DJ Chola

Cleburne High School Principal Ben Renner presents an Academic Excellence Award afghan to D.J. Chola, who was among the 132 sophomores to receive the black and gold blankets as first-time honorees. The 39th annual Academic Excellence Awards ceremony, sponsored by St. Mark United Methodist Church, involved a total of 440 CHS students, including 2021 graduates.

More than 400 Cleburne High School sophomores, juniors, seniors and members of the Class of 2021 were recognized for their achievements in the classroom at the 39th Annual Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony.

In 1982, St. Mark United Methodist Church proposed a program to recognize CHS students for their dedication to academics and designated a grade point average standard for eligibility. First time honorees were awarded an Academic Excellence pullover sweater. That was later changed to a black and gold Academic Excellence afghan, with repeat honorees receiving a certificate of achievement. 

Support for the program comes from the St. Mark congregation as well as members of the community. The recognition has also expanded to include a scholarship program; two were awarded in May of 2021 to graduates Juan Mares, who is attending The University of Texas at Arlington and Michelle Garcia, who is continuing her studies at The University of Texas.

Receiving afghans for achieving a 3.4 GPA or higher in the 2020-21 school year were sophomores: Jacob Aguilar, Ethan Ainsworth, George Alazar, Nayeli Arias, Darrien Armendariz-Lorows, Sammy Arouse, Allison Ayers, Gisella Balderson, Skyler Ballew, Boston Bicknell, Aidan Binkley, McKinnley Blake, Emma Botkin, Jada Brinkley, Katie Britt, Bryan Cary, Sophia Casteñeda, Gwyneth Cheavens, DJ Chola, Gabriel Clifford, Paige Cook, Ambri Coward, Belicia Cox, Nolan Crawford, Gazale Cruz, Erin Culwell, Paityn Davis, Emma Dudley, Jack Edmiston, Cameron Eggen, Kayla Ellsworth, Andres Escobedo, Kyle Evans, Erin Febinger, Ryan Followill, Corbin Forrester, Peyton Funderburk, Savannah Gaines, Mariela Garcia-Garcia, Caylee Garver, Cole Geltmeier, Johny Godinez, Collin Graeve, Alejandra Grijalva, Julius Guzman, Kenzie Hamilton, Ella Hardin, Sol Herrera-Reyna, Caleb Hillary, Hailey Iannone, Yair Jaramillo, Kenya Johnson, Homero Juarez, Lorelei Keils, Baylee Kelly, Cirrie Kilpatrick, Kade King, Kamree Kirkpatrick, Lea Laureles, Landry Leigh, Eddy Lopez, Abel Lowery, Benjamin Ludlow, Unique Manning, Alexandria Martin, Jorge Martinez Serbin, Jorge Martinez, Jr., Shawn Mason, Aftynne May, Zach McClure, Michael McMinn, Kelsey Meland, Evan Melton, Cheyanne Miller, Issbel Moctezuma, Kylie Montgomery, Saddler Morgan, Kade Moore, Isaac Morrow and Espn Morton.

Also, Emily Nelson, Macklin O’Leary, Siya Patel, Judit Paz, Jillian Perkins, Ethan Polasek, Viviana Ramirez, Lorena Ramos Nieves, Elton Reeves, Jose Rivera, Cesar Rivero, Alejandro Robles, Ashley Rodriguez, Mia Rodriguez, Xavier Rodriguez, Madison Rogers, Bryan Roman Sorrano, Talas Ruff, Emmanuel Salgado, Miguel Sanchez, Blayd Schawo, Logan Schroyer, Zoe Schweizer, Riley Seaba, Albert Sellers, Makenna Shields, Hannah Sian, Gavin Smith, Ivy Grace Smith, Savannah Snider, Christina Sohns, Paithen Steinbrink, Jordan Stevens, Joseph Stewart, Raegan Stone, Jentrey Sullivan, Kallie Taylor, Noah Taylor, Ashlyn Thalken, Logan Thorne, Chloe Torres, Mercedes Torres, Josue Torres-Padron, Falon Trevino, Kendra Ulrich, Michael Vacanti, Ximena Valencia, Dylan Van Slyke, Gavrielle Villareal, Javier Vivanco, Sheridan Walker, Janna West, Julia Whitehead, Marnie Williams and Nathan Williams.

From the junior class were: Angie Andersen, Shelby Awtrey, Giselle Azua, Megan Baadsgaard, Kyra Baker, Katie Barnes, Alison Bounds, Aariyah Brooks, Ashton Brown, Madison Collins, Tru Collup, Breauna Crotts, Hallie Davis, Emily Day, Kevin De Angelo, Julian Deason, Abigail Doty, Reese Easley, Isis Estrada, Ryan Evetts, Skye Ewell, Jessia Faulk, Weston Fenn, Addie Finley, Hallie Fiola, Gletsi Garcia, Karyme Garcia, Juache Gavino, Joshua Gomez, Adrian Gonzalez, Tessa Green, Melissa Griffin, Kylee Grigsby, Anthony Guadamuz, Lydia Guereca, Haley Hadley, Chrysta Hames, Cheyanne Harmon, Skyler Hermans, Melany Hernandez, Lynetta House, Kayla Hughes-Followill, Jesse Jaramillo, Chloe Johnson, Dillan Jones, Tommy Jordan, Riley King, Nazaret Kuykendall, Kyle Labo, Avery Lacroix, Paigen Lanford, Ethan Laramore, Adrienne Light, Haley Macklin, Christopher Maher, Aiden Marcozzi, Diego Mares, Emma Marion, Marlie Marshall, Jana Martinez, Morgan Marvell, Hillary McBroom, Olivia McGaughey, Emily Moore, Robert Morgan, Madi Munn, Parker Murphy and Felipe Muzquiz.

Also, Bianca O’Bryant, Marco Ortiz, Jonathan Perez, Robert Pippin, Elizabeth Preston, Travis Pritchard, Mackenzie Pruiett, Clarissa Pugh, Paul Reaves, Dakota Renick, Dayana Reyes Herrera, Alexa Roberts, Stephanie Salazar-Garay, Jessy Sanders, Angil Sebits, Matthew Slimp, Abby Smith, Haden Smith, Keillen Snider, Madison Southard, Allie Steele, Carla Summers, Kiley Tanner, Adrian Tapia, Maryn Tennison, Lilly Thomas, Zane Thomas, Brenda Torres, Kaitlyn Tucker, Courtney Ulrich, Ilen Valdez, Taylor Valerius, Samantha Vesely, Carlie Vogel, MattieLu Ward, Jacob Wenzel, Tyler Williams, Kamron Wright and Elizabeth Youngberg.

Seniors receiving recognition were: Dariana Aguilar, Jase Bailey, Baleria Balderson, Caroline Bennett, Marissa Bosher, Alyssa Bostic, Jade Boyd, Rebekah Brockett, Sienna Burciaga, Emma Burns, Chloe Calvert, Aliya Carrizales, Logan Cato, Gloria Cepeda, Rosaura Chavez, Rylie Clark, Brody Cottongame, Alyssa Cox, Rodolfo Cruz-Almazan, Jordenne Cunningham, Madison Dawson, Ana De Labra Montelongo, Carter Ellested, Rowan Eyman, Alyssa Falkingham, Ella Felkins, Elena Fojtasek, Elias Gann, John Paul Garcia, Sarai Garcia, Jerry Gaskill, Elias Gomez Mendoza, Sebastien Hammons, Samara Harman, Jacoby Hasan, Alexiah Henson, Fernando Hernandez, Camiel Hilton, Tyler Hollis, Reahan Horton, Kylee Howington, Rene Huerta, Karla Lara, Alacia Ladoux, Matthew Limon, Jimmy Lopez, Ryelyn Lott, Cooper Madison, Jose Martinez Pacheco, Briana Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Audrey McClure, Addison Moore and Pamela Moreno-Hernandez.

Also, Tammy Nguyen, David Noriega, Mariana Noriega-Nuñez, Nadia Owen, Leah Parsons, Naomi Patnode, Eduardo Pedroza Lopez, Elizabeth Peña, Esmeralda Perez Elias, Anahy Perez, Jake Piety, Jaret Piety, Courtney Rhodes, Yamily Rivera, Mariela Rodriguez, Emma Rohr, Taytum Rosette, Preston Russell, Serenity Salas, Miguel Salazar, Leslie Sanchez, Taylor Sansom, Emma Schulte, Gemma Scott, Alexis Smith, Avery Tapia, Jessica Torres, Andrew Tucker, Moises Vargas-Pacheco, Isabel Vasquez, Daniel Villegas, Kylie Ward Miller, Aubrey Whitehead, Zoe Wilson and Dylan Witte. 

More than 100 members of the CHS Class of 2021 also achieved the Academic Excellence Award recognition. They were honored in May.

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