Seniors awarded over $2 million


Abby Freeman and Caraline Otte

The graduating class earned over $2 million dollars in scholarships at the annual senior awards ceremony on Thursday, May 20th in the Terri Procell Bowen Auditorium.

The Top 10% students include Valedictorian Katherine Adams, Salutatorian Isaac Frayre,  Isaian Gama, Max Richardson, Jillian Rhea, Millicent Ezeigwe, Cayden Caruthers, Vivian Tavarez, Brady Bagwell, Keilah Knight, Marcelino Ortiz, Kristen Rivers, Manuel Greenlee, Jaritzy Ochoa, Jeffrey Reazin, Makenna Currey, Katie Grace Ibarra, Angelina Acosta, Miykaylie Borel, Sawyer Singer, Ashlynn Smith, and Asia Johnson.

“I’m so thrilled to have been named the Valedictorian for the class of 2021,” Adams said. “It feels like all of my studying and stress have finally paid off.”

Community scholarships were announced by local representatives first. The Woodmen Life Focus Scholarship was awarded to Ibarra. The Bobby Higgins Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Khiara Smith, Delmon Ford, Jared Jones, and Alexis Calderon. The Annie Massenburge “Heart of Gold” Scholarship was awarded to Taelor Crumpton and Mason Mumphrey. The Phoenix Scholarship was awarded to Adams. The Chapel Hill Athletic Booster Club Scholarship was awarded to Crumpton, Dillion Line, and Trey Hudston. The East Texas Communities Foundation Retail Merchants Association of Tyler was awarded Richardson. The Shelton H. Riggins scholarship was awarded to Crumpton, N’Kendrya Hampton, Richardson, Gama, and Knight. The Michael Lynn Collins scholarship was awarded to Jeffrey Reazin. The Chapel Hill Ex-Students Association scholarship was awarded to Jurexie Velez and Adams. The Texas High School Bass Association scholarship was awarded to Richardson. The Chapel Hill Parent Action team scholarship was awarded to Rivers and Adams. The National Honor Society Scholarship was awarded to Rivers and Knight. The Martin Resource Management Corporation Scholarship was awarded to Smith. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo scholarship was awarded to Line, Hannah Ritchie, Sydnie Murrell, and Amber Lee. The Texas Farm Bureau Speech Contest scholarship was awarded to Ritchie. The Peltier scholarship went to Kamryn Wages. The Chester C. Timbs Memorial scholarship was awarded to Murrell. The Chick Fil A Remarkable Future Scholarship was awarded to Caruthers.

“I felt so honored and grateful to receive a scholarship from our Parent Action Team and our school’s National Honor Society chapter,” Rivers said. “I’m excited for next year and the exciting opportunities the future has to offer.”

College and University scholarships were announced by college representatives. The Arlington Baptist Baseball scholarship was given to Dillion Tabb. The Baylor University Academic scholarship was awarded to Lauren Combest and Bagwell. The Bethany College Women’s Basketball scholarship, Bethany Award, and Bethany Grant were awarded to Tierney Minor. The Hardin Simmons Football scholarship was awarded to Amorrian Ford. The Kilgore Women’s Basketball scholarship was awarded to Alexis Calderon. The Kilgore College Football scholarship was awarded to Jahade’ Adams. The Mississippi State University Music scholarship and Veteran’s Out of State Waiver were awarded to Allysa Laughlin. The Mountain View College Basketball scholarship was awarded to Jarrell Hunter. The Nyack Christian Women’s Soccer scholarship was awarded to Madison Clark. The Oklahoma University Scholar Award was given to Bagwell. The Oral Roberts University Quest Whole Leadership scholarship was awarded to Johnson. The Sam Houston State University Smith-Hutson scholarship went to Jaritzy Ochoa. The Southern Methodist University Artistic scholarship, Provost Scholar award, and Meadows Scholars award were awarded to Bagwell. The Southern Methodist University Distinguished Scholar award went to Combest. The Southern University Shreveport Louisiana Football scholarship was awarded to Cameron Ford. The Texas Christian University Faculty scholarship went to Combest. The Tyler Junior College Cheerleading scholarship went to Kortlyn Hayley. The Texas A&M University at Commerce Honors College scholarship was awarded to Adams. The University of North Texas Presidential Honors Excellence and Deans scholarships were awarded to Bagwell and Combest. The University of Texas at Arlington Maverick Academic scholarship was awarded to Knight. The University of Texas at Austin Dell Scholars award and U.T. Award scholarship went to Ibarra. The University of Texas at Tyler Academic Excellence scholarship was awarded to Caruthers and Hampton.

“Being awarded the Smith-Hutson Scholarship felt unreal,” Ochoa. “When I first applied, I didn’t think I had much of a chance. The span of emotions I felt when I received the call is unexplainable… happiness, joy, excitement, relief, all of them. By being given this opportunity, my dream of attending Sam Houston State University is becoming a reality.”

Faye Gonzales was awarded the U.S. Army Montgomery G.I. Bill scholarship and Cameron Frasier will also receive the Montgomery G.I. Bill the through the U.S. Marine Corp. After a faculty vote, Richardson and Ezeigwe were named Mister and Miss CHHS.

“I never really expected it to be named Miss CHHS,” Ezeigwe said.  “It’s such an honor to be handpicked by the same teachers and staff who have taught me for the past 4 years. “I am grateful to be given this opportunity to represent our school before I take my next steps into my future.”

The seniors will graduate on Friday, May 28th at 8 pm in the Bulldog Stadium.