Mount Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 595 recognized two Copperas Cove High School students and a House Creek Elementary School teacher with its Lamar Award for Excellence for Personal Achievement earlier this month.
The Lamar award is named after Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, a Texas hero referred to as the “Father of Education.”
Fifteen students applied for the award to receive a $1,000 scholarship for college.
‘She does not quit’
Tia French, one of the seniors who received the award, is ranked 31st out of the 462 graduating seniors at her school.
Cove High School Advanced Placement teachers Shay Adams and Erica L. Farmer nominated French for being a dedicated and motivated student who will be successful in whatever she chooses to pursue, they said.
“She does not quit until she fully understands the concepts we cover and goes out other ways to seek out extra opportunities for learning and understanding,” Farmer said in a letter.
French is in the National Honor Society, Interact Club, Thespian Club and Peer Assisted Leadership mentoring program. She has served as Literary Magazine editor and the senior class president. She plans to attend Southwestern University in Georgetown to double major in psychology and biology.
Recipient plans to attend Texas A&M
Also receiving a scholarship was senior Jonathan Davis, who ranks 17th in his class.
Teachers and coaches Pat Rox and Arthur Andrade nominated Davis. They believe he has an exceptional attitude and strives to do the best he can in and out of the classroom, they said in nomination letters.
“Mr. Davis has always conducted himself in a manner with which he brought honor to himself, his family and to CCHS,” Rox said in a letter.
Davis is in the National Honor Society, Student Council, Academic All-District, and served as Rotary treasurer and varsity tennis team captain. He plans to attend Texas A&M in College Station to study engineering.
The students received plaques along with their scholarship awards.
Mike Wilburn, chairman of the lodge’s scholarship committee, said the lodge also asked Copperas Cove Independent School District Superintendent Joseph Burns to select an educator to honor.
House Creek teacher selected
Lyndy McCulley, a third-grade teacher at House Creek Elementary, was selected and presented with a plaque and a $100 check.
McCulley is an outstanding teacher who models and exemplifies citizenship, patriotism and democratic values and beliefs daily, Burns said in his nomination.
“Not only is she a role model for students, but she is an inspiration to fellow educators, too,” he said.