CUTLINE: Joshua Robertson, Daleville High School principal, left, presented the Mississippi College Dean's Academic Scholarship to Elijah Wilson, right.

CUTLINE: Sasha Godfrey, center, and Jebulyn Thompson, far right received what is considered “prestigious” scholarships from the Reserve Officers Training Corp. Representing the ROTC is  Auburn University Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Ryan Ried. Godrey’s scholarship is for the University of Alabama. Of some 30,000 applicants for the ROTC award each year, only about 3,000 are actually selected. Having two from the same school “is rare and a big honor for Daleville High School,” officials said.

CUTLINE: The Dale Tomaino Memorial Scholarship Award was presented by the scholarship founders, Anne Tomaino, left, and Frank Tomaino, center, to Jebulyn Thompson, far right.

More than $2 million in scholarships awarded to Daleville seniors


By Jan Murray

Daleville High School’s 2016 graduating class—specifically its 33 honor graduates—received $2,178,300 in scholarship awards, honors and monies during the school’s Senior Honors Night at the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center May 12, said Guidance Counselor Margie Treadwell.

Among those receiving scholarships and awards were Sasha Godfrey and Jebulyn Thompson. Treadwell said the two seniors each received a “very prestigious award” from the Reserve Officers Training Corp that “30,000 applicants” vie for each year. She said only 30 percent or 3,000 students, are awarded scholarships and that having two from the same school is rare and “a big honor for Daleville High School.”

Principal Joshua Robertson said, “This night was a chance for all that have been involved with these students to celebrate their accomplishments. The honors that have been achieved by this senior class are representative of the hard work and dedication that these students have put forth through their high school careers. All involved with these students should be proud.”

Interim Superintendent Diane Flournoy said, “For the past 13 years, the students’ role in the system has been to be students, and I would say that they have done that very well…We are so very proud for them and all of their accomplishments.”

Of the school’s 71 graduates, 13 percent will enter into the military directly after graduation; 19 percent have been accepted and will enroll in a four-year college; 35 percent have been accepted and will enroll in a two-year college; 5 percent will go onto technical education; and 28 percent are undecided, said Treadwell.

Treadwell said that honor graduates must obtain and maintain an overall A average and that the valedictorian and the salutatorian carry the highest overall grade point averages, respectfully. The 19 honor graduates were presented honor stoles by Flournoy and Robertson. The honor graduates are: Valedictorian Matthew Koch, Salutatorian Teresa Montalvo, Benjamin Chubb, Rick Hemion, Eli Lewis, Tae Myles, Magdeil Rosario-Orta, Jebulyn Thompson, Elijah Wilson, Alexis Aquino, Jazzmine Alvarado, Caitlin Barr, Latonya Clark, Andreana Dunlap, Sasha Godfrey, Eternity Hayes, Kelsi Hollandsworth, Savannah Lynch, and Nashaly Lugo-Rivera.

The students were also presented honor medallions commemorating their academic achievement.

Students who held membership in Future Business Leaders of America for two or more years, maintained a B average in all business classes and participated in all FBLA projects received FBLA stoles. The sole recipient was LaTonya Clark.

Future Farmers of America cords were presented to Carson Minton, Dylan Stephens, Jonah Nabinger, Caitlin Barr and Latonya Clark.

Senior Army Instructor retired Lt. Col. Chris Miller presented JROTC Academic Leadership Awards to students who have been enrolled in JROTC for four years, maintained an overall A average and demonstrated outstanding leadership. The recipients were Elijah Wilson, Sasha Godfrey, Eli Lewis, Alexis Aquino, Magdiel Rosario-Orta, Nashaly Lugo-Rivera, Tae Myles, Rick Hemion and Jebulyn Thompson.

Multicultural Academic Cords and Multicultural Leadership Scholarships were given to Sasha Godfrey, Latonya Clark and Kiara Blanks.

The Service Award was given to Eternity Hayes for unselfishly giving her time and talents to DHS, particularly in the front office.

Recipients for Skills USA Honor Cords were Georgie Church and Shianne Raybon.

The DHS Student Government Association recognized students who fulfilled GPA and project criteria. Those recognized were: Sasha Godfrey, Jazzmine Alvarado, Teressa Montalvo, Eternity Hayes, Benjamin Clubb, Nashaly Lugo-Rivera, Elijah Wilson and Latonya Clark.

Honor cords were given to seniors who were active participants in the Military Child Education Coalition Student2Student Program and maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA. The recipients were: Elijah Wilson, Jonah Nabinger, Jebulyn Thompson, Alexis Aquino, Andreana Dunlap and Teressa Montalvo.

Talon staff awards were given to Carson Minton, Teressa Montalvo, Jazzmine Alvarado and LaTonya Clark.

Tri-M band awards were given to seniors with a 3.5 or higher GPA and who remain in good standing with the TRI-M National Music Honor Society. Recipients of Tri-M awards were: Benjamin Clubb, Matthew Koch, Eli Lewis, Dylan Stephens, Kelsi Hollandsworth, Sasha Godfrey, Alexis Aquino, Teressa Montalvo, LaTonya Clark and Aiyanna Terry.

The Daleville High School Class of 2016 Outstanding Writer’s Award was presented to Matthew Koch and Camille Wilber.

Mr. and Miss Daleville High School is an honor given by the student body. This year, honors went to Sasha Godfrey and Elijah Wilson.

The Dale County Youth Leadership Program recognized Sash Godfrey and Teressa Montalvo.

The Dale County Community Service through Wiregrass Works was presented to Teressa Montalvo for her community service.

The Dale County University of Alabama Alumni scholarship was given to Sasha Godfrey and Eternity Hayes.

Frank and Ann Tomaino founded the  Dale Tomaino Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a student who maintains a high GPA, displays high moral character, dedication, loyalty and trustworthiness while participating in a varsity sport. The recipient of the memorial scholarship was Jebulyn Thompson.

Nancy Garner, executive director of the Daleville Chamber of Commerce, recognized Miss Daleville 2015 – 2016 Sasha Godfrey.

The National Beta Club recognizes outstanding Beta Club Members. From a pool of 42,000 scholarship applicants, one student from Daleville High School’s Senior Beta Club won semi-finalist and finalist status in the National Scholarship program. Teressa Montalvo was recognized for semifinalist status and as a finalist. She received a $1,000 scholarship from the national office.

Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority recognizing outstanding academic achievement in education for women, recently recognized Dale County Schools and the top three females with the highest GPA in their graduating class. Certificates were presented to Teressa Montalvo, Caitlyn Barr and Andreana Dunlap.

The Dothan Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented Dekarri Outten with a scholarship.

Educational endowments on behalf of the State of Alabama G.I. Dependent’s Scholarship Program were given to Alexis Aquino, Sasha Godfrey, Pashence King,and Tae Myles.

The Military Family Support Trust presented the I Lucille Purviance Scholarship to Teressa Montalvo.

A scholarship from the Scholarships for Military Children’s Program was given to  Jebulyn Thompson.

The Fort Rucker Community Spouses Club awards scholarships on an annual basis. Teressa Montalvo received the club’s scholarship this year.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service awarded the Marilyn Iverson scholarship to Matthew Koch.

Scholarships for the male and female United States Army Scholar/Athlete with a highest GPA and academic excellence while participating in varsity athletic competition were received by Eternity Hayes and Elijah Wilson.

The University of Alabama Capstone Award Scholar Scholarship is for scholastic excellence and personal achievement. Elijah Wilson was the recipient of this scholarship.

Alabama State University awarded a music major scholarship to Dekarri Outten.

The Auburn University Board of Trustees Endowed Scholarship was given to Alexis Aquino. The Auburn University Ever to Conquer Scholarship was also given to Aquino.

The Auburn Achievement scholarship was awarded to Teressa Montalvo.

The Dale County Auburn Club gave its annual scholarship to Teressa Montalvo.

Enterprise State Community College scholarships were given to Nashaly Lugo-Rivera,  Savannah Lynch and Camille Wilber.

Elijah Wilson received the George Mason–Mason Freedom Award.

The Lincoln College of Technology scholarship awards went to Gabriel Hood, Steven Zieblin, Magdiel Rosario-Orta and Casey Stephens.

Elijah Wilson was presented the Dean’s Academic Scholarship from Mississippi College.

Dekarri Outten received a scholarship from Olivet Nazarene University.

Troy University awarded the Chancellor’s Award, a Troy University Music scholarship and the Millie Huff Ezell Foundation Scholarship to Matthew Koch. TU’s Excellence in Leadership Scholarship and a Troy University Music Scholarship

went to Eli Lewis.

Wallace Community College awarded scholarships to Caitlyn Barr and Andreana Dunlap.

The United States Army Cadet Command presented ROTC scholarships to Sasha Godfrey and Jebulyn Thompson. Godfrey’ scholarship is for the University of Alabama and Thompson’s award is for Auburn University.

The United States Air Force presented an award for educational benefits to Magdiel Rosario-Orta.

The United States Marine Corps recognized several students for excellence and presented academic benefits to Sasha Godfrey (Academic), Elijah Wilson (Athletic Excellence) and Benjamin Clubb (Semper Fidelis Music). Enlistment recipients of the USMC benefits were Jonah Nabinger, Natalie Rodriquez, Casey Stephens and Wesley Tristan Byrd.

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