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Breckenridge High School students honored with scholarships and other awards at annual ceremony

Breckenridge High School students honored with scholarships and other awards at annual ceremony
May 15
16:00 2024

This morning, Wednesday, May 15, Breckenridge High School students gathered in Bailey Auditorium, along with family, friends, community members and staff and officials from the school district, for the 2024 awards ceremony.

There were 118 scholarships presented to 36 students for $95,100 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 2024 will graduate on Friday, May 24. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the BISD Athletics Center (the main gym), located at the corner of West Second and North Live Oak streets. The doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will be livestreamed on the Buckaroo YouTube Channel,


The scholarships and recipients include:

Valedictorian by Clear Fork Bank of Breckenridge
Zaea Ragle

Kevin Simmons with Clear Fork Bank of Breckenridge presents Zaea Ragle with the Valedictorian Scholarship at the beginning of Monday’s scholarship awards ceremony. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Salutatorian by InterBank of Breckenridge
Violeta Gallegos

Carrol Kanady with Interbank of Breckenridge presented Violeta Gallegos with the Salutatorian Scholarship. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

ASA Softball Scholarship
Mia Castillo, Ryleigh Cowan, Charlie Salazar, Jenna Stewart and Chloe Whitmire

Bobby Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Jackson Curtis, Thomas Dittmar, Bryson Herring, Aaron Moore and Zaea Ragle

Breckenridge Bass Club
Taryn Russell, Kyla Curtis, Chloe Whitmire, Valerie Beltran, Marissa Martinez, Caiden Marin, Marcas Morin, Thomas Dittmar and Camden Escalon

Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Kyla Curtis, Victorian Gotschall, Stephen Sanchez-Munoz, Aaron Moore, Taryn Russell and Aalyiah Salazar

Breckenridge Elks Floyd B. Watts Scholarship
Ryleigh Cowan

Breckenridge FFA Alumni and Supporters
Morgan Burns and Morgan Duncan

Breckenridge Golf Scholarship in Memory of Ken Blades
Jackson Curtis

Breckenridge Lion’s Club Scholarship
Aaron Moore, Taryn Russell and Charlie Salazar

Breckenridge Masonic Lodge Scholarship
Andrew Cortez, Victorian Gotschall and Aaron Moore

Casey Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
Aalyiah Salazar

Cindi Woodward Breckenridge Buckaroo Cheerleader Scholarship
Taryn Russell, Aalyiah Salazar, Chloe Whitmire and Emma Williams

Class of 1960 to Honor Deceased Classmates
Kamryn Larremore and Cora Roan

Class of 1965 to Honor Deceased Classmates
Aaron Moore

Class of 1974
Zaea Ragle

Class of 1979
Valerie Beltran

Copperleaf Properties Johnny Lewis Memorial Scholarship
Chloe Whitmire and Jackson Curtis

Dee Escalon Scholarship
Christian Arellano, Camden Escalon, Alexis Franco, Bryson Herring, Caiden Marin, Aaron Moore, Ashton Reyes and Karter Smalley

First Presbyterian Church
Valeria Robledo

Friends of Johnny Corbett and Mitchel Sullivan Memorial Scholarship
Aaron Moore, Karter Smalley and Caiden Marin

Howard Pardue Memorial Scholarship by Paige Townson and Leigh Murray
Chloe Whitmire

Jerry Tubbs Memorial Scholarship
Cole Morton

Johnny Corbett Memorial Scholarship
Aalyiah Salazar

Jimmy McCullough Memorial Scholarship
Chloe Whitmire, Emma Williams, Mia Castillo, Ryleigh Cowan, Carlee Stewart, Jenna Stewart and Charlie Salazar

Joe Crousen Memorial Scholarship
Charlie Salazar

John and Kate Bailey Memorial Scholarship
Margarita Mingus

Kimberley Brooke Pardue Memorial Scholarship by Lois Smalley
Charlie Salazar

KLXK/Lance Kitchens Scholarship
Mia Castillo and Bryson Herring

Larry Parker Memorial Scholarship
Caiden Marin and Charlie Salazar

Little Bucks Volleyball
Violeta Gallegos

MT7 Ranch Scholarship
Stephen Sanchez-Munoz

Margaret Hallauer Memorial Scholarship
Charlie Salazar and Jenna Stewart

Marquis Martin Memorial Scholarship
Aaron Moore and Zaea Ragle

Mitchel and Terry Sullivan Memorial Scholarship by Rotary Club
Aaron Moore

Owen D. Woodward Memorial Scholarship
Camden Escalon, Alexis Franco, Bryson Herring, Haylie Mendoza, Aaron Moore and Karter Smalley

Pamela Pardue Midkiff Memorial Scholarship
Violeta Gallegos

Ray Findlay Memorial Scholarship
Aaron Moore and Bryson Herring

Ron Downing Memorial Scholarship by Rotary Club
Bryson Herring

Rotary Club Academic Excellence Scholarship
Stephen Sanchez-Munoz

Rotary Club BISD Scholarship
Claire David and Cora Roan

Shalon Taylor Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Mia Castillo

Stephens County Farm Bureau Scholarship
Ashton Reyes

Stephens County Junior Livestock Show
Morgan Duncan

Stephens Memorial Hospital Foundation Scholarship
Margarita Mungia, Charlie Salazar, Valerie Beltran and Kyla Curtis

STUCO Leadership Award
Zaea Ragle

Suicide Awareness in Memory of Jimmy Jimenez and Anthony Pineda
Valerie Beltran, Kyla Curtis and Aalyiah Salazar

Tanner Ray French Memorial Scholarship
Aalyiah Salazar and Kyla Curtis

Theater Scholarship by Marlene Tubbs
Zaea Ragle

This Is My Texas Art Contest Scholarship by Ron Hoover RV & Marine Center
Bryson Herring and Zaea Ragle

WINGS Scholarship
Violeta Gallegos and Kamryn Larremore

Weldon Edwards Memorial Scholarship
Kyla Curtis

Woman’s Forum Scholarship
Zaea Ragle


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:

Valerie Beltran, Matthew Bueno, 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, and Alexis Vick

Alyssa Contreras, Jaxon Escalon, Cody Gibson, Malachi Harper, Teresa Houdek, Joni Jackson, Destiny Jamison, Saxon Knust, Kaylee Langford, Jack McKay, Solae Mendez, Timothy Newell, Cabel Perkins, Giselle Reyes, Jocelyn Reyes, Miley Roberts, Antley Rodgers, John Sackett, Alejandro Saucedo, Maddison Shockley, Ruthie Valdez, Sawyer Wimberley and Makayla Wright

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

Madai Alvarado, John-Douglass Beaty, Isabelle Biddison, Brayden Bounds, Kelsie Brazile, Christopher Douthit, Aubrie Drake, Kasen Ferguson, Joacim Fernandez, Rylee Fuller, Kadynce Kennedy, Christian Lechner, Braeden Marshall, Leonardo Mendoza, Sylee Mitchell, Kendra Palacios, Melissa Palacios, Gunnar Pearce, Collom Perkins, Ramses Picaso, Damien Reynolds, Canyon Shirley, Emery Smith, Dylan Tidwell, Hudson Woodward, Matthew Wunsch


The state competitors for the 2023-2024 academic year include:

Isabelle Biddison, Natalee Rodriguez and Valeria Robledo

Cross Country
Chance Stewart

Isabelle Biddison, Joni Jackson, Rylee Fuller, Erik Saucedo, Nathan Roberts and Ashton Reyes

Track and Field
Braye Cantrell, Sawyer Wimberley, Karsyn Smalley, Ruthie Valdez, Haylie Mendoza and Lane Bartoskewitz

Tractor Technician CDE
Emillio Castorena, Bryson Herring and Riley Noble

Range Evaluation and Management CDE
Kason Burchett, Miley Roberts, Glen Thibodeaux and Emillio Castorena

Cotton Evaluation and Management CDE
Reyse Hash, Rylee Fuller, Cabel Perkins and Collom Perkins

Forage Evaluation CDE
Kason Burchett, Emillio Castorena, Miley Roberts and Glen Thibodeaux

Taryn Russell, Aalyiah Salazar, Chloe Whitmire, Emma Williams, Solae Mendez, Adriana Perez, Cabel Perkins, Giselle Reyes, Miley Roberts, Karsyn Smalley, Ava Russell, Lane Bartoskewitz, Aubrey Diaz, Caegan Elder, Aubrie Drake, Analia Palacios, Ashlyn Owen, Dylan Tidwell, Kadynce Kennedy and Collum Perkins


Cutline, top photo: The 2024 scholarship recipients gathered in the foyer of Bailey Auditorium for a group photo after Monday morning’s ceremony. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)



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