ALTHOUGH SEATS WERE EMPTY in the Cairo High School auditorium, Honor’s Night still served as a special recognition event for award and scholarship recipients in this year’s graduating class. They weren’t there in person, but seniors were able to watch with their families as the ceremony was streamed live on the internet.
Cairo High School recognized their top seniors with a traditional Honor’s Night ceremony Thursday, although it was held in a nontraditional manner in the age of coronavirus. The virtual event took place in the high school auditorium, as usual, but the 980-seat venue was all but empty with only school system officials on hand to make the announcements. Families and the general public were able to watch the proceedings live on Facebook as they happened.
Remarks by Cairo High School Principal Chris Lokey opened the evening, which continued with announcements of academic and scholarship award recipients in the Class of 2020.
Eli Pyrz was named Valedictorian and Zoe Prince Salutatorian as the number one and number two of 53 honor graduates.
Honor graduates have a weighted grade point average of at least 6.0 and a nonweighted G.P.A. of 3.5 or better for their entire four years as a high school student.
Honor graduates are James Thomas Andrews; Russell Charles Bedingfield; Oscar Dylan Bivins; Kendall Taylor Boyd; Kaylie Elizabeth Boyett; Prospero Castellanos; Cameron Bailey Cooper; Devlin Duvenhage; Kathleen Elizabeth Faircloth; Taylor Grace Faircloth; Ella Noelle Folsom; Garrett Michael Gainous; Jason Thomas Gayle; Hannah Jo Claire Gibson; Lauren Grace Gilliard; Amaya Zeyonna Gordon; Travis Leshon Gordon; Carley Faith Griffin; Elizabeth Ruby Groh; Ja’Nylah J’Kimbrya ShaiQue’ Harper; Claley Cheyenne Harrell; William Truett Hendrix; Yasmyn J’Quelle Hopkins; Callie Rea Lauder; Abgail Pedro Lopez; Erika Fabiola Lopez; Mahogony Michelle Mango; Makayla Lynne Mobley; Kamen Earl Moore; Dianna Hernandez Pacheco; Erin Alyssa Pearce; Robert Matthew Peters; Riley James Ponder; Anna Christine Roberts; James Cecil Rodden; Brianna Marie Ruby; Jada Simone Sanders; Hailey Blaise Snipes; John Griffin Stalvey; Hayes Robert Stills; Emma Delayne Strickland; Zenee’ Elisia Theophille; Perla Marcelo Tiburcio; Faith Alleia Tise; Macy Lynn Usery; Guadalupe Vazquez-Martinez; Gabriel Cade Watson; Caleb Lee White; Annabel Lee Whitehead; Cathren Elizabeth Whitley; and Kennedy Grace Womble.
Seniors honored for their achievements in specific courses were also singled out for recognition.
Kendall Taylor Boyd – math award; Kaylie Elizabeth Boyett – information technology award and NJROTC award; Maurice LeMont Chin – construction award; Christian Tanner Cook – automotive services award; Emilee Lynn Ezell – chorus award; Lauren Grace Gilliard – early childhood education award; Amaya Zeyonna Gordon – business education award; Kentravian JaQuez Hardy – metals award; William Truett Hendrix – band award; Shemar Desean Jones – healthcare science award; Callie Rea Lauder – culinary arts award; Erin Alyssa Pearce – agricultural education award; Robert Matthew Peters – boys athletics award; Zoe Rachael Prince – English award, Spanish award; Elijah Anthony Pyrz – science award; Brianna Marie Ruby – Work Based Learning award; Dezmond Jaylon Smith – art award; Perla Marcelo Tiburcio – social studies award; Faith Alleia Tise – girls athletics award; Jacqueline Jenail Walker – theatre award; and Gabriel Cade Watson – engineering drawing and design award.
Seniors who completed a series of three or four specified courses in a Career, Technical and Agricultural Education approved pathway that leads to a possible industry recognized credential are considered pathway completers, and they earn C.T.A.E. Green Honor Cords, which signify their status.
Pathway completers announced are: Damian Abrigo; Lenease Addison; Charles Allen; James Andrews; JhKari Baker; Russell Bendingfield; Bryant Bell; Oscar Bivins; Miracle Bogan; Kaylie Boyett; Skylar Burgess; Jakera Bush; Kemyra Butler; Jonathan Bynum; Jacob Carr; Hunter Carroll; J’nya Carter; Areanna Cason; Prospero Castellanos; Percy Chase; Tanner Collier; Brandon Cook; Christian Cook; Jakari Corker; Harlson Cross; Gabrielle Dailey; Caleb Davis; Shynia Davis; Mackenzie Dekle; Katlin Desherlia; Daysi Diaz Rojas; Matthew Dodson; Christopher Dollar; Joshua Donaldson; Barbarayonna Doyle; Candi Evans; Emilee Ezell; Eliseo Figueroa; Blake Franklin; Garrett Gainous; Samantha Gainous; Pierce Galvan; Haven Gammill; Juan Gancerez; Sariah Garland; Tyrek Garland; Jason Gayle; Hannah Gibson; Lauren Gilliard; Brandon Glover; Dalvin Goins; Sonia Gomez-Jimenez; Amaya Gordon; Travis Gordon; Zachary Goss; Devin Gray; Carley Griffin; Jeremiah Gurley; Christian Hale; Derricka Hardwick; I’Keria Hardy; Kentravian Hardy; Ja’Nylah Harper; Ciera Harrell; Claley Harrell; Garrett Harrison; John Harrison; William Hendrix; Anahi Hernandez Vazquez; Carlos Hernandez; Daniela Hernandez; Jennifer Hernandez; Rosa Hernandez-Gomez; Johnathan Herring; Jumar Hill; Kaliyah Hill; Christopher Hines; Mariah Hines; Yasmyn Hopkins; Kathryn Howell; Dawson Humphries; Chasity Hunter; Calvin Issac; Brandon Jackson; Faith Jarvis; Caleb Johns; De’Travious Johnson; Ke’ahja Jones; Shemar Jones; Eve Kirkland; Jordan Landrum; Donovan Larkins; Callie Lauder; Jackson Law; Abbey Lee; Brookelyn Livings; Erika Lopez; Marcos Lopez-Lopez; Marquii Lovejoy; Matthew Lowe; Jaden Luna; Mahogony Mango; Ana Marcos Marroquin; Jose Marquez; Ariel Mash; Je’Reel McGhee; Jeremy Mitchell; Kemiah Mobley; Aaliyah Moore; Kamen Moore; Emmanuel Mora; Priscila Morales; Michael Morrell; Brandon Myles; Jacquez Nixon; Wallace Odom; Anna Ortiz; Dianna Pacheco; DeAndre’ Palacios; Justin Palafox Robles; Eric Parsons; Erin Pearce; Rubi Perez-Diaz; Derrick Peters; Robert Peters; Abigayle Phillips; Andrew Phillips; Ariah Phillips; Claire Phillips; Kasey Phillips; Riley Ponder; Brandy Reagan; Savanna Reaves; Tammy Register; Federico Resendiz; Benjamin Reyes; Menfi-Leonardo Reynoso; Anna Ridley; Joshua Ridley; Chelsey Riggins; Brianna Ruby; Zackary Sadler; Christopher Sanchez; Jada Sanders; Sergio Santiago; Markethe Simpson; Markezia Simpson; Samuel Singletary; Hanna Sloan; Kobe Smart; Brianna Smith; Ronnie Smith; Hailey Snipes; Keyanna Sparrow; Kindel Spence; John Stalvey; Lynia Stewart; Ernest Taylor; Zenee’ Theophille; Sha’Deja Thomas; Ryan Thompson; Terry Thornton; Perla Tiburcio; Faith Tise; Blake Touchton; Mitzi Valdez; Guadalupe Vazquez-Martinez; Juan Velazquez-R.; Bre’una Walden; Gabriel watson; Abby Welch; Cathren Whitley; Coleman Wilcox; Alexander Williams; Sedrick Williams; Terrance Williams; Michael Windham; and Hezekiah Worthy.
Recipients of special awards are: Emma Delayne Strickland – Cecelia Wight Citizenship Award chosen by faculty and given to the student best exemplifying the qualities of good citizenship; Elijah Anthony Pyrz – Julien B. Roddenbery Scholarship given to Valedictorian, J.B. Wight Award, John Herndon Award given to male who has excelled in academics and athletics and has outstanding character, Jake Elkins Football Scholarship given to player with character, commitment and dedication on the field and in the classroom; Zoe Rachael Prince – Julien B. Roddenbery Scholarship given to salutatorian; Hayes Robert Stills – Mac Butler Memorial Scholarship given to deserving senior baseball player; Kason Gage Sellers – Jake Elkins Wrestling Scholarship – given to wrestler that reflects the character, commitment and dedication on the mat and in the classroom; John Kaleb Harrison – Philip Almon Scholarship to outstanding 4-H or FFA member with an agricultural interest with emphasis on livestock production; Blake Lamar Touchton – PaFran Farms Scholarship given to 4-H or FFA member with plans to pursue degree in an agriculture related field; John Griffin Stalvey – Becky Williamson Scholarship given to senior who best exemplifies qualities of leadership and involvement in FFA, Pepsi Bottling Co. Scholarship; Russell Charles Bedingfield – Tom K. LeGette Sr., Scholarship Award given to senior who will pursue degree in agriculture or horticulture; Erin Alyssa Pearce – Joey Maxwell Memorial FFA Scholarship Award given to deserving FFA member;Jennifer Katlynd Hernandez – One Blood Scholarship for outstanding work in health care science program; Carley Faith Griffin- One Blood Scholarship for outstanding work in health care science program; Samantha Jo Gainous – Pepsi Bottling Co. Scholarship; Jacquez Ke’Shawn Nixon – Pepsi Bottling Co. Scholarship; and Keyshawn Fonta Barron – Pepsi Bottling Co. Scholarship.
Scholarship recipients announced are: James Thomas Andrews – Adam K. Davis Scholarship; Russell Charles Bedingfield – Cairo Kiwanis Club scholarship; Kendall Taylor Boyd – Syrupmaker Band Booster Scholarship; Kaylie Elizabeth Boyett – NROTC Scholarship from the University of Maine; Areanna BriShon Janaye Cason – Washington Alumni Thelma Grant Memorial scholarship, Little Bethel AME Church Scholarship; Prospero Castellanos – Cairo Woman’s Club scholarship; Christian Tanner Cook – Trade & Industry Award 2nd place; Kathleen Elizabeth Faircloth – Fellowship of Christian Athletes scholarship, Patricia Orr Scholarship for Theatrical Literacy; Ella Noelle Folsom – Patricia Orr Scholarship for Theatrical Literacy; Garrett Michael Gainous – Johnny Hancock scholarship; Brandon Gage Glover – Art Scholarship; Amaya Zeyonna Gordon – Thomas “T.D.” David Memorial Scholarship; Carley Faith Griffin – John B. & Elizabeth Wight Scholarship, Wh & Mary P. Muggridge Scholarship, First National Bank Scholarship, Wesley P. Collins Family Scholarship; Kentravian JaQuez Hardy – Trade & Industry Award 1st place; Claley Cheyenne Harrell – Fellowship of Christian Athletes scholarship, Wh & Mary P. Muggridge Scholarship, Majorette of the Year; William Truett Hendrix – Fellowship of Christian Athletes scholarship, Cairo High School Band Spirit Scholarship, John Philip Sousa Award, Patricia Orr Scholarship for Theatrical Literacy; Yasmyn J’Quelle Hopkins – Semper Fidelis Scholarship; Chasity Janae’ Hunter – Kiwanis Morning Star Scholarship, MLK Collaborative Scholarship; Calvin Jeronica Issac – Adams, Bogan, Clarke Scholarship, W. R. Baker Scholarship, Little Bethel AME Church Scholarship, Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship; Shemar Desean Jones – Cairo High School Band Spirit Scholarship, Washington Consolidated Class of ’61 scholarship; Callie Rea Lauder – Fellowship of Christian Athletes scholarship; Abgail Pedro Lopez – Cairo High School Class of ’72 scholarship; Erika Fabiola Lopez – Southern Regional Technical College scholarship; Makayla Lynne Mobley – Syrupmaker Band Director’s Award; Kamen Earl Moore – Kevin Walden scholarship; Dianna Hernandez Pacheco – Southern Regional Technical College scholarship; Erin Alyssa Pearce – National Honor Society Scholarship; Robert Matthew Peters – John B. & Elizabeth Wight Scholarship, National Honor Society Scholarship, Carlton Gainous Scholarship, W. R. Baker Scholarship; Riley James Ponder – Whigham CC Eagle Scout Scholarship; Zoe Rachael Prince – Celia Bass Science Award; Elijah Anthony Pyrz – Grady General Ladies Auxillary Scholarship, Kaye Helms Mathematics Award, Cairo Kiwanis Club scholarship, STAR Student; Anna Christine Roberts – Joe A. David, III Music Scholarship; Brianna Ambrielle Smith – Thomas L. and Shirley J. Brown Encouragement Award; Hailey Blaise Snipes – Art Scholarhsip; Emma Delayne Strickland – Molly Elkins Joiner Memorial Scholarship; Zenee’ Elisia Theophille – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Xi Omega Chapter Scholarship, Semper Fidelis Scholarship, Washington Consolidated Class of ’70 scholarship, MLK Collaborative Scholarship; Ryan Markel Thompson – Washington Alumni Thelma Grant Memorial scholarship; Perla Marcelo Tiburcio – Art Scholarship; Faith Alleia Tise – Cairo Woman’s Club scholarship, Majorette of the Year, Washington Consolidated Class of ’70 scholarship; Macy Lynn Usery – Arion Award; Cathren Elizabeth Whitley – Harry and Eleanor Kelly Scholarship, Raconteur Scholarship; and Terrance Tereal Williams – Thomas L. and Shirley J. Brown Encouragement Award.
Paul Blough of Barnett’s Creek Baptist Church contributed technology to the evening.