A Grapeland High School Graduate, Meredith Dotson, a Livingston High School Graduate, Jane Parmelly and a graduate of Onalaska High School, Amber Johnson, have been named recipients of the 2008 Stewart & Malone Memorial Scholarships. They were selected to receive the $500 scholarships from 118 applications received from independent school districts in the 12 county Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) region.
Amber Johnson is a senior at Onalaska High School where she as been an officer on the student council as well as the FFA. She has been active in athletics, playing volleyball, basketball, softball and running cross country. Amber was also a Varsity Cheerleader for three years. She has been on her own since she was a junior in high school, working odd jobs to support herself. Her teacher describes her as being resilient and determined. Amber says she is determined to attend River College in New Hampshire, where she has already been accepted. She wants to get a degree in nursing so she can have a secure future.
Meredith Dotson is the Valedictorian of her graduating class at Grapeland High School. While maintaining a 4.2 grade point average, she found time to be active in school and community affairs. Meredith was named to the Superintendent's Honor Roll for three years. She was Homecoming Queen, Prom Queen, Peanut Queen and was Captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad. Meredith participated in the UIL One-Act Play Competition for four years, winning Best Actress in 2008. She plans to follow in her father's foot steps, attending Texas A&M where she will pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine and major in Biomedical Science.
Jane Parmelly is ranked seventh in her graduating class of two hundred forty seven at Livingston High School. Her passion is theater so she's active in UIL One Act Play competition for four years. Jane has won numerous awards and served as president of the Theatre Club. She has been taking honors classes since the ninth grade and has taken two college classes this year. Jane and her twin brother will both attend college this fall where she plans to get a double major in Theatre and Foreign Languages. She plans to get teaching degrees in both disciplines.