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Over $2 million offered to RHS seniors

On May 11, proud parents, grandparents and other relatives gathered in the Russellville City Schools Auditorium to watch Russellville High School’s class of 2017 receive dozens of scholarships and awards.

Thursday night was Russellville High School’s annual Senior Awards Program. Throughout the program, soon-to-be-graduating seniors walked across the stage to be recognized and rewarded by several universities and colleges, local businesses and organizations, endowed scholarship and non-profit foundations, and others.

The RHS class of 2017 received scholarships from the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Mississippi State University, Martin Methodist College, Troy University, Delta State University, the University of North Alabama, Northwest-Shoals Community College, Huntingdon College, Faulkner University, the University of Alabama in Birmingham, the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Eight Golden Tiger student athletes received athletic scholarships from Auburn, Troy, Martin Methodist, Delta State and Huntingdon College.

First time scholarships were also presented. The Wyman Pounders Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of the late Russellville Police Department captain and school resource officer, was awarded to Maria Bahena and Lariza Garcia Delgado.

The Russellville Public Library awarded a scholarship for the first time. The library’s Community Servant Scholarship went to Lariza Garcia Delgado for her countless hours of work and service at the library.

Other notables were Rikki Herche, who received the UNA Edward Fennel Mauldin Endowed Scholarship; Konner Bendall, the only individual in UNA’s freshman class to receive a theatre scholarship; Mr. John Johnson, who was named the “There’s A Way” Russellville Teacher of the Year; and valedictorian Stephanie Monterroso and salutatorian Layne Boyd, who each received valedictorian and salutatorian scholarships to their respective colleges.

In total, Russellville High School seniors received over $2 million in scholarship offers with the local community contributing over $70,000.

Complete list of scholarship winners:
Alabama American Legion Boys State: Noah Gist

Alabama American Legion Girls State: Ashton Moore

US Army Scholarship: Emilio Huerta-Mejia

RHS Annual Staff Service Awards: Logan Wallace, Hailey Peters, Charlie Gordon

Athletic scholarships: Russ Carpenter, Martin Methodist (baseball); Kalli Beth Daniel, Delta State (softball); Cody Greenhill, Auburn (baseball); Skylar Holland, Martin Methodist (baseball); Bailey Motes, Huntingdon (basketball); Austin Stidham, Troy (football); Judd Ward, Auburn (baseball); Chad Wray, South Alabama (baseball)

Balfour Award: Layne Boyd

Bob Grissom Masonic Memorial Scholarships: Jacob Aycock, Ben Chard, Charlie Gordon, Madison Lamon, DeKotah Shook, Slate Wallace

Book Lovers Club (third highest GPA): Austin Stidham

Billy Bowling/First Metro Scholarship: Maria Bahena

Bragwell-Massey Country Cottage Scholarship: Evelin Lopez

Susie Hovater Malone Honorary Scholarship: Ashley Rose

Cecil Greenhill Memorial Scholarship: Logan Wallace

Outstanding Business Student: Andres Vargas

FBLA Service Award: Logan Wallace

Cattlemen’s Association Awards: Kalli Beth Daniel, Wesley Holt, Kaiden Wallace, Slate Wallace, Lillie Glass, Layne Boyd, Bailey Motes, Charlie Gordon

Thomas Harbin Memorial Scholarship: Carley Seal

Civitan Club Scholarship: Nate Franklin

Russellville Class of 1964 Scholarship: Ashlee Davidson, Layne Boyd

Casey Stockton Memorial Scholarship: Chloe Pounders, Jacob Aycock

Cultura Garden Club Scholarship: Ashlee Davidson

Curt Cody Thorne Memorial Football Scholarship: Nate Franklin

James Gary Reed Memorial Scholarship: Monica Gonzalez

Jim Webb Memorial Scholarship: Stephanie Monterroso

Junior Leadership Scholarship: Charlie Gordon

Helen Keller Auxiliary Scholarship: Stephanie Monterroso, Ashlee Davidson

AFWC Scholarship: Gracie Moore

Reverend C.D. Hamilton Memorial Scholarship: Ashlee Davidson, Nate Franklin, Alissa Young

Rotary Club Scholarship: Brenda Moreno, Kyle Tidwell

Russellville Public Library Community Servant Scholarship: Lariza Garcia Delgado

Walston and Jewel Hester Memorial Scholarship: Charlie Gordon

Chucky Mullins Memorial Scholarship: Jacob Aycock, Trejon Bonds, Brenda Moreno, Sara Warner

Wyman Pounders Memorial Scholarship: Lariza Garcia Delgado, Maria Bahena

Miss RHS Scholarship: Hailey Peters

Russellville City Schools Foundation Scholarships: Tiffany Epnett, Mara Fernandez, Nate Franklin, Pedro Lucas, Stephanie Monterroso, Kaiden Wallace, Makayla Phifer, Tristan Patrick

Dr. Wayne Ray Scholarship: Kyle Tidwell

Raymond Grissom Memorial Scholarship: Slate Wallace

Wells Samuel Scholarship: Karson Steele, Kaiden Wallace, Ashlee Davidson, Alexander Smith

Orben G. Gist Memorial Scholarship: Stephanie Monterroso

Patti Kimbrough Honorary Choral Scholarship: Leah Nix

Hunter Phillip Sartain, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Stephanie Monterroso

“There’s A Way” Teacher of the Year: Mr. John Johnson

Presidential Award for Educational Achievement: Stephanie Monterroso, Brenda Moreno, Leah Nix, DaKotah Shoot, Austin Stidham, Will Walker

President’s Award for Educational Excellence: Charlie Gordon, Josh King, Caleb Mayfield, John Tyler Morgan, Tristan Patrick, Cristian Ruiz, Alexander Smith, Sara Rachel Stevens, Chelsea Suddith

Other Scholarships:
University of Alabama: Josh King, Caleb Mayfield, John Tyler Morgan, Tristan Patrick, Andres Vargas

Alabama Huntsville: Alexander Smith, Cristian Ruiz, Chelsea Suddith

Alabama Birmingham: Omar Mojica, Vanessa Fonseca

Faulkner University: Logan Wallace

Mississippi State: Mallory Haddock

North Alabama: Konner Bendall, Charlie Gordon, Monica Gonzalez, Rikki Herche, Jessica Itter, Melissa Hernandez Jimenez, Caroline Jackson, Madison Lamon, Stephanie Monterroso, Alissa Young, Brenda Moreno, Amanda Miguel, Leah Nix, Millie Soto, DeKotah Shook

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