Sweetwater High's Mickenzie Brownlow Selected for Terry Foundation Scholarship

Born of a desire of Howard and Nancy Terry to help young people to help themselves, The Terry Foundation's goal is to improve and develop the State of Texas by assisting Texas students to attend the state's finest public universities. The Foundation hopes that these students will have a significant impact on the future leadership of the state and nation. To achieve this goal, the Foundation awards scholarships to students who meet the high standards set by the Founders, Howard and Nancy Terry.       
 
A longtime resident of Houston, Howard Terry had been active for many years in banking, construction, real estate and oil and gas. With profound business success over the decades and their family's needs met, the Terrys developed a growing desire to give back to the community and, specifically, to help young people to reach their goals in higher education.

In 2011, the first year as a Terry Foundation school, Texas Tech welcomed 18 Terry Scholars. Those students started the Terry Scholar student organization at Texas Tech, including a Leadership Speaker Series. The next year we added 20 to the number. To date there over 175 current Terry Scholars at Texas Tech University. Program growth like this is unprecedented in the program’s 25 year history. The caliber of student applying at Texas Tech is outstanding. Texas Tech is thrilled to be a part of the Terry Family.
 
THE PROCESS
When students apply to the university, their applications are process through a matrix to look for the three pillars of a Terry Scholar: high leadership, high scholarship, and high financial need. There is a committee at Texas Tech, led by the Terry Coordinator,  who reviews the applications and submit a select few to the foundation for an in person interview. This year there were over 700 applications for 60 interview spots and only 28 Terry Scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen at Texas Tech.
 
THE SCHOLARSHIP
The Scholarship is a “last dollar” scholarship so that each scholar is awarded the cost of attendance. In addition, the foundation has graciously added an additional semester of funding to be used towards study abroad programs. For Terry Scholars attending Texas Tech, this means that their scholarship award will be worth well over $100,000 over the course of 4 years.
 
THE PROGRAM
The Terry Foundation Scholarship is more than a scholarship; it's a program. The program is designed to encourage students success and retention. With a dedicated program coordinator and a host of resources at the disposal of the scholars, success is highly anticipated.

THE SCHOLARS:

Welcome to the incoming class of 2016 Terry Scholars.

Scout Blosser, Lubbock
Mickenzie Brownlow, Sweetwater
David Chavez, Dumas
Megan Crawford, San Angelo
Angel Cruz, Dallas
Carli Diver, Lytle
Ryan Earp, Florence
Molly Elkins, Houston
Bekah Havens, Mexia
Callie Hawkins, Canyon
Sarah Huerta, Irving
Kaleigh Jackson, Fate
Ran Johnston, Shallowater
Rebekah Lackey, Panhandle
Araceli  Martinez, Dallas
Laura Montoya, Plainview
Eric Moore, Katy
Natalie Payne, Sanger
Nicolas Rivera, Gruver
Rafe Royall, Garden City
Parker Sarchet, Anton
Chandler Sarchet, Anton
Ryan Senger, Comanche
Albert Valadez, El Paso
Osvaldo Vasquez, Texas City
Christine Vu, Garland
Carson Faith Wienecke, Lampasas
Savanna Wilson, Graham

 
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Ashley Parker Awarded the Prestigious Michael & Susan Dell Scholarship

The Michael and Susan Dell Scholarship is a very competitive program that awards $20,000.00 college scholarships to students. Sweetwater High School is proud to announce that Ashley Parker has been selected to receive this prestigious honor.  She will receive $20,000 plus her college textbooks and a new Dell computer.  Ashley will be a Texas Tech Red Raider this fall. Congratulations Ashley!

Sweetwater High School UIL Academic Team Does Outstanding Job at District

Sweetwater High School UIL Academic Results -

16 SHS students qualified for regionals yesterday at the district meet and will advance in UIL competition.

Number sense: Jacob Coppedge - 3rd individual

Calculator: 1st as a team
Annalise Espinosa - 1st individual
Christa Martin - 2nd individual
Christian Borders
Jacob Coppedge

Literary Criticism: 1st as a team
Caroline Beaty - 1st individual
Sidney Timmer - 2nd individual
Carson Brownlow - 4th individual

Science: 1st as a team
Daniel Pena - 1st in chemistry & 1st in biology
Jonathan Cox - 4th individual
Trenton Hicks
Raymond Delgado

Spelling: 1st as a team
Lizzie Gray - 2nd individual
Gabriel Leija - 3rd individual
Kara Lehnert - 5th individual
Emily Matthews

News Writing: Bella Pena 3rd individual


Others that placed at District competition:

Poetry: Alicia Hernandez 6th individual

Ready writing: Zoe Fuqua 4th individual

Feature writing: Cassie Griffith 6th individual

Social studies: Kaci Webb 4th individual

Headline writing: Sara Hernandez 5th individual
                            Keygan Valdez 6th individual

Keegan Von Atzigen Receives "Best of Show" at Nolan County - City Library

Sweetwater High School Art student Keegan Von Atzigen recently received Best of Show at the County-City Library with the West Texas Art Guild hosting. Also receiving awards were Michael Garcia, Abby Lynch, Aaron Romero and Shy-ann Patterson. The show will be on view throughout the month of April.

Sweetwater High & Texas State Technical College to Expand Course Offerings

Sweetwater High School (SHS) announced today that for the fall 2016 semester students will have the ability to enroll in eight career pathways through Texas State Technical College (TSTC). Career pathways are specialized courses offered in sequence that lead to a career certificate and align to Associate of Applied Science degrees. Pathways offered include: Automotive Maintenance, Digital Media, Culinary Arts, Robotics, Environmental Technology, Health Information Technology, Structural Welding and Wind Energy.

The partnership between the high school and TSTC has expanded to provide new and challenging dual enrollment courses.  Students report that they are excited about the new Wind Energy, Robotics, Culinary Arts, and Digital Media programs.

Additionally, the school district is preparing for the May Bond Election which could further the partnership between the two schools.  If approved by voters, the high school will add a new vocational and technical educational building to the campus.  "Our goal is to work with TSTC to help design the Vo Tech classrooms so they can support rigorous  instruction from TSTC and high school teachers," said SHS Principal Ronald Morris.  "We want to use this opportunity to create an environment so students know that their Vo Tech classes are dual enrollment courses that support earning a career certificate."

In addition, SHS maintains academic partnerships with Western Texas College and Angelo State University for students to take academic dual enrollment courses where students earn high school and college credit for university level classes.  The average dual credit student at SHS earns 24 college credits while in high school and students have an opportunity to earn up to 36 college credits.  The school is expanding course offerings and developing new partnerships to support its vision to become the premier school in the Big Country.

Sweetwater High Students Receive Superior Ratings at Abilene VASE Event

Sweetwater High School Art students participated in the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) at Abilene Wylie this past Saturday.  All of these students received Superior ratings from the judges at the event. Pictured are Aaron Romero, Keegan Von Atzigen, Lizzy Hendrix, Zoe Fuqua, Megan Davis, Jasmine Martinez, Abby Lynch and Shy-Ann Patterson.