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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.”

Other Scholarships

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.”

MCLENDON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP — MCHS Honor Graduate Taliek Jackson received the Talmadge McLendon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship at the Senior Academic Honors Ceremony on May 10.

CONNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP — MCHS honor graduate Samari Madison received the Reverend Robert J. Conner Memorial Scholarship.

ROBISON-SILICON RANCH SCHOLARSHIP — MCHS honor graduates Travisty Padgett (left photo, center) and Rebecca Dominguez (right photo, center) each received scholarships for $5,000 in memory of John Robison through the new Silicon Ranch business. Here, the graduates are shown with MCDA Scholarship Foundation Board Member Thadeus Holloway (left) and Foundation President Joe Filippone (right).

BRITTANY WARD SCHOLARSHIP — MCHS Senior Makyla Bell (left center) was presented the Brittany Ward Scholarship by Ward’s sisters, Kimethia Little (far right) and Tiera Little (far left), and Ward’s daughter, Aaralyn Little (right center).

PEACOCK FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS — From left, MCHS honor graduate Madelyn Cartwright, Salutatorian India Cummings, and honor graduate Cameron Colemanwere recipients of the Coach John M. Peacock Foundation Scholarship.

BRICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP — MCHS honor graduate MacKenzie Thigpen was awarded the annual Turner Brice Memorial Scholarship. Shown left to right, Cayden Rodgers, Brice’s niece; MacKenzie Thigpen; and Donna Brice Sharpton, Brice’s mother.

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