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Class of 2015 earns $2.2 million in scholarships

Cove Leader-Press
On Wednesday evening, members of the Copperas Cove High School class of 2015 had the chance to walk across the stage at Lea Ledger Auditorium and celebrate their individual awards in front of their parents and friends.
With graduation one week away, students were recognized for their achievements academically, athletically, and through their community service.
Miguel Timarky, principal of CCHS, told the group that the graduating class is receiving $2.2 million in scholarships to fund their education beyond high school.
“Some of these students are going off to college, some into the military, yet others will enter the work force,” Timarky said. “Plato said, ‘The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.’ I have no doubt these seniors will have an abundant and successful journey. As you will see by the awards presented tonight, these seniors are on their way to a promising future.”
Awards named Wednesday evening include, but are not limited to, AP Scholar, for students receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams; AP Scholar with distinction, for students receiving an averages score of 3.5 or higher on all exams taken, or a score of 3 or higher on all five AP exams; American Citizenship Award; Dawg and Lady Dawg of the Year; Course Awards, based on teacher selection; Letter of Commendation, recognizing outstanding performance on the preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test in 2013; Presidential Award for Education Excellence, for students earning a grade point average of 4.0 or higher, and scoring in the 85th percentile of the reading or math section of the SAT, ACT or PSAT; UIL academics, for competing at the district and/or regional levels; and UIL athletics, for seniors graduating in the top 10 percent of the class and who have also participated in athletics for all four years in high school.
Also at Wednesday night’s awards ceremony, CCISD superintendent Joe Burns officially named Ross Alexander as valedictorian of the class of 2015, with twin brother, Bryce, the class salutatorian. Both received their medals along with framed certificates designating them as the number one and number two graduates in their class.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, a brief reception was held in the auditorium lobby for students and their parents.
The CCHS graduation ceremony is one week from tonight at the Bell County Expo Center, starting at 7:30 p.m.


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