Around the County: School news briefs from around Runnels County
RUNNELS COUNTY - It was a busy week in Runnels County, with every school in the county competing in various contests at the state UIL level.
Ballinger One Act Play (OAP)
BALLINGER - The Ballinger Theater Arts program has taken off in the last couple of years under director Jacob Scott. On May 7th, Scott and the students soared like eagles when they finished 1st runner-up in the state UIL competition in Austin.
Scott commented in a social media post, "So unbelievably grateful for the many friends, family, OAP colleagues, community members, our Mighty Bearcat Band, my college friends, and Ballinger ISD staff who came out and supported these amazing kids! 2022 One Act Play State Runner-Up!"
A final performance of the play, The Book of Will, will be held at Ballinger High School on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Dale and Ida Lee Auditorium at Ballinger High School.
Entry is free, but donations are welcome.
Bearcats softball and baseball
BALLINGER - The Ballinger Lady Cats season came to an end after a great deal of success this year. The ladies brought home a bi-district championship with 2 wins over Stanton to start the playoffs. They defeated the Stanton Lady Buffs 21-5 and 15-5, respectively.
The Ballinger Bearcats baseball team stayed alive in the playoffs, bringing home an Area Championship with 16-5 and 14-5 wins, respectively, over Reagan County.
Next up, the boys will face off against the Bowie Jackrabbits at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13, in Graham. Game 2 is Saturday at 4 p.m. Game 3 is Saturday at 7 p.m. (if necessary).
Miles High School Million Dollar Scholarship
MILES - Senior Allie Kalina was awarded $20,000 from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 2022 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship. With the award, it brought the total amount of scholarships to Miles HS seniors to $800,000.00. Their goal each year is for their seniors to reach a combined goal of $1 million.
Kalina also received the Panhandle Plains Higher Education Foundation Windmill scholarship in the amount of $14,000 over four years and the Pat Lee Memorial scholarship for $1000. Additionally, Kalina was awarded the Texas Tech Freshman Presidential Merit Scholarship for $16,000 over 4 years.
Others receiving scholarships are Whitney Halfmann, Toby Castanuela, and Agustina Vasquez who was awarded $88,780 from the Michigan State University CAMP scholarship. CAMP stands for College Assistance Migrant Program.
The United States Air Force awarded Freedom Roeder and Hayden Johnson each up $90,000 in educational benefits.
Toby Castanuela received the Panhandle Plains Higher Education Foundation Windmill scholarship in the amount of $6000 over four years and received a scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico for $68,000 over 4 years.
Eli Sanchez was awarded two scholarships. One from the Panhandle Plains Higher Education Windmill Scholarship for $10,000 over 4 years and one from the Angelo State University Carr Needs Scholarship for $4,000. He also received the Angelo State University Carr Scholarship for $6,000
Emily Sklenarik was awarded $12,000 from the Panhandle Plains Higher Education Foundation Windmill Scholarship over four years. Sklenarik also received two of the Angelo State University General Scholarships. One from the Weatherford Nau Scholarship fund for $450 and one from AEP Texas Scholarship for $450.
Austin Askins received the Panhandle Plains High er Education Foundation Windmill Scholarship for $8,000 over four years.
Whitney Halfmann also received the Panhandle Plains Higher Education Foundation Windmill Scholarship for $16,000 over four years. The young lady also received the MS/ML Doss Scholarship from the Angelo State General Scholarship fund for $1,000.