Seniors receive over $2 million in scholarships


Caraline Otte, Editor

The annual Senior Awards Ceremony was held in the Terri Procell Bowen Auditorium on Tuesday, May 17th to recognize the graduating class of 2022. Many students were awarded college scholarships, special awards, and athletic achievements., resulting in a total of over $2 million rewarded to the class. The top 10% of the class was also recognized.

Top 10% students include Valedictorian Kristian Harris, Salutatorian Daniel Cabrera, Lucas Mahoney, Chris Beal, Angel Cerda, Caraline Otte, Ally Mendoza, Ruby Sandoval, Bradley Forster, Joshua Hermans, Yessenia Valdez, Lacy Robertson, Laci Hackett, Steven Metcalf, Julia Fults, Alyssa Saucedo, Alannah Wynn, Nicholas Rodriguez, Erika Valdez, Blanca Abonza, Francis Morrell, Madelyn Shelton, Jyovanny Robles, and Brianna Crawford.

Community Scholarships were announced first by representatives. The Coach Johnny Williams Memorial was awarded to Ja’Tavion Watson. The Shelton H. Riggins Scholarships were awarded to Elexy Gomez, Brianna Crawford, Maggie Cornelio, Maria Brown, Laci Hackett, Daniel Cabrera, William Chetlin, and Aram Mijares. The Annie Massenburge Scholarship was awarded to Treasure Massenburge. The NHS Scholarship was awarded to Gabby Martinez. The Phoenix Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Hines. The Athletic Booster Club Scholarships were awarded to Katelyn Allen, Sean Gentry, Kylei Griffin, and Evelyn Cornelio. The Acosta Family Scholarship was awarded to Kristian Harris. The Chick-fil-a Scholarship was awarded to Erika Valdez. The Ex-Student’s Association was awarded to William Chetlin. The Texas High School Bass Association Scholarship was awarded to Carter Binning. The Cherokee County Electric Scholarship was awarded to Ruby Sandoval. The Gates Scholarship was awarded to Kristian Harris. The American Association of University Women Scholarship was awarded to Ruby Sandoval. The Smith County Junior Livestock Show Scholarship was awarded to Brianna Crawford. The Chapel Hill Young Farmers Scholarship was awarded to Crawford and Alejandro Martinez. The Tyler Alumnae Chapter of Delta Scholarship was awarded to Laci Hackett and Kylei Griffin. The Tyler Lone Star Umpire Association Scholarship was awarded to Kylei Griffin. The Mitchell Medical Futures Scholarship Scholarships were awarded to Giselle Hernandez, Danna Moreno, Gabby Martinez, and Ruby Sandoval. The Austin Bank Scholarship was awarded to Jesus Perez. The Peltier Kia Scholarship was awarded to Carter Binning.

The College and University Scholarships were announced by college representatives. The Abilene Christian University Scholarships were awarded to Carter Binning and Devon Fossey. The Clarke University soccer Scholarships were awarded to Xzavier Campa and Armando Lugo. The East Texas Baptist University Scholarship was awarded to Carter Binning for the Dean Academic Scholarship and Christian Leadership Scholarship. Also from ETBU, football scholarships were awarded to Brack Dyer, La’danion Mosley, and Devin Howland. The Jarvis Chrsitian College Basketball Scholarship was awarded to William Chetlin. The Kilgore College Presidential Scholarship was awarded to Caraline Otte. The Lamar University Cardinal Elite Scholarship was awarded to Lucas Mahoney. The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Scholarship was awarded to Ja’kerrion Davis. The Texas A&M Highest Ranking Graduate Certificate, Regents’ Scholarship, and Opportunity Award were all awarded to Kristian Harris. The Texas A&M Texarkana Soccer Scholarships were awarded to Katelyn Allen, Evelyn Cornelio, and Brizella Hernandez. The Tyler Junior College Presidential Scholarships were awarded to Blanca Abonza, Bradley Forster, Lucas Mahoney, Caraline Otte, Nick Rodriguez, Lacy Robertson, and Alannah Wynn. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Softball Scholarship was awarded to Kylei Griffin. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for the Honor, Crusader, Heritage, and Bruce McMillan Jr. Scholarships was awarded to Kinsey Durham. Also from UMHB, Izaya Brooks was awarded the Football Scholarship. The University of Texas at Arlington Presidential Honors and Maverick Academic Scholarship was awarded to Chris Beal and Lucas Mahoney. The UT Tyler Salutatorian Scholarship was awarded to Daniel Cabrera. The UT Austin Dell Scholars, UT Award Scholarship, and Texas Excellence Scholarships were awarded to Ruby Sandoval.

“I’m really excited for the opportunities to have something that’s gonna help me grow in my future education and career,” Durham said. “Im very thankful for all the people that go out of their way to help with student’s financial situations.”

The Military Scholarships were given by local military representatives. The US Navy G.I. Bill Scholarships were awarded to Taylor Reed, Charles Hazuka, Logan Warren, and Jon Walls. The US Marine G.I. Bill Scholarships were awarded to Jayden Starks and Jayden Belcher. Chosen by a faculty vote, Kristian Harris and Caraline Otte were named Mister and Miss CHHS.

The seniors will be graduating next Friday, May 27th in the TJC Wagstaff Gymnasium at 7pm.