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Channing graduates six seniors at Class of 2022 commencement


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Channing graduates six seniors at Class of 2022 commencement

By SHAWN YORKS
Dalhart Texan

The Channing High School graduating class of 2022 said their final goodbyes to high school life on Friday evening with the senior commencement and awards ceremony. The Channing senior class of ’22 consisted of six individuals, and with just six people, it was a very close-knit class, each of them making their own unique mark on their school.

Brandi Harris was the Class of 2022 Valedictorian, has been accepted to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where she plans to major in Accounting.

“Four-and-a-half years ago I walked into Channing School not really knowing that the future held for me,” Harris said. “Coming from a school I had been to since I was in Kindergarten, going to the school with the same people, having the same friends, moving n hour away and starting over my eighth grade year with all these new people, let me tell you, it was quite a trip.

“I would never change a thing and I’m super thankful to be a Channing Eagle.”

Toby Johnson is the Class of 2022 Salutatorian and plans to study business at the University of Texas - Arlington. He participated in One Act Play and is the two-time winner of the district’s best actor award, was an FFA officer, ran track and is best known for his basketball skills.

“I’ve been going to Channing since seventh grade and have made so many memories with all of my friends here,” Johnson said. “As we say our final goodbyes to each other and leave this school for the real world, I just want all of you to know that I will always be there for any of you, no matter what.

“Maybe in 20 or 30 years we can all come back together somewhere - hopefully Sonic, that’s be kind of ‘dope,’ and we can just sit and talk about everything that we’ve been through with all our family and laugh about all the good times that we had.”

•Channing High School partners with the Frank Phillips College Rahll campus in Dalhart for CTE classes in industrial education. This year’s award went to Ryan Pitts, who earned welding certification and was on the President’s List at Frank Phillips College.

Jeff Sanderson is the welding instructor at Frank Phillips College in Dalhart and said Pitts was one of the more dedicated students in the program.

“Mr. Pitts has been with me for two years,” Sanderson said. I met him in his junior year, he was partnered with another individual in the booth and when I first met him he was helping the other person try and get started. That’s Mr. Pitts, he has helped at every stage along the way.

“There has never been a tome in our welding shop where I’ve had to go find him to find out what he was doing,” Sanderson added. “He’s always in his booth, he’s always trying something new - he’s always bringing me something new.”
Sanderson said Pitts has no ego and has always been there for every other student in the program.

“There’s not much else I can say about him other than he’s probably got the biggest heart I’ve ever met,” Sanderson added. “He focuses on his welds, he focuses on helping other people.”

•Valedictorian Brandi Harris was inducted into Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for High School Journalists. To become a member of the society, a student must meet five qualifications: they must be a junior or senior, must be scholastically in the upper third of their high school class, must have done superior work in some phase of high school journalism, recommended by the advisor of journalistic work in their high school or by a professional who oversees the student’s work and must be approved as being worthy of membership by the society’s executive director.

Harris is the first candidate fro Channing to be inducted into the Quill and Scroll Society.

“You’ve been called here because you have demonstrated your worthiness for membership in Quill and Scroll,” Rainwater told Harris. “The ability that you have displayed in your work promises much for you whether you choose to enter the profession of journalism, or not.

“This young lady has worked alongside me every bit as hard as I or anyone else has in our yearbook class for there last three years,” Rainwater added. “We have had certain goals that we have worked very hard to achieve together as a class and have spent a lot of time working on that outside of the classroom.”

Rainwater also announced that Harris is the first recipient from Channing to receive a full scholarship from Quill and Scroll.

•Students earned the following awards:

U n i v e r s i t y Interscholastic League Scholar Award: Brandi Harris

Best Athlete in Boys Athletics, and Economics Award: Adrian Baca

Academic Award in Music, Economics and Fighting Eagle Award for athletics: Nereus Garcia

Top Academic Award in Spanish and Theater: Toby Johnson

Top Academic Award in English,: Kyle Mieth

Top Academic Award in Mathematics, Science, Yearbook snd Agriculture: Brandi Harris

FFA Top Senior Award: Brandi Harris

USDA Academic Excellence Award: Brandi Harris USDA Academic Achievement Award: Nereus Garcia, Toby Johnson, Kyle Mieth

Honor Chord for 4-year unweighted average above 90: Brandi Harris

CTE Certification: Ryan Pitts

Quill and Scroll Scholarship: Brandi Harris

Jim Hudson Scholarship: Brandi Harris

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