graduating seniors at Granbury High School were the big winners of $10,000 scholarships
from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation during Senior Awards Night on May
them received the college scholarships as GEF Scholar Athletes, who were
selected not only for their involvement in GHS athletics but also for their
academic achievements. They represent a
cross-section of high school athletic teams.
Lucas Elliott, a member of
the Pirate Golf team, received the Briggs Berry Scholarship presented by Shiner
Energy and Consulting Co. president Chad Dowell and fiancé Beverly James. Elliott is the son of Ross and Maurelda
Elliott and plans to attend Sam Houston State University’ PGA golf management
A football player, Daniel Valdez was the winner of
the Tom and Susan Durant Scholarship presented by GEF president Stacy Mitchell.
He is the son of Amelia Perez and will be studying mechanical engineering at
Texas A&M University.
two students were among twenty-four Scholar Athletes vying for the scholarships. Also honored during the evening ceremony were
Morgan Arnold, Karis Beasley, Landon Gray, Jessica Gryder, Josiah Hall, Erin
Jones, Kaylee Keating, Mackensie Kindel, Makenna Martin, Hunter McKenna, Bryten
Otting, Jordan Paff, Andrew Reid, Emily Ritchmond, Sarah Spradlin, Lily
Thornton, Clay Walters, Landon Weatherly, Mike Wisely, Lauren Wood, Brady
Wright, and Zach Zagrocki.
was the recipient of the inaugural GEF Senior Achievement Award with the Danny
and Peggy Hill Scholarship presented by GEF board member Kevin Myers. In its first year, the separate program is
open to all GHS seniors nominated by a teacher of professional staff member. The GHS senior is the son of Suzanne Gil and
Paul Zagrocki and will be majoring in vocal performance at Tarleton State
nominated for the Senior Achievement Award were Morgan Arnold, Isabella Elkins,
Lucas Elliott, Reagan Hall, Ashley Joyner, Nicole Kallemeyn, Lauren Kulhanek,
Kiersten Mathis, Montana Moody, Yarit Tovar, and Daniel Valdez.
are grateful for the generous donations made by Shiner Energy, Mr. and Mrs.
Durant, and Mr. and Mrs. Hill,” commented Mitchell, who added that the scholarships
will likely continue in the coming years with further donations.
on hand to honor the seniors were foundation board members DeAnna Berry, Kelly
Garner, Lyn Goodgion, Shane Knisley, and superintendent Dr. James Largent. Also attending was Everett Berry along with
2015 scholarship winner Caroline Forrest.
in Granbury, Shiner Energy is an oil and gas acquisition and consulting company
with nearly twenty years of industry experience and is involved in ten
states. The Durants own a number of car
dealerships and are also involved in Thoroughbred horse racing, while the Hills
are owners of Classic Chevrolet in Granbury.