Lions Club awards scholarships to seniors

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Five Trumann High School graduating seniors got a boost from the Trumann Lions Club Tuesday, April 28 as the club handed out $500 scholarships. Jonathan Witt, Lauren Turpin, Stephanie Fritz, Brandi Goza and Mark Constant received the scholarships during the annual Senior Night banquet.

About 30 seniors attended the banquet along with parents and faculty members.

"It's a pleasure for us to honor you on this occasion in your lives," said Lion Charles Stephan. "It's the end of one portion of your life and the beginning of another."

Superintendent Joe Waleszonia said the Class of 2009 has the distinction of being the last class which will be graduating from the original high school building.

The district will be moving in to the new high school building in May.

"This is a unique group and certainly something that, 30 years down the road, they will remember that they were the last ones to graduate from here," Waleszonia said. "That is an accomplishment in itself."

Class president Darwin "D.J." Adams said 55 of the 104 graduates in the Class of 2009 have been together since kindergarten.

Future class plans include entering the workforce, military service and college. Of those going on to college, 61 will attend Arkansas State University; two in Arizona and one each in Mississippi, Texas, Kansas and Florida.

"We'll have 24 students going in to the medical field, 11 in education, three in mechanics, three in electrical engineering, two in broadcasting, one in social work, four in business, two in cosmetology, two in marketing, three in information technology, one in graphic design, one in the military, one in architecture, one in construction, two welding, one in interior design, two truck driving, two law, one farming and one wildlife," Adams said.

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