The trustees of the M.E. Singleton Scholarship Trust have announced that they have awarded 46, $8,000 scholarships to high school seniors in communities served by Citizens National Bank of Texas, the administrator of the trust.

A total of 88 applicants were interviewed, with scholarships being granted on a basis of financial need, the determination to excel in college and the ability to attain a degree within four years.

Through 2007, the M.E. Singleton Scholarship Trust has bestowed 461 scholarships totaling $1,654,000.

There are currently 79 scholarship recipients enrolled in various colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

“Since 1952, the M.E. Singleton Scholarship Trust has assisted students, a number of whom could not afford a college education, to earn degrees and make a contribution in medicine, law, education, finance and numerous other fields. Many have returned to their roots in Ellis County and made a difference,” said Mark Singleton, president and CEO of Citizens National Bank of Texas. “The scholarships have not only helped 461 seniors seeking a college education over the past 55 years, they have made all of our lives better because what was gained by those students is being returned to us every day,” Singleton said.

In 1930, Colonel Marvin E. Singleton became Chairman of the Board of Citizens National Bank in Waxahachie.

To honor their father, the children of Colonel Singleton established the M. E. Singleton Scholarship Trust in 1952.

In 1996, the Shannon Elizabeth Singleton Memorial Scholarship was established in remembrance of the great-granddaughter of Colonel Singleton.

“Beginning in the early 1900s, my great grandfather instilled in all people associated with the bank that a hometown bank must give back to the communities it serves. Today, we have more than 200 working with CNB of Texas that contribute over 15,000 volunteer hours every year, primarily in youth and education programs. The scholarship and dedication to community service are legacies that have a long tradition,” said Singleton.

For more information, go to www.singletongscholarship.org.

Sara Afghanipour

Sara Afghanipour is a graduate of Midlothian High School. She is the daughter of Ahmad and Cheryl Afghanipour and plans to attend Abilene Christian University and major in pre-medical studies.

Afghanipour’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the National Honor Society, two years; treble choir, four years; Spanish Club, two years; more than 100 hours of community service; ACT scholar and the Distinguished Scholastic Program.

Justin Araujo

Justin Araujo is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He is the son of Marty and Kerri Araujo and plans to attend Jacksonville College and major in pre-medical studies.

Araujo’s awards, activities and accomplishments include being an Eagle Scout; band, four years, and two mission trips to the Philippines.

Kelsey Danielle Baird

Kelsey Danielle Baird is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Barry Baird and Marci Jury and plans to attend Tarrant County Community College and major in biology/basics.

Christen Baker

Christen Baker is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Wendy Baker and plans to attend Texas A&M University and is currently attending Navarro College.

Baker’s awards, activities and accomplishments include volunteer work with the Crape Myrtle Festival, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, Pee-Wee Cheer Clinic and the WHS counseling office; Who’s Who Among American High School Students and the National Honor Society.

Tara Bamburg

Tara Bamburg is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Jarrett and Ginger Bamburg and plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in marketing and sports management.

Bamburg’s awards, activities and accomplishments include volunteer work for the YMCA, Salvation Army and Interact Community Service Club; soccer all-district mention; soccer all-regional team; soccer first team all-district and soccer second team all-district.

Kimberly Lanae Buckley

Kimberly Lanae Buckley is a graduate of Midlothian High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Candace Buckley and plans to attend Texas A&M and major in sports management.

Buckley’s awards, activities and accomplishments include being in the top 10 percent of her graduating class, vice president of the student council, a member of the National Honor Society and a 2004 regional qualifier in cross country.

Tasha Cannedy

Tasha Cannedy is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Teresita Cannedy and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in nursing.

Cannedy’s awards , activities and accomplishments include winning the silver medal in state solo and ensemble UIL for her choir solo; placed in other UIL events including ready writing and literary criticism and ranked ninth in her graduating class. She hopes to travel around the world and write a best-selling novel.

Hannah Clifton

Hannah Clifton is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of John and Rhonda Clifton and plans to attend the University of North Texas.

Clifton’s awards, activities and accomplishments include being made a member of the National Honor Society, graduating early while working full-time, being a member of the AP Science Club and receiving the early graduate scholarship as well as the Rotary Award.

Bryan Cline

Bryan Cline is a graduate of Red Oak High School. He is the son of Eddie and Debbie Cline and plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in meteorology.

Cline’s awards, activities and accomplishments include being an Eagle Scout, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class and going to state band competitions his junior and senior years.

Christen Cochrane

Christen Cochrane is a graduate of Palmer High School. She is the daughter of Steve and Carla Cochrane and plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University and major in speech pathology.

Cochrane’s awards, activities and accomplishments include being valedictorian of her graduating class, a member of the National Honor Society, president of the National Honor Society, varsity softball and all-star cast member for UIL one-act play.

Rodney Leshay Cooper Jr.

Rodney Leshay Cooper Jr. is a graduate of Red Oak High School. He is the son of Rodney Sr. and Yolanda Cooper and plans to attend Kansas Wesleyan University and double major in communications and broadcast journalism/film/radio.

Cooper’s awards, activities and accomplishments include receiving the Red Oak High School PTSA scholarship and the Kansas Wesleyan memorial academic scholarship and football award; varsity football, three years; attending church of God in Christ Summer Youth Conferences; volunteering for his school, church, community and other organizations; receiving the Outstanding Student of America Certificate and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence; named Red Oak offensive player of the year and most outgoing in his senior class and trusting God’s will through injury and making it through school without giving up.

Dylan Gray Dacy

Dylan Gray Dacy is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He is the son of Joe and Jennifer Dacy and plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in biomedical engineering.

Dacy’s awards, activities and accomplishments include being named a High School Aerospace Scholar by NASA; team captain of his American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team; all-region band, four years; first chair French horn in region and area bands, two years; state solo and ensemble qualifier, first division rating, two years; Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award; membership in the Technology Students Association and the National Honor Society.

Kalin Davis

Kalin Davis is a graduate of Italy High School. She is the daughter of Don and Lisa Davis and plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University and double major in music education and English.

Davis’ awards, activities and accomplishments include being salutatorian of her graduating class, The National Honor Society, all-region band, all-area band, student council, drum major, Tri-M Music Honor Society and UIL State Solo and Ensemble Finals medallist for three consecutive years.

Jana Donahoo

Jana Donahoo is a graduate of Midlothian High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Cynthia Donahoo and plans to attend Southern Methodist University and major in music education.

Donahoo’s awards, activities and accomplishments include all-state clarinet, 2006-07; drum major, 2005-07, and band, 2003-07.

Sean Michael Ellis

Sean Michael Ellis is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He is the son of Keith and DeeAnn Ellis and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in psychology.

Ellis’ awards, activities and accomplishments include earning a black belt in Tai Kwon Do, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, National Honor Society and varsity soccer.

Tammy Erwin

Tammy Erwin is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Amelia Rodriguez and plans to attend Texas State University and major in business management.

Erwin’s awards, activities and accomplishments include being involved in community service projects outside school as well as through the Interact Club.

Blake Estes

Blake Estes is a graduate of Midlothian High School. He is the son of Brent and Jeanie Estes and plans to attend Navarro College and major in medicine.

Estes’ awards, activities and accomplishments include being named offensive back of the year, honorable all-district full back and honorable academic all-state.

Will Geralds

Will Geralds is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He is the son of William and Melissa Geralds and plans to attend Baylor University.

Geralds’ awards, activities and accomplishments include volunteering as a “special times” caretaker, the National Honor Society, student of the month and attending the RYLA Leadership Camp.

Caleb Gilbreath

Caleb Gilbreath is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He is the son of Michael and Terri Gilbeath and plans to attend Berklee College of Music and major in percussion performance.

Gilbreath’s awards, activities and accomplishments include graduating in the top 2 percent of his class, National Merit Commended Scholar, third chair all-state jazz drum set, two-time Louis Armstrong Jazz Award recipient and four-time area band member-percussion.

Melody Haynes

Melody Haynes is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Chett and April Haynes and plans to attend the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.

Haynes’ awards, activities and accomplishments include most likely to succeed, senior class president, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class (ranked No. 11) and a member of the National Honor Society.

Jacob R. Hensley

Jacob R. Hensley is a graduate of Midlothian High School. He is the son of Rhonda Hensley and plans to attend Blinn Junior College and major in business.

Hensley’s awards, activities and accomplishments include varsity baseball and the National Honor Society.

Brooke Elizabeth Hill

Brooke Elizabeth Hill is a graduate of Midlothian High School. She is the daughter of Cyndi Hill and the late Brett Hill and plans to attend LSU and major in architectural engineering.

Hill’s awards, activities and accomplishments include graduating in the top 10 percent of her class; cheerleading, four years; most spirited cheerleader; National Honor Society and a member of the student council.

Breanna Johnson

Breanna Johnson is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Laura and Scott Johnson and plans to attend the University of Texas and major in communications.

Johnson’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the National Honor Society, HOBY delegate, involvement in the Waxahachie High School drama department and working as a photographer for the school newspaper and yearbook.

Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson is a graduate of Milford High School. He is the son of Steve and Jamie Johnson and plans to attend Blinn College and major in computer software programming.

Johnson’s awards, activities and accomplishments include Eagle Scout, National Honor Society, all-district football, academic all-state football and basketball and graduating as the salutatorian of his class.

Chelsea Lawson

Chelsea Lawson is a graduate of Midlothian High School. She is the daughter of Steven and Lauren Lawson and plans to attend Harvey Mudd College.

Lawson’s awards, activities and accomplishments include volunteering at the Dallas Zoo, Charlton Methodist Hospital, First United Methodist Church and Frank Seal Middle School; National Merit commended student and Who’s Who for AP Calculus.

Brooke Lewis

Brooke Lewis is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Stan and Diane Lewis and plans to attend the University of Texas at Tyler.

Lewis’ awards, activities and accomplishments include volunteer work at Marvin Elementary, Turner Middle School, the Oaks Fellowship Assemblies of God and Relay for Life; the National Honor Society; varsity softball honorable mention and placing ninth in the National Fine Arts Competition.

Megann Mae Lewis

Megann Mae Lewis is a graduate of Italy High School. She is the daughter of Russ and Kelly Lewis and plans to attend Vernon College and Texas A&M and major in pre-veterinary medicine.

Lewis’ awards, activities and accomplishments include graduating as valedictorian of her class, softball district MVP for 2006 and 2007, basketball district MVP for 2005 and remaining on the A honor roll for 14 years.

Dyann Lynn Lopez

Dyann Lynn Lopez is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Beatriz Perez and Flavio Lopez Jr. and plans to attend Southwestern University and major in biology.

Lopez’ awards, activities and accomplishments include National Hispanic Scholar and recipient of Dixon and Cody scholarships offered by Southwestern University.

Nuri Jurado Mahmood

Nuri Jurado Mahmood is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Mohd. Amin and Rosaura Mahmood and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in microbiology.

Mahmood’s awards, activities and accomplishments include four-time UIL current events regional qualifier, 2005 Ruta Quetzal winner and AP scholar.

Marc Antonio Mendiola

Marc Antonio Mendiola is a graduate of Ferris High School. He is the son of Jose and Magdalena Mandiola and plans to attend the University of Texas and major in aerospace engineering.

Mendiola’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the National Honor Society, graduating as valedictorian of his class, cross country and varsity soccer.

Sarah Minton

Sarah Minton is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Terry and Lisa Minton and plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in communications/creative writing.

Minton’s awards, activities and accomplishments include Who’s Who Among American High School Students, two years; Ray A. Kroc award and Dave Williams Excellence Award.

Meaghan Moore

Meaghan Moore is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Joe and Debbie Moore and plans to attend Texas Tech University.

Moore’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the Principal’s Award and graduating in the top 10 percent of her class.

Erica Muhammad

Erica Muhammad is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Joane Muhammad and plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and double major in psychology and business.

Muhammad’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, ROHS Citizenship Award and Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

Kristin Petrichenko

Kristin Petrichenko is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Nick and Mary Petrichenko and plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in restaurant, hotel and institutional management.

Petrichenko’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the National Honor Society, seven-year Destination Imagination participant and being a frequent recipient of superior ratings at UIL solo and ensemble.

Sarah Viers

Sarah Viers is a graduate of Italy High School. She is the daughter of James and Mary Viers and plans to attend Navarro College and major in nursing.

Viers’ awards, activities and accomplishments include graduating seventh in her class, the National Honor Society and being a member of the student council.

Shantarica Lynn Teal

Shantarica Lynn Teal is a graduate of Milford High School. She is the daughter of Rickey Teal and Veanessa Deckard and plans to attend Navarro College and the University of North Texas and major in accounting.

Teal’s awards, activities and accomplishments include graduating valedictorian of her class and being the recipient of the Navarro College Caston Scholarship and the Thelma Tyler Scholarship.

Christina Piwonka

Christina Piwonka is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Norman and Cheryl Piwonka and plans to attend Texas A&M University.

Piwonka’s awards, activities and accomplishments include volunteer work for Outreach International, Hope Clinic, Waxahachie Bible Church, Dallas Zoo, Renfro Nursing Home and Bethlehem Revisited.

Emily Praslicka

Emily Praslicka is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Gene and Detta Praslicka and plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in mass communications and minor in journalism.

Praslicka’s awards, activities and accomplishments include WHS volleyball, four years; WHS Coronation Court, three years; National Honor Society and serving as editor of the WHS yearbook, “The Chief.”

Ben Reese

Ben Reese is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He is the son of Martin and Jennie Reese and plans to attend the University of Houston.

Reese’s awards, activities and accomplishments include volunteer work with the Royal Rangers at the Evangel Temple Church and being named a High School Aerospace Scholar.

Daniel Rodrigues

Daniel Rodrigues is a graduate of Red Oak High School. He is the son of Orlando Rodrigues and Mary Rodrigues and plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in music Education.

Rodrigues’ awards, activities and accomplishments include being a member of the 2007 4A all-state band (trumpet), receiving the highest possible rating at the 2006 State Solo and Ensemble competition and being certified in Microsoft Word.

Carlos I. Sanchez Jr.

Carlos I. Sanchez Jr. is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He is the son of Carlos and Bricia Sanchez and plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in engineering.

Sanchez’ awards, activities and accomplishments include National Hispanic Merit Scholar, National Commended Scholar, National Society of High School Scholars and graduating in the top two percent of his class.

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is a graduate of Maypearl High School. He is the son of Mike and Debra Smith and plans to attend Baylor University and major in music.

Smith’s awards, activities and accomplishments include ATSSB all-region band, four years; all-area, two years; UIL Solo and Ensemble state competition, five years; school newspaper editor and the State Fair of Texas photography contest winner, three times.

Kati Danielle Sneed

Kati Danielle Sneed is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. She is the daughter of Keith Sneed and Stacy Sneed and plans to attend Trinity Valley Community College and major in early childhood development.

Sneed’s awards, activities and accomplishments include Waxahachie Cherokee Charmers, four years; Sr. Lieutenant; CC and Company, two years and the Waxahachie Symphony Belles and Beaus, five years.

Alicia Marie Suarez

Alicia Marie Suarez is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Rick and Cindy Suarez and plans to attend the University of Texas and major in pharmacology.

Suarez’ awards, activities and accomplishments include being a National Honor Society Officer, an HEB Partner of the Month, Renaissance Club officer and serving as a youth leader and peer monitor at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Katelyn Tonick

Katelyn Tonick is a graduate of home school. She is the daughter of Steven and Lisa Tonick and plans to attend Navarro College and Texas A&M University.

Tonick’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the “I Dare You” leadership award, Home School National Honor Society and Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

William Zimmerman

William Zimmerman is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He is the son of Bruce and Sheila Zimmerman and plans to attend Baylor University and major in finance and applied mathematics.

Zimmerman’s awards, activities and accomplishments include graduation from Navarro College with Cum Laude honors, Dean’s List, Phi Theta Kappa member, Dallas Scottish Rite Scholarship recipient, member of the Waxahachie Jazz Orchestra, National Honor Society and graduating in the top six percent of his class.