2009 DHS Valedictorian receives Governor’s Award
By Robin Scott
Jasmine Bohlender was named Valedictorian for the 2008/09 school year for Dalhart High School. She accomplished many scholastic achievements during the school year as well. One accomplishment was taking first place in the U.I.L. statewide competition in accounting. Governor Rick Perry personally gave the top students winning U.I.L. competitions awards in June, but Jasmine was in New Guinea on a mission-training trip.
DISD Superintendent David Foote, DHS Principal David Steele and accounting teacher Paige Davis presented the Governor’s Award to Jasmine on August 19th at Dalhart High School. Jasmine’s parents, Rod and Linda Bohlender attended the brief ceremony held in the school’s library.
Jasmine had received an invitation to visit with Governor Perry in Austin in June, but since she had left for New Guinea on a five-week mission trip, Governor Perry had the award sent to Superintendent Foote for presentation to Jasmine. She was back in Dalhart long enough to receive the prestigious award before she and her parents headed off to College Station to get her moved into her dorm room at Texas A & M University. Jasmine stated, “My classes begin on August 31st.” Jasmine is carrying a full load in her first semester at Texas A & M. Because of dual credit she received while still in high school, she begins her college career with approximately 21 college hours under her belt.
Of Jasmine’s success while at Dalhart High School, Principal Steele noted, “We only made one mistake with Jasmine while she attended DHS. We didn’t hold her back a year so that we could have her longer. I wish all of our students could be as dedicated as Jasmine.”
Jasmine certainly has big shoes to fill for seniors at DHS. She commented that attending DHS was a good experience and readied her for college. She also noted, “I couldn’t have done any of the accounting without Ms. Davis. I attribute my success in that competition to her.”
All students in DISD are encouraged to participate in scholastic, sports and band activities. Steele noted at the recent parent meeting that students who get involved in school activities have a much great chance at success. He stated that a large reason for that is, “They are busy and they have to keep their grades up in order to stay in the extra curricular activities. That is a huge incentive for them to do well in their coursework.”
Information about activities that students may participate in may be found online at www.dalhart.k12.tx.us.