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DCHS Class of 2015 to Graduate Tonight

May 22, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Julia Little
MaKalee Ruch
Kelsey Hedge

The Commencement for the Class of 2015 at DeKalb County High School will be tonight (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. on the football field.

The program will feature remarks by the Class Valedictorian Julia Little and Class President Kelsey Hedge. Honor students will be recognized by Guidance Counselors Lori Myrick and Shelly Painter including those who have earned top rank, honors, and distinction status. The prestigious White Rose and Citizenship awards will also be presented to three outstanding members of the class. The DCHS band will perform the processional and recessional. Principal Patrick Cripps will make brief comments and present the class to Interim Director of Schools Dr. Danielle Collins, who will then award diplomas to the graduates as their names are called. The invocation and benediction will be given by FCA members Bailey Hayes and Lane Ball respectively.

A total of 184 students make up the Class of 2015 at DCHS including the following.

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Lena Santos Sosa-Ackerman, Carrie Lee Adams, Rachel Elizabeth Adcock, Shara Cate Adcock, Kevin Aldino, Raymundo Alfaro, Charles James Allen, Jennifer Rose Angaran

Rayanna Carol Baker, Austin Lane Ball, Jonathon Lance Ball, Tanisha Danielle Bandy, Tara Renee Bandy, Olivia Hope Bain-Barber, Alexis Leshae Barnwell, William Scales Barry, Justin Tyler Bass, Issac Corbin Beck, Rebecca Marie Benshoof, Troy A. Binkley, Kathryn Grace Blair, John Bailey Bly, Justin Michael Bone, Luke Collin Boss, John Tyler Bradford, Calum Micheal Braswell, Kelsey Nicole Braswell, Austin Jacobs Brown, Ricardo Allan Brown, Erin Nichole Burchfield, Leah Brooke Burchfield, Brittany Autumn Burke

Cayla Cheyanne Cantrell, David Austin Cantrell, Richard Dylan Cantrell, Caroline Caplinger, William Michael Caplinger, Erin Nichole Casselberry, Wendy Anne Cassinera, Brandon Tyler Chapman, Franco Clavel, Taylor Michael Cook, Michael Alan Coronado, Chase Crane, Loren Jane Cripps, Preston Cripps, Tiffany Culwell, Megan Lynn Cunningham, Benjamin Ty Curtis

Lenzi Dickens, Jalene Dilligard, Richard Dishman, Savannah Kate Driver,

Dakoda Eaton, Brandon Elandt, Austin Ellis, Taylor Ellis,

Michael Lee Ferguson, Corey Christopher Ferrell, Matthew Tyler Florida, Matthew Dakota Foutch,

Mackenzie Lauren Gann, Sydnie Laura Garmer, Dakota Dawn Gaskill, Josue Guadalupe Muniz Godinez, Erasmo Garcia Godinez, Dylan James Goodman, Brooke Ann Goodson, Kelley Dawn Goodwin, Joan Emiliano Gopar, Shelby Greco, Dustin Lee Griffith, Ronald Gutierrez

Aaron Jared Haggard, Natasha Ann Halcomb, Austin Clyde Hale, Haley Marie Hale, Jacob Ryan Hale, Paul Drake Harris, Clint Allen Hawker, Bailey Thomas Hayes, Samantha Blair Hayes, Kelsey Sueanna Hedge, Brady Ray Herriott, Austin Ryan Hicks, Rachel Danielle Holcomb, Nicole Anastasia Hunt

Alyssia Elizabeth Jackson, Chelsea Faith Johnson, Daniel Lynn Johnson, Eric Quinton Johnson, Justin Neal Johnson, Joseph Alan Jones, Mariah Faith Jones, Hannah Marie Judkins

Kara Paige Kanipe

Brandon Robert Leiser, Julia Ellyn Little

Idalia Alejandra Ortega Maciel, Robert Heath Maples, Jadon Shane Marlar, Kaitlyn Brooke Martin, Tayler Brooke Martin, Nathan Ray Mathis, Zackary Bryce Maxwell, Anna Marie May, Michael Anthony May, Destiney Page McCardell, Micah Brey Merriman, Sharazzia On'ya Mills, Rachel Dawn Mofield, Kenzie M'Lynn Morris, Jonathan E. Munoz, Tyler Wayne Murphy

Nathaniel Alexander Nabors

Cason Damon Oakley, Courtney Danielle Odom, Kalob O'Neal, Jacquelyn Rae Overbey

Cody Marshall Pack, Joseph David Pack, Kristyn Bailey Pack, Nicholas Shane Parsley, Aaron Scott Patterson, Allison Hope Patton, Monica Loren Pedigo, Elisabet Martinez-Perez, Shayla Kristine Pedigo, Kendall Lynn Petty, Brianna Lea Phillips, Elijah Scott Porterfield, Bethany Brooke Poss, John Logan Poss, William Henry Puckett

Jose Guadalupe Quintero

Makayla Korene Redmon, Brooke Nicole Reffue, Zachary Donald Roberts, Emily Kay Robinson, Brooke Danielle Roller, John Everette Roller, Erin Leigh Rose, Makalee Beth Ruch, Bethany May Louise Russell, Talon Russell

Heather Jewel Scott, Harlli Whyte Silcox, Grant Alexander Smelcer,IV, Oscar Joel Soto, Kamien Leshay Sparks, Taylor Jayne Stacey, Makayla Beth Starnes, Emilee Kay Stephens, Hunter Jantz Stone, Nathan Edwin Stringer

Autumn Colleen Taylor, Keira Taylor, Kathleen Nicole Thomas, Ethan James Thomason, Peyton Alexander Thompson, Jose Luis Guadalupe Tierranegra Saldivar, Austin Blayne Tittel, Lydia Danielle Trail, Charles Anthony Tramel, Daniel Alexander Trigueros, Kierra Demia Tubbs, Chase Lee Turner, Darrian Lanay Turner, Jordan Marie Turner, Mackenley Dale Turner

Nicholas Tyler Vanatta, Amanda Jane Vincent, Victoria Brooke Vincent

Cody M. Wagner, Dustin Jay Warner, Jacob Heath Washer, Caitlyn Autumn Williams, Katherine Jo Willoughby, Donald Bruce Wilson, Sirus James Wilson, Jeffrey Womack

Charles Jeffery Young, Peyton Kyle Young, and Bobby Lee Yount

Intoxicated Woman Found with Bags of Pills During Traffic Stop

May 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Michelle Renee Yarbro
Tolesha Alberta Suggs
Clinton Lane Cope
Steven Lee Gebhardt
Robert James Clay
Sheena Arlene George

A Murfreesboro woman believed to be intoxicated was found with bags of pills in her vehicle during a recent traffic stop by a county deputy.

37 year old Michelle Renee Yarbro of Murfreesboro is charged with driving under the influence, possession of a schedule III drug for resale (hydrocodone), and possession of a schedule IV drug for resale (Alprazolam). She is further cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug (Opana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond totals $11,500 and she will make a court appearance June 4. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, May 11 a deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Highway 96 (Murfreesboro Highway) and Highway 70 west due to a report of a female slumped over the steering wheel of a blue car setting on the edge of the highway. The officer stopped and spoke with the driver, Yarbro who appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant. Her speech was slurred and she was unable to stand or keep her eyes open. The officer found in the vehicle a baggie containing nineteen hydrocodone pills and a baggie with nineteen and a half Alprazolam pills all believed to be for resale. The deputy also recovered a cut off straw from the floor board and one Opana 10 milligram pill which was found on Yarbro's person.

32 year old Tolesha Alberta Suggs of Old West Point Road, Smithville is charged with simple possession of a schedule VI drug and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court June 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, May 14 a deputy stopped to conduct a welfare check on a gold Nissan Altima and spoke with Suggs who was sitting in the driver seat. After obtaining consent to search the vehicle, the officer found underneath where Suggs was sitting a small black bag which held a sandwich baggie containing .18 ounces of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. He also discovered a half empty container of Bud Lite beer and under the driver's side seat was a pipe containing residue. A computer check revealed that Suggs' drivers license were suspended by the state for medical reasons on November 7, 2013.

25 year old Clinton Lane Cope of Smith Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. He is under a $2,000 bond and will make a court appearance May 28. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, May 14 a deputy was dispatched to Midway Road due to a domestic assault. Upon arrival, Cope's mother told the officer that he had left the residence in a blue truck after forcing his girlfriend to leave with him. The deputy located the truck on Midway Road where he stopped and found both Cope and his girlfriend. Cope was bleeding from his face and neck and the girl had bruises on her arms and scratch marks on her neck. She claims that Cope got on top of her, held her down, and grabbed her by the neck , forcibly keeping her from getting away. Cope was determined to have been the primary aggressor.

41 year old Steven Lee Gebhardt of Hurricane Ridge Road, Smithville is charged with assault. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court June 4. According to Sheriff Ray, on Sunday May 17 deputies responded to a disturbance call at the Lake Motel. Upon arrival, one of the officers knocked on the door of a motel room there and identified himself. The man inside the room, Gebhardt did not come out and warned the deputy that he was armed with a gun and would shoot him if he did not leave. Gebhardt also told the other officer that he had a 25 caliber handgun. The deputies then forced their way into the room and took Gebhardt into custody.

Two people were arrested Sunday, May 17 after their Chevy Blazer was pulled over on Highway 56 north on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Robert James Clay of Big Hickory Court, Smithville is charged with DUI and reckless endangerment for having his three year old son in the automobile with him while driving intoxicated. He is further cited for driving on a suspended license and violation of the open container law.

Meanwhile the owner and passenger of the Chevy Blazer, 31 year old Sheena Arlene George of J.E. Evins Avenue, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence by allowance and reckless endangerment. She was arrested for allowing an intoxicated person to drive her vehicle. A computer check revealed that she had a previous offense on September 20, 2014. She too was charged with reckless endangerment due to the child in the vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

Bond for Clay is $3,000. George's bond is $4,500. They will make a court appearance on June 11.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 17 a deputy was dispatched to Cookeville Highway due to a report of a possible drunk driver in a black Chevy Blazer. The officer along with another deputy stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Clay. He was found to have a strong odor of alcohol on his person and his speech was slurred. An open container of whiskey was found on the floorboard of his automobile. Clay performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test. Clay was then placed under arrest and booked at the sheriff's department.

D.A.R.E. Essay Winners Awarded at DeKalb West School

May 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Sheriff Patrick Ray, DeKalb West 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Essay winners Breanna Cothern and Allison Eastes (Overall Winner), and D.A.R.E Instructor Chief Deputy Don Adamson

Fifth graders at DeKalb West School received pins and certificates during the annual D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony held Thursday.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was conducted by D.A.R.E. Instructor and Chief Deputy Don Adamson of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Each student prepares an essay during the course and those with the best essays from each class are recognized and awarded. This year's essay winners at DeKalb West School are Allison Eastes and Breanna Cothern. The fifth grade teachers are Jeanna Caplinger and Nadina Manganiello.

Eastes was the over-all winner and she read her essay during Thursday's program. In addition to the award, prizes, and recognition, Eastes gets to keep "Daren the Lion" the D.A.R.E. Mascot and she received a $50 check from Judge Bratten Cook II, presented in his absence by Matt Boss.

In addition to Sheriff Patrick Ray and Chief Deputy Adamson, others on hand for the ceremony were DeKalb West School Principal Sabrina Farler, Assistant Principal Joey Agee, Interim Director of Schools Dr. Danielle Collins, Suzanne Slager on behalf of Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, County Mayor Tim Stribling, Trustee Sean Driver, County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss and employees of the Sheriff's Department.

Farm Service Agency Presents 30 Year Length of Service Award

May 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Farm Service Agency Presents 30 Year Length of Service Award

The DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency recently presented Shawn Rice, Program Technician, with her 30 Year Length of Service Award.

Pictured from left to right: R.V. Billings, Jr (County Committee Member), Shawn Rice (Program Technician), Jack Campbell (County Committee Chairperson), Charles Brown (County Committee Member), and Donny Green (County Executive Director).

Introducing Tiger Media's first literary magazine

May 21, 2015
by: 
Donna Emmons
Mirage authors and artists - Front row (l-r): Lydia Trail/Juliette Aurora (editor), Leah Clark, Anna May, Savannah Anderson, Dakotah Cool, Madison Kemper. Middle row (l-r): Hannah Brown, Savannah Belcher, Kristena Bain, MaKayla C. Bain, Ami Patel, Jhoany Gaspar. Back row (l-r): Shea Hicks, Caleb Rowland (graphic designer), Riley "Rcade" Sexton, Megan Evans, Dev Johnson, Kyle Satcher, and Moses Hernandez. Not pictured: Jaynee Angaran, Allen Smithee, Laiza Martinez, Nowhere Man, Kelly Armour, Kupo and Olivia
Tiger Media's first literary magazine, titled Mirage

Embracing the opportunity to try something new, co-advisers Nallely Prater and Donna Emmons, along with Tiger Media staff members Lydia Trail and Caleb Rowland, chose to publish a product that would showcase student creative talent. Thus, the concept for Tiger Media's first literary magazine, titled Mirage, was conceived. Twenty-six students chose to submit their creative works of art, photography, poetry and short stories in the full-color, 44 page publication.

"This has been one of the most rewarding experiences as an adviser. Creating this magazine was a learning experience for all of us," Mrs. Prater said about her contributions to the finished product.

The work was submitted and completed over three months, and each participating student received a free copy of the magazine.

Junior Megan Evans said, “It’s awesome! It isn’t something I typically do, put my poems out there. It felt good to get published.”

"I am always willing to try something new," Mrs. Emmons said, "and the excitement surrounding this project has been infectious. I am so happy for the students to be able to reach an audience with their incredible talents, and I am honored to have been a part of this effort."

Besides athletics and the active clubs at the high school, many of the more creative students find it hard to showcase their talents because there has not been an outlet.

“I’m glad to be able to get my work out to express myself and get people to see it,” freshman Riley "Rcade" Sexton said.

Freshman Ami Patel added, "This is a good start for our school, so we can each express our individuality."

“Maybe others will submit works to publish now that they've seen we have put ourselves out there,” freshman Hannah Brown said.

A limited number of magazines are still available to purchase for $5 at DCHS through next Wednesday. Call, come by or send word to own your exclusive copy.

"The staff of Tiger Media would like to thank its sponsors. We greatly appreciate the support of Harry Lasser, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, Family Medical Center, Callie Herman with Art Revolution, and Wilson Bank & Trust," added Mrs. Emmons.

Picture Caption:

Mirage authors and artists - Twenty-six DCHS students contributed their collective creative talents to publish the first ever Tiger Media literary magazine, Mirage. Front row (l-r): Lydia Trail/Juliette Aurora (editor), Leah Clark, Anna May, Savannah Anderson, Dakotah Cool, Madison Kemper. Middle row (l-r): Hannah Brown, Savannah Belcher, Kristena Bain, MaKayla C. Bain, Ami Patel, Jhoany Gaspar. Back row (l-r): Shea Hicks, Caleb Rowland (graphic designer), Riley "Rcade" Sexton, Megan Evans, Dev Johnson, Kyle Satcher, and Moses Hernandez. Not pictured: Jaynee Angaran, Allen Smithee, Laiza Martinez, Nowhere Man, Kelly Armour, Kupo and Olivia Winter.

DCHS Recognizes Tennessee Scholars

May 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Recognizes Tennessee Scholars

The 2015 DCHS Tennessee Scholars were recognized during Monday night's Annual Awards Program at the high school

The Tennessee Scholars program encourages students to take a more rigorous and challenging course of study in high school. Students graduating as Tennessee Scholars have to maintain good academic, disciplinary, and attendance standards as well as volunteer in the community. Tennessee Scholars also choose to take rigorous courses beyond what is required to graduate. Janney & Associates CPAs generously provided the Tennessee Scholars Medals.

Ruth Woodall, Associate Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry/Tennessee Manufacturing Association, helped make the presentations.

The following students have met all requirements for the Tennessee Scholars Program.

1. ADCOCK, RACHEL
2. ADCOCK, SHARA
3. BENSHOOF, REBECCA
4. BLAIR, KATHRYN
5. BONE, JUSTIN
6. BROWN, AUSTIN
7. BURCHFIELD, LEAH
8. ELLIS, TAYLOR
9. HAYES, BAILEY
10. HEDGE, KELSEY
11. KANIPE, KARA
12. LEISER, BRANDON
13. LITTLE, JULIA,
14. MCCARDELL, DESTINEY
15. MERRIMAN, MICAH
16. MORRIS, KENZIE
17. OAKLEY, CASON
18. OVERBY, JACQUELYN
19. POSS, BETHANY
20. REFFUE, BROOKE
21. ROBERTS, ZACHARY
22. RUCH, MAKALEE
23. SCOTT, HEATHER
24. STEPHENS, EMILY
25. TRAIL, LYDIA
26. WASHER, JACOB
27. WILLOUGHBY, KATIE

County Clerk Completes Training to Become Certified Public Administrator

May 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
CTAS Training Consultant Christopher R. Payne presents County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss Certificate as Certified Public Administrator

DeKalb County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss is among county officials across the state who have earned status as a Certified Public Administrator after completing the County Officials Certificate Training Program (COCTP).

COCTP is a comprehensive training program administered by the University of Tennessee (UT) County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) in cooperation with the Tennessee County Services Association and the County Officials Association of Tennessee

The program is designed to provide specialized, technical and managerial training to elected officials and their employees in order to help them run their office more effectively. It also offers a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of county government. CTAS believes that a broader understanding of the mechanics of county government will afford COCTP graduates a better knowledge of the county as an entity, which will help them to better serve their constituency. Graduates of the COCTP will obtain a thorough understanding of county government and be designated with the title of Certified Public Administrator.

"Once participants go through the County Officials Certified Training Program and complete the process they become a certified public administrator," said Ben Rodgers, CTAS County Government Consultant. "The training gives participants a good knowledge of what it takes to be in county government and how to run offices and be involved with the county commission and all the legislative branches. After everything is said and done its eighty hours of training to become certified," he said.

"Jimmy did a great job. He is a great guy. I know they bragged on him from the training he went through. He learned a lot and I am proud of him," Rodgers added.

Participants must complete four of the
10 core classes.

Core classes include:
• Audit
• Capital Budgeting
• Debt Management
• Ethics
• Financial Issues
• Legal Issues – for each Elected Office
• Operating Budget
• Personnel
• Purchasing
• Risk Management

Once completed the individual is recognized as a Certified Public Administrator for their county.

In order to retain the designation of Certified Public Administrator, participants are required to complete 16 hours of continuing education each fiscal year to maintain their certification.

DCHS Tigerettes Eliminated from State Softball Tournament

May 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Tigerettes Season Ends at State Tournament

The DCHS Tigerettes have been eliminated from the TSSAA Class AA State GIRLS Softball Tournament after losing to South Gibson 9-0 Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro.

The Tigerettes also lost Tuesday night to Chattanooga Central 8 to 3.

South Gibson scored nine runs on nine hits and made one error. DeKalb County was held scoreless on two hits and made one error. Tyra Graham and Loren Cripps each singled.

South Gibson scored three runs in the first inning, four runs in the second, and two runs in the sixth inning.

Kayley Caplinger, the losing pitcher, gave up nine runs on nine hits through seven innings. She struck out nine and walked four.

The Tigerettes finished the season at 27-8 overall. They won championships for the regular season district, district tournament, region tournament, and sub-state before advancing to the state tournament.

In the game Tuesday night, the Tigerettes lost 8-3 to Chattanooga Central

Chattanooga Central scored eight runs on six hits and made one error. The Tigerettes scored three runs on seven hits and made three errors.

DeKalb County scored one run in the first, fifth, and seventh innings. Chattanooga Central scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the third, fourth, and sixth innings, and three runs in the seventh.

Kayley Caplinger, the losing pitcher, faced thirty one batters through seven innings. She gave up eight runs on six hits. She struck out eight and walked two.

Loren Cripps and Kayley Caplinger each belted a homerun while Dani Meadows, Katie Hall, Myranda Bailiff, Hannah Walker, and Allison Maynard each singled.

Proclamation Recognizes EMS Week

May 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Mayor Tim Stribling presents Interim EMS Director Hoyte Hale Proclamation designating May 17-23 as EMS Week. Joined by EMS Staff members Kim Johnson, Misty Green, David Hamlet and Allen Mason

A week dedicated to celebrating emergency service workers is being recognized in DeKalb County.

The community relies on emergency workers to rush to the rescue, no matter what the circumstance.

County Mayor Tim Stribling signed a proclamation Monday designating May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in DeKalb County. Interim EMS Director Hoyte Hale and other EMS staff joined County Mayor Stribling for the occasion at the ambulance service headquarters.

The proclamation is as follows:

"Whereas, Emergency Medical Services is a vital public service; and

Whereas, the members of Emergency Medical Teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

Whereas, access to quality Emergency Care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and

Whereas, the Emergency Medical Services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others; and

Whereas, the members of Emergency Medical Services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and

Whereas, it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of Emergency Medical Services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week;

Now, Therefore, I Tim Stribling, County Mayor, DeKalb County, Tennessee, in recognition of this event do hereby proclaim the week of May 17-23, 2015 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

With the theme, EMS STRONG, I encourage the community to observe this week with the appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities".

Members of the DeKalb EMS Staff in addition to Interim Director Hoyte Hale are:

Donna Melton- EMT-IV

Jonthan Rudd-EMT-P

Kristie Johnson-CCEMT-P

Tyler Grandstaff-EMT-P

David Hamlet-EMT-P

Misty Green-AEMT

Kim Johnson-EMT-P

Allen Mason-EMT-P

Trent Phipps-EMT-P

Daniel Summers-EMT-P

Becky Atnip-EMT-IV

Tim Briggs- EMT-P

Matt Melton-EMT-IV

James Allen-CCEMT-P

Jamie Parsley-EMT-IV

Stephanie Brown-EMT-P

Charles Nokes-EMT-P

Houston Austin-EMT-P

Greta Stone-EMT-P

Jamie Williams-EMT-P

John Poss-EMT-IV

Lonnie Laxton-EMT-IV

Wesley Slager-EMT-IV

Trent Hillis-AEMT

Jennifer Phillips-AEMT-IV

Jason Rice-EMT-IV

Scotty Jones-EMT-IV

Richard Underwood-AEMT

Edward Brooks-AEMT

Dick Kinsey-AEMT

Teena Allen-EMS Office Manager

Over Half Million Dollars in Scholarships Awarded at DCHS

May 19, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Charlie Young received the largest single scholarship award of $66,176 from Western Kentucky
DCHS Class of 2015 Scholarship Award Winners
DCHS Perfect Attendance Award Winners Lydia Trail and Clint Hawker. Trail had perfect attendance from 5th-12th grade. Hawker never missed a day of school from Kindergarten to 12th grade
DCHS Class of 2015 Tennessee Scholars

More than $560,000 in scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2015 at DeKalb County High School during Monday night's annual Senior Awards program.

Representatives of colleges, universities, branches of the armed services, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations made the presentations.

Charlie Young received the largest single scholarship award of $66,176 from Western Kentucky.

Clint Hawker and Lydia Trail received perfect attendance awards for not missing a day of school during their four years of high school. Hawker had perfect attendance throughout thirteen years of school from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Trail's perfect attendance spanned from the fifth grade to her senior year.

Scholarship recipients listed in alphabetical order according to last names and their award amounts are as follows:

Shara Adcock: UT Martin-Rodeo $22,096; UT Martin-Academic $6,000; American Quarter Horse Association-Horse of the Year $250; DeKalb Funeral Chapel $500; Class of 1966- $500; DeKalb County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Association- $500; DeKalb Firefighters- $500; DeKalb Soil Conservation District-$500; National High School Rodeo-$500

Rayanna Baker: DeKalb Funeral Chapel $1,000

Lance Ball: Tennessee Tech University $4,000; W. Doyle & Melford Smith Scholarship $3,000; Dual Enrollment Math-College Algebra/Pre-Calculus

Lane Ball: Tennessee Tech University $6,000

Katherine Blair: UT Chattanooga $6,000; DeKalb County PTO $250; First Bank $500;

Luke Boss: DeKalb Fire Fighters $500;

Austin Brown: DeKalb County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Association $500; DeKalb Soil Conservation District $500;

Leah Burchfield: MTSU $12,000; FCCLA $125; Jolly Angels-2 year $2,000

Michael Caplinger: Brandon Elder Scholarship 2 year $2,000; Dailey & Vincent Scholarship $2,000; UT Chattanooga $6,000;

Wendy Cassinera: Brandon Elder Scholarship 4 year $4,000; Scottish Rite $1,000;

Brandon Chapman: Smithville Rotary Vocational Award $100

Franco Clavel: DCHS Honors English IV Award

Loren Cripps: A.F. Bridges $1,000; Alan Hooper Memorial $500

Savannah Driver: UT Knoxville $24,000; Jolly Angels 1 year $1,000

Austin Ellis: Tennessee College of Applied Technology $1,000; and DCHS English IV Award

Taylor Ellis: William Snodgrass Scholarship- Association of Government Accountants $2,000; Liberty State Bank $1,000

Michael Ferguson: American Legion Boys State;

Corey Ferrell: U.S. Marines Scholar Award

Matthew Foutch: Tennessee Tech University $6,000; Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship $1,000; Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Washington Youth Tour Winner

Kelley Goodwin: DCHS Visual Art Award

Dustin Griffith: U.S. Navy Enlistment

Haley Hale: DeKalb Funeral Chapel $500

Jacob Hale: DCHS English IV Award

Bailey Hayes: Tennessee Tech University $20,000

Kelsey Hedge: Lipscomb University $44,000; Jolly Angels 2 year $2,000; Katherine Conger Memorial $500; DCHS Beta Scholarship $500; DCHS Literature Club $500; American Legion Auxiliary Girls State;

Rachel Holcomb: DeKalb Funeral Chapel $500; HOSA $100; DCHS Literature Club $500

Nichole Hunt: Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Second Place $100

Chelsea Johnson: FCCLA $125; DCHS English IV Award

Brandon Leiser: U.S. Marines Athlete Award

Julia Little: Tennessee Tech University $20,000; General Assembly Merit Scholarship: $4,000; Jolly Angels 4 year $4,000; American Legion Auxiliary Girls State; Daughters of the American Revolution-Good Citizen Award

Destiney McCardell: Southern Landscape Supply Scholarship $500; HOSA $100; U.S. Marines Scholar Award

Ale Maciel: Martin Methodist College $44,000; HOSA $100; Leadership DeKalb $500

Ana May: DCHS English IV Award

Michael May: U.S. Air Force Enlistment

Micah Merriman: Elzie & Nell McBride Memorial $500; Mentors Association Scholarship $5,000; Dailey & Vincent Scholarship $2,000; Smithville Rotary Club $750; U.S. Army Athlete Award; Presidents Volunteer Service Award

Kenzie Morris: Lucille Stewart Memorial $2,000

Jonathan Munoz: Martin Methodist College $36,000

Kalob O'Neal: DCHS Visual Art Award

Cason Oakley: Carson Newman University $40,000; American Legion Boys State

Jacquelyn Overby: DTC McAllen Foutch Memorial $8,000; U.S. Army Athlete Award

Nicholas Parsley: Southern Landscape Supply Scholarship: $500

Aaron Patterson: Cumberland University Baseball Scholarship; Lucille Stewart Memorial $2,000; Anthony Duane Trapp Memorial $1,000; Love-Cantrell Funeral Home $500;

Shayla Pedigo: Tennessee Tech University $14,000; DCHS Visual Art Award

Bethany Poss: Motlow State Community College $2,000; Daily & Vincent Scholarship $2,000; Smithville Rotary Club $750; DeKalb Firefighters $500; DeKalb Funeral Chapel $500

William Puckett: Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship $1,000

Makayla Redmon: Nell Haas Driver Scholarship $1,000

Brooke Reffue: David Wayne Alexander Memorial: $1,500; DeKalb Retired Teachers $750;

Zachary Roberts: Mentors Association Scholarship $5,000; Eddie Crips Memorial $1,000;

Brooke Roller: HOSA $100; Caney Fork Electric- 2014 Essay Contest Fourth Place $50

Makalee Ruch: UT Knoxville $24,000; Brandon Elder Scholarship 4 year $4,000; General Assembly Merit Scholarship $4,000; Smithville Rotary Math Award $100; Tennessee Governor's School for the Sciences; Woodman of the World $50

Harlli Silcox: Tennessee Tech University $4,000; Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial $1,000; AmVets $250; AmVets Auxiliary $250

Makayla Starnes: HOSA $100;

Emilee Stephens: Smithville Rotary Club $750; DeKalb Community Hospital $500

Hunter Stone: Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Scholarship $500

Charles Tramel: U.S. Marine Enlistment

Lydia Trail: Lee University Dean's Scholarship $28,000; Lee University Letitie Pate Whitehead Scholarship $2,500; Comcast $1,000; DCHS Beta Scholarship $500; Dual Enrollment Math- College Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus; Leadership DeKalb $500; U.S. Marines Athlete Award

Darrian Turner: Smithville Women's Club $250

Amanda Vincent: U.S. Army Enlistment

Jacob Washer: David Wayne Alexander Memorial $1,500; Brandon Elder Scholarship 1 year $1,000; Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial $1,000; DeKalb Community Hospital in Honor of Dr. Melvin Blevins $500; Love-Cantrell Funeral Home $500

Katie Willoughby: Sullivan University $3,750; Smithville Rotary Club $750; Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Third Place $75

Bruce Wilson: Tennessee Tech University $20,000; General Assembly Merit Scholarship $4,000; DCHS Honors English IV Award

Charlie Young: Western Kentucky $46,176; Western Kentucky $20,000; DCHS Honors English IV Award

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