Amarillo Globe News – Praiseworthy

June 9th, 2007  |  Published in Articles

Palo Duro High School senior Gabriel Costilla has been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship that will pay for every year of Gabriel’s undergraduate, graduate and even doctoral career if he so chooses. More than 11,000 students applied for the scholarship, and Gabriel was the only recipient from Amarillo Independent School District this year, though he is the fourth Palo Duro High student in the last three years to receive this award. Treyson White and Zuleyma Rogel received the GMS in 2005 and Le Nguyen received it in 2006.

Jeremiah Sarvis, the son of Tim and Leta Sarvis and husband of Leslie Sarvis, received a master of divinity degree in biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Jeremiah is a 1999 graduate of Amarillo High School.

Michelle Bowers, a 1992 graduate of Borger High School, received her Registered Guardian Certification on May 5. Michelle, the daughter of Loyd and Valda Davis of Fritch and daughter-in-law of Gerald and Karen Bowers of Borger, is employed with Covenant Outreach in Abilene.

Charles and Jonathan Kolb, sons of Bill and Loretta Kolb, were recently awarded the President’s Honor Roll at Texas Tech University by earning a 4.0 grade-point average this past semester. Charles, a 2003 graduate of Randall High School, received his master’s degree in environmental engineering. Jonathan, a 2006 graduate of Randall High, just completed his first year at Texas Tech majoring in occupational therapy.

Inda Crawford, a 1982 graduate of Panhandle High School, recently graduated from Texas Tech Law School. Inda is the daughter of Jacob G. “Get” Watson and the late Roslyn Watson of Panhandle, and the mother of Joshua Fleming of Lewisville and Caryn Fleming of Brady.

Before law school, Inda spent 22 years as a legal secretary and then as a paralegal in Borger, Amarillo and Denton. She will take the Texas Bar Exam in July and plans to return to Panhandle to open a law practice.

Austin College in Sherman recently recognized local students at its Honors Convocation. Honored were Trang Ngo, a Palo Duro High School graduate, daughter of Xe and Mai Bui Ngo; Joel Torres, Hereford High School graduate, son of Ignacio and Margaret Torres; and Jesse Travis, Plainview High School graduate, daughter of Rhonda and Drew Travis.

Travis Doshier and Verlie Doshier each received academic degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Travis received a bachelor of business administration degree in general business, and Valerie earned her bachelor of business administration degree in international business.

Texas Christian University in Fort Worth recently awarded academic degrees to Jared Hutchins, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing; Katherine McGee, who graduated summa cum laude and with departmental honors with a bachelor of arts degree in English; Derek Weathersbee, bachelor of fine arts in graphic design; Scott Thompson, bachelor of business administration degree in accounting; John Kritser, bachelor of arts degree in economics; and Lauren Dillman, bachelor of arts degree in Spanish.

Jessica Sinclair was named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Centenary College of Louisiana with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in 12 or more semester hours taken for a letter grade.

The University of West Alabama in Livingston, Ala., recently recognized junior Ronald Ford as an outstanding student for his academic achievements and leadership role. Ford, an athletic training major, is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Joe Ford and the late Joan Ford, all of Amarillo. He was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

The Amarillo Downtown Lions Club recently awarded scholarships in honor of two longtime Lions members. Raquel Aranda of Caprock High School was awarded the Jon Leasure Scholarship to study pre-engineering at West Texas A&M University. RuthAnna Todd from Tascosa High School was given the Gerald Nipp Memorial Scholarship to study biology and chemistry at Amarillo College.

Ashley Pinkston graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a bachelor of arts degree. She was a member of the Baptist Student Ministry, Alpha Chi and the Honor Society.

The Amarillo office of Utility Engineering Corp. awarded scholarships to Jaime Varela and Brandy Self, 2007 graduates of Caprock High School.

Jamie, the son of Jaime and Veronica Varela, plans to study physics. Brandy, the daughter of Patrick and Darla Self, plans to study architecture.

The students received their scholarships at a luncheon May 14 at the Amarillo Club.

Amarillo High School seniors Emily Saultz and Bilal Siddiqui have earned National Merit Scholarships. Emily and Bilal are among 2,500 high school seniors who were chosen from a talent pool of about 15,000 finalists in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Amarillo High School senior Chad Thompson and Tascosa High School senior Clinton Hill are among 2,200 winners of Merit Scholarship awards financed by colleges and universities across the country.

Catherine Bankhead was named to the Dean’s List at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

Cielo Wind Power of Austin awarded $1,000 scholarships as part of its first Earth Stewardship Awards and Scholarships. Scholarship winners include Melissa Wagner, Brittan Gruhlkey and Madeline Fangmen, all of Vega High School; Molly Murdock and Graham Hillhouse of Panhandle High School; Brittany Kuehler of Groom High School; Aaron Pepper of Pampa High; and Rebecca Rapstine of White Deer High.

Cody Keesee, son of Ross and Genevieve Keesee, graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He serves as a surface warfare officer aboard the U.S.S. Mustin at Yokosuka, Japan.

Rachel Steinman, daughter of Steven and Jennifer Steinman, was awarded the Mead and Mary Ferguson Annual and Ed Pat Warner Scholarship at the Animal Science Departmental Awards Banquet at Oklahoma State University.

Angelo State University recently announced that Irene Balderas, Elaine Fagafa, Sean Fuller, Kristen Hartley, Sara Meyers and Melissa Warren were named to the Dean’s List, each maintaining at least a 3.23 grade-point average.

Dylan Kennedy, a 2007 Palo Duro High School graduate, son of Elida Naslund and David Kennedy, was awarded a scholarship by the Best Buy Children’s Foundation. Dylan plans to attend Southwestern University.

Megan Jones, daughter of Rod and Julie Jones, graduated with honors from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Megan works at Baptist St. Anthony’s Health Care System.

John Binkley was named to the Dean’s List at Texas State University – San Marcos for the spring semester, maintaining at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

Amarillo Womens Network awarded scholarships at its annual meeting May 12 to Maggie Biggs, from left, of Tascosa High School; Jackie Rapp of Amarillo High School; Cassie Brock of Hartley High School; and Veronica McClanahan of Amarillo College.

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