Photo: NOBLE Scholar Sarah Barton, left, holds the new NOBLE Scholar medallion, which will be presented to Nacogdoches County seniors at the annual banquet. Also pictured, from left, are NOBLE Scholars Peyton Shofner, Tristan Emborgo, Austin Guillory and Heather McGhiey. (Photo: Kayli Head)
The 22nd annual Nacogdoches County’s Opportunity for Better Learning Experience (NOBLE) banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center at Stephen F. Austin State University.
The banquet honors Nacogdoches County high school seniors who have chosen the more rigorous recommended or distinguished program of study in their high school courses and completed a service project.
A parent’s reception also will be held in the Regents Suite A, where light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and SFA representatives will provide information about the admission process and answer questions. Parents will join the students at 7:15 p.m. for presentations and a keynote address by Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, assistant professor of human services at SFA.
This year, students will receive a custom NOBLE Scholar medallion as a keepsake to wear to graduation. “NIBCO has generously sponsored this new feature, which gives these hard-working students special recognition for their efforts,” said Kayli Head, event co-chair.
Nacogdoches County NOBLE scholars are eligible to apply for one of twenty $1,000 scholarships to SFA provided by Citizens 1st Bank and the Daily Sentinel. Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith is providing one $1,000 scholarship, as is an anonymous donor. Scholarship applications will be available to students from area high school counselors, as well as at the banquet.
NOBLE is a program of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce education committee. The chamber’s education committee also sponsors Great Expectations, a program that brings local business leaders to county schools to encourage students to take advanced courses, which will better prepare them for the workplace and life. The education committee includes school counselors and administrators, SFA faculty and staff members, and members of the chamber of commerce.
For more information about the banquet, call the chamber at (936) 560-5533, or go to www.nacogdoches.org.
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