MCHS Seniors Claim 15 Scholarships At Senior Honors Night
Photos by Will Adams
Scholarships totaling over $20,000 were awarded to Montgomery County High School seniors at the Senior Academic Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10. The largest scholarships were those awarded in memory of John Robison, who passed away in a car accident earlier this year. These two scholarships, which gave recipients $5,000 each, stemmed from an agreement between Robison and the Silicon Ranch company upon their purchase of Robison’s farm. In this agreement, the company agrees to invest at least $10,000 per year in Montgomery County High School students for the next 25 years.
These scholarships were presented by the MCDA Scholarship Foundation, which was founded specifically for the issuance of this scholarship. Foundation President Joe Filippone and Board Member Thadeus Holloway presented these awards to MCHS seniors Travisty Padgett and Rebecca Dominguez.
“I have had the opportunity in the past few weeks to spend some time on this campus,” Filippone commented. “You all have impressed me, I wish you all the best, and I know you will be a wonderful asset to our community.”
MCHS Salutatorian India Cummings had an extremely successful night, claiming over one-third of the issued scholarships. Cummings garnered several local scholarships, such as the Coach John M. Peacock Foundation Scholarship, David & Patti Winge Memorial Scholarship, and Tri-County Family Connections Scholarship. She also gained scholarships from prestigious organizations for women, such as the Verail Women’s Club Scholarship and the Christine C. Harris Scholarship, which is given in memory of a member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Cummings also gained a $2,000 scholarship from the Robins Financial Credit Union.
Honor graduate Cameron Coleman was also awarded multiple scholarships, as he received one of the Coach John M. Peacock Foundation Scholarships and the Faye D. Brewer Memorial Scholarship, which is given to the MCHS student with the highest average in history throughout their high school career.
Honor Graduate Madelyn Cartwright also took home one of the Peacock Foundation Scholarships, while honor graduate MacKenzie Thigpen received the annual Turner Brice Memorial Scholarship. The Reverend Robert J. Conner Memorial Scholarship was awarded to honor graduate Samari Madison, and the Talmadge McLendon, Jr., Memorial Scholarship was given to honor graduate Taliek Jackson. Makyla Bell took home the Brittany Ward Scholarship.
Board of Education Chairman Dr. Jim Paul Poole commented on the success of the senior class. “This senior class deserves the most credit. You have worked hard these last 13 years, you have worked hard this senior year, to see the accomplishments you have celebrated tonight,” he said. “Yet, the greatest honor is yet to come. It is going to come on May 20, your graduation day. Thank you, seniors, for putting out the work to receive the honors that you have received tonight.”