Seniors awarded scholarships at annual ceremony


Jessica Otte, Advisor

The Senior Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday, May 16th in the Terri-Procell Bowen Theater. The Top 10 were announced as they counted down in descending order. Number 10 in the class of 2019 is Mary Wages, number 9 is Alex Tellez, number 8 is Nicole Galindo, number 7 is Citlalli Ruiz, number 6 is Kaitlyn King, number 5 is Bailey Richardson, and number 4 is Amie Nguyen. Graduating early, and number 3 in the class of 2020, is Reagan Walker. The top 3 students of the graduating class are Abigail Robertson, Salutatorian Armando Sanchez, and Valedictorian Haleigh Sanders.

The ceremony continued with scholarship announcements where over $3 million dollars were awarded.  Dylan Ansley and Faith Torres received the $500 Chapel Hill Lions Club Scholarships. Elena Fults was awarded the Dallas Baptist University Christian Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $3,000. Thomas Mullins received the $1,000 Chapel Hill Band Boosters Scholarship. Tellez and Nguyen received the Shelton Riggins Class of ’73 Scholarship for $600. Nguyen also received the Chapel Hill Parent Action Team in the amount of $500 along with Richardson who was awarded the Tyler Smith County Crime Stoppers and Austin Bank Scholarships totaling $4,000 as well. Sanchez and Sanders were awarded the $750 Chapel Hill High School International Club Scholarships. Calyn Mooney received the TJC Cheerleading Scholarship for $1,200. Citlalli Ruiz received the $1,000 Higginbotham Brothers Scholarship and the $1,000 Texas Association of Community Schools Scholarship. Eddie Jones received Texas A&M Commerce’s Housing and Music Scholarships totaling $7,000 as well as the $500 Juneteenth Association of Tyler Scholarship along with Karrigan Hampton. Hampton also received the $500 Jackson Community Scholarship. Jessica King received the $1,500 ETCF Braithwaite Scholarship and the $200 Chapel Hill Tyler Texas Young Farmer’s Senior Outstanding Leadership Scholarship as well as her sister, Kaitlyn, who also received the $400 Smith County Junior Livestock Show Scholarship. The Kings were also awarded the UT Tyler Distinguished Patriot Scholarships, for $4,000 each, along with Galindo, Savannah Divine, and Victoria Kinney. James Leon was awarded the UNT Excellence Eagle Scholarship for $4,000.

Sydney Jackson received the $68,000 Johnson & Wales University Presidential Academic Scholarship, the $72,000 Drake University – Presidential Scholarship, the $56,000 Howard Payne University – Yellow Jacket Scholar Award, the $22,000 Cazenovia College Presidential Scholars Award, the $40,000 Oral Roberts University – Academic Scholarship, the $60,000 Abilene Christian University – John C. Steven Award for Academic Excellence, the $80,000 Green Mountain College – Merit Based Scholarship, the $30,000 California Baptist University – Director’s Academic Scholarship, the $52,000 Hardin-Simmons University – Deans Scholarship, the $9,000 Oklahoma Baptist University – Academic Grant, the $72,000 Holy Names University – Award Scholarship, the $54,000 Ouachita Baptist University – Ouachita Merit Scholarship, the $72,000 Houston Baptist University – Legacy Scholarship, and the $80,000 UTD Texas Excellence Scholarship all totaling $767,000.

Thalia Johnson received the $6,000 UNT Excellence North Texas Scholarship, the $250  UNT Green and White Award, the $1,000 Texas Association of Community Schools Scholarship, the $600 John & Sheila Hartsfiled Scholarship, the $1,800 Cultural Arts Social Club Scholarship, the $1,000 Tyler Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta INC Scholarship, and the $500 Jackson Community Scholarship totaling $11,150.

The TJC Presidential Honors Scholarships, in the amount of $5,500 were awarded to the Kings, Divine, Kinney, Galindo, Richardson, and Thalia Johnson. Galindo also received the $20,000 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Honor Scholarship and the $100,000 Southwestern University Ruter Scholar Award while Richardson received Mary Hardin-Baylor Scholarships totaling $80,000. Richardson was also awarded $1,000 towards TJC Housing, and the Dallas University Academic Achievement Scholarship in the amount of $96,000. Madison Denson received the Utah Valley University Freshman Non-Resident Award for $$5,375. Litzy Villasenor Solis received the GM2 Foundation Scholarship for $1,500. Mary Wages received the Peltier Scholarship for $1,000 as well as the $1,000 Chapel Hill Athletic Booster Club Scholarship along with Colten Beaudet. Sabrina Smith received the Tyler Smith County Crime Stoppers Scholarship for $1,500. Smith also received the $500 Tyler Lone Star Softball Umpires Scholarship. Beaudet also earned a full ride scholarship to play baseball with Northern Oklahoma College. Serenity Johnson was awarded the Concordia University Excellence Scholarship in the amount of $17,000 and the Tyler Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta INC Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Divine received the East Texas Professional Credit Union, the American Association of University Women, the Cooperative Teachers Credit Union, the Texas Association of Community Schools, and the Chapel Hill Parent Action Team Scholarships totaling $7,000. Derrick Dilworth was awarded the Annie Massenburge Heart of Gold Scholarship for $500 as well as the $300 Jiree Mobley Memorial Scholarship along with Shanice Adams and Khristion Little. Little also received the Southern Arkansas University Athletic Scholarship in the amount of $35,000. Nguyen received the $20,000 University of Texas at Austin Leadership Network Scholarship. Robertson was awarded the $500 Tyler Smith County Texas Exes-UT Austin Scholarship and the $1,000 UT Health Tyler Volunteer Award. Ruiz earned the Unique Custom Homes Scholarship in the amount of $500. Taylor Strange was awarded the $40,000 Schreiner University Mountaineers Scholarship. Vanessa Tavarez received the Chapel Hill Ex-Student’s Association Scholarship for $500.

Military Scholarships were also presented at the awards assembly. The United States Army recognized Haydee Gutierrez, William Bush, Kaylee Espinoza, and Angel Barroso with the Montgomery G.I. Bills in the amount of $225,000 each. The United States Navy recognized Madison McFarland, Jackson Smith, Grace Carnes, Colton Rodgers, Blain Broyles, and Leonardo Anguiano with Montgomery G.I. Bills in the amount of $130,000 each. Coltin Paskey is also receiving a $130,000 Montgomery G.I. Bill through the United States Marine Corp. In addition, Timothy Green is receiving a 4-Year, Type 7, Technical Major, Air Force ROTC College Scholarship in the amount of $72,000.

After faculty and staff voted, the annual Mr. and Miss CHHS were named. Bailey Richardson received the title of Miss CHHS, and David Harris received the title of Mr. CHHS.

The Class of 2019 will graduate at TJC Wagstaff Gymnasium on Friday, May 24th in front of their family and friends. They will also be able to attend the Project Graduation, following the ceremony, which will be held at UT Tyler’s Patriot Center.