Baccalaureate services held Sunday night kicked off graduation week for 162 area high school seniors.
Booneville High School has 113 students eligible to graduate at Bearcat Stadium at 8 p.m. Thursday; J.D. Leftwich High School in Magazine has another 49 eligible to walk at Diamondback Arena Friday night at 7 p.m.
Class Night festivities were scheduled in Booneville last night (Tuesday) at which time a record number of scholarship potential was due to be announced. Scholarship awards for Magazine students are announced during commencement.
That’s understandable, since both schools also report a record number of honor graduates. There were 25 who met the criteria in Booneville and 20 in Magazine. The most in the previous decade was 17 in Booneville and 14 in Magazine, both in 2011.
Booneville had two National Merit Semifinalists in Kyle Jones and Joe Robbins. Robbins was later named a National Merit Scholar. Robbins has since earned the Hendrix College National Merit Scholarship valued at $48,000 for four years.
In Magazine Hanna Curtis was a National Merit Finalist as well.
Both schools boast also four Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship recipients. The criteria for the award is a 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, coupled with a 3.50 grade point average.
Receiving the award in Booneville are Jacob Lear, Caleb Denton, Jones and Robbins. J.D. Leftwich recipients are Curtis, Beth Forst, Luke Haller and Kenneth Riddle. Lear is one of Booneville’s two salutatorians. Curtis and Haller are two of Magazine’s three valedictorians and Forst is one of its two salutatorians.
The scholarships are worth up to $10,000 per year for four years to pay for tuition, mandatory fees, room and board.
Additionally, Kenna Reagan, Booneville’s valedictorian, has received a Governor’s Scholarship that is worth $4,000 per year for four years.
Of the combined 45 honor students, which represents about 28 percent of those graduating, two in three are girls. In Booneville there are 15 girls and 10 boys who are honor students; in Magazine there are 15 girls and five boys.
Both schools also boast a set of twin honor students — Lauren and Leah Lloyd in Booneville and Jacob and Joshua Weaver in Magazine.