Approximately 135 seniors are set to graduate in 2018 at schools in Runnels County. Ballinger High School held the first graduation on Saturday at Bearcat Stadium with 58 graduates receiving their diplomas.

Approximately 135 seniors are set to graduate in 2018 at schools in Runnels County. Ballinger High School held the first graduation on Saturday at Bearcat Stadium with 58 graduates receiving their diplomas.

Ballinger High School Principal said the Class of 2018 has left a legacy of accomplishments.

“The Ballinger High School Class of 2018 has left a legacy of service as they attempted to live out the motto of Ballinger High School: Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Serve- the tradition continues building great citizens for Texas,” Webb said. “The senior class donated $2,500 to Aransas County School in Port Aransas, TX that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, from money they had earned through the Senior Carnival. This class earned Sweepstakes in Band three out of the four years they were in high school. The Band advanced to Area Finals this year under senior leadership. Every team advanced to the playoffs during their senior year. We are very proud of this class and I wish them well in their post-secondary plans.”

Emma Duke was valedictorian and Kinley Gray was salutatorian. Duke is the daughter of Kevin and Jeanne Duke of Ballinger and has participated in many school activities including band, FCCLA, 4-H, FFA, Student Council, Rotary Interact, Junior Chamber, Investment Club and she was a member of the National Honor Society.

Duke, plans to become a large animal veterinarian.

Valedictorian Kinley Gray, daughter of Michael and Cindy Gray, has also been very active during the 2017-18 school year. She was heavily involved in athletics including cheerleading, track, and cross country. She’s also a member of Rotary Interact, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, FCA, FCCLA, the National Honor Society, DECA and competed in UIL in the calculators division.

Both ladies were some of the many recipients of scholarships during the annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 9, when a grand total of $689,317 in scholarships was presented to Ballinger High School students.

Gray received the Texas Tech Presidential Merit Scholarship for $20,000. Duke was one of three recipients (including Jon Binder and Paul McDaniel) of the 4-H Opportunity Scholarships for $20,000 each.

Other notable scholarship presentations were to Mary Dunn who received the McMurry Art Scholarship for $86,896 and the McMurry Merit Scholarship for $60,000. Binder also received the San Angelo A&M Club Scholarship for $10,000.

Winters High School will have graduation ceremonies in the gym Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and 42 students are expected to receive diplomas.

The valedictorian is Brandon L’Abbee and the salutatorian is Megan Jacob. L’Abbe is the son of Amy and Scott L’Abbe of Winters and has been involved in many extracurricular activities, events and sports throughout his high school career. L’Abbe, who plans to be a computer game programmer, was a state qualifier in the UIL Robotics competition, played tennis, basketball, football and participated in marching and concert band. He was also in the UIL One Act Play and in the All-Star cast and was named band beau, class treasurer and was involved in Student Council.

Megan Jacob, daughter of Mark and Susan Jacob of Winters, is in the top ten of her graduating class and participated in numerous activities including varsity tennis, basketball and 4-H Shooting Sports. She was also in the National Honor Society, cheerleading, FFA, State qualifying entomology team, Agriculture Advocacy Team, student council and was football sweetheart and selected for Academic All District.

During the Winters High School Awards Day held Friday, May 18, L’Abbe walked away with an $80,000 scholarship to Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Jacob was awarded three substantial scholarships - one to Schreiner University in Kerrville for $88,000; a $48,000 scholarship to Kansas State University and a $20,000 scholarship to Texas A&M University.

Overall, Winters students racked up a total of $568,372 in scholarships which were presented Friday, May 18 at the annual awards ceremony.

L’Abbe and Jacob were among the 38 recipients of scholarships to Cisco Junior College.

Senior Macey Gerhart was awarded at least 15 scholarships during the ceremony and those included scholarships from the Winters Area Red Raiders, Runnels County Soil and Water Conservation District, Abilene Community Foundation and Abilene Ag Commerce and the Calcot-Seitz Foundation.

There were three graduates at the Olfen ISD this year following the addition of grades 9-12 in the. The three students, Amelya DeWall, Rachel Thomas and Ashley Apperson were set to graduate Tuesday evening.

All three will graduate with college credit too.

Superintendent Gabriel Zamora applauded the students for setting an example to students following them.

Thirty-two students from Miles ISD will graduate in the new gym on Friday, June 1. The school will hold the award ceremony Friday, May 25.