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DHS students win academic awards

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DHS students win academic awards

Dalhart Texan

Dalhart High School held its annual Awards Assembly on Tuesday May 3 in the high school auditorium. Students received awards for individual classes and for achievements throughout their high school careers, and were also presented with certificates for achievements in various academic contests.

Dalhart High principal Scot Wright welcomed everyone to the ceremony, and then turned things over to Counselor Christy Dovel, who introduced the first presenters. Although no members of the military were able to attend, awards were presented from the U.S. Marine Corps. The Scholastic Excellence Awards were given to Pierce Pfannstiel and Kennedy Green, the Distinguished Athlete Awards were presented to Green and Thomas Meyer, and the Musical Excellence Awards were presented to Keelan Hoppe and Alex Rivas.

Ilene Walton and Lexi Thomas presented some awards from Frank Phillips College. Several students received awards for completing at least 12 hours at Frank Phillips with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. These students were Addi Anderson, Max Baca, Kirsten Bezner, Hannah Bierbaum, Ashlynn Eaton, Joseph Gaines, Jacqueline Garcia Villagran, Ariana Gonzalez, Kennedy Green, Emily Hall, Libby Heiskell, Arely Hernandez, Cole Kemp, Molly Lockhart, Evangelene Lucas, Zoe Meeks, Pierce Pfannstiel, Jagger Puga, Maddy Stady, John Taylor, Rhiana Todd, Jadyn Trusler, Jack Vermedahl and Reese Wieck.

Six DHS seniors, Madelyn Bailey, Salvador Ortiz, Ashlynn Eaton, Danielle Lewis, Kennedy Green and Carol Yocupicio, were recognized for graduating from Frank Phillips College with associate’s degrees. Several other special awards were presented at different times during the ceremony. Laura Portillo- Amaya presented awards to the student council officers. Alexis Davila was president, Salvador Ortiz was vice president, Madelyn Bailey was secretary, and Pierce Pfannstiel was treasurer. The American Woodsmen Award was presented to Reese Wieck by David Hutchison.

Rhiana Todd was recognized for receiving three merit awards at the OPSU Art Jubilee. Todd also swept the wheel throwing contest for the second straight year. Dalhart High also won the Van Gogh sweepstakes at the Art Jubilee, which is an award given to schools with less than 100 students participating.

Four-Year Awards were given in several different subjects, with those students receiving plaques. The Four- Year Art Award was given to Rhiana Todd and Luke Rivas, and Todd also received the Four-Year English Award. The Four-Year Social Studies Award was presented to Salvador Ortiz. The Four- Year Spanish Award was given to Emila Castro, and the Four-Year Science Award went to Pierce Pfannstiel. Pfannstiel also received the Four-Year Math Award.

The UIL Scholars awards were presented to those students in the top 10% of the senior class. These awards were given to Pierce Pfannstiel, Kennedy Green, Rhiana Todd, Libby Heiskell, Salvador Ortiz, Molly Lockhart, Danielle Lewis, Luke Rivas and Sierra Brazeal.

The top five seniors were given extra recognition. Pfannstiel received a plaque and a blanket as the top senior, as well as a plaque for being Valedictorian, and Green received a blanket for being in the top five seniors and also received a plaque for being Salutatorian. Blankets were also presented to Todd, Heiskell and Ortiz for being among the top five seniors.

Plaques were given to the National Honor Society Girl and Boy of the Year by NHS adviser Kim Sorrels. The Girl of the Year was Kennedy Green and the Boy of the Year was Pierce Pfannstiel.

The student with the highest GPA in each of the lower classes was presented a plaque. Emily Gaines was named Top Freshman, Jolie Bowers was named Top Sophomore, and Jadyn Trusler was named Top Junior.

One student was recognized for deciding to serve his nation in the military following high school. Zach Coates is joining the Marines.

A large number of students also received awards for individual classes and for UIL academics and USA Skills. Nikki Ames presented these awards: Science-Joshua Davis, Social Studies-Keven Rascon, Successful Studies- Juan Diego Guevera, and Math-Alex Rodriguez. Abbie Banks presented an award for Pre-AP Biology to Karol Garcia and Emily Gaines and an award for Biology to Dawson Timmons and Jenna Pedraza.

Lori Beckner presented the following awards: Chemistry-Erik Frantz and Pre-AP Chemistry- Jolie Bowers. Beckner also presented a certificate to Areli Delgado for placing third in UIL Spelling at district, which qualified Delgado for Regional. Chris Bird gave the Art I Ceramics and Jewelry awards to Mitzy Armenta and Taelor Ingram. The Drawing and Painting awards were presented to Dalia Delgado and McKenzie Powers.

Misty Bornemeier presented the English III awards to Cole Kemp and Addi Anderson, and gave the Pre-AP English III award to Jadyn Trusler. Jennifer Bowers presented these awards: Spanish I (non-native speaking)-Anahi Huaracha, and Spanish I (native speaking)-Olivia Peavey and Kayden Larson.

Jaida Brown presented the Biology award to Brielee Gallegos and the Forensic Science award to Carol Yocupicio. Brown presented the following certificates for these Skills USA teams: Crime Scene Investigation- Jerson Fred, Ayden Reese and Cristian Xon Gonzalez placed second at district and qualified for State. Crime Scene Investigation-Carol Yocupicio, Arely Hernandez and Carolina Espinoza placed third at district. Criminal Justice Display-Jerson Fred and Ayden Reese qualified for State and received the State Excellence Ribbon.

Brown also presented certificates for students in UIL academic contests. Jolie Bowers placed third in Copy Editing at district and qualified for Regional, and Meadow Hurd placed fifth. Brianna DeHerrera placed fourth in Headline Writing, Shelly Solis placed fifth, and Stephanie Hinojosa placed sixth at district.

Anthony Catherall presented the World Geography awards to Peyton Miller and Ashley Veliz. Chris Christopher presented the Driver Education award to Braxton Akin. Julee Cunningham presented the Math Models award to Angelina Lucas. Cunningham also presented certificates to students for UIL academics. Stephanie Hinojosa placed third in Feature Writing at district and qualified for Regional, Taelor Ingram placed fourth and Shelly Solis placed sixth. Ingram also placed sixth in both News Writing and Editorial Writing.

Stephanie Ellis presented these awards: Culinary Arts-Jolie Bowers and Advanced Culinary Arts- Carol Yocupicio. Ellis also presented the following certificates for these Skills USA teams: Commercial Baking 3-5 Tier Cake- Vianney Rodriguez and Joseline Alvarez qualified for State and received a Superior Blue Ribbon. Commercial Baking Showpiece-Carol Yocupicio qualified for State and received a Superior Blue Ribbon. Commercial Baking Showpiece-Bianca Cervantes and Dallon Gilmore qualified for State and received a Good White Ribbon.

Brandon Featherling presented the World History Scholar award to Ben Turner, the World History Debater award to Jacob Hininger, the Theatre Arts Most Dramatic award to Makiya Whatley, and the Theatre Arts Over Dramatic award to Stephanie Hinojosa. Featherling also presented these awards for One-Act Play: District Honorable Mention All-Star Cast to Ayden Reese and Honorable Mention Best Sound to Kadance DeMots.

Trey Frantz presented the Most Completed Projects award in welding to Klayton Monroe, and the Welding II Best Project awards to Andrew Berngen and Tamara McSmith. Natalie Garcia presented the English IV/ College Prep award to Kennedy Green.

Nicole Guidry presented the following awards: Accounting I-Madi Pedraza and John Taylor, Accounting II-Zeek Van Beek, Money Matters-Jadyn Trusler, Carol Yocupicio, Emily Gaines, Kirsten Bezner and Olivia Peavey, and Business and Finance-Cole Kemp and Jack Vermedahl.

David Hutchison presented the following awards: U.S. History Dual Credit to Zoe Meeks and Jadyn Trusler, Government Dual-Credit to Danielle Lewis and Rhiana Todd, Economics Dual-Credit to Pierce Pfannstiel and Kennedy Green, Economics to Salvador Ortiz and Max Baca, and Texas Government Dual-Credit to Hannah Bierbaum and Erin McDaniel. Hutchison presented a certificate to Ben Turner for placing fifth in UIL Social Studies at district and for placing third in UIL Current Issues and Events at district, which qualified Turner for Regional. He also gave certificates to Emery Pfannstiel for placing fourth at district in UIL Accounting and Jack Vermedahl for placing fifth, and to the Accounting team of Pfannstiel, Vermedahl, Cole Kemp and Madi Pedraza for placing second as a team at district.

Kari Johnson gave the English I award to Ashley Veliz and the Pre-AP English I award to Lauren Welch. Kiel Kitchens presented the P.E. awards to Miles Barnes and Corah Reese. Anthony Mariscal also presented a P.E. award to Berkley Ortez.

Emily Krahn presented the following awards: Principles of Health Science to Callie Ritchey, Practicum of Health Science to Addi Anderson, Medical Terms to Georgia Bezner, and Health Science to Elizabeth White. Krahn also presented certificates to seven students who finished CNA training: Addi Anderson, Sandra Briano, Shante Esquivel, Adriana Garcia, Jasmine Janke, Haylee Jones and Evangeline Lucas.

Ruben Lopez gave his Algebra II award to Christina Barrow. Mikayla Lozano presented these awards: Principals of Ag-Sarah Hey and Reeghan Arp; Floral Design-K’Anah Pollock and Ximena Zendejas; Vet Tech-Sierra Brazeal and Erin McDaniel; Livestock Production-Kreeli Turner; Advanced Animal Science- Andrew Berngen; and Advanced Plant Science- Kirsten Bezner.

Jeff Metcalf presented the Government/Economics award for the first semester to Manuel Mendoza and for the second semester to Shante Esquivel. Chance Miller presented these awards: Practicum in Information Technology to Deakon Qualls, Yearbook to Elexia Dominguez, and Principles of Information Technology to Josue Perez. Miller also presented a certificate for winning first place at district and qualifying for Regional in UIL Computer Applications to Dante Delgado and a certificate for placing second at district and qualifying for Regional to Nelson Flores.

Hunter Newcomb presented her Algebra I awards to Gisell Marquez, Anahi Huaracha and Evelyn Nunez. Lorinda Osuna presented the English II award to Erik Frantz and the English II Pre-AP award to Jolie Bowers. Osuna also presented certificates to Andrea Marquez for winning first place at district and qualifying for Regional in UIL Ready Writing, to Emery Pfannstiel for placing third at district and qualifying for Regional, and to Meadow Hurd for placing fourth.

George Page presented the Earth and Space Science award to Reese Wieck and the Chemistry awards to Rodolfo Barron and Jorge Renteria. Laura Portillo-Amaya presented these awards: Spanish II (non-native speaking)-Savannah Ball; Spanish II (native speaking)- Nayeli Hernandez; Spanish III-Jesus Hernandez; and Spanish IV-Angela Vargas.

Jennifer Read presented the Law Enforcement award to Pierce Pfannstiel and the Criminal Justice award to Isabela Amaya. Melissa Ritchey presented the IPC award to Peyton Miller and the Physics award to Gabriela Varela. Wade Ritchey presented the Geometry award to Elexia Dominguez and the Pre-AP Geometry award to Dante Delgado.

Camille Robbins presented these awards: Algebra II/College Prep to Molly Ritchey, Pre-Calculus Dual-Credit to Jadyn Trusler and Reese Wieck, and Statistics Dual-Credit to Pierce Pfannstiel.

Kira Satterfield presented theseawards: EnglishIV Dual- Credit to Pierce Pfannstiel, Speech Dual-Credit to Erin McDaniel, Sociology Dual- Credit to Maddy Stady, Psychology Dual-Credit to Addi Anderson, and ELA Intervention to Lexy Vasquez. Larry Smith presented five awards: Anatomy & Physiology to Jadyn Trusler, Kinesiology I to Callie Ritchey, Kinesiology II to Joseph Gaines, EMT to Salvador Ortiz, and Problem Based Athletic Training to Makena Romero.

Frank Subealdea presented the Principles of TDL award to Kalob Moore and the Advanced Auto Tech award to Liam Hernandez. He also presented certificates to Annie Schacher for placing first at Skills USA State in Welding and advancing to State in Auto Tool ID, to Christian Xon Gonzalez for advancing to State in Auto Tool ID, and to Jerson Fred for advancing to State in both Construction Tool ID and Job Interview.

Chase Thompson presented the U.S. History awards to Deakon Qualls and Carson Ingram and the U.S. History 1st Round Draft Pick award to Emmitt Ritter. Kristen Trevino presented these awards in World Geography: Top Writer-Callie Ritchey; Top Communicator- Ana Mier; Top Researcher- Karol Garcia; and Top Scholar-Emily Gaines. Trevino also presented these awards in ESL: Top Speaker- Kevin Rios; Top Reader- Evelyn Hernandez; Top Writer-Evelyn Nunez; and Top Communicator-Barbara Castillo.

Alicia Trujillo presented three awards: Practicum of Education to Madelyn Bailey, Human Growth and Development to Sandra Briano Guevara, and Principles of Education to Kirsten Bezner. Lida Trusler presented the Algebra I award to Ethan Bohr, the Algebra I Pre-AP awards to Emily Gaines and Ashley Veliz, and the Algebra II award to Jasmine Quiroz.

The ceremony concluded after all the awards had been presented.

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