THS students honored at Chamber banquet
April 30, less commonly known as "Honesty Day" to both commemorate the inauguration of President George Washington in 1789 and to serve as a balance to April 1 or "April Fool's Day," saw some of Trumann High School's brightest being honored and humbled.
Dr. Neal Vickers, guest speaker at the 2012 Trumann Chamber of Commerce Honor Student Banquet, dished out a healthy serving of rational and sensible wisdom for the soon-to-be graduates who make up the top 10 percent in their class.
"The world will allow you to fail. So don't," Vickers said. "You all have been intrinsically motivated. It is time to learn to motivate yourself."
Vickers, a Trumann native, identified with several of the honorees and their academic achievements.
"I also won the Trumann Math Award. But when I got into college algebra do you know what I got? Ds!" Vickers said. "Don't be too proud to ask for help. In college you will find it is all about self-discipline. It is up to you."
In addition, Vickers provided some keen insight into the real world after college.
"Your first job after college is crucial," he said. "Pick a good one and surround yourself with good people. Your degree will not be your bargaining chip. Get some experience too. It will be that experience that sets you apart from all the others chasing after the same job as you. You are going to want to be the one to stand out."
Held at the Trumann Country Club, the banquet recognized the students in a brief ceremony following the speech.
The 2012 Valedictorian is Gabby Santos. The three Salutatorians for 2012 are Hanna McClung, Hunter Eaves and Ethan Baker.
Others honored were Jade Allen, Bailey Baine, Keefer Roach and Tanner Tate.
It also was announced that the recipients of the Trumann Chamber of Commerce scholarships will be announced at the Chamber Awards Day, Friday, May 11, at the high school auditorium.