by Ken McLemore
HOPE — A student-led start for the Hope High School Class of 2022 was marked by a call from the biblical prophet Isaiah as senior graduates were honored during commencement ceremonies May 13 at Hammons Stadium.
Hope Public Schools Superintendent Jonathan Crossley took the context of Isaiah Chapter 6 as the basis of his charges against graduates to reflect the biblical prophet’s attitude of service.
“He said, ‘Here am I, Lord, send me,'” Crossley noted.
With this theme in mind, he asked graduating students to be prepared for the “next stage” of their lives, but always be available for the life of service that this entails.
“And, remember, we love you and we’re proud of you,” Crossley said.
The farewell address was given by Shakira Arnett, who noted that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2022 achieved their graduation goal. Arnett said she strongly believes the Class of 2022 will indeed change the world because of the leadership and creativity she embodies. With a nod to HHS faculty and an expression of thanks to his parents, Arnett concluded by wishing each of his classmates success.
Graduate Richard Ware, winner of the Heidi Hoglund Memorial Scholarship and the Beryl Henry Award, has given the charge to the Class of 2022.
Referring to an irritating childhood nickname, “Mr. Know It All,” given to him by his mother, HHS EAST facilitator Adrianne Ware, Richard used that nickname as a theme for his class load noting the fluidity of the life that prevents anyone from “knowing everything”.
Ware said his lifelong goals had changed many times: to become an inventor, then a lawyer, maybe a teacher, but changing backgrounds were “ok.”
He said no member of the Class of 2022 had to be “perfect” to navigate the changes ahead.
Ware referred to the example of his piano teacher, Allen Batts, to note that the respected pianist was always enthusiastic about learning new music because it made him persistent in his self-confidence. .
Referring to his service as governor of Arkansas Boys’ State, Ware noted his goal of becoming the first black man to serve as governor of Arkansas, a point that drew applause, but he reminded their classmates that life is fluid, that no one “knows everything”, but each of them should have the faith in themselves, the willingness to learn and the confidence to succeed, which will enable them to face the future.
The 19 graduates of the University of Arkansas-Hope’s Hope Collegiate Academy received Associate of Arts degrees from UAH on May 10 in ceremonies at Hempstead Hall.
The HCA class included Carlie Beck, Sydnie Booker, Alecia Bradley, Cody Clayton, Ashlyn Courtney, Collin Easterling, Alana Flenory, Kai Hamilton, Katie Howard, Courtland Jackson, Bradley Kellar, Juan Leon, Hunter Mathis, Sailor McRaven, Jimmy Parades, Brooklyn Robinson, Keller Tomlin, Griffin Trauger and Samantha Ventura.
The class of 2022 honorary graduates were:
SOMME CUM LAUDE – Shakira Arnett, Collin Easterling, Montavius Eason, Hunter Mathis.
MAGNA CUM LAUDE – Juan Leon, Sydnie Booker, Richard Ware, Courtland Jackson, Khyianna Smith, Brandon Gallegos, Krystal Vasquez, Melanie Lara, Jocelyn Castro, Margauxsoul Masie Maclaughlin, Enrique Solis, Samantha Ventura.
CUM LAUDE – Rocio Martinez, Ashlyn Courtney, Skylar Wilburn, Da’sheunna Purifoy, Aniya Trotter, Jamesha Armstrong, Katherine Bartlett, Brenda Ventura, Keyonati Haynes.
HHS faculty honors announced May 12 included:
American Legion Citizenship Award – Caiarh King, Oscar Marquez.
Beryl Henry–Richard Ware Award.
Irma Dean-Montavius Eason Award.
James H. Jones Award – Alana Flenory, Jimmy Paredes.
The scholarships announced on May 12 included: (Some scholarship information was not complete at the time of going to press.)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship – Eva Davis.
April Love Memorial Award – Montavius Eason, Richard Ware.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity – Montavius Eason.
Arkansas School Plant Management Association Scholarship – Ashlyn Courtney.
Civitan–Eva Davis Fellowship.
Advisor Award – Jimmy Paredes, Oscar Marquez.
Delta Kappa Gamma – Carlie Beck Scholarship.
Delta Sigma Theta: Magnolia Alumnae Chapter Scholarship – Richard Ware.
Earl Downs–Oscar Marquez Memorial Scholarship.
Gwendolyn Roshelle Smith–Ashlyn Courtney Fellowship.
Hempstead County Retired Teachers Association – Carlie Beck.
Hope Evening Lions Club—Montavius Eason.
Hope Lions Club – Hunter Mathis Scholarship.
Prospect Junior Auxiliary – Bradley Kellar, Alan Easterling, Ashlyn Courtney, Kai Hamilton.
Kiwanis Club: Jim McKenzie – Ashlyn Courtney Memorial Scholarship.
Kiwanis Club: Henry Seamans–Montavius Eason Scholarship.
Karen Ivers Dyslexia – Margauxsoul Maclaughlin Fellowship.
Life Share Life Scholarship – Caiarh King.
Lurlean Cannon Phillips Scholarship: Community Foundation of Arkansas – Montavius Eason.
Pafford – Ashlyn Courtney Medical Services Fellowship.
Steel Dynamics New Millennium Fellowship – Corwin Turner.
Wadley Hospital Auxiliary at Hope Fellowship – Ashlyn Courtney.
Yerger Rutherford–Richard Ware Fellowship.
Arkansas Technical University – Skakira Arnette, Collin Easterling, Alana Flenory, Chandler Flenory, Brandon Gallegos, Juan Leon, Darlene Matamoras, Hunter Mathis.
Henderson State University – Katherine Bartlett, Bradley Kellar, Ammorrion Dempsey, Jimmy Paredes, Khyianna Smith, Skyler Wilburn.
Hendrix College – Kearon Brown.
Ouachita Baptist University – Kearon Brown, Jimmy Paredes.
University of Southern Arkansas Scholarship – Carlie Beck, Griffin Trauger.
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville – Sydnie Booker, Alecia Bradley, Cody Clayton, Ashlyn Courtney, Montavius Eason, Alan Flenory, Courtland Jackson, Samantha Ventura, Richard Ware.
University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Scholarship – Skyler Wilburn (UAHT Honors Scholarship).
University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Montavius Eason.
University of Central Arkansas – Brandon Gallegos, Caiarh King, Richard Ware.
Missouri Western State University – Ammorrian Dempsey.
Governor’s Excellence Scholarship –
Career/technical graduates –
WorkKeys Certification – Nixey Aguilar, Iris Alvarado, Jamesha Armstrong, Shakira Arnett, Sadie Bacon, Taylor Banks, Katherine Bartlett, Carlie Beck, Sydnie Booker, Alecia Bradley, Oscar Bruno, Dakota Burchette, Jocelyn Castro, Julian Chapa, Ashlyn Courtney, Ka’ asijah Cox, Yulisa DeLaRosa, Ammorrion Dempsey, Montavius Eason, Jason Easterling, Alayshia Ellis, Alana Flenory, Chandler Flenory, Gregorio Frayre, Rebekah Fulton, Barndon Gallegos, Antonio Garcia, Markayla Hall, Kai Hamilton, Dahja Henderson, Tamera Henderson, Joshua Henley, Katie Howard, Courtland Jackson, Michael Johnson, Bradley Kellar, C’aiarh King, Juan Leon, Armando Lopez, Brenda Lopez, Margauxsoul Maclaughlin, Raina Masters, Hunter Mathis, Sunny McKamie, Nadya Munoz, Jimmy Paredes, Da’sheunna Purifoy, Maliyah Richardson, Jadora Rivera, Brooklyn Robinson, Paige Shroads, Wesley Smith, Destiny Stuart, James Tomlin, Corbin Tucker, Corwin Turner, Giovanni Vargas, Brenda Ventura, Samantha Ventura, Hale’ Ward, Richard Ware , Skyler Wilburn, Kyla Wyatt.
National Honor Society (Senior Stoles) – Odalis Aldaba, Jamesha Armstrong, Skakira Arnett, Sydnie Booker, Kearon Brown, Eva Davis, Jocelyn Castro, Ashlyn Courtney, Ammorrion Dempsey, Montavius Eason, Brandon Gallegos, C’aiarh King, Melanie Lara, Brenda Lopez, Brittany Martinez, Michelle Martinez, Darlene Matamoras, Massie McLaughlin, Jadora Rivera, Khyianna Smith, Krystal Vasequez, Hale’ Ward, Richard Ware, Kylia Wyatt.
The Creative Action Team School campus graduated senior students with the HHS Class of 2022, including HUB seniors Jonathan Aguilar, Gian Almazan, Christian Calderon, Aldair Cardova, Crystal Cordova, Nakenya Ellison, Obel Hernandez, Osiel Hernandez, Julian Lara, Mariah Martin, Carla Mendoza, Ilesha Morris, Cortez Rhodes, Eduardo Rodriguez, Erick Rodriguez, Leslie Rodriguez, Brandi Sanders, Joshua Smith, Merlyn Wahyudi, Zakarreya White, Thalia Zarate and ALE Senior Michael Nelson.