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Honors Scholars

Alicia Cantrell was an award-winning captain of the Colorguard, Winterguard, and the Flag Rifle teams of Mount Vernon. In a national competition in Fort Worth, her team placed first. She was the winner of a Rotary Scholarship, an Interact Club president, and a member of the student council.  She plays the role of the Cherokee maiden, Hialeah, in the upcoming honors film.

Yezenia Cedillo was a top graduate and majorette at Pittsburg High School.  She was a member of the band, the Student Council, DECA, Interact, the Dance Club, and the cross-country team.

Chelsea Chalk was a top graduate of Daingerfield High School, and aspires to become a nurse.  She was a member of the Future Farmers of America, the NHS, and the Spanish Club.

William Fox was homeschooled in Mount Pleasant, and is in the last stages of Eagle Scout certification.  A history major, he was one of the four-main student researchers of the 2016-17 NTCC film, and played the part of the famous, last-stand Cherokee Chief Bowles.

Samantha Hammonds was a varsity cheerleader and cheer captain.  She was crowned Miss Pittsburg High School in 2015-2016, and was named “Best All Around Girl” by her peers.  She was a participant of the Interact Club, and Skills USA.

Tanner Jones is a sophomore business major who was a top 2015 graduate of Pittsburg High School.  As a Life Scout, he has been active in the Boy Scouts of America.

Rachel Jordan made state in UIL Tennis, and was active also on the Student Council, and the National Honors Society of Ore City High School. A winner of the Hatfield Scholarship, she worked as a co-cinematographer and actress in the recent film production of Honors Northeast.

Kassandra Martinez was the premiere winner of the 2016 $100 Bonnie Spencer Award for essays in history.  Her work on a preeminent Northeast Texas populist, Cyclone Davis, appears as part of the program of the upcoming NCHC meeting in Seattle.  She also presented this work at the 2016 meeting of the GPHC. Active in her church, she sings, serves and serves as a certified Sunday School Teacher.  Also certified as a cosmetologist, she served as Makeup Artist for the 2016 Honors film.

Ryan-Rose Mendoza was homeschooled in Mount Pleasant, and helped lead NTCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter to a state award for chapter yearbooks.  She is a Title V tutor at the college and has served as Unit Production Director in the 2016-17 honors film.  She also was one of the key researchers for the film, and plays the role of Jennie Due, head wife of the ill-fated Texas Cherokee Chief Bowles. She is an officer in the Student Government Association and Spanish Club.

Kason Newman is a sophomore nursing student who was a top 2015 graduate and baseball player at Pittsburg High School.

Anahi Rodriguez was a top graduate of Mount Pleasant High School who was active in UIL spelling, and an award-winner on the district and regional levels.  She was also a member of HOSA and NHS.

Anayeli Rodriguez was a top graduate of Mount Pleasant High School who participated in UIL spelling, and HOSA competitions.  She was a member of the NHS.

Alecia Spurlin is a sophomore from Winnsboro who served as Costume Director in the 2016-17 Honors Film, and played the role of Oveta Culp Hobby in the 2015 film.  She has devoted hundreds of hours to community service at  health agencies and through her church youth group, and aspires to be a pediatric nurse.

Cassidy Watkins was the 2016 Salutatorian of Daingerfield High School.  She was cited as a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen, an Ideal Student, and served as Miss Daingerfield. She was a member of NHS, UIL, the Spanish Club, and sings in her church choir.  Watkins is the Producer of the upcoming Honors film.

Leivy Zuniga was involved in UIL, the Junior Chamber Association, NHS, and FBLA at Mount Pleasant High School.  Active in community projects such as the Salvation Army, she also participated in summer of 2016 encounters of Honors Northeast with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, funded by Jerald and Mary Lou Mowery.

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This page last updated by A. Yox on 09/07/2016

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