Class of 2016


Grads earn $1.4 million in scholarships

Students awarded the prestigious Citizenship Awards are (from left) William Jones, Hayward Eatmon Citizenship Award; Ivy Robinson, Dennis Gilbreath Memorial Award; Jane Turchi, Brison Hearron Memorial Citizenship Award; Lori Neill, Ben Capps Jr. Citizenship Award; Kaci Bachtel, Beverly Ivy Gamble Citizenship Award; and De'Erika Canady, Sally Rose Awalt Spirit of Fairfield High School.

Photo by April Walker

Graduates took home $1.4 million in scholarships last week following the annual senior awards ceremony. Students earned scholarships from a variety of local businesses, military, universities, and more.
Valedictorian Rowan Prihoda, who will graduate with a 5.62 GPA, was awarded a certificate of academic achievement, as well as the State of Texas Honor Graduate Certificate which authorizes the president of any state-supported college or university to provide a scholarship consisting of the payment of tuition for the first two semesters following high school graduation.
Salutatorian Jennifer Reed was also awarded the certificate of academic achievement and several scholarships.
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Prihoda, Reed plan future at A&M

Valedictorian Rowan Prihoda and Salutatorian Jennifer Reed

Graduating at the top of their class was something both Fairfield students planned since junior high. Both are also planning to attend Texas A&M in the fall. Rowan Prihoda was named FHS' Class of 2016 Valedictorian with a 5.62 GPA, while Salutatorian Jennifer Reed earned a 5.50.
Prihoda plans to earn his degree in computer electrical engineering at A&M. “I just want to get out into the workforce, make a living, start a family,” said the senior. “Just go through life.”
Throughout his high school career, Prihoda earned numerous academic achievements including National Merit, UIL state math, and a first place at the state UIL Solo/Ensemble in band.
He was also named Student of the Year at January's Chamber of Commerce banquet, a title he says “caught him unexpectedly.”
“It was very surprising to be named student of the year,” he said.

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