BHS Class of 2018 representatives recognized at UT Tyler Top 10 Percent luncheon event


A total of 17 students representing Bullard High School’s Class of 2018 were recently invited to be the guests of honor at a luncheon event recognizing Top 10 Percent seniors from around the area, held Tuesday, Oct. 10, on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler.

“We are very proud of this year’s top 10 percent of the senior class,” said Laura Hunter, BHS counselor. “They have worked so hard to get here and we are thankful for the recognition they have received from UT Tyler. We look forward to seeing where the future takes them.”

Members of the BHS Class of 2018 Top 10 Percent, alphabetically, include Maddie Grace Beam, daughter of Sara and Bradley Beam; Lillian Bloxom, daughter of James and Sarah Bloxom; Reagan Brasher, daughter of David and Kimberly Brasher; Faith Crist, daughter of Heather and Chip Crist; Lawrence DeVera, son of Cedar and Linda Vanderpot; Abigail Denman, daughter of Angie and Keith Denman; Brandon Duecker, son of Leslie Duecker; Levi Erhman, son of Andrew and Michelle Erhman; Nicole Jones, daughter of Angela Stinson; Katy Kuczkowski, daughter of Kristen and Peter Kuczkowski; Megan McCoy, daughter of Jay and Christi McCoy; Ethan Medley, son of Jane and Jeremy Medley; Macy Riley, daughter of Michelle and Michael Riley; Emeline Smith, daughter of Nathan and Rebecca Smith; Sadie Spencer, daughter of Keri Sims; Jarrett Whatley, daughter of Jeanna and Brian Whatley; and Conner White, son of Kerry and Tisha White.

At the event, the top 10 percent representatives of schools from around the East Texas area, as well as parents attending, enjoyed a luncheon catered by Traditions, while hearing from Dr. Michael Tidwell, who was appointed as the university’s president by University of Texas System Board of Regents in January, who spoke about the various opportunities for incoming students at UT Tyler, as well about how the school is becoming more competitive with scholarships and recruitment.

Students also heard about the various scholarships and their requirements for UT Tyler representatives, including the Distinguished Scholarship for students ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, as well as the Salutatorian Scholarship, coving full tuition and fees; Valedictorian Scholarship, covering full tuition, fees, books, and room and board; the Academic Excellence Scholarship, in the amount of $4,000; the Patriot Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000; and the Presidential Fellow scholarship, covering full tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Top 10 percent representatives were also invited to attend one of UT Tyler’s upcoming preview days, including the Fall Patriot Preview Day, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and the Spring Patriot Preview Day, to be held 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018.

One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at The University of Texas at Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 10,000 high-ability students.

The University of Texas at Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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