EPC Class of 2008 graduates

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
EPC honor graduate Keith Chisem (center) poses for a photo at Friday night's graduation with sophomore Kelli Saddler and 2007 EPC Alumni Ross Harston. The class earned scholarships totaling over $275,000. (Tribune photo / Marissa Holiman)

Thrilled EPC seniors stepped onto the East Poinsett County High School football field as students for the last time Friday night. The teens officially graduated with ceremonies of pomp and circumstance.

Class valedictorian was Matt Smith and salutatorian was Stephanie Steakly. Honor graduates were Sabrina Benton, Ashton Smith, Cara Pilgrim, Candace Dorris, Kimberly Harston, Amber Sides, Brett Hardin, Mark Medina, Jackaa Cypress, Jordan Driver, Meredith Ruiz, Tye Shempert, Keith Chisem and Kelsey Story.

The EPC Class of 2008 received total scholarships valued at $276,480. Those receiving scholarships are as follows:

Michael Medina - $2,500 two year Crowder College CAMP Scholarship.

Ashton Smith - $500 Billy Powell Memorial Local Scholarship, $1,000 Opastco Scholarship and $3,850 MidSouth Community College Academic Scholarship. Total two year value - $5,350.

Brett Hardin - $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Jackaa Cypress - $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Kelsey Story - $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Candace Dorris - $350 Pepsi America Local Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $12,100.

Keith Chisem $500 Byler Memorial Local Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $12,250.

Kimberly Harston - $1,680 Arkansas Northeastern College Technical Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $13,430.

Tye Shempert - $1,680 Arkansas Northeastern College Technical Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $13,430.

Meredith Ruiz - $3,850 MidSouth Community College Principal's Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $15,600.

Cara Pilgrim - $350 Coca-Cola School Spirit Local Scholarship, $3,600 Arkansas Northeastern College Academic Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $15,700.

Amber Sides - $4,020 East Arkansas Community College Academic Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $15,770.

Stephanie Steakley - $500 John Henderson Memorial Local Scholarship, $3,600 Arkansas Northeastern College Academic Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $15,850.

Sabrina Benton - $1,000 First Delta Bank Community Lender Scholarship, $3,600 Arkansas Northeastern College Academic Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $16,350.

Jordan Driver - $300 Jewel Minnis Scholarship, $350 7-UP/RC Cola Local Scholarship, $1,000 Paul Driver, Jr., Memorial Scholarship, $4,000 Univ. of Arkansas-Monticello Leadership Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Total four year value - $17,400.

Mark Medina - $500, Bindursky Memorial Local Scholarship, $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, $24,000 Lyon College Dean's Scholarship. Total four year value - $36,250

Matt Smith - $11,750 four year Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, $37,500 Arkansas State University Chancellor's Scholarship. Total four year value - $49,250

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