Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Class of ‘17 awards total $594k

Donley County high school graduates for 2017 received $594,060 to further their education, according to announcements made by Clarendon and Hedley high schools.

Clarendon High School seniors are eligible for or have received $579,110, and the total for Hedley seniors is $14,950.

Students from both Clarendon and Hedley are eligible for $500 from Clarendon College. The Bulldog Bucks Tuition Assistance Program will help to defray the cost of tuition, fees, books, and housing costs. Bulldog Bucks can be used to cover any unpaid balance up to $250 per semester. That represents a $15,000 commitment to the youth of Clarendon and a $6,500 commitment to Hedley seniors.

Clarendon High School recognized several outstanding students during graduation exercises last Friday. Cire Jauregui was named Salutatorian for the Class of 2017, Hannah Howard was the Valedictorian, Jensen Hatley was named the Best Girl Athlete, and Bryce Grahn received the Fighting Heart Award and the Knorrp Cup Award. Enterprise Photo / Roger Estlack

CC President Robert Riza has also instituted a tuition cap so that Clarendon and Hedley graduates will never have to pay for more than 12 credit hours per semester no matter how many hours they take. Additionally, there has also been a $20,000 commitment by the Clarendon College Foundation to fund the PEAK scholarship for Clarendon High School dual credit students while still in high school.

Individual recognitions for Hedley are as follows:

Bailey Downing is the recipient of a Capital Farm Credit Scholarship for $250 and the Lila Kate & Kylie Monroe Memorial Scholarship for $300.

Brittany Downing received a Lions Club Scholarship for $500, the Donley County Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship for $300, and a Lila Kate & Kylie Monroe Memorial Scholarship for $300.

Kenlee Lambert, as the valedictorian of Hedley High School, received the Highest Ranking Graduate award from the State of Texas. This award will exempt her from tuition fees for her first year of college. Kenlee is also receiving the Lila Kate & Kylie Monroe Memorial Scholarship for $300.

Kade McCleskey will receive the Cross Roads Peanut Company Scholarship for $500 and the Herring Bank scholarship for $500.

Kylie Wood received a Hedley Lioness Club scholarship for $500.

The following Hedley seniors were also recognized for donating two or more units of blood while in high school: Brittany Downing, Kenlee Lambert, Toby Lindsey, Madison Shelp, Hannah Street, and Kylie Wood.

Clarendon High School individual honors were:

Briana Butler will be playing basketball for Clarendon College and has received the Presidential Scholarship for $1,000 per year for two years.

Clint Franks is the recipient of the Bill Talley Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 and the Donley County Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship for $300.  He has also received a Masonic Lodge #700 Scholarship for $500 to attend Clarendon College.

Bryce Grahn is the recipient of a $500 Les Beaux Arts Club Scholarship.  He has also received several scholarships from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., – an academic scholarship for $7,000 per year, a cross country scholarship for $9,000 per year, a track scholarship for $2,000 per year, the Director Award for $2,500 per year, and a $6,000 per year basketball scholarship for a four-year total of $106,000.

Seth Greer was offered partial scholarships to play for Oklahoma Panhandle State and Wayland Baptist.  He was offered a full ride to Missouri Southern State University with a value of $60,000. Seth will be playing football at WTAMU on scholarship with an undetermined value.

MaRae Hall was awarded the Jacob Dean Smith Memorial Scholarship for $500 and has also received a Pell Grant for $4,265 per year for a total value of $17,060.

Jensen Hatley is the recipient of the Cross Road Peanut Scholarship for $500.

Hannah Howard was awarded a PEAK Scholarship for $2,000 to Clarendon College and has received two Valedictory scholarships. The first is provided by the Knorpp Insurance Agency and Donley County State Bank and is given in the name of Walter B. Knorpp, Sr., and pays any unpaid portion of books, tuition and fees and is valued up to $4,000.  The second Valedictory Scholarship is the State of Texas tuition waiver valued at up to $5,000 dependent upon the choice of state college.  Hannah has also been awarded a $500 Lions Club Sweetheart Scholarship, a $500 scholarship from Herring Bank, and the Homer Estlack Memorial scholarship for $250.

Cire Jaurequi received the Walter B. Knorpp Salutatorian Scholarship to Clarendon College which pays any unpaid portion of books, tuition and fees and is valued up to $4,000. She has also received $500 from the Lions Club and the Terry Scholarship to the University of North Texas for an estimated four-year value of $80,000.

Clay Koetting received a PEAK Scholarship for $2,000 and a $500 Masonic Lodge #700 to Clarendon College.

Chance Lockhart has received three yearly scholarships to the University of Dallas.  The Provost Scholarship for $22,000; the UD Leadership Grant for $8500; and the Texas Equalizer Grant for $3500.  That makes a four-year total of $136,000.  Chance’s also received the Thomas Lynch (Jack) Roach, IV Memorial scholarship for $500 per semester for two years or $2,000

Aubryanna Powell was awarded the Betsy Ellerbrook Memorial Scholarship for $500, and a PEAK Scholarship for $2,000 to Clarendon College.  Johnson & Wells University offered Aubryanna an award of $65,000, and she also was offered a scholarship from Mary Hardin Baylor for $37,000.

Brooke Smith has received a $500 Lions Club Scholarship and the $10,000 Donald R. Smith Scholarship.

Students may not use all of the scholarships they have been awarded due to their choice in schools.

Local graduates were also recognized by Clarendon College this year with honor cords for seniors who have completed dual credit classes while in high school. Green and gold honor cords to signify that they have completed 20 or more hours, and green and white honor cords to signify they have earned between three and 19 hours of college credit.

Donley County seniors in the Class of 2017 have earned a combined 613 dual credit hours from Clarendon College.

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