THS seniors make graduation history

The Tidehaven High School class of 205 graduated Friday, May 28.
   Those students were the last to do so in the old gymnasium built in 1949.
   Superintendent Dr. Andrew Siegrist pointed that out during his introductory speech.
   “Over 60 years of graduates have sat right where you’re at,” he said, pointing to the students.
   “And now you’re a part of history, too.”
   Siegrist took a photo from the podium to share on Facebook, emphasizing his point.

VVHS graduates 74 Thursday night

The 2015 Van Vleck High School Senior Class

   The Van Vleck High School class of 2015 will graduate from 7:30 to 9: 30 p.m., Thursday, June 4, at Burl McKinney field.
   A total of 74 students make up the graduating class.
   This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian are Trevor Smith and Justice Brooks respectively.
   The top 10 percent students following them in order are: Claire McReynolds, Kylie Pruett, Kelly Bacon, Hanna Harvey, and Hunter Hutson.
   Over 20 students earned scholarships with local and national entities that totaled over $623,000.
   The top three earners were Estel Morales, Ryan Willy and Trevor Smith.
   Seniors chose orange-tipped white roses as their flower this year.
   Their class song is “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa.
   This year’s motto is taken from Isaiah 40:31: “They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; And they shall walk and not faint.”

Matagorda Masonic Lodge scholarship

   Matagorda Masonic Lodge No. 7 awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 13 students.
   Students receiving scholarships in 2015 are: Christian Cochran, Mason Burditt, Clay Burditt, Karson Volkmer, Dakota Bramble, Sidney Armatta, Jordan Kacko, Zachary Phillips, Taylor Janise, Kristen Harris, Cassie Culver, Colin Davis and Kellie Harris.
   Scholarship funds are raised through donations, a raffle, a grant from Texas Oilman’s Fishing Tour and a grant from the Texas Masonic Charity Fund.
   The Lodge has awarded $142,750 in scholarships to 104 recipients over the past 13 years.

BCHS to graduate 220 Friday

The 2015 Bay City high School senior class and faculty

   Over 220 students will walk across the stage during the Bay City High School Class of 2015 graduation ceremony, Friday, June 5.
   Commencement begins at 8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
   The Bay City High School graduation floor plan was revised last year to improve the graduation experience.
   Graduating seniors whose last names begin with A - K should have their guests enter and sit on the “Home” side of the stadium.
   Those seniors with last names beginning with L - Z should have their guests enter and sit on the “Visitors” side of the stadium.
   The stage will be situated at the east end, or scoreboard side, of Memorial Stadium.
   This year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian are Mackenzie Parker and Alyssa Lamberti.

Brooks: VVHS salutatorian

Justice Brooks

 The Van Vleck Salutatorian for 2015 is Justice Brooks.
   Justice is the daughter of Mark and Stacey Brooks and the granddaughter of Paul and Debie Winters and Evelyn and the late Glen Brooks.
   Brooks plans on attending Brazosport College before transferring to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to pursue her degree in radiology.
   “I want to work doing something I’m passionate about,” she said.
   Her favorite sport is powerlifting and her hobbies included riding horses and spending time with her friends.
   Science was her favorite subject and Mr. Farned her favorite teacher.
   “Mr. Farned is very helpful and a great teacher,” said Brooks.
   Though she received multiple awards throughout high school, she is most proud of being named Most Outstanding Student four years in a row.

Smith: VVHS va;edictorian

Trvor Smith

 Van Vleck High School senior Trevor Smith is the Valedictorian for the class of 2015.
   Trevor is the son of Patrick and Gena Smith and grandson of Gene and Sharon Reynolds, Bernie and Geneva Martinka, and Curtis and Sue Smith.
   Smith will attend Baylor University in Waco and major in computer science.
   When asked why he chose the university, his reason was surprising.
   “When visiting a friend there, we went to a women’s basketball game and I actually met the president of the college,” said Smith.
   Based on that experience and their conversation after the game motivated Smith to make his choice.
   Smith was a very active member of the drama department and debate teams.
   He competed at the state level nearly every time.
   “That feeling of competing on the state level with the best is the most meaningful award I could have ever achieved in school,” he said.

Lamberti: BCHS salutatorian

Alyssa Lamberti

   The Bay City High School Class of 2015 Salutatorian is Alyssa Lamberti.
   Alyssa is the daughter of Jill Lowry and Randy Lamberti and the granddaughter of Lacey and Bettye Jo Lowry.
   Lamberti will attend Texas A&M University and major in biomedical engineering.
   “I hope to work for a research company while at Texas A&M and move up the ranks after I graduate,” she said.
   “I plan on pioneering research in the field of limb reconstruction especially for our wounded warriors.”
   Lamberti participated in many extracurricular activities, such as National Honor Society, Power set, Interact, 4-H and being an assistant dance instructor for Whitney Williams Jones School of Dance.
   She was also a member of the Aristocat Dance Team all four years of high school and even was appointed captain of the team her senior year.

Parker: BCHS valedictorian

Mackenzie Parker

   Mackenzie Parker is the Valedictorian for Bay City High School’s Class of 2015.
   Mackenzie is the daughter of Steven and Vanessa Parker and the granddaughter of Frank and Shirley Parker, Sue Ann Bourke and Joe Kuepker.
   Parker plans on attending Rice University and majoring in biochemistry and cell biology.
   Not only did Parker participate in volleyball, soccer and cross-country, she pursued other extracurricular activities as well.
   “I participated in the Dungeoneers speech and debate team, competed in UIL Academics, was a member of 4H and raised rabbits,” she said.
   “I also participated in National Honor Society and POWER SET.”
   Her hobbies include running, watching movies, reading and spending time with her friends.
   “They are fun ways to let out stress and relax,” said Parker.

2015 runion to mark 107 years for Collegeport
The grand opening of Collegeport was May 25, 1909, in Hotel Collegeport (above), a two-story hotel accommodating 100 guests on the north side of Central Street,facing Tres Palacios Bay and the Collegeport pavilion

   Collegeport Day - Matagorda County’s longest-standing annual celebration - will begin at noon Saturday, May 30, at the Mopac House.
   Former residents and friends are always welcome to the annual homecoming, the last Saturday in May when the founding of Collegeport on May 25, 1908, is under the direction of the Mopac House Foundation.
   If you’re interested in sharing old photographs or any information you’d like included in this year’s slideshow, they will be scanned by contacting G.W. Franzen at
   And, don’t forget to bring a side dish and desssert to complete the meal.

Houston Texans Ccheerleaders encourage physical activity

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Houston Texan Cheerleaders were a big hit with Blessing Elementary students and staff Wednesday, May 27. Above the cheerleaders fielded questions from students, many of whom were attired in their favorite Texan player’s jersey. Outside the cheerleaders and Houston Texan staff engaged the students in several exercise events to encourage more physical activity among youngsters.


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