DHS seniors receive over $1 million in scholarships

DHS Principal Josh Robertson, left, and DCS Superintendent Dr. Diane Flournoy, center, present honor seniors with their stoles. Gabe Gordon, right, receives his while Sabrina Byrd, front, waits to receive her stole.

On Thursday, May 16, Daleville High School seniors were recognized for their academic and extracurricular achievements as well as receiving $1,190,300 in scholarships.

Jamie Peters and Lauren Dorminey were both recognized as the Class of 2019 valedictorians.

Other honors graduates recognized were Sabrina Byrd, Joseph SanGabriel “Gabe” Gordon, Phaybien Green, Paige Henderson, Danielle Jackson, Mackenzie Keahey, Christopher Roblez Jr., Breana Siegler and Alexandra Trenkler.

Members of the National Honor Society were recognized and presented their Honor Society cords. These members are Dorminey, La’Jasha Fil-Aime, Gordon, Green, Henderson, Jackson, Peters, Roblez and Trenkler.

Beta Club members were also recognized. To be considered for membership, students must obtain an 86 overall average and secure the required service hours. Beta Club members recognized were Byrd, Kayla Curtis, Gordon, Fils-Aime, Green, Aysiah Hall, Henderson, Taraen High, Torrey Hobdy, Keahey, Jonathan Klein, Alyssa Knoebel, Dashawn Moseley-Palmer, Peters, Siegler and Trenkler.

Peters received all four core academic course awards for English, science, math and history. These awards are presented to the student(s) who have taken the most advanced core courses (English, math, science and history) and have maintained the highest grade point average in the class.

Green received the FBLA Leadership Award. He has been active in FBLA for two years and has served as vice president and president during that time.

Students who completed Microsoft certification were also recognized. These students are Ethan Yates, Serena Miller, Roblez, Trinity Holtcamp and Isaiah Robinson.

Forminey, Hobdy, Jackson, Sierra Lindsey and Masyn Spense were the recipients of FFA cords. To receive the cords, a student must have been active in FFA, have served as an officer, have been on one of the career event teams and/or have participated in other FFA-related activities.

Jackson, Hobdy, Roblez and Kindal Smith were also recognized for completing the requirements for the Landscape Management credential.

Five students received the JROTC Academic Leadership Award. This award is given to the students who have been enrolled in JROTC for four years, maintained an overall A average and demonstrated outstanding leadership.

The recipients of the JROTC Academic Leadership Award are

Fils-Aime, Bryson Flowers, Jami Gilstrap, Gordon, Knoebel, Andrew Legette, Moseley-Palmer, Peters, Hector Pliego and Tammaze Rubio received the JROTC Certificates of Completion of the Government and Public Administration credential. Gordon, Knoebel, Legette, Moseley-Palmer, Pliego and Peters received this credential with honors.

Peters was named the 2018-19 Cadet of the Year by the Dothan Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee for her leadership and performance during the school year. She also received the American Legion Award for Scholastic Excellence.

Peters received the regional Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Award, the American Legion Award and the Association of the United States Army Distinguished Cadet Award, which is presented to a senior JROTC cadet in the top 25 percent of the class in overall academic and JROTC subjects.

She also received the Warrant Officers Association Scholarship from the association’s Silver Chapter, awarded to the most outstanding JROTC cadet from each of the organization’s partner schools, valued at $500.

Dorminey received the Daleville High School Service Award, which is given to a student who has exhibited the most helpful attitude over the past four years.

Joley Kelley received the SkillsUSA honor cords, presented to students who have successfully completed all coursework and Skills USA activities during their high school career.

Gordan, Knoebel and Trenkler were recognized for fulfilling the GPA and project criteria as members of the Student Government Association.

Seniors who served on the Talon staff were also honored for their work. These students are Niles Diggs, Henderson, Knoebel and Siegler.

Eleven students received the TRI-M awards, given to senior band members active with the TRI-M Music Honor Society. Byrd, Valentino Corbett Jr., Diggs, Green, Henderson, Klein, Knoebel, Peters, Siegler and Trenkler received this award.

Smtih received the Semper Fidelis Award, and Peters received the Whetstone Scholarship from the Daleville Band Parents Association. Robelz received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and Trenkler received the John Philip Sousa Award. Green received the choir award.

Peters received the Whetstone Scholarship from the Daleville Band Parents Association, and Miller received the Melanie Lynn Roberts Chisholm Memorial Band Scholarship.

Members of the Daleville Education Association named Dorminey as the recipient of the organization’s scholarship.

Gordon received the Outstanding Writer's Award, which recognizes the most outstanding writer in the senior class.

Dorminey received the Kells and Sara Carroll Endowed Scholarship from the local Dale County Chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni. She also received the University of Alabama’s Crimson Achievement Scholarship and the Arts and Sciences Dean Award.

Gordon received the Dale Tomaino Memorial scholarship, which was founded by Frank and Ann Tomaino. The scholarship is awarded to a student who maintains a high GPA and displays high moral character, dedication, loyalty, and trustworthiness while participating in varsity sports.

Hobdy received a $1,000 scholarship from the Kappa Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. through its HBCU (Historically Black Colleges or Universities) Legacy Essay Scholarship Contest, held specifically for students who plan to go to school at an HCBU.

Hobdy also received the Daleville Christian Fellowship Center Scholarship valued at $1,000. He also received the Dale Grantham Memorial Scholarship, started in 2016 in memory of G.W. Long student Dale Grantham, valued at $1,000. This scholarship is open to students from any school in Dale County.

Dorminey, Peters and Trenkler were recognized by Delta Kappa Gamma for being the three females with the highest GPA in the class. Delta Kappa Gamma is a sorority recognizing outstanding academic achievement in education for women.

Fils-Aime, Gordon and Keshawn Jones received the State of Alabama G.I. Dependent's Scholarship Program educational.

Trenkler received cords from Life South for donating blood at least four times throughout her high school career.

ESCC presented academic and fine arts scholarships to two DHS students. Green received both an academic and fine arts, and Smith received a fine arts scholarship.

Two students received the Auburn University in Montgomery Opportunity Scholarship, which is based on academic achievement. Fils-Aime and Jones received this scholarship, valued at $4,000. Jones was presented his scholarship by his older brother Tyler Aquino.

Fils-Aime also received a $1,000 Gamecock Grant from Jacksonville State University.

Gordon received the Dean’s Award for Falkner University, which is valued at $8,000. He also received the Dean’s Scholarship and Tiger Award for Iowa Wesleyan University, a combined value of $26,200. Gordon also received the University Scholarship for Texas Wesleyan University for $16,500.

Klein received a four-year scholarship valued at $7,000 per year for Full Sail University.

Dorminey and Gordon both received the Trustee Scholarship valued at $2,500 and renewable for four years fortThe University of West Alabama.

Dorminey also received a scholarship for the University of Montevallo.

Henderson received a band scholarship for Troy University, which is valued at $2,000. Trenkler received a leadership scholarship and a merit scholarship for Troy University with a combined value of $46,000.

Two students received a merit scholarship from the University of Mobile, given to students with an outstanding high school academic performance who demonstrated leadership capabilities, valued at $44,000 over four years. Siegler and Peters each received a scholarship.

Chris Rivera-Soto was recognized for his enlistment in the United States Army. He will receive educational benefits valued at $128,000.

Moseley-Palmer and Rubio were recognized for their enlistment in the United States Navy. They will receive educational benefits valued at $180,000.

Ethan Yates was also recognized for his enlistment in the United States Marine Corp.

“I just want to thank everyone for a wonderful senior year,” DHS Principal Josh Robertson said. “These young men and women have accomplished so much, and they didn’t just start in August. It started at home many years ago. You have worked very hard as parents and family members to get them where they’re going.

“I thank you for the opportunity to work with your students, and I know our faculty and staff at Daleville High School thank you as well. We’re proud of the many accomplishments they have, and we look forward to hearing of the many honors they achieve in the future because we know this is not the end for all of our students.”

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