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Breckenridge High School scholarship recipients honored at annual ceremony

Breckenridge High School scholarship recipients honored at annual ceremony
May 21
11:23 2023

On Thursday morning, May 18, Breckenridge High School students gathered in Bailey Auditorium, along with family, friends, community members and staff and officials from the school district, for the 2023 awards ceremony.

There were 90 scholarships presented to 27 students for $82,802, BHS Principal Paul Armstrong announced to the crowd.  Additionally, the Buckaroo Awards for Academic Excellence were awarded, and those students who qualified for state competitions this year were honored.

The BHS Class of 2023 will graduate on Friday, May 26. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the BISD Athletics and Fine Arts Center (the main gym), located at the corner of West Second and North Live Oak streets. The doors will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will be livestreamed on the Buckaroo YouTube Channel,

Breckenridge High School Principal Paul Armstrong congratulates 2023 Valedictorian Keaton Ragle and Salutatorian Heer Gandhi at the Awards Ceremony last week. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


The scholarships and recipients include:

Valedictorian by InterBank of Breckenridge
Keaton Ragle

Salutatorian by First National Bank of Breckenridge
Heer Gandhi

Adam Nicholas Garcia Ag Memorial Scholarship
Parks Gill

Bobby Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Nathaniel Aguilar, Chase Lehr, Keaton Ragle, Avery Rodgers and Jerry Lawson

Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Parks Gill, Chicago Harper, Avery Rodgers, McKenna Adams, Ezekiel Castillo and Heer Gandhi

Breckenridge Elks Floyd B. Watts Scholarship
Chase Wright

Breckenridge Golf Scholarship in Memory of Ken Blades
Keaton Ragle

Breckenridge Lion’s Club Scholarship
Bernardo Becerra, Abigail Otts and McKenna Adams

Breckenridge Masonic Lodge Scholarship
Nathaniel Aguilar, Chase Wright and Keaton Ragle

Casey Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
Monserat Mendoza

Cindi Woodward Breckenridge Buckaroo Cheerleader Scholarship
McKenna Adams, Brittney Melton, Cara Schkade and Haigan Thompson

Class of 1960 to Honor Deceased Classmates
Nathaniel Aguilar

Class of 1974
Keaton Ragle

Copperleaf Properties Johnny Lewis Memorial Scholarship
Parks Gill and Jady Gonzales

Dee Escalon Scholarship
Marco Jaramillo, Bernardo Becerra and Parks Gill

First Presbyterian Church
Chase Wright

Friends of Johnny Corbett and Mitchel Sullivan Memorial Scholarship
Chase Wright, Nathaniel Aguilar and Bernardo Becerra

Higginbotham Brothers Scholarship
Heer Gandhi and Chase Wright

Howard Pardue Memorial Scholarship by Paige Townson and Leigh Murray
Chase Wright

Jerry Tubbs Memorial Scholarship
Jerry Lawson

Joe Crousen Memorial Scholarship
Jesi Warren

John and Kate Bailey Memorial Scholarship
Chase Wright and Nathaniel Aguilar

John Gerald Thomas Memorial Scholarship
Tristen Myers and Keaton Ragle

Kimberley Brooke Pardue Memorial Scholarship by Lois Smalley
Abigail Otts

KLXK/Lance Kitchens Scholarship
Anson Rodgers and Avery Rodgers

Larry Parker Memorial Scholarship
Anson Rodgers

MT7 Ranch Scholarship
Avery Rodgers

Margaret Hallauer Memorial Scholarship
Nathaniel Aguilar and Parks Gill

Marquis Martin Memorial Scholarship
Avery Rodgers and Anson Rodgers

Owen D. Woodward Memorial Scholarship
Jerry Lawson and Anson Rodgers

Pamela Pardue Midkiff Memorial Scholarship
Keaton Ragle

Ray Findlay Memorial Scholarship
Nathaniel Aguilar

Ron Downing Memorial Scholarship by Rotary Club
Bernardo Becerra

Rotary Club Academic Excellence Scholarship
Heer Gandhi

Rotary Club BISD Scholarship
Chase Lehr and Cali Griffin

Rotary Club Mitchel & Terry Sullivan Memorial Scholarship
Avery Rodgers

Scotty Brown Memorial Scholarship
Sean Cooksey

Sue Boland Memorial Scholarship by St. Paul Methodist Church
McKenna Adams

Stephens County Farm Bureau Scholarship
Hannah Bounds, Tristen Myers and Chase Wright

Stephens Memorial Hospital Foundation Scholarship
Chase Lehr and Jady Gonzales

Suicide Awareness in Memory of Jimmy Jimenez and Anthony Pineda
Abigail Otts and McKenna Adams

Tanner Ray French Memorial Scholarship
Robert Fuller, Bernardo Becerra and Chase Wright

Theater Scholarship by Marlene Tubbs
Avery Rodgers

This Is My Texas Art Contest Scholarship by Ron Hoover RV & Marine Center
Avery Rodgers and Donna Rodriguez

WINGS Scholarship
Ezekiel Castillo and Cara Schkade

Weldon Edwards Memorial Scholarship
Avery Rodgers

Woman’s Forum Scholarship
Abigail Otts and Cali Griffin

Buckaroo Award for Academic Excellence

The Buckaroo Award for Academic Excellence is earned by students taking honors classes and maintaining a specific GPA. Freshmen and sophomores must take at least one honors class and have a 3.5 GPA. Juniors must take at least two honors classes and have a 3.6 GPA, and seniors must take at least two honors classes and have a 3.65 GPA.

This year’s Buckaroo Awards for Academic Excellence were given to the following:

McKenna Adams, Hannah Bounds, Ezekiel Castillo, Heer Gandhi, Parks Gill, Cali Griffin, Monserat Mendoza, Tristan Myers, Abigail Otts, Keaton Ragle, Anson Rodgers, Avery Rodgers, Elizabeth San Lucas, Cara Schkade, Haigan Thompson, Lourdes Trejo Rivera and Chase Wright

Valerie Beltran, Andrew Cortez, Ryleigh Cowan, Kyla Curtis, Violeta Gallegos, Emily Gooch, Victorian Gotschall, Kamryn Larremore, Marissa Martinez, Haylie Mendoza, Aaron Moore, Lynzi Poindexter, Zaea Ragle, Cora Roan, Charlie Salazar, Stephan Sanchez, Karter Smalley and Alexis Vick

Elijah Chisholm, Hunter Clayton, Alyssa Contreras, Carson Duran, Jaxon Escalon, Cody Gibson, Malichi Harper, Isaac Hernandez Pina, Teresa Houdek, Joni Jackson, Saxon Knust, Kaylee Langford, Jayden Martinez, Jack McKay, Solae Mendez, Timothy Newell, Cabel Perkins, Giselle Reyes, Jocelyn Reyes, Miley Roberts, Antley Rodgers, John Sackett, Alejandro Saucedo, Ruthie Valdez, Cortney Wickson, Sawyer Wimberley and Makayla Wright

Josiah Acosta, Lane Bartoskewitz, Sofie Bode, Kason Burchett, Julio Chavez, Shaley Cone, Cameron David, Jonathan Diaz, Abbigail Duran, Jeremiah Eddleman, Christian Flores, Brody Gibson, Michael Harrison, Preslie Malcuit, Victoria Martinez, Anthony Munoz, Darin Neely, Luis Palacios, Alyssa Phelps, Briley Powers, Raegan Robinson, Adrian Saucedo, Jack Walker, Dyanna Walker and Kaysi Wilcox


The state competitors for the 2022-2023 academic year include:

Track and Field
Chase Lehr, Sawyer Wimberley, Adler Loftis, Karter Smalley, Jaime Cruz and Angel Alvarado

Forage Evaluation CDE
Kason Burchett, Case Foley, Glen Thibodeaux and Kaylee Langford

UIL Congress
Zaea Ragle

One Act Play
Avery Rodgers, Monserat Mendoza, Alexis Vick, McKenna Adams, Zaea Ragle, Antley Rodgers, Haley Graham, Nicholas Delacruz, Zoey Cotter, Adriana Perez, Preslie Malcuit, Camila Palacios, Victorian Gotschall, Claire David, Laisha Palacios, Joel Jackson, Trevin McAlmond and Kaitlynn Wilson

McKenna Adams, Haigan Thompson, Brittney Melton, Cara Schkade, Taryn Russell, Chloe Whitmire, Aalyiah Salazar, Yenet Benitez, Karsyn Smalley, Adriana Perez, Solae Mendez, Cabel Perkins, Giselle Reyes, Miley Roberts, Lane Bartoskewitz, Ava Russell, Chloe Pugh, Aubrey Diaz, Grace Raymond, Emma Williams and Nicholas Delacruz

U.S. Military

Two BHS students were honored for their commitment to the U.S. Military. Jose Mendoza will join the U.S. Marine Corps., and Emilio Maya Jr. will join the U.S. Air Force.

Jose Mendoza, center, and Emilio Maya Jr., right, were honored at Breckenridge High School’s Awards Ceremony on May 18 and received a standing ovation from the audience. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)




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