Character counts grants $10K scholarships

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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YOUNG LEADERS – Scholarship recipients include (from left) Morgan Owens, Northwest High School; Diana Delgadillo, Bridgeport High School; Samantha Boswell, Victory Christian Academy; Samantha Hernandez, Chico High School; Alondra Bolanos, Alvord High School; Kallie Boner, Decatur High School; Macey McCune, Boyd High School; Hunter Rogers, Paradise High School; and Shelby Johnson, Slidell High School. Also pictured are Brian Stephens with Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright (left) and County Judge J.D. Clark. Submitted photo

Nine Wise County students each received a $10,000 scholarship Thursday night at the Character Counts Awards Banquet at the Decatur Conference Center.

The awards program, created to recognize students who have exhibited outstanding character traits throughout their high school years, has given away a total of $267,000, including the 2018 scholarships.

Brian Stephens, with Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright in Decatur, and County Judge J.D. Clark presented an award to one student from each local high school.

Winners included the following:

Alondra Bolanos
Alvord High School

Alondra is the AHS yearbook editor and has started her own photography business. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Macey McCune
Boyd High School

Macey is a volunteer coach for sixth grade volleyball. She plans to study nutrition at Texas Woman’s University.

Diana Delgadillo
Bridgeport High School

Diana is respected by her teachers and peers for her strong character and beliefs. She has a part-time job after school but still manages to be involved in multiple BHS activities. She plans to study nursing at Tarleton State University.

Samantha Hernandez
Chico High School

Samantha volunteers for many community service projects including ringing the Salvation Army bell, working concession stands for the booster club and her class, and feeding the homeless. She plans to attend Midwestern State University and major in radiologic technology.

Kallie Boner
Decatur High School

Kallie assists in the special needs classroom at DHS, always exhibiting patience and kindness. She plans to attend Charis Bible College in Woodland Park, Colo.

Morgan Owens
Northwest High School

Morgan’s skills and strong character landed her as the face of NHS’ national, award-winning broadcast journalism program. She plans to major in communications at Texas A&M University or the University of Oklahoma.

Hunter Rogers
Paradise High School

Hunter works with underprivileged, inner-city kids at Camp of the Hills in Marble Falls and volunteers to visit children in their homes, showing love for those who are less fortunate. She plans to major in social work at Midwestern State University.

Shelby Johnson
Slidell High School

Since he was young, Shelby made extraordinary efforts to make sure everyone was included, whether it was on the playground or in the cafeteria. He seeks opportunities to serve others in the community and through his church youth group.

Samantha Boswell
Victory Christian Academy

When the VCA basketball team lost two players, Samantha volunteered to play so the team could finish its season. She plans to attend Midwestern State University and get a degree in elementary education.

Each student received a sealed certificate of appreciation from Gov. Greg Abbott, and Congresswoman Kay Granger recorded a message, which was played at the ceremony. The keynote address was given by Dr. Thomas O. Brumett, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in McKinney and former pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

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