HHS seniors Alyssa Hayes and Connor Clifton arrive for the May 20 commencement ceremony inside Hiett Gymnasium.

Houston High School recently graduated seniors who could receive $526,962 in scholarships and other aid, school officials announced. Many of the financial awards were disclosed during graduation May 20.

Receiving the College Preparatory Studies Certificate were: Jazelle Brannan, Celina Castleman, Kyelor Curtis, Alyssa Hayes, Laura Monks, Chandler Postlewait, Elizabeth Scott, Emily Shea, Marley Stoops and Shania Turner.

Receiving the President’s Award for Educational Excellence were Jazelle Brannan, Celina Castleman, Taylor Casper, Nikki Coleman, Demi Creek, Kyelor Curtis, Madison Franklin, Lucas Kelley, Lewis Miller, Laura Monks, Alexis Morgan, Trevor Motzkus, Chandler Postlewait, Elizabeth Scott and Emily Shea.

This award requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 and to score in the 85th percentile on reading or math on the ACT or score in the top two levels on the EOC tests.  

Receiving the President’s Award for Educational Achievement were Megan Bell, Stephani Crewse, Michael Domokos, Craig Floyd, Alyssa Hayes, Darina Hayes, Jaycee Huff, Victoria McCloud, Shaniah Phillips, Destiny Pounds, Jaydin Ramsey, Kaitlyn Siegle, Michael Stanton, Marley Stoops, Shania Turner, Destinee Ullom and Sarita Vasseur.

This award shows outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in the students’ academic subjects.  

Receiving the George Washington Carver Award were  Jazelle Brannan, Celina Castleman, Nikki Coleman, Demi Creek, Darina Hayes, Laura Monks, Alexis Morgan and Elizabeth Scott.

This award is from the governor of Missouri and presented to the top 10 percent of the senior class, based upon seven semesters of course work. 

In addition to various financial programs, many seniors qualified for the A+ Program worth $7,000/yr for a two-year total of $14,000. They are: Megan Bell, Jazelle Brannan, Celina Castleman, Riley Cavaness, Nikki Coleman, Cortney Coyne, Demi Creek, Stephani Crewse, Kyelor Curtis, Craig Floyd, Alyssa Hayes, Darina Hayes, Abby Ice, Lucas Kelley, Victoria McCloud, Kyle Moore, Alexis Morgan, Chastity Morgan, Megan Morland, Shaylee Motzkus, Trevor Motzkus, Shaniah Phillips, Chandler Postlewait, Destiny Pounds, Jaydin Ramsey, Cassidy Robertson, Cameron Root, Elizabeth Scott, Emily Shea, Marley Stoops, Shania Turner, Tyler Vandivort, Tayler Ward and Aston Whitman.

Receiving awards presented by the Gale Wright family in his memory were: Group #1, receiving an Amazon Kindle: Abby Casper, Nikki Coleman, Demi Creek, Alexis Dixon, Alyssa Hayes, Sword Katz, Victoria McCloud, Laura Monks, Alexis Morgan, Shaylee Motzkus, Chandler Postlewait, Emily Shea and Destinee Ullom. Group #2, receiving $500 scholarships and an Amazon Kindle: Stephani Crewse, Elizabeth Scott, Trevor Motzkus and Marley Stoops.

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HHS valedictorian Elizabeth Scott gives her speech at graduation.

Receiving the Constitution Project Scholarships presented by the Associate Circuit Judge Doug Gaston were:  Kyelor Curtis and Cameron Root.

Receiving scholarships and awards: 

Megan Bell, Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship, Licking Memorial VFW Post, $2,000; attending Missouri State University, West Plains.

Abby Casper, Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by The Bank of Houston, $250; Houston High School Alumni Scholarship, $1,000; alternate to the Mitchell Insurance Business Scholarship; Dean’s Scholarship, $1,500,  renewable; Houston Booster Club Scholarship, $250; attending Missouri State University, Springfield.

Celina Castleman, Community Betterment and Arts Council of Houston Scholarship, $500; Ozark Black and Gold Alumni Award, Mizzou, $1,500; Mary Impey Brown Memorial Scholarship, Mizzou, $1,200; Ralph and Angie Stair Scholarship, Mizzou, $1,500; Curators Scholars Award, Mizzou, $4,500; Federal Pell Grant, $4,370; Easton Access Missouri Grant, $1,850; Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive Scholarships, $250, Future Business Leaders of America; Citizens for Education Scholarships, sponsored by The Bank of Houston, $250; attending  Mizzou, Columbia.

Riley Cavaness, Houston Booster Club Scholarship, $250; attending College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout.

Nikki Coleman, Texas County Community Singers Vocal Scholarship, $500; Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by The Bank of Houston, $250; Board of Governors Scholarship, Missouri State University, Springfield, $5,000, renewable; Helping Hands Crisis Center Scholarship, $500; attending Missouri State University, Springfield.

Demi Creek, Community Betterment and Arts Council of Houston Scholarship, $500; alternate to the Houston High School Collins Scholarship; Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship, Licking Memorial VFW Post, $1,000; Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by the Bank of Houston, $250; Foreign Language Scholarship, $400; attending Missouri State University, West Plains.

Stephani Crewse, Bobby Hayes Scholarship, $500; alternate to the Citizen for Education Scholarship; Norm Epperson Scholarship, $500; Mitchell Insurance Agency Business Scholarship, $250; Big Piney Whitetails Unlimited Chapter Scholarship, $500; Freddie Hollenbeck Scholarship, $500; Texas County Fair Board Scholarship for market hog. The dollar amount determined at the Texas County Youth Livestock Auction; FFA Alumni Scholarship, $250; attending  Mizzou, Columbia.

Kyelor Curtis, Hagan Scholarship Foundation, $5,000, renewable; Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by The Bank of Houston, $250; Clinton J. Carr Foundation Scholarship, $1,000 for four years; Landmark Bank Scholarship, $500; attending Missouri Science & Technology, Rolla.

Alexis Dixon, Clinton J. Carr Foundation Scholarship, $2,000 for four years; attending OTC, Springfield.

Madison Franklin, Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by the Bank of Houston, $250; Deans’ Scholarship, Missouri State University Springfield, $1,500, renewable; Houston High School Alumni Scholarship, $1,000; attending Missouri State University, Springfield.

Darina Hayes, 1815 Collegate Scholarship, Columbia College worth, $5,000; attending Columbia College, Columbia.

Alyssa Hayes, Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by the Bank of Houston, $250; Texas County Farm Bureau Scholarship, $500; Freddie Hollenbeck Scholarship, $500; Texas County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship, $500; Houston Ministerial Alliance Scholarship, $500; attending Missouri State University, West Plains.

Abby Ice, Texas County Fair Board Scholarship for market lamb, dollar amount determined at the Texas County Youth Livestock Auction; attending Missouri State University, West Plains.

Sword Katz, Missouri State Promise Scholarship, Missouri State University, Springfield, $1,000, renewable; attending Missouri State University, Springfield.

Victoria McCloud, Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by The Bank of Houston, $250; alternate to the Houston High School Alumni Scholarship; attending State Fair Community College, Sedalia.

Lewis Miller II, Houston Booster Club Scholarship, $250; attending College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout.

Laura Monks, alternate to the Citizens for Education Scholarship; Missouri Miners Scholarship from Missouri Science & Technology, $2,000; University Scholarship from Missouri Science & Technology, $2,000; attending Missouri Science & Technology, Rolla.

Kyle Moore, Landmark Bank Scholarship, $500; Houston Booster Club Scholarships, $250; alternate to the Norm Epperson Scholarship; attending Linn State Technical College.

Shaylee Motzkus, Houston Booster Club Scholarship, $250; Excellence Scholarship from Missouri Southern State University, $1,300, renewable; attending Missouri Southern State University, Joplin.

Chandler Postlewait, Amanda Perkins/Sondra Sutton Memorial Band Scholarship, $500; alternate to the Houston High School Alumni Scholarship; plans are undecided.

Jaydin Ramsey, Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by The Bank of Houston, $250; attending Midwest Technical Institute, Springfield.

Cameron Root, Virgil M. Hines Award, honors a senior for scholarship, deportment, morality and general worthiness.  Selection is made by majority vote of Houston High School faculty; attending Linn State Technical College.

Elizabeth Scott, alternate to the Texas County Singers Vocal Scholarship; Citizens for Education Scholarship, sponsored by The Bank of Houston, $250; James H. Covert Honor Award, honors a senior who has made progress in general areas of development. Selection is made by majority vote of Houston High School faculty; Houston High School Collins Scholarship, $1,000; Mark Fockler Visual Arts Scholarship, $500; Durham Co. Scholarship, $750; $100 Walmart gift card, perfect attendance since fourth grade; J.C. Pikes Scholars Award, Southwest Baptist University, $10,000; Dutile Scholars Award, Southwest Baptist University, $1,250; Music Performance Scholarship, Southwest Baptist University, $1,750; attending Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar.

Emily Shea, Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship, Licking Memorial VFW Post, $1,500; alternate to the Houston High School Class of 1964 Scholarship; attending Missouri State University, Springfield.

Marley Stoops, MFA Foundation Scholarship, $2,000, sponsored by MFA Agri-Services in Houston; Texas County Community Singers Vocal Scholarship, $500; Summer Work Progam Scholarship, College of the Ozarks, $9,000; Work Educator Program Scholarship, College of the Ozarks, $4,242, renewable; attending College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout.

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