blue & Gold Scholarship from Texas A&M Commerce. They are Caleb Alexander, Harley Archer, Mayra Gudino, Kaslyn Hurley, Jasmine Kessler-Cordova, Giselle Montes de Oca, Jonathan Scott, Hanna Sells, Imani Smith, Harley Speed, Landry Speer, Vanessa Tellez, Annalee Wesson, and Hannah Wilcox. 

Several students were awarded the $8,000 Blue & Gold Scholarship from A&M Commerce. They are Brooklyn Archer (who also was awarded the Music Scholarship for the same amount), Cable Glenn, Hallie Hinton, and Makayla Howell.

Tyler Burnett, Addison Irby, Addyson Lamb, Mckenna Lowther, Jakson Medelline, Joshua Tavera, and Haven Walker each received the $2,000 Blue & Gold Scholarship from Texas A&M Commerce. Tyler Burnett also received the $1,000 Charles McCauley Memorial Scholarship. Walker was also awarded TAMUC’s $500 Dance Team Scholarship, $3,000 Other Helpers Scholarship, and $84,600 President’s Promise & Regents Access Scholarship.

Beau Bankston, Bailee Burnett, Litzy Chacon, Fernando Chimal, Emily Dick, Juan Hernandez, Ashley Rodriguez, Jessica Yanez, and Emily Zarco all received the $16,000 Presidential Scholarship from A&M Commerce, with Emily Dick and Juan Hernandez both also receiving the $42,000 Honors Scholarship. 

Kaitlyn Tiemeyer was awarded the $16,000 Blue & Gold Scholarship from Texas A&M Commerce.

John Moser received the $2,000 Music Scholarship from Texas A&M Commerce.

Jasmine Cordova was awarded the $12,000 Academic Excellence Award Scholarship from Texas A&M Kingsville; as well as a $500 Bobby McDonald Memorial Scholarship

Giselle Montes de Oca received the $40,000 Javelina Promise Scholarship and the $33,800 University Scholarship from Texas A&M Kingsville. 

Emily Atkinson received both the $40,000 TCU Purple and White Scholarship and the $18,000 Micro Scholarships from Texas Christian University. 

Carter Owen and Reed Williams received the Presidential Merit Scholarship for $16,000 and $20,000 respectively from Texas Tech University.

Peyton Hammack was awarded the $60,000 New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award Scholarship from the University of Arkansas. 

Litzy Chacon received both the $10,000 Excellence Honors Scholarship and the $2,137 Emerald Eagle Award Scholarship from the University of North Texas. Chacon too was presented with a $1,000 Hopkins County Leadership Scholarship. She and Luke Dietze, Savannah Lilley, Shelby Ray and Joel Villarino received $200 PACE Scholarships. Chacon and Claire Bybee were awarded $1,000 Coca-Cola Scholarships.

Ashley Rodriguez received the $6,000 Excellence Scholarship from the University of Texas.

Caleb Talmage received the $5,000 Eagle Scholarship from the University of North Texas.

Michelle Tijerin received the $20,000 Texas Excellence Scholarship from the University of Texas in Austin. 

Jessica Yanez received both the $20,000 Dell Scholarship and the $1,725 UT for Me Scholarship from the University of Texas in Austin. 

Baylie Large was awarded with the $16,000 Maverick Academic Scholarship from the University of Texas in Arlington. 

Kirsten “Paige” Miesse was awarded the $32,000 Academic Scholarship from the University of Texas in Arlington. 

Addison Caddell received the $12,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship from the University of Texas in Dallas. 

Bailee Burnett, Jaslyn Galvan, Imani Smith, and Katie Tiemeyer were awarded the $8,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship, with Bailee Burnett also awarded the Honors and John E. & Dorothy Fay White Endowment Scholarships worth the same amount, from the University of Texas in Tyler. 

Mayra Gudino was awarded the $2,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship from the University of Texas in Tyler. 

Landry Speer was awarded the $4,000 Patriot 1st Year Scholarship from the University of Texas in Tyler. 

Journi Hohenberger was awarded both the $2,500 Poultry Science Scholarship and the $1,500 Dr. Wayne Parker Memorial Ag Scholarship from West Texas A&M University. 

Jadyn VanWinkle received the $20,000 Provost’s Scholarship from West Texas A&M University. She also was awarded a $2,500 Cooperative Teachers Credit Union Academic Scholarship.

Health Occupations Association (HOSA) Future Health Professionals Scholarships in the amount of $750 was awarded to VanWinkle, while Bailee Burnett received a $2,000 HOSA scholarship. Burnett too was the recipient of a $1,500 Perry F. Bradley Jr. Scholarship.

Jaden Vititow received the $1,000 Distinguished Merit Scholarship from West Texas A&M University. 

Addison Caddell was awarded an $8,000 Sam Kopal Memorial Scholarship as well as a $5,000 Financial Women in Texas East Texas Group Scholarship.

Grocery Supply Company Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each went to Angel Andino, Cable Glenn, Fabian Perez and Vanessa Tellez.

The Kiwanis Club awarded Emily Dick a $1,500 scholarship. She too received a $250 Peggy Reynolds Dallas Morning News Scholarship.

City National Bank presented $10,000 in scholarships in honor of Rickey Reynolds. Receiving one of the $2,000 awards each were Emily Atkinson, Kalyssa Johnson, Kate Mitchell, Harley Speed and Tyler Warner.

North East Texas Livestock Association awarded $2,500 scholarships to Beau Bankston and Cash Vititow, a $2,000 scholarship to Parris Pickett, and $1,000 scholarships to Griffin Crawford and Ellie Kate Daniel.

Vititow and Bankston also received $1,000 Sterling and Eva Beckham Memorial Scholarships. Hopkins County Junior Commercial Heifer Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 went to Bankston, Vititow and Carson Fenton. Vititow also received a $6,000 Big Tex State Fair of Texas Scholarship.

Journi Hohenberger received a $1,500 Hopkins-Rains Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship.

Landon Brody Dyer Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each were awarded to Litzy Chacon and Jerkevian Taylor.

Receiving Northeast Texas Chapter 416 Air Force Association Earle North Parker Essay contest scholarships in the amount of $500 were Dawson Carpenter, Lani Horn, Makayla Howell and Shelby Ray; in the amount of $1,500 was Jadyn VanWinkle; and in the amount of $3,000 was Joel Villarino.

Sarah Brann went home with the $250 Teen Court of Hopkins County scholarship.

Alexia Chavez received the $500 Judy Tipping Legacy Scholarship and the $1,000 Sulphur Springs High School Class of 1955 award.

Sulphur Springs ISD Education Foundation Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each were awarded to Emily Atkinson, Shelby Ray and Michel Tijerin.

The $1,000 Clayton and Graves Scholarship went to Emily Zarco.

Engie’s Ryan Economy presented Savannah Lilley with a $1,000 Engie Solar Energy Scholarship.

Hopkins County Patriot Scholarships in the amount of $500 went to Beau Bankston, Emily Dick, Paige Miesse, Kevin Perez, Jacob Semler and Harley Speed.

Dial Study Club awarded $250 scholarships to Cable Glenn, Benjamin Hatcher and Caelyn Pilette.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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