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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

27 RCHS Seniors to Graduate Friday

A chapter of life will close for twenty-seven Roscoe Collegiate High School Seniors as they receive their diplomas and successfully complete their high school careers in the Special Events Center on Friday evening.  Even more impressive is the fact that nineteen of them have already received their Associate’s Degree from Western Texas College in a ceremony held on May 10. 

Valedictorian of the Class of 2013 is Faith Boren, who had an overall grade average of 99.77.  She plans to attend Texas A&M.  Salutatorian is Torrey Willman with an overall average of 98.11.  She is going to Texas Tech.   

Here is the Class of 2013:

        *Joe Luis Aguayo A 

        Maria Aguayo
        *Faith Boren A
        Shelby Borton
        Kyle Bromley A
        Tyler Bromley A
        *Brant Burnett A
        Alexandria Cuellar
        Christopher DeLeon
        Eduardo Gallegos A
        Landon Jones A
        Blanca Leanos A
        *Crystal Luna A
        Brenon Moore A
        *Kendall Moses A
        *Pete Ortega A
        Laura Pantoja A
        *Kane Peavy E
        Carolina Perez A
        Jose Rangel A
        Alura Renteria A
        Alexander Rhoades
        Dionisio Rosas
        Julie Segura E
        *Mirian Solis A
        *Stina Tomlin A
        *Torrey Willman A

        A = Associate’s Degree
        * = Top Ten 

        E = Early Graduate

The Baccalaureate Service was held Sunday Evening at the First Baptist Church.  

Graduation ceremonies at the Special Events Center begin at 7:00pm this Friday, May 24.



Torrey Willman
RCHS Salutatorian Torrey Willman is one of four 2013 Nolan County graduates to receive a $500 College Scholarship from the Nolan County Board of Realtors. 

The recipients were chosen from over forty applicants from Nolan County schools.  The Board’s Scholarship Committee reviewed the anonymously written essays to keep the selection as fair as possible.

Besides Torrey Willman, the other three scholarship winners were all from Sweetwater High School.  They were Isaiah Hernandez, Whitnee Murff, and Blake Young.

The Nolan County Board of Realtors extends a special “Congratulations!” to this year’s winners.



Several Junior High and High School students received honors and awards at the annual Academic Banquet held last Thursday evening in the Roscoe School Cafetorium. 

One boy and one girl from each grade received awards for Best All-Around Student and for Outstanding Work Ethic:

Senior Best All-Around: Jose Rangel and Torrey Willman

Outstanding Work Ethic: Chris DeLeon and Laura Pantoja
Junior Best All-Around: Luke Rovig and Whitney Williams

Outstanding Work Ethic: Shelton Toliver and Jacinda Cedillo

Sophomore Best All-Around: Chase Cathey and Korie Rogers
Outstanding Work Ethic: Gabriel Alvarez and Samantha Ortega

Freshman Best All-Around: Vincent Pantoja and Cassandra Chavira
Outstanding Work Ethic: Jacob Lomas and Alejandra Solis

8th Grade Best All-Around: Caleb Ward and Shirley Sanchez
Outstanding Work Ethic: Brayden Beal and Brittany Jimenez, Karina Cisneros

7th Grade Best All-Around: Parker Payne and Murissa Horton
Outstanding Work Ethic: Clemente Aguayo and Morgan Bowers

College Class Awards went to the following:

English 1301       Luke Rovig
English 1302       Eva Aguayo
Govt 2305          Faith Boren
History 1301      Whitney Williams
History 1302      Amber Craig
Biology 2401/2   Pete Ortega
Music 1306         Cassandra Chavira
Speech 1315       Rainne Ruddick
English 2326       Faith Boren
English 2311       Pete Ortega
Psych 1300        Jake Wilson
Math 1314         Shelton Toliver
Math 1324         Luke Rovig



The day Roscoe kids have been looking forward to for some time now—the last day of school—will finally arrive on Friday.  At 1:55pm school lets out for the summer.

Unfortunately for some, the recess will be brief as summer school begins on Monday, June 3.



Roscoe got its first 100° day of the year on Friday when the mercury topped out at 104°F, and the three days after that weren’t much cooler with highs of 98° and lows in the mid-seventies.  Yesterday, however, a front blew through and dropped temperatures about twenty degrees with a high that reached only 77° and a low of 64°. 

The mild weather won’t last, though.  Today will see a return to the nineties with lows in the upper sixties, and those temperatures should hold through the weekend and Memorial Day. 

There is a 20% chance of precipitation on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.



Patches from top to bottom in the center are for the III MAF, the 3rd MARDIV, and the 9th Marines. On the right are Converse’s Navy Corpsman patch and his four medals: the Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign medals.
HN (Hospitalman) Philip Howell Converse was a member of the RHS Class of ’59.  Born in Dallas on June 12, 1941, he was killed in action by mortar fire in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, on July 2, 1967.  A Navy Corpsman, he was with H&S Company, First Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III MAF (Marine Amphibious Force). 

After leaving Roscoe in 1959, he moved to Dallas and lived there until joining the US Navy in early 1967.  He had been in Vietnam about six weeks when he was killed at the age of 26. 

His name is on the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, on Panel 22E, Line 99.


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