North Zulch High School presented 27 seniors with their high school diplomas on Friday in the gymnasium and also handed out scholarships from local businesses and supporters.
“Through the hard work and dedication you have put into these last four years, you have already proven your impact because every person in this building is here for one of you,” said Valedictorian Amanda May. “Whether you know it or not, you have changed someone’s life in this room alone. Apart from the difference you make when you leave, tonight is the night to reflect on everything you have achieved and experienced. I hope that when you look back on your high school career, you are proud and do not regret a single thing.”
The students entered the gymnasium and filled two rows set up for them on the court. Many of the families of graduates also sat floor level in the rows behind them. May thanked all of the parents in the crowd for their commitment to each graduate over the years.
“Without the help of our parents or guardians, we would not be filing these seats,” said May. “As your kids grow, they may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. As much as your kids have brought joy to your life, you have filled theirs with equally as much and I want to commend you on making it this far and never giving up.”
Other speakers during the ceremony included James Pryor, Ashlynn Sturgeon, Kashaf Shahid, Salutatorian Mackensi Green, Alexandra Grier and Kayla Spadoni. Diplomas were handed out by Superintendent Alan Andrus and School Board President Brian Baker.
The North Zulch senior class officers included President Andres Garcia, Vice President Ciera Nava, Secretary Megan Massey and Treasurer Peyton Wolfe. The senior class sponsors were Dawn Chrane and Nevin Nichols.
As is tradition at NZHS graduation, students brought out flowers as a thank you to their parents following the ceremony. There were 27 sunflowers to represent each graduating student and a single purple flower in memory of classmate Hannah Weise, who passed away in 2016.
To conclude the ceremony, the new graduates linked arms and sang the Bulldog Alma Mater together amongst a sea of confetti.
Many graduates were presented with a number of scholarships during the ceremony. The following scholarships were presented to North Zulch students:
Marie Barrett Endowed Memorial Scholarship: Amanda May, Mackensi Green; Bob Jones Memorial Scholarship: Mackensi Green; Citizens State Bank Scholarship: Mackensi Green; Madisonville Funeral Home Scholarship: Ashlynn Sturgeon; Normangee State Bank Scholarship: Kashaf Shahid; Dolores Allphin Memorial Scholarship: Mackensi Green
The Bank of Madisonville Scholarship: Kashaf Shahid; Clayton Marks Memorial Scholarship: Kashaf Shahid; Bedias Bank Scholarship: Ally Grier; Prosperity Bank Scholarship: Megan Massey; Carter Enterprises Scholarship: Shelby Harkrider; Pyramid Lodge 593: Megan Massey; Jeanette Davis Honorary Endowed Scholarship: Ally Grier; Corky Hibbetts Memorial Scholarship: Megan Massey
Roping for Hoot: Ally Grier, Megan Massey, Amanda May, Ashlynn Sturgeon; Gary Raynor Memorial Scholarship: Shelby Harkrider; Chris Heath Memorial MCFA Scholarship: Amanda May, Shelby Harkrider, Ally Grier
North Zulch Ex-Students Association Scholarship: Amanda May, Ally Grier, Mackensi Green, Megan Massey, Kashaf Shahid, Shelby Harkrider; Center Court Scholarship: Ashlynn Sturgeon; North Zulch Little Dribblers: Ally Grier, Mackensi Green, Megan Massey; North Zulch PTO: Amanda May, Ashlynn Sturgeon, Mackensi Green, Kashaf Shahid Gloria S. Sale/Bryan Coca-Cola Educational Trust Fund: Amanda May; Madison County Farm Bureau: Ally Grier, Amanda May; Cell Phone Scholarship: Mackensi Green; Madison County Rancher’s Scholarship: Amanda May, Ashlynn Sturgeon; Texas Grant: Amanda May; Texas Public Education Grant: Amanda May; Regents’ Scholarship: Amanda May; North Zulch Board of Trustees: Amanda May, Kashaf Shahid
Houston GO TEXAN: Amanda May; Rowan Industries: Peyton Wolfe; Pegasus Optimization: Ashlynn Sturgeon; AREA 5 CTAT: Amanda May; Madisonville Sidewalk Cattleman’s Association: Amanda May, Ally Grier; Madisonville Little League: Ally Grier; Cora Zulch Edge Scholarship: Mackensi Green
Order of the Eastern Star: Mackensi Green; American Legion Auxiliary Madisonville: Ashlynn Sturgeon; First Baptist Church Madisonville: James Pryor; Law Offices of Bennie Rush: Amanda May, Ashlynn Sturgeon; Mushroom Ambassador: Ciera Nava, Mackensi Green; Madison County Fair Ambassador: Ashlynn Sturgeon, Amanda May; Madison County Fair Queen: Amanda May; Sonshine Center: Kaden Gaston; Chevrolet, Henson Motor FFA: Shelby Harkrider
The following scholarships were awarded to past graduates:
Robert Waller Family Scholarship: Emma Baker, Sonora Scheuneman, Kiera Cosby, Kyela Cosby; Robert Waller Family Endowed Memorial Scholarship: Emma Baker; Albert Casey Endowed Memorial Scholarship: Sonora Scheuneman
North Zulch Education Foundation Scholarship: Eliza Lazenby, Kiera Cosby, Kyela Cosby, Hans Osth, Weston Wolfe; Pyramid Lodge 593 Scholarship: Hans Osth, Weston Wolfe
For pictures of all Scholarship winners from Friday’s graduation ceremony, visit the Madisonville Meteor’s Facebook page.