Carey High School seniors and other Panther undergraduates received scholarships and academic awards during the 2011-12 Citizenship Awards Program on Tuesday night in the school auditorium.
Most of the honors went to 17 members of Carey's senior class who graduated Thursday.
Principal John Peck said the seniors had a remarkable record of accomplishments over four years including 12 state tournament trophies (three championships) and four seniors taking the Advanced Placement calculus test.
"Great students and great parental support," said Peck.
A highlight was the presentation of the Works of Grace Foundation scholarship that local philanthropists Theresa Castellano-Wood and Benjamin Wood have developed for the children of local teachers.
Since its inception in 2002, Works of Grace has granted 83 scholarships worth over $819,000 to children of local teachers, according to presenter Vicki Browne. This year's Carey graduating senior earning a $4,000 grant was Charmaine Kirkland.
Dennis and Mary Ann Hennefer gave the Austin Hennefer Memorial Scholarship to Erika Zarate, Micaela Adamson, Kelly Patterson and Charlie Rivera.
Besides the scholarships from 15 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 awards.
Citizenship Award winners in the senior class and winners of $200 scholarships derived from student body fundraisers were Micaela Adamson and Chance Chavez.
Junior class winners were McKayla Mecham and Kendrick Villavicencio. Sophomore honorees were Arrianna Neilson and Luis Garcia. Top freshmen citizens at Carey were Natalie Villanueva and Alex Durtschi.
Other scholarship winners:
- Hailey Rotary Club $1,000 scholarships went to Darby Northcott (the Dick Jones Scholarship) as well as Kelly Patterson and Chance Chavez.
- Darby Northcott and Charlie Rivera received $500 Idaho Mountain Express grants that have been provided in Blaine County for 24 years.
- The $1,000 Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary Club scholarships were given to Taylor Castle and Charlie Rivera.
- Wood River Valley chapter of Dollars for Scholars, giving grants in Blaine County for 17 years, announced five $1,000 scholarships. Recipients were Micaela Adamson, Charlie Rivera, Taylor Castle, Chance Chavez and Nicole Gomez.
Presenter Audrey Bashaw said the local program, founded in 1995, has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarship money to Blaine County students.
- Charlie Rivera won the U.S. Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete award, given at Carey for the second time.
- Taylor Castle earned the DL Evans Bank grant.
- The first Jean Todhunter Scholarship given by the Blaine County Education Foundation for $1,000 was presented to Taylor Castle.
- The Blaine County Farm Bureau $1,000 grant went to Taylor Castle. The Blaine County 4-H Leadership Council gave $500 scholarships to Darby Northcott, Kelly Patterson and Taylor Castle.
- Chance Chavez and Taylor Castle collected the Building Contractors Association's Gregg Stowe scholarships. Chance Chavez also won the Wilson-Woodyard Scholarship.
- Taylor Castle accepted the Sun Valley Board of Realtors $1,000 grant.
- Blaine County Soil Conservation District scholarships were given to Micaela Adamson and Taylor Castle.
- Erika Zarate accepted a $1,000 Hailey Medical Society scholarship.
Other class awards, honors
Principal John Peck gave chocolate bars and certificates to four students who achieved perfect attendance in 2011-12.
They were fourth-grader Calvin Andrews for a third straight year, second-grader Richaela Peck and sophomore Tori Alvarez.
The fourth recipient was graduating senior Darby Northcott, who hasn't missed a day of school since she was a first grader in 2001—12 years of showing up to school each day.
New student body officers for the 2012-13 year were revealed at Thursday's program. Advisor Liz Young presented thank-you plaques to outgoing officers and a special gift to President Micaela Adamson.
Incoming president is Glen Andrews, succeeding Adamson. New vice president is Lilly Rivera, replacing Jaide Parke. New secretary is Kylie Castle, replacing Taylor Castle. New treasurer is Ashley Durtschi.
Charmaine Kirkland (first place, plus a $50 purchase award) and Kelly Patterson (second place) received the Cecil B. Smith Art Award as the outstanding art students for 2011-12. It was given for the 23rd time for art excellence.
Valerie Olsen earned a $1,200 Sun Valley Center for the Arts grant for private art study.
Angelica Zarate attended the Hispanic Youth Symposium in Sun Valley. Taylor Castle, Charlie Rivera, Micaela Adamson and Darby Northcott were recognized by KMVT and KTVB television as Distinguished Students and Academic All-Stars.
The students selected the drama awards: Best actor/actress—Charlie Rivera and Micaela Adamson. Best supporting actor/actresses—Glen Andrews, Morgan Parke and McKayla Mecham. Rookie awards—Lilly Rivera and Dillon Cenarrusa. Technician—Kendrick Villavicencio.
Next year's Drama Club president is Morgan Parke, replacing Charlie Rivera.
The dedication for this year's yearbook was made to retiring 22-year school librarian Amy Mecham. Next year's yearbook editors are Jaide Parke and Morgan Parke, replacing Charmaine Kirkland and Kelly Patterson.
Carey School announced recipients of track and field awards and sports honors.
Track coaches Lane Kirkland, Lee Cook and Liz Young gave out certificates of participation and letters to members of their teams. They congratulated the six girls on the track team, which placed eighth at the State 1A meet, and the 15 boys who led the Panthers to fourth place in the same contest.
Receiving plaques as the top four point-getters on the girls' track team were Micaela Adamson (for the fourth year), Jaide Parke, McKayla Mecham and Daphne Kirkland.
Adamson won 14 state track and field medals out of a possible 16 and also earned $500 for being nominated as a 2011 Interscholastic Star through the Idaho High School Activities Association.
Earning the high-point boys' awards for 2012 were Charlie Rivera, Jack Cenarrusa, Dillon Cenarrusa, Christian Zarate and Luis Garcia. Rivera set a school triple jump record and won the State 1A triple jump competition.
Four athletes were named as 2012 Carey Wall of Fame athletes for doing three different sports for four straight years. They were Dillon Cenarrusa, Jack Cenarrusa, Charlie Rivera and Micaela Adamson. They'll have their names on a perpetual plaque at the school.
Next year's Panther cheerleaders are Morgan Parke, Daphne Kirkland and Hailee Johnson.
Lonny Barg was honored by the Carey Athletic Association as Panther Booster of the Year. He receives free admission to next year's home games for the Carey Panthers.
New CAA president is Jaide Parke, replacing Charlie Rivera.