Carey School principal John Peck calculated that about $61,500 in scholarships went to deserving Panther seniors during the school's 2009-10 Citizenship Awards program on Thursday, May 27.
He expressed gratitude to generous donors and said it was one of the best nights of the year for Carey students.
Guidance counselor Jeff Ford agreed with Peck. He told the audience of proud parents and family members that every student in the senior class applied for and was accepted into college. Ford added that doesn't happen every year.
Besides the awarding of scholarships from 16 Blaine County organizations and individuals, a highlight of the 95-minute program was the presentation of Citizenship Awards to male and female members of the four upper classes. Faculty members voted on the prestigious awards.
Citizenship Award winners in the senior class and winners of $100 grants derived from Student Body fundraisers were Amy Ellsworth and Nathan VanEvery.
Junior class winners were Amy Mares and Lynn Mecham. Sophomore honorees were Charmaine Kirkland and Chance Chavez. Top freshmen citizens at Carey were Angela Ellsworth and Glen Andrews.
Last Thursday's scholarship winners were:
· Six Hailey Rotary Club $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Jessica Parke, Amy Ellsworth, Wacey Barg, Trevor Peck, Todd Peck and Taylor Whitby.
· Dillon Simpson, Taylor Whitby, Trevor Peck, Jessica Parke and Wacey Barg received Idaho Mountain Express grants that have been provided in Blaine County for 22 years.
· Earning the $1,000 Sawtooth Board of Realtors scholarship was Jessica Parke.
· The Wood River Valley chapter of Dollars for Scholars, giving grants in Blaine County for 15 years, announced eight $1,000 scholarships at Carey. The winners were Jennifer Murphy, Amy Ellsworth, Jessica Parke, Wacey Barg, Trevor Peck, Dillon Simpson, Todd Peck and Brad Peck.
· Elementary school teacher Ron Martinez accepted a $10,000 Works of Grace Scholarship on behalf of his son, graduating Wood River High School senior Juan Martinez.
· Jennifer Murphy was the first recipient of the $2,000 Lewis Legacy scholarship given in the name of retired Blaine County Superintendent of Schools Jim Lewis.
· Candace Hennefer and Jessica Parke accepted Blaine County Farm Bureau grants. The Blaine County 4-H Leadership Council gave its $500 scholarships to Wacey Barg and Trevor Peck.
· Todd Peck, Tyler Willis, Dillon Simpson, Tyler Chavez and Wacey Barg collected $500 Building Contractors Association's Gregg Stowe scholarships. The $1,000 Upper Big Wood Grange grant went to Wacey Barg as well.
· Amy Ellsworth earned the Sun Valley Center's Gay Weake Scholarship, a $2,000 grant renewable through college.
· Blaine County Soil Conservation District scholarships in amounts ranging from $75 to $350 were presented to Amy Ellsworth, Jessica Parke, Brett Adamson, Candace Hennefer, Jennifer Murphy and Wacey Barg.
· Brad Peck received The Eye Center $500 scholarship for a student entering the medical field. Jessica Parke earned the $400 Idaho State School Board Association scholarship. Brett Adamson accepted the $500 Magic Valley Dairy Days grant.
Peck is Trig-Star champion
The Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors recently announced results for the State Champion of the 2010 Trig-Star competition that was held this past winter across Idaho.
Carey graduating senior Brad Peck outscored 79 competitors from across the state.
Students from Camas County High School of Fairfield, Carey, Deary High School, Lewiston High School, Orofino High School and Timberline High School of Boise competed for local prizes at their respective locations.
The winner at each high school was entered into the state competition based on accuracy and time. Brad scored a 90 percent with a time of just under 39 minutes in the one-hour competition. Brad is the son of John and Heidi Peck of Carey. Brad will be pursuing a medical career after college.
Brad was awarded local prizes by the Big Wood Section of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors, including prizes from area businesses for his win at the Carey High School Competition.
For his state title, Brad was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors along with a scientific trig function calculator from Monsen Engineering Supplies of Salt Lake City. He will also compete in the second level of testing for the national competition.
Other class awards, honors
The new National Honor Society inductees were Charles Rivera, Kelly Patterson, Darby Northcott, Taylor Castle and Micaela Adamson.
Principal Peck gave chocolate bars to two students who achieved perfect attendance in 2009-10. They were Calvin Andrews and Francisco Gamino.
The principal also saluted sophomore Darby Northcott. Darby hasn't missed a day of school since 2001—10 years of showing up to school each day.
New Student Body officers for the 2010-11 year were revealed at Thursday's program.
The incoming president is Blair Peck, succeeding Brad Peck. New vice president is Charles Rivera, replacing Blair Peck. New secretary is Jaide Parke, replacing Danielle Hennefer. And the new treasurer is Shane Bingham.
Amy Ellsworth received the Cecil B. Smith Art Award as the outstanding art student for 2009-10. It was given for the 21st time for art excellence. McKayla Mecham also earned an award for most popular art.
Science Student of the Year award winner for a second year, meaning she was tops in physics and chemistry, was Jessica Parke.
Andres Garcia attended the Hispanic Youth Symposium in Sun Valley. Amy Ellsworth and Brad Peck were recognized by KMVT and KTVB television as Distinguished Students.
Carey junior Blair Peck was one of 10 finalists in the 2010 Interscholastic Star Student Recognition Scholarship conducted through the Idaho High School Activities Association and United Dairymen of Idaho. He will receive $500 on the condition that he attend college.
Music award winners were Jessica Parke (4 years), Amy Ellsworth (3 years), Brad Peck (2 years) plus Lynn Mecham and Angela Ellsworth as "outstanding vocalists."
Drama awards voted by the students themselves were given in the traditional categories: Best actor and actress—Brad Peck and Jessica Parke. Best supporting actors and actress—Trevor Peck, Shane Bingham and Candace Hennefer. Rookie awards—Austin Hennefer and Micaela Adamson. Best technician—Jared Koudelka.
Next year's Drama Club president is Lynn Mecham. The dedication for this year's yearbook was made to teachers Hal Bingham and Lee Pace.
Carey School's ninth-year Construction Academy started building houses in 2001—and this year, for the second time, presented its award of a stiletto hammer and bag. This year's award went to Wacey Barg.
Carey School also announced recipients of its track and field awards and other sports honors for 2009-10.
Track coaches Lane Kirkland, Lee Cook and Liz Young gave out certificates of participation and letters to members of their teams.
Receiving plaques as the top four point-getters on the girls' track team were Micaela Adamson, Taylor Whitby, Nicky Gomez and Angelica Zarate. Earning the high-point boys' awards for 2010 were Joe Laidlaw, Jacy Baird, Dillon Simpson and Gonzalo Zarate.
Four athletes were named as 2010 Carey Hall of Fame athletes for doing three events for four straight years. They were Amy Ellsworth, Jessica Parke, Brad Peck and Brett Adamson. They'll have their names on a perpetual plaque at the school.
Next year's Panther cheerleaders are Nicky Gomez (mascot), Erika Zarate, Angelica Zarate, Aimee Rodriguez, Morgan Parke, Bryson VanEvery, Quinton Adams and Eric Adamson.
Mike and Renee Adamson were honored by the Carey Athletic Association as the Panther Boosters of the Year. They receive free admission to next year's home games for the Carey Panthers.
New CAA president is Caleb Cenarrusa, replacing Todd Peck.