Sheri Samson
The MCHS class of 2017 scholarships were awarded at a ceremony last week.

The Mineral County High School gym had quite a workout over the graduation week in Hawthorne. With the Baccalaureate and the 2017 Scholarship Awards combined this year, the achievement awards were not only accumulating scholarship money toward the awarded senior student’s futures, it also brought pride to the families and community members of well-wishers.

With an encouraging opening remark, by the Oasis Assembly of God Pastor Gibson, stating there were two T’s and two E’s that would stand out as a daily allowance in their futures – time, talents, energy and emotions, the evening was hosted by Principal Jeffrey Wales and Guidance Counselor John Gavin.

Wales shared his review as a first-year employee at Mineral County High School as being “impressed by the levels of maturity within this graduating class of students.”

Wales went on to share his wishes for their continued success and underlined the impressive fact that this was a class of Seniors which cared for their community and strived to make solid strides with each endeavor.

Many scholarships were presented by local representation from a club members and businesses. Kent Wofford, exalted ruler of the local Elks Lodge, along with Tom Gallejo’s, Elk’s Esteemed Leading Knight and Lynda Miller, whose husband once led the scholarship program as the Elk’s chairman before his passing kindly presented several cash awards along with a $200 check toward Safe Grad Nite.

Glenn Carnes from El Cap, Beth Cichowlaz representing the Cliff Cichowlaz Memorial Scholarship and Amber Torres from the Walker River Paiute Tribe were among the long list of presenters within their scope of selected scholarship winners.

Scholarship applications were submitted primarily from the 2016 fall semester on. Following the event, Counselor Gavin explained that many just needed to make the submission, while other applications involved essay’s, special interest or previous involvements to capture the scholarship funds.

Gavin explained, “You see several seniors receiving these scholarships because of academics and yet our staff begins encouraging students to take advantage of these varied funds from the beginning of the school year since there is always money available. Some scholarships just needed a student to fill out an application. It’s evident that several of this year’s students did their due diligence in filling out every opportunity they could, because their scholarship money really added up from multiple awards – that’s gonna be helpful college money for them.”

A distinguished State Millennium Scholarship was awarded to Trinity Mitchell, Alfonso Castillo-Trujillo, Alyssa Richmond, Jordin Medlock, Diego Pittman, Taylen Wachsmuth, and Peter Rowe, which granted a $10,000 scholarship over a four year period to each recipient.

Two early graduating Junior Students, Kylie Berginnis and Trinity Mitchell were on hand to accept some of the scholarships granted, as well as others who had not attended but had exceeded their graduating credits as early accomplishing students.

As the scholarships awarded ranged from $200 and up, most graduates had college plans with some starting as soon as June summer sessions. Principal Wales expressed a special thanks to Janell Carlos and Kathy Trujillo for their efforts of decorating and setting up for the event which included a program. Pastor Larry Jackson from the Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ presented the benediction, with a reception following that was sponsored by the Hawthorne chapter of the M.P.E.O. – a local Philanthropic Educational Opportunities group.