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2011 Mason I.S.D. Scholarship Awards ceremony
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011

Mason High School Principal Chris Habecker welcomed the attendees to the Scholarship Awards Ceremony honoring the Mason High School Class of 2011 with the following statement:“To the organizations and individuals who make the scholarship opportunities available, the students, parents, teachers, and community are forever grateful. Thank you for caring enough to make a difference in the lives of our students.I would like to say a word about these students you see before you. These students you see before you are proof positive that hard work pays off in the end.They have continued the tradition of excellence at Mason High School, accumulating more than one million dollars worth of college scholarships.”At this point in the program, Mason High School Counselor Melany Canfield began the presentation portion of the award ceremony. “I would like to tell all of you who have supported these students through the years: the parents, grandparents, friends and family members of these graduates how proud we are of all of them. They are a remarkable group of people and they mean a great deal to us at Mason High School.”Mrs. Ann Mahnken presented the Mendy Mahnken Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 to Garrett Allen.Tarleton State University awards the Dick Smith Scholarship to students based on academic merit. This scholarship was presented to Makenzie Mitchell. Makenzie was accepted to the Honors College at Tarleton and will also receive the Presidential Honors Scholarship for $28,000.A member of the Mason High School faculty, Mrs. Gay Nesloney presented the next awards to Garrett Allen, who will major in interdisciplinary studies and Jenny Smith, who will major in history. Both students plan to enter the field of education. The Mason ISD Faculty scholarships are worth $375 each.HEB Foods Corporation awards a $500 sholarship to a graduate of Mason High School. This year’s recipient of the HEB scholarship was Shayla Estes. Shayla was also offered the The Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Abilene Christian University in the amount of $12,000 and the Trustees Award At Schreiner University in the amount of $11,000. Coach Kade Burns to presented the Coach Melvin Burns Memorial Scholarship to Matt Hyden and Jenny Smith.The members of the Mason Tennis Association award the senior members of the varsity tennis team with a $100 scholarship . Those senior tennis players are Trey Schwertner, Tyler Chew, Paden Hemphill, Jansen Rychlik, Kason Wood, Miriah Kidd and Makenzie Mitchell. Makenzie also received the Dan G. Lehmberg Memorial Scholarship given by the Mason Tennis Association to honor contributions made to the tennis tradition in Mason in the amount of $150.Denise Brandenberger presented the scholarships given by the Alpha Beta Psi Service organization. The Alpha Beta Psi Scholarships given in honor of the mothers of the members of Alpha Beta Psi for $500 each went to Alex Martinez and Celeste Hamilton. The scholarships awarded to the members of the Mason County Queen’s Court went to Myles Banner and Jenny Smith.The Matt Morris Memorial Scholarship was established by his family and friends to honor the life that he lived and what he meant to each of them. Matt grew up in Mason and graduated from Mason High School in 1987. He was a member of the livestock judging team at Texas Tech and he graduated with a degree in Ag Education. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing an ag related career. This year, the $1,000 Matt Morris Memorial scholarship was awarded to Zack Graves.Mr. Chris Huber representing the Cailloux Foundation presented the Cailloux Foundation Scholarship for $48,000 to Yolanda Gonzales.The 80th Texas Legislature appropriated funds for a Higher Education Incentive Funding Package that includes a scholarship for students graduating in the top 10% of their class to attend a college in Texas. The students who were offered this $4,000 award are: Paden Hemphill, Yolanda Gonzales, Jenny Smith and Makenzie Mitchell.Mr. Stan Amyett of State Farm Insurance presented the $1,000 State Farm Texas Scholar Athlete Award to Makenzie Mitchell.The Family of Gilberto Ramon established the annual Gilberto Ramon Scholarship program to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors pursuing higher education. Since its inception, the family has awarded more than $50,000. This year, the Ramon Family Foundation will award a total of $14,000 in scholarships. Three of those scholarships were awarded to students from MHS: Shayla Estes, Yolanda Gonzales, and Alex Martinez.Mrs. Lynn Reichenau, chairperson of the Mason County Democratic Committee, presented her organization’s two $500 scholarships to Shayla Estes and Jenny Smith. Mrs. Reichenau also presented a $2,000 scholarship and a burnt orange Longhorn t-shirt to Yolanda Gonzales on behalf of the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Exes.The Renee Walker “Around the Square” Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Celeste Hamilton.Celeste also received the Sam Walton Community Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 and the Gloria Kerbow Memorial Scholarship for $800.Mrs. Gladys Kaderka to presented the next two Gus Kaderka Memorial Scholarships for $500 each to Alex Martinez and Jenny Smith.Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas presents merit scholarships to students based on their academic career. This year, Paden Hemphill was the recipient of an award in the amount of $28,000. Ms. Linda Martin representing KFC will awarded the next scholarship of the evening. The $20,000 KFC Scholarship went to Yolanda Gonzales.Cottey College in Missouri awards merit scholarships based on students’ academic work. This year, three of our senior girls will attend Cottey and all three of them have received the Cottey Achievement Scholarship in the amount of $6,000. They are Marina Lopez, Gabina Lopez and Myles Banner. Mrs. Glendene Underwood, a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, made the next presentation of the evening to Julio Ramon.The $1,000 Robert & John Ann LeGrand Scholarship at Angelo State University was presented to Garrett Allen.

Career Colleges and Schools of Texas offers $1,000 scholarships to students who will continue their education at their members schools. This year, four of our students will take advantage of this opportunity: They are Chase Crouch, Andrea Balderas, Ben Bjork and Albino Cedillo.Former Mason High School home economics teacher Mrs. Linnda Graham presented the Linnda Hubbell and Oscar Lee Graham scholarships in the amount of $500 each to Makenzie Mitchell, Shayla Estes and Tomas Callejas.We were honored to present the Sul Ross Corps Scholarship to Texas A&M University in the amount of $4,800 to Zack Graves. Zack also received the Ruth Bratton Memorial Scholarship established by her children to honor her years of service to MHS as a business teacher. Mrs. Laura Lehmberg Tallent is an MHS graduate who recognizes the value students gain from participation in public speaking events. She has coached and judged these events for many years. Mrs. Tallent awarded two $100 Scholarships to a state competitor in FFA speaking events, Kambrey Hudson and a state competitor in UIL speaking events, Jenny Smith. Mrs. Sherry Martin, representing MKM Home Health, presented the next $250 award to Miriah Kidd.The Shepard Y. Hornstein Memorial Scholarship is given by his daughter, Mrs. Lenore Newsom, to a graduate who will attend a junior or community college or technical school. This year’s recipient of the $250 award was Andrea Balderas.Mr. John Gammill, president of the Mason Lion’s Club presented the Lion’s Club Service Scholarship in the amount of $500 each to Alyssa Herrera and Scott Gallagher. The R. Clinton Schulze Scholarship for future educators went to Jenny Smith.The Carr Sholarship at Angelo State University has a long tradition of helping students from West Texas. This year, the foundation awarded the Carr Presidential Scholarship in the amount of $3500 to four students Lucas Haley, Garrett Allen, Dugan Stem and Tomas Callejas. Another of our students, Trey Schwertner, received the Carr Fellow Scholarship in the amount of $3000.Mrs. Jane Hoerster, a member of the Mason County Historical Commission made the next presentation of $500 to Yolanda Gonzales.Pedernales Electric Co-op offers a scholarship to a graduating senior at Mason High School. This year, the $500 award went to Paden Hemphill.We were excited to be presenting a brand new scholarship this evening in memory of Max Martin. This is an annual scholarship and this year, the $500 award went to Shayla Estes.Our Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and FCS Club sponser, Mrs. Angie Dudney present the next scholarship to FCCLA member Andrea Balderas.The College Board awards scholarships to students based on their scores on the PSAT test taken their junior year. This is quite an exceptional achievement, and we are very proud of this student. This year, we were pleased to award the College Board National Hispanic Scholarship for $14,000 to Julio Ramon. The Hill District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville presents a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must have competed in the stock show and must also sit for an interview. This year, Garrett Allen has been awarded that scholarship.Mrs. Sheri Jordan and Mr. Freddy Sapien presented the Hilton Moneyhon Boy Scout Scholarship to Eagle Scout Tyler Chew.Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana awards the Trustee Scholarship to students based on academic merit. This year, Garrett Rice received this scholarship. Garrett was also offered the Second Century Award at Milsaps College for $72,000, the Thomas Hendricks Scholarship at Hanover College for $50,000, the Dean’s Scholarship at Gustavus College for $36,000, the Denison University Alumni Scholarship for $56,000 and the $50,000 Trustee Scholarship at Allegheny College.Mr. Robert O’Neil, member of the Spring Street Gospel Church, presented two $500 scholarships to Alex Martinez and Shayla Estes.Sgt. Jason Bryan of the United States Army made the next presentation of three $110,000 Scholarships to Cristian Orta, AJ Martinez and Chris Anderson. As enlisted men, these three seniors have the opportunity to attend college on the GI Bill.Annabel Verdugo was the recipient of the Rupert and Phoebe Cobb Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 awarded by Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant.Mr. and Mrs. James Esquell presented the next award to Tyler Chew.Southwestern University awards the Mood Scholarship based on academic merit. It was our honor to present this scholarship worth $13,000 to Jenny Smith. In addition, the First United Methodist Church awards the Janie Jordan Memorial Scholarship to students who have been active in Methodist Youth Fellowship and will attend a religious affiliated school. Jenny also received scholarship of $2,000 per semester.Mr. Riley Kothmann and Mr. Jack Asbill, directors of Central Texas Electric Co-op, present the next scholarships worth $1,000 each to Ethan Hudson, Jenny Smith, Kambrey Hudson, Shayla Estes and Makenzie Mitchell.As the valedictorian of the class of 2011, Miss Makenzie Mitchell has been awarded the Highest Ranking High School Graduate Award in the amount of $6,248.Mrs. Teresa Walker of Country Home Health presented two $500 scholarships to Kambrey Hudson and Tyler Chew. The Laura Loeffler Memorial Scholarship in memory of Mrs. Walker’s mother went to Makenzie Mitchell.It was our honor to present the next scholarship in memory of Matt Puckett. Matt was a graduate of Mason High School who was killed while on active duty. The $500 scholarship was established by one of Matt’s classmates, Cody Geirisch and is awarded to Kambrey Hudson. Kambrey has also received the Soil & Water Conservation Scholarship for $500 and the Vocational Ag Teacher’s Association Scholarship for $500.Mrs. Amanda McMillan presented the next two scholarships of the evening. The Lilly Joy Gamel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Annabell Verdugo. The Mason Rodeo Association Scholarship in the amount of $750 went to Garrett Allen and the Mason Rodeo Association Scholarships in the amount of $500 each went to Kambrey Hudson and Shelby Squires.HEB Foods awards a $500 scholarship annually to a graduating senior from Mason High School. This year, the HEB scholarship went to Shayla Estes.On behalf of the Hill Country Telephone Cooperative we presented two scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each to Kambrey Hudson and Miriah Kidd.Career Colleges and Schools of Texas offers $1,000 scholarships to students who will continue their education at their members schools. This year, four of our students will take advantage of this opportunity: They are Chase Crouch, Andrea Balderas, Ben Bjork and Albino Cedillo.Former Mason High School home economics teacher Mrs. Linnda Graham presented the Linnda Hubbell and Oscar Lee Graham scholarships in the amount of $500 each to Makenzie Mitchell, Shayla Estes and Tomas Callejas.We were honored to present the Sul Ross Corps Scholarship to Texas A&M University in the amount of $4,800 to Zack Graves. Zack also received the Ruth Bratton Memorial Scholarship established by her children to honor her years of service to MHS as a business teacher. Mrs. Laura Lehmberg Tallent is an MHS graduate who recognizes the value students gain from participation in public speaking events. She has coached and judged these events for many years. Mrs. Tallent awarded two $100 Scholarships to a state competitor in FFA speaking events, Kambrey Hudson and a state competitor in UIL speaking events, Jenny Smith. Mrs. Sherry Martin, representing MKM Home Health, presented the next $250 award to Miriah Kidd.The Shepard Y. Hornstein Memorial Scholarship is given by his daughter, Mrs. Lenore Newsom, to a graduate who will attend a junior or community college or technical school. This year’s recipient of the $250 award was Andrea Balderas.Mr. John Gammill, president of the Mason Lion’s Club presented the Lion’s Club Service Scholarship in the amount of $500 each to Alyssa Herrera and Scott Gallagher. The R. Clinton Schulze Scholarship for future educators went to Jenny Smith.The Carr Sholarship at Angelo State University has a long tradition of helping students from West Texas. This year, the foundation awarded the Carr Presidential Scholarship in the amount of $3500 to four students Lucas Haley, Garrett Allen, Dugan Stem and Tomas Callejas. Another of our students, Trey Schwertner, received the Carr Fellow Scholarship in the amount of $3000.Mrs. Jane Hoerster, a member of the Mason County Historical Commission made the next presentation of $500 to Yolanda Gonzales.Pedernales Electric Co-op offers a scholarship to a graduating senior at Mason High School. This year, the $500 award went to Paden Hemphill.We were excited to be presenting a brand new scholarship this evening in memory of Max Martin. This is an annual scholarship and this year, the $500 award went to Shayla Estes.Our Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and FCS Club sponser, Mrs. Angie Dudney present the next scholarship to FCCLA member Andrea Balderas.The College Board awards scholarships to students based on their scores on the PSAT test taken their junior year. This is quite an exceptional achievement, and we are very proud of this student. This year, we were pleased to award the College Board National Hispanic Scholarship for $14,000 to Julio Ramon. The Hill District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville presents a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must have competed in the stock show and must also sit for an interview. This year, Garrett Allen has been awarded that scholarship.Mrs. Sheri Jordan and Mr. Freddy Sapien presented the Hilton Moneyhon Boy Scout Scholarship to Eagle Scout Tyler Chew.Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana awards the Trustee Scholarship to students based on academic merit. This year, Garrett Rice received this scholarship. Garrett was also offered the Second Century Award at Milsaps College for $72,000, the Thomas Hendricks Scholarship at Hanover College for $50,000, the Dean’s Scholarship at Gustavus College for $36,000, the Denison University Alumni Scholarship for $56,000 and the $50,000 Trustee Scholarship at Allegheny College.Mr. Robert O’Neil, member of the Spring Street Gospel Church, presented two $500 scholarships to Alex Martinez and Shayla Estes.Sgt. Jason Bryan of the United States Army made the next presentation of three $110,000 Scholarships to Cristian Orta, AJ Martinez and Chris Anderson. As enlisted men, these three seniors have the opportunity to attend college on the GI Bill.Annabel Verdugo was the recipient of the Rupert and Phoebe Cobb Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 awarded by Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant.Mr. and Mrs. James Esquell presented the next award to Tyler Chew.Southwestern University awards the Mood Scholarship based on academic merit. It was our honor to present this scholarship worth $13,000 to Jenny Smith. In addition, the First United Methodist Church awards the Janie Jordan Memorial Scholarship to students who have been active in Methodist Youth Fellowship and will attend a religious affiliated school. Jenny also received scholarship of $2,000 per semester.Mr. Riley Kothmann and Mr. Jack Asbill, directors of Central Texas Electric Co-op, present the next scholarships worth $1,000 each to Ethan Hudson, Jenny Smith, Kambrey Hudson, Shayla Estes and Makenzie Mitchell.As the valedictorian of the class of 2011, Miss Makenzie Mitchell has been awarded the Highest Ranking High School Graduate Award in the amount of $6,248.Mrs. Teresa Walker of Country Home Health presented two $500 scholarships to Kambrey Hudson and Tyler Chew. The Laura Loeffler Memorial Scholarship in memory of Mrs. Walker’s mother went to Makenzie Mitchell.It was our honor to present the next scholarship in memory of Matt Puckett. Matt was a graduate of Mason High School who was killed while on active duty. The $500 scholarship was established by one of Matt’s classmates, Cody Geirisch and is awarded to Kambrey Hudson. Kambrey has also received the Soil & Water Conservation Scholarship for $500 and the Vocational Ag Teacher’s Association Scholarship for $500.Mrs. Amanda McMillan presented the next two scholarships of the evening. The Lilly Joy Gamel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Annabell Verdugo. The Mason Rodeo Association Scholarship in the amount of $750 went to Garrett Allen and the Mason Rodeo Association Scholarships in the amount of $500 each went to Kambrey Hudson and Shelby Squires.HEB Foods awards a $500 scholarship annually to a graduating senior from Mason High School. This year, the HEB scholarship went to Shayla Estes.On behalf of the Hill Country Telephone Cooperative we presented two scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each to Kambrey Hudson and Miriah Kidd.

The Capital Farm Credit Regional Scholarship went to Kambrey Hudson.The Gene Tobey Memorial Art Scholarship is given to a student who will be pursuing a career in an art related field. The scholarship is given in remembrance of Gene and his love for the community of Mason and the high school from which two of his daughters graduated. The recipient of the $500 Gene Tobey Scholarship was Myles Banner.Ethan Hudson was presented with the Presidential Scholarship at Hardin-Simmons University in the amount of $28,000.On behalf of Kent Stehling Insurance, we presented the $500 Kent Stehling Scholarship to Jenny Smith.Puncher Club President Paul Rice presented the $500 Puncher Club Scholarship to varsity athlete Shayla Estes.The Imagine America Scholarship is presented to students who will further their education at career and technical schools. This year, four of our students received this $1,000 scholarship: Chase Crouch, Andrea Balderas, Albino Cedillo and Ben Bjork.Dr. Glenn and Mrs. Marnelle Ruthven presented their $1,000 scholarship to Jenny Smith.The children of Billy & Frances Bode have chosen to honor their parents’ years of service to the students of Mason and their belief in the transforming power of education by offering a $1000 scholarship to a Mason High School senior. This year, the Billy & Frances Bode Scholarship was presented to Alyssa Herrera.Ms. Bridget Langdale representing the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country presented their $1,000 scholarship to Myles Banner.The San Angelo Area Foundation awards scholarships to high school graduates who live in the Concho Valley region. This year, three of our seniors, Kambrey Hudson and Zach Graves received a $500 scholarship: Kambrey Hudson, Zack Graves and Amanda Hahn.For the last five years, a generous anonymous couple in our community has given a scholarship to a deserving student who is intent on furthering his or her education. This year, the recipient of the $500 award was a student who was new to our school but has truly embraced life as a Mason Puncher: Dugan Stem.Ms. Sabin Nelson presented the evening’s next two awards. The Mason County Republican Women’s Club Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Shayla Estes and the $1,000 Bluebonnet Study Club Scholarship was awarded to Paden Hemphill.The Lillie Eckert Baskett Scholarship was established by Mrs. Baskett herself in order to honor a well-rounded individual, of whom we can all be proud. This year’s recipient was Alex Martinez. Alex was also offered the Freshman Academic Achievement Award for $4,800, the Freshman Competitive Four Year Scholarship for $13,464 from Eastern New Mexico State University and the $1,000 Roadrunner Scholarship from UTSA.Kim Hengst presented the $500 scholarship on behalf of West Central Wireless to Matt Hyden.Each year, Super S Foods awards a $1,000 scholarship to a senior. This year, Annabell Verdugo received the award.Mr. Larry Lehmberg presented the next award on behalf of Mason County Farm Bureau. The $500 scholarships were awarded to Kambrey Hudson and Zack Graves.The members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators at Mason ISD award a scholarship to a student who will pursue a career as a teacher. This year’s ATPE scholarship for $500 was awarded to Jenny Smith. Jenny has also received a scholarship in the amount of $350 from Germania Insurance.Bill & Melinda Gates award 1,000 college scholarships through the Gates Millenium Scholars Program. This award is an exceptional achievement because in addition to a four year scholarship at the college of the recipient’s choice, it includes personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout the recipient’s college career. This year, Yolanda Gonzales has been named a Gates Millenium Scholar. The estimated value of this award is $300,000. The Minnie Stephens Piper Foundation invites every high school in the state of Texas to nominate one student from each year’s graduating class to compete for a renewable scholarship award. This year the $12,000 award was offered to Yolanda Gonzales.Mason High School Golf Coach Larry Smith presented the Jason Toeppich Memorial Golf Scholarship in the amount of $200 each to Jenny Smith, Matt Hyden and Tyler Chew.The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awards a $1,000 scholarship to students graduating with 30 college hours or more. The class of 2011 tied the record set by the class of 2010, with 19 seniors who have accumulated 30 or more dual credit and tech prep credit hours. Those students were: Alex Martinez, Amanda Hahn, Celeste Hamilton, Ethan Hudson, Garett Allen, Jenny Smith, Garrett Rice, Kason Wood, Makenzie Mitchell, Kambrey Hudson, Matt Hyden, Miriah Kidd, Myles Banner, Paden Hemphill, Scott Gallagher, Shayla Estes, Tomas Callejas, Yolanda Gonzales and Zack Graves.We congratulate these and all of our graduates. In addition to these scholarships, there are several scholarship applications pending. We are awaiting notification of these, and we wish our seniors the best of luck.Mrs. Canfield extended a special thanks to all of the scholarship donors, to all of the presenters who were sitting in the audience and to all of the donors who could not be with us. The faculty and administration of Mason High School is most grateful for their generous contributions to the continuing education of our students. Mrs. Canfield also thanked the parents of these students for their continuous support of their children in their past and future endeavors.The Capital Farm Credit Regional Scholarship went to Kambrey Hudson.The Gene Tobey Memorial Art Scholarship is given to a student who will be pursuing a career in an art related field. The scholarship is given in remembrance of Gene and his love for the community of Mason and the high school from which two of his daughters graduated. The recipient of the $500 Gene Tobey Scholarship was Myles Banner.Ethan Hudson was presented with the Presidential Scholarship at Hardin-Simmons University in the amount of $28,000.On behalf of Kent Stehling Insurance, we presented the $500 Kent Stehling Scholarship to Jenny Smith.Puncher Club President Paul Rice presented the $500 Puncher Club Scholarship to varsity athlete Shayla Estes.The Imagine America Scholarship is presented to students who will further their education at career and technical schools. This year, four of our students received this $1,000 scholarship: Chase Crouch, Andrea Balderas, Albino Cedillo and Ben Bjork.Dr. Glenn and Mrs. Marnelle Ruthven presented their $1,000 scholarship to Jenny Smith.The children of Billy & Frances Bode have chosen to honor their parents’ years of service to the students of Mason and their belief in the transforming power of education by offering a $1000 scholarship to a Mason High School senior. This year, the Billy & Frances Bode Scholarship was presented to Alyssa Herrera.Ms. Bridget Langdale representing the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country presented their $1,000 scholarship to Myles Banner.The San Angelo Area Foundation awards scholarships to high school graduates who live in the Concho Valley region. This year, three of our seniors, Kambrey Hudson and Zach Graves received a $500 scholarship: Kambrey Hudson, Zack Graves and Amanda Hahn.For the last five years, a generous anonymous couple in our community has given a scholarship to a deserving student who is intent on furthering his or her education. This year, the recipient of the $500 award was a student who was new to our school but has truly embraced life as a Mason Puncher: Dugan Stem.Ms. Sabin Nelson presented the evening’s next two awards. The Mason County Republican Women’s Club Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Shayla Estes and the $1,000 Bluebonnet Study Club Scholarship was awarded to Paden Hemphill.The Lillie Eckert Baskett Scholarship was established by Mrs. Baskett herself in order to honor a well-rounded individual, of whom we can all be proud. This year’s recipient was Alex Martinez. Alex was also offered the Freshman Academic Achievement Award for $4,800, the Freshman Competitive Four Year Scholarship for $13,464 from Eastern New Mexico State University and the $1,000 Roadrunner Scholarship from UTSA.Kim Hengst presented the $500 scholarship on behalf of West Central Wireless to Matt Hyden.Each year, Super S Foods awards a $1,000 scholarship to a senior. This year, Annabell Verdugo received the award.Mr. Larry Lehmberg presented the next award on behalf of Mason County Farm Bureau. The $500 scholarships were awarded to Kambrey Hudson and Zack Graves.The members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators at Mason ISD award a scholarship to a student who will pursue a career as a teacher. This year’s ATPE scholarship for $500 was awarded to Jenny Smith. Jenny has also received a scholarship in the amount of $350 from Germania Insurance.Bill & Melinda Gates award 1,000 college scholarships through the Gates Millenium Scholars Program. This award is an exceptional achievement because in addition to a four year scholarship at the college of the recipient’s choice, it includes personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout the recipient’s college career. This year, Yolanda Gonzales has been named a Gates Millenium Scholar. The estimated value of this award is $300,000. The Minnie Stephens Piper Foundation invites every high school in the state of Texas to nominate one student from each year’s graduating class to compete for a renewable scholarship award. This year the $12,000 award was offered to Yolanda Gonzales.Mason High School Golf Coach Larry Smith presented the Jason Toeppich Memorial Golf Scholarship in the amount of $200 each to Jenny Smith, Matt Hyden and Tyler Chew.The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awards a $1,000 scholarship to students graduating with 30 college hours or more. The class of 2011 tied the record set by the class of 2010, with 19 seniors who have accumulated 30 or more dual credit and tech prep credit hours. Those students were: Alex Martinez, Amanda Hahn, Celeste Hamilton, Ethan Hudson, Garett Allen, Jenny Smith, Garrett Rice, Kason Wood, Makenzie Mitchell, Kambrey Hudson, Matt Hyden, Miriah Kidd, Myles Banner, Paden Hemphill, Scott Gallagher, Shayla Estes, Tomas Callejas, Yolanda Gonzales and Zack Graves.We congratulate these and all of our graduates. In addition to these scholarships, there are several scholarship applications pending. We are awaiting notification of these, and we wish our seniors the best of luck.Mrs. Canfield extended a special thanks to all of the scholarship donors, to all of the presenters who were sitting in the audience and to all of the donors who could not be with us. The faculty and administration of Mason High School is most grateful for their generous contributions to the continuing education of our students. Mrs. Canfield also thanked the parents of these students for their continuous support of their children in their past and future endeavors.

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