Graduating Kilgore High School seniors were awarded with more than $1 million in scholarship awards at a Scholarship and Awards Assembly held at First Baptist Church on Friday.
Principal Charles Presley welcomed students, faculty, family members and community members as the awards ceremony began. He also congratulated the students on their accomplishments.
“It’s been a privilege to watch (the students) grow up for the past 18 years. Their accomplishments are amazing. They are a fine group of young men and women and we are very proud of them. We know that they are going to continue to represent Kilgore very well once they leave us,” Presley said.
Awards were presented to students by a variety of groups — branches of the armed forces, local business owners, the Kilgore Lions Club and Rotary Club, Kilgore churches, faculty members of Kilgore ISD and Kilgore College and others.
Students were awarded scholarships for many reasons, from participation in sports and athletics, charitable causes, musical groups and student organizations to their grades and contributions to the school district and their community.
Many awards were granted to the top 10 students in the graduating class of 2019.
The top 10 students in the graduating class are, in order from highest GPA to lowest, Carlos Muniz, Victoria Shipman, Jacob Stone, Justin Daily, Hernan Galvan, Jaidyn Lewis, Austin Huckabee, Shelby Thompson, Cole Thompson and Mackenzie Cavanaugh.
Scholarship awards ranged from $100 to thousands. Some were endowed by schools, others by local businesses and several were given in memory of former Kilgore Bulldogs who have passed on.
Kilgore Middle School Principal April Cox presented a scholarship in memory of Pa’Sha Williams, Lynzee Ford and Shaquille Ross, Kilgore students who died of cancer.
Presley presented a scholarship award to Carlos Muniz, valedictorian of the graduation class. Muniz was awarded a full scholarship to study biology and pre-med at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. The award amount is $74,850 per year.