Apache Junction High School Principal Dr. Chris Lineberry turned and looked at the two-dozen-plus students sitting on the stage of the Performing Arts Center.
“I couldn’t be more proud of you,” he said.
Dr. Lineberry had good reason to be proud. For a little more than an hour at the May 10 senior awards night, Apache Junction had recognized 18 seniors who earned a cumulative weighted grade point average of 4.0 or higher and announced $1.58 million in scholarships.
“What a great night,” Dr. Lineberry said.
Seniors with a weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher are: Mckayla Adams, Jessica Bautista Jose, Nicklas Bayer, Katelyn Beazley, Brianna Bogart, SeAnna Brennan, Chloe Collins, Kylee Demauro, Daylee Imus, Drake Kelley, Chloe Krueger, Melvin Lopez, Hunter Mayes, Hannah Molino, Ainsley Pape, Anthony Peters, Lizbeth Rodriguez, Hailey Tomczyk.
The scholarships awarded, the amount given to each student and the recipients:
- Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, $1,000: Katelyn Beazley, SeAnna Brennan
- American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 27, $1,500: Brianna Bogart, Savanna Orrantia, Ainsley Pape
- Dr. Barry Sutter, $500: Nathan Munoz
- Elks Lodge, $2,000: Katelyn Beazley, Chloe Collins
- Elks Lodge, $1,000: Savana Orrantia
- Lost Dutchman Marathon, $2,000: Hannah Molino, Nathan Munoz, Savana Orrantia
- MediaCom World Class, $1,000: Brianna Bogart
- Madalyn Rollins/Telephone Pioneers, $1,000: Katelyn Beazley, Brianna Bogart, SeAnna Brennan, Chloe Collins, Chloe Krueger, Hannah Molino, Savana Orrantia, Ainsley Pape, Jorja Schuster, MacKenzie Vandekrol
- Moose Lodge, $1,000: SeAnna Brennan, Chloe Collins, Nathan Munoz, Savana Orrantia, Ainsley Pape
- Otto & Edna Neely Foundation, $3,000 scholarship renewable for four years: Nathan Munoz
- Power of One, $650: SeAnna Brennan
- Patricia Mortensen POE: Hannah Molino
- Pinal County Federal Credit Union, $500: Jorja Schuster
- Prospector Booster Club Burgess & Baker Scholarship, $500: Kylee Demauro, Ethan Knox, Isabelle Yakel
- Resolution Copper: Hannah Molino, $3,000, Ainsley Pape, $1,000.
- Roadhaven Resort Church, $300 book allowance: Chloe Collins, Hannah Molino, Savana Orrantia.
- Sierra Del Saguaro Association Scholarship: Hannah Molino, $1,000, Savana Orrantia, $500.
- Superstition Mountain Rotary, $2,000: Megan Ash, Katelyn Beazley, Brianna Bogart, Chloe Krueger, Savana Orrantia.
- Central Arizona College, $2,100 tuition, renewable: McKayla Adams, Meghan Bartley, Jessica Bautista, Nicklas Bayer, Katelyn Beazley, Brianna Bogart, SeAnna Brennan, Chloe Collins, Kylee Demauro, Drake Kelley, Chloe Krueger, Melvin Lopez, Hunter Mayes, Derek Miller, Hannah Molino, Ainsley Pape, Anthony Peters, Lizabeth Rodriguez, Hailey Tomczyk, Brooke Wine.
- Arizona State University, Presidential Scholarship, $10,000 renewable: Nicklas Bayer, Brianna Bogart, Chloe Collins, Kylee Demauro, Lizbeth Rodriguez.
- ASU Provost Scholarship, $7,000 renewable: Jordan Barraza, Laila Brady, Daylee Imus, Chloe Krueger, Ainsley Pape.
- ASU Dean Scholarship, $5,000 renewable: Meghan Bartley, Katriel Hamilton, Angelica Lopez Peralta, Victor Lujan, Ava Scalmato, Jorja Schuster, Kaylee Smith, Alondra Urias Miramontes, Kelsye Vivanco.
- ASU University Scholarship, $2,000 renewable: Megan Ash, Matthew Ej De Guzman, Nathan Munoz.
- Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Scholarship, $10,650 renewable: Brianna Bogart, Katriel Hamilton.
- NAU President Scholarship, $8,000 renewable: Meghan Bartley, Nicklas Bayer, Laila Brady, Kylee Demauro, Justis Marciano, Tatum Schuh, Jorja Schuster, Alondra Urias Miramontes.
- NAU Dean Scholarship, $5,000 renewable: Megan Ash, Diana Delgado, Oshyn Jordan, Raven Slay, Kaylee Smith, MacKenzie Vandekrol.
- Grand Canyon University President Scholarship, $8,400 renewable: Hunter Mayes, Sarah Nieman, Ainsley Pape.
- GCU Dean Scholarship, $6,400 renewable: Savana Orrantia.
- University of Arizona Wildcat Excellence, $8,000 renewable: Anthony Peters.
- UA Wildcat Excellence, $5,000 renewable: Katriel Hamilton, Melvin Lopez.
- Wildcat Recognition, $2,000 renewable: Eva Bywater.
Editor’s note: Scott Bordow is the director of communications and community engagement for Apache Junction Unified School District.