Fort Gibson honors top scholars
April 5 – Fort Gibson High School brings back a tradition of honoring top seniors.
The Red and White Scholars’ Banquet, a tradition that began in 2017, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Indian Capital Technology Center.
“This is an opportunity for us to honor the best scholars in the school system,” said Fort Gibson Superintendent Scott Farmer. “The high bar has been set, and we are thrilled with the number of seniors who have reached it.”
This year there are 16 Red Scholars. To be a Red Scholar, a student must have a 4.01 GPA or better and 25 or better on the ACT.
RED STUDENTS: Cayden Cooper, Grant Edwards, Zachary Hardy, Katie Hill, Mason Hopfer, Lane Howard, Elijah Johnston, Payden Kilgore, Sinjin Lowery, Kiercy Maxey, Landri Moydell, Joseph Neves, Sydney Taylor, Sydney Terry, Cody Walkingstick, Kamren Haws .
There are 22 white scholars. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 and score a 22 or higher on the ACT.
WHITE STUDENTS: Hagan Baccus, Garrett Abel, Jaxon Blunt, Hunter Bridges, Ethan Briggs, Kaitlyn Cerda Ortiz, Cade Clayton, Blane Cooper, Klaire Downey, Melody Evans, Eli Fillman, Aidin Floyd, Carson Garrett, Hannah Harrison, Jordan Hayes, James Kemble, Logan Milligan, Gentri Novotny, Aurora Peterson, Turner Pruitt, Lydia Schultz, Maycee Young.
Fort Gibson Teacher of the Year, Felicia Wallace of Middle Elementary School, will be honored, along with Site Teachers of the Year.
Scholars will honor their own influential professors, Farmer said. Each scholar must make a presentation to a special teacher.
Former TV presenter Sara Forhetz, a 2000 Fort Gibson graduate, will speak at Thursday’s banquet. The Springfield, Missouri resident is a speaker and Bible teacher. She spoke at the first banquet of the Red and White Scholars in 2017.
The banquet was discontinued in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.
High school principal Ben Pemberton said he was delighted “to once again have the opportunity to honor our students at a formal banquet.”
“It’s one of the highest honors we can bestow on our graduates,” he said. “I think having a banquet honors their achievement.”