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2012 Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 23, 2012

The Scholarship Awards Ceremony honoring the Mason High School Class of 2012 was held in the MHS auditorium on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 in the evening. Graduation ceremonies will be held at the R. Clinton Schulze Stadium this Friday at 8:00 p.m.

Coach Habecker opened the program by thanking 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 young people 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 in college scholarships.”

High School Counselor Melany Canfield also gave her thanks, “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.”

The first presenter of the evening was Mrs. Ann Mahnken who awarded the $1,000 Mendy Mahnken Memorial Scholarship to Dyllan Hofmann.

Gideon Gonzales was named a Cody Scholar at Southwestern University and will receive a scholarship in the amount of $80,000. Gideon was also offered the UT Dallas National Hispanic Scholar Award in the amount of $40,000 and Boston University’s National Hispanic Recognition Award for $80,000 and the Hendrix Merit Scholarship for $104,000.

This year’s Teacher of Year Award recipient and member of the Mason High School faculty, Mrs. Angie Dudney presented the next two scholarships. The Mary Beth Ince Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship for $400 was awarded to Mary Beth’s granddaughter Emily Ellebracht, and the Mason ISD Faculty Award for $750 was awarded to Bianca Jaquez.

HEB Foods Corporation awards two $500 sholarships to graduates of Mason High School. This year’s recipients of the HEB scholarship were Bianka Martinez and Kaitlyn Cavness.

Coach Kade Burns to presented the Coach Melvin Burns Memorial Scholarships to Nick Navarrete and David Mora. Each of these Mason Punchers received $1,000.

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 Matt Banner, Kaitlyn Cavness, Andy Duarte, Emily Ellebracht, Samantha Jordan, Andrew Willis, Dyllan Hofmann and Amanda Hudson.

Amanda 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.

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 is awarded to Clay Walker.

The Cailloux Foundation in Kerrville provides educational opportunities for students in the hill country of Texas in the form of generous scholarships. This year, Samantha Jordan was awarded the Cailloux Foundation Scholar Award in the amount of $52,000.

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: Samantha Jordan, Gideon Gonzales, Bodie Adams and Amanda Hudson.Julio and Beatrice Ramon presented the Gilberto Ramon Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 each to the following students: Bianka Martinez, Estrellita Longoria, David Mora, Samantha Jordan, and Andy Duarte.

Our next two presentations were made by Mrs. Lynn Reichenau, chairperson of the Mason County Democratic Committee and alumni member of Alpha Beta Psi Service Organization. The $1,000 Mason County Democrats Scholarship went to Bianka Martinez and the Alpha Beta Psi Scholarships in honor of the mothers of Alpha Beta Psi’s members went to Emily Ellebracht and Bianca Jaquez. Each of these girls received $500. The Mason County Queen’s Court – Scholarships for girls who served on the Queen’s Court were presented to Emily Ellebracht, Amanda Hudson, Star Longoria and Bianca Jaquez.

Local realtor Renee Walker has been very generous to MHS, awarding an annual $1000 scholarship for years. This year, the Renee Walker “Around the Square” Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to Star Longoria.

Mrs. Sheri Jordan present the Hilton and Della Moneyhon Scholarship for Boy Scouts to two Eagle Scouts: Dyllan Hofmann and Bodie Adams.

The Carr Academic Scholarship program at Angelo State University has helped many West Texas students graduate from college. This year, Chance Stockbridge has accepted the $1500 scholarship.

It was an honor for MHS to present Andy Duarte with a merit scholarship award in the amount of $54,000 from Baylor University.

Jake Newsom was also offered a merit scholarship for $12,000 from Baylor University.

The $1,000 Robert & John Ann LeGrand Scholarship at Angelo State University wass presented to Chance Stockbridge.

Career Colleges and Schools of Texas offers $1,000 scholarships to students who will continue their education at their members schools. This year, two of our students will take advantage of this opportunity, both at University Technical Institute: They are Arturo Feregrino and Kaitlyn Nolte.

We were honored to present the Sul Ross Corps Scholarship to Texas A&M University in the amount of $4,800 to Bodie Adams. Bodie was also offered the ROTC Scholarship for $200,000 to Rice University, and a $9,000 academic scholarship by Texas Christian University.

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. We were pleased to present the award on behalf of Mrs. Tallent to state competitor Star Longoria.

MKM Home Health awards a scholarship to a student who will pursue an education and a career in the health care field. The MKM scholarship in the amount of $500 was awarded to Bianka Martinez. Bianka also received the $500 TEC Loss Control Scholarship and the $500 Texas Electric Cooperative Scholarship.

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 is Arturo Feregrino.

Mr. Jim Heath, representing the Mason Lion’s Club, presented our next awards. The Lion’s Club Service Scholarship went to Emily Ellebracht and Samantha Jordan. Each of these young ladies received $500 for this award. The $1,000 R. Clinton Schulze Scholarship in memory of Mason ISD’s long time superintendent was presented to a future educator, Korey Zavala.

Mrs. Jane Hoerster, a member of the Mason County Historical Commission, made the next presentation of the organization’s $1,000 to Dyllan Hofmann.

Pedernales Electric Co-op offers a scholarship to a graduating senior at Mason High School. This year, the $500 award went to Veronica Torres.

Kim Hengst presented the $500 scholarship on behalf of West Central Wireless to Nick Navarrete.

The descendents of Max Martin have decided to honor his memory in the form of an annual scholarship to be awarded in his name to a varsity tennis player. This year, the $500 Max Martin scholarship went to Amanda Hudson.

It is my pleasure to invite Ms. Kay Hudler and Miss Mary Elizabeth Gibbons to present the next awards. The Mary Elizabeth Gibbons Scholarship for $2,000 was awarded to three seniors: Arturo Feregrino, Bianca Jaquez, and Ayla Reyes. Ms. Hudler has also established a scholarship for rising seniors to fund education related purchases, such as technology, dual credit courses, or college testing preparation materials. The Austin & Ashley Hudler Scholarships were awarded to Courtney Brown, Missy Gierisch, Lorri Ann Drazan and Cayla Rodriquez.

Mr. Robert O’Neil, member of the Spring Street Gospel Church presented the $500 Spring Street Gospel Church Scholarships to five seniors: Emily Ellebracht, Amanda Hudson, Kaitlyn Cavness, Jake Newsom and Forrest Mueller.

Adriana Eckert presents a scholarship in memory of her late husband, Mr. Richard Eckert, to a student who will attend his alma mater, Texas A&M University. This year, the Richard Eckert Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kaitlyn Cavness.

Mrs. Gladys Kaderka presented the next two scholarship awards. The Gus Kaderka Memorial Scholarship for $500 was presented to Ayla Reyes and Dyllan Hofmann.

Mrs. Kaderka also presented to Linnda Hubbell and Oscar Lee Graham Scholarships on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Graham who could not be with us for the ceremony. Those $500 awards went to Emily Ellebracht, Dyllan Hofmann and Bianka Martinez.

One of our graduates has signed with the United States Navy, and he has been meeting with his recruiter and attending training all year. As an enlisted man, his college tuition and fees will be covered under the GI Bill. This award is valued at $120,000 and was presented to Andrew Willis. The audience congratulated Andrew and thanked him for his service to our country with a round of applause.

Mr. and Mrs. James Esquell presented the next award of the evening, the James and Diane Esquell Scholarship for students who pursue an education at a trade or technical school to Arturo Feregrino. Arturo received $350 form Mrs. Esquell, an alumni of Mason High School.

St. Mary’s University has awarded Matt Banner scholarships for both academics and for athletics in the amount of $66,000. Matt will play tennis for St. Mary’s next year, and we wish him the best of luck.

Mr. Riley Kothmann and Mr. Jack Asbill, directors of Central Texas Electric Co-op, presented the next scholarship for $1,000 to Amanda Hudson. Mr. Asbill also announced the winners of the essay contest, sophomores Caroline Hudson and Price Ruffin. These students have won all expense paid trips to Washington DC.

Puncher Club President John Watson presented the Puncher Club Scholarship for $500 to Dyllan Hofmann.

As the valedictorian of the class of 2012, Samantha Jordan has been awarded the Highest Ranking High School Graduate Award in the amount of $8, 970. She has also received the Zonta Club Scholarship for $1,000. Samantha was also offered the Provost’s Gold Scholarship for $34,000 from Baylor University and the Texas Student Housing Scholarship for $2500.

Mrs. Teresa Walker presented the next two scholarships.

The Country Home Health Scholarship for $500 went to Andy Duarte and Forrest Mueller, and The Laura Loeffler Memorial Scholarship for $500 went to Miranda Berreles.

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 was awarded to Star Longoria.

Mrs. Amanda McMillan presented the $1,000 Lilly Joy Gamel Scholarship awarded by Sandstone Cellars and Willow Creek Designs to Calley Hrachovy. Mrs. McMillan also presented a $2,000 award on behalf of the Mason County Rodeo Association to Clay Walker.

It was an honor for us to present hard working student Arturo Feregrino with a scholarship to Universal Technical Institute in the amount of $5,000.

Dr. Glenn and Mrs. Marnelle Ruthven could not be with us for the ceremony, so MHS presented the next scholarships on their behalf. There were two Dr. Ruthven Office Family Scholarships for $500 presented to Jacob Bibb and Amanda Hudson. And the Glenn & Marnelle Ruthven Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Dyllan Hoffmann. Dyllan has also been offered the $1,000 J Neul Bryan Scholarship at Texas Tech University and he has received the West Texas Counties Judges and Commissioners Association Scholarship for $1,000.

This year one of our students has won a scholarship in a national competition sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. The $2500 scholarship was awarded to Bodie Adams.

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 Star Longoria.

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 is presented to Venessa Nunez.

The San Angelo Area Foundation awards scholarships to high school graduates who live in the Concho Valley region. This year, three of our seniors, Jeffrey Carpenter, Dyllan Hoffman and Clay Walker will each receive a $500 scholarship.

For the last six 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 is a student who will begin college at Angelo State University in the fall: Miranda Berreles.

Ms. Sabin Nelson, a member of Bluebonnet Study Club and a member of the Mason County Republican Women presented the evening’s next two awards. The $1000 Mason County Republican Women Scholarship went to Dyllan Hofmann and Amanda Hudson. And the Bluebonnet Study Club Scholarship Awarded in Memory of Ruby Kettner for $750 was awarded to Samantha Jordan.

The Imagine America Scholarship is presented to students who will further their education at career and technical schools. This year, two of our students will receive this $1,000 scholarship. Arturo Feregrino and Kailtyn Nolte.

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 of the $1,000 award was Andy Duarte.

Lowe’s Foods awards scholarships to seniors graduating from Mason High School. This year, a $500 scholarship was given to David Mora and another $500 scholarship went to Michael Williams.

Mrs. Pam Kruse presented the next award for $500 on behalf of Mason County Farm Bureau to Dyllan Hofmann.

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 $400 was awarded to Marina Rico. Mason High School Golf Coach Larry Smith presented the Jason Toeppich Memorial Golf Scholarship for $500 to TJ Schovasja.

Texas A&M is awarding two of our seniors with the Regent’s Scholarship. The two students who will each receive $20,000 are Emily Ellebracht and Kaitlyn Cavness.

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. This year the $1500 scholarship was presented to Matt Banner.

Veronica Torres has been awarded University of the Incarnate Word Achievement Scholarship in the amount of $20,000. Congratulations Veronica!

Alex Carruth has received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence from Abilene Christian University in the amount of $12,000. In addition, we presented Alex with the Missionary Children’s Scholarship for $60,000.

Tarleton University has awarded Amanda Hudson with MA and Meek Lane Doss Scholarship Award in the amount of $4,000.

The Terry Foundation has a long history of generosity when it comes to educating young Texas students. This year, two of our seniors have been named Terry Scholars at Texas A&M University. Bodie Adams will receive $56,000 and Samantha Jordan will receive $32,000.

The faculty and staff at Mason High School congratulates 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 you the best of luck.

Mrs. Canfield closed the program by saying, “I would like to extend a special thanks to all of the scholarship donors, to all of the presenters who are sitting in the audience and to all of the donors who could not be with us tonight. The faculty and administration of Mason High school is most grateful for your generous contributions to the continuing education of our students. I wish to extend our thanks to the parents of these students for their continuous support of their children in their past and future endeavors.”

Following the ceremony, the students and their families enjoyed refreshments in the commons area.

Current total of the scholarships presented, as of this moment, is $1,177,935.

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