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Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2010 2:00 am
Citizens 1st Bank and The Daily Sentinel are announcing today this year's recipients of NOBLE Scholarships.
The 20 recipients of $1,000 scholarships to attend Stephen F. Austin State University were selected from a slate of 36 graduating high school seniors, from schools across Nacogdoches County, who took advantage of the application process.
In its 17 year history, the NOBLE scholarship program, a project of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, has given away more than a quarter of a million dollars to further the education of county graduates who chose to attend SFA.
The funds to do this began with The Daily Sentinel and Do Dat Barbecue event, which was held annually and sponsored by The Sentinel. Initially, starting with the program's inception in 1994, 10 scholarships were offered. Citizens 1st Bank joined the effort in 2001, and the number of scholarships increased from that point on to 20.
"Citizens 1st Bank is proud to be a financial partner of the NOBLE program with our providing 20, $1,000 scholarships annually to Nacogdoches County high school seniors attending one of the nation's best universities - Stephen F. Austin State University," said Kim Luna Snyder, senior vice president of Citizens 1st Bank. "The NOBLE program is a program of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and recently won state-wide honors as the outstanding chamber educational program in Texas. Our fine customers have made our success possible for the last 90 years, and we appreciate the opportunity to participate in worthwhile civic and educational projects such as the NOBLE Scholarship program."
With the Do Dat Barbecue fundraiser no longer in existence, new resources are needed to keep the scholarship program at its current funding level of 20 scholarships a year. In doing that, the newspaper is asking for community support in keeping this commitment. In today's edition are pre-addressed envelopes in which readers may send in contributions to the NOBLE scholarship program.
"We at The Daily Sentinel are proud to help these young men and women realize their dreams of a higher education," Sentinel Editor and Publisher Rayanne Schmid said. "This year we ask you, our readers, to help us keep the scholarship program going strong by participating in a fund drive. We challenge you to match The Daily Sentinel's $5,000 donation to the Noble Scholarship fund to help pay for 10 of the 20 educational gifts.
"Your money will give these future SFA students a financial means to begin their college career," Schmid said. "A taste of what the next four years could hold, that will make them hunger for more. Thank you for taking part in this fund drive and for supporting our local students."
The 2010 NOBLE scholarship recipients are:
Central Heights High School
Morgan Abel, daughter of Butch and Michelle Abel, who plans to study physical therapy and become a physical therapist.
Cassie Barr, daughter of Debbie Barr and Paul Barr, who plans to study and pursue a career in nursing.
Joey Cefalu, son of Joe and JaNiece Cefalu, who plans to study engineering and become a civil engineer.
Christen Glazener, daughter of Charisse Champagne and Dennis Glazener, who plans to study and pursue a career in nursing.
Chireno High School
Morgen Huss, daughter of Doug and Vickie Huss, who plans to double major in elementary education and biology and become a physical therapist.
Cushing High School
Ava Mae Bass, daughter of Donna Bass and the late Stuart Bass, who plans to study nursing and become an intensive care unit nurse.
Garrison High School
Aaron Kyle Nichols, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Nichols, who plans to study pre-pharmacy and become a pharmacist.
Martinsville High School
Morgan Brittany Christopher, daughter of Jeremiah and Kristen Christopher, who plans to study nursing and become a registered nurse.
Brandy Nicole Haddox, daughter of Archie and D'nese Haddox, who plans to study radio/TV communications and become an agricultural commentator.
Nacogdoches High School
Jacob Caswell Barnhill, son of David Barnhill and Wendy Barnhill, who plans to study music at SFA and become a public speaker.
Morgan Leigh Cortines, daughter of Carl Cortines and the late Diann Cortines, who plans to study art and become a graphic designer or animator.
Annie Marie Krueger, daughter of Mary Uresti, who plans to study music education and become a professional musician.
Hilario Perez Jr., son of Minerva Perez and Hilario Perez, who plans to study biology at SFA and eventually be come an oncologist.
Jessica K. Morales, daughter of Maria Ferrer and Jose Morales, who plans to study biology and pursue a career in medicine.
Ana Karen Gonzalez, daughter of Pedro Gonzalez and Maria del Carmen Gonzalez, who plans to study archeology and chemistry and become an archaeologist or anthropologist.
Jazmin Perez, daughter of Esmerida Valdez and Lucio Perez, who plans to study nursing and become a pediatric nurse or nurse anesthetist.
Patricia Zavala, daughter of Gabriela Zavala, who plans to study nursing and become a registered nurse.
Woden High School
Raleigh Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Allen, who plans to study music and pursue a career in music production.
Sherman Harrell, son of Diane and Kevin Harrell, who plans to study engineering and become an aerospace engineer.
Charlotte Singleton, daughter of Allen and Beth Singleton, who plans to study elementary education and kinesiology and become an elementary teacher and softball coach.