The 2018 AHS Senior Awards were held on Tuesday, May 22, at the Anna High School Auditorium to recognize a number of graduating seniors who made an impact on the school and community during their tenure at Anna High.

The evening ceremony saw dozens of students decorated for their outstanding academic achievements and for shining in their individual fields. Anna High School Principal Thance Springer stated that the scholarships awarded to the graduating seniors totalled out to $1.7 million this year.

Jason Ross, District Chief of Staff for Congressman Ratcliffe, was present to represent the 4th District Texas Congressman along with Commander Mark from the United States Naval Academy.

“Something is happening tonight that has never happened in Anna before,” Ross said in reference to a monumental event.

Senior Alexy Schofield — who was honored throughout the evening with a number of awards — will be attending the U.S. Air Force Academy after a special nomination from Congressman Ratcliffe and Academy acceptance. Schofield was selected to attend the Air Force Academy along with an elite group of students out of over 17,000 applicants. She also has the distinction of getting into all the major military schools in the nation — a rare event.

Schofield’s full-ride four-year scholarship will cover the entirety of her college expenses at a value of over $450,000.

“Anna High School should be extremely proud of Alexy’s achievement,” Commander Mark said. “She should make Texas proud.”

“It was a lot of hard work and really stressful, but it was really great and I’m really happy with how my high school career turned out. I don’t really have any regrets,” Schofield said of her Anna High School experience.

“She’s always been a hard worker and that’s what we’ve said as parents is ‘work hard and do your best.’ I think she has and we’re really proud of her,” said mother Becky Schofield, who attended the ceremony along with her husband.

Dozens of other seniors were honored, including the 21 senior members of the Anna High School chapter of the Beta Club. Typically the club gives a scholarship to one student member a year, but due to the increased number in graduating students, 2017-2018 Beta Officers Pamela West and Jenna Agerlid were both awarded for going above and beyond in the club and serving as outstanding student leaders in the community.

A special scholarship was handed out in honor of Abigal Kendall, an honors sophomore and band student at Anna High School who tragically lost her life in a car accident in June 2017. Her family’s generous donation will assist in the education of a local student in Kendall’s memory.

The Anna Chamber of Commerce presented a special scholarship to senior Nicole Stockton, who was one of the many students to make a number of trips to the stage that evening as numerous awards were called out.

Cassidy Turner earned the 2018 Superintendent Scholarship, while Rachel James was named Salutatorian and Katie Kemp was honored as Valedictorian. Austin Casada, Pamela West and Jacob Williams were all honored by the Anna Police Department Explorer Program, with Sergeant Redwine serving as a group representative.

Additionally, students who committed to the military were honored by all in attendance with a standing ovation.

The 21 students in the top 10 percent of their class were also recognized, including Emma Wilson, who holds the distinction of having a 99 percent grade point average over her career at Anna High School.

In addition to scholarship presentations and academic awards, cords were given out for the Beta Club, National Art Honor Society and National Honor Society, as well as the Red Cords.

The 2018 graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. in the AHS Competition Gym. Graduates must arrive at 5:30 p.m. to line up. The main doors open at 6 p.m. for public seating. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!