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Texas Exes Paris Chapter Awards Scholarships

From left to right: Brandon Hoog (Chapter Scholarship Chair), Rhonda Rodgers (Chapter Vice President/Treasurer), scholarship winners Ben Whitaker, Zane Young, Randle Cecil, Madeleine Hatley, Jay Hodge (Chapter President), and Jennifer Eatherly (Chapter Involvement Chair
From left to right: Brandon Hoog (Chapter Scholarship Chair), Rhonda Rodgers (Chapter Vice President/Treasurer), scholarship winners Ben Whitaker, Zane Young, Randle Cecil, Madeleine Hatley, Jay Hodge (Chapter President), and Jennifer Eatherly (Chapter Involvement Chair)

The Texas Exes Paris Chapter recently awarded scholarships to four local high school students who have chosen to attend the University of Texas in Austin following high school graduation.  The banquet was held at Richard Drake’s barn and was attended by local UT alumni, scholarship earners, and their families. The evening included a gourmet burger bar provided by Hole in the Wall and a live auction.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, breadth of extracurricular activities, work experience, financial need, and interest level in attending UT.   The local chapter generates scholarship dollars from its endowment funds, the annual Lamar County Texas / Texas A&M fall golf tournament, and the annual banquet and auction.  This year’s recipients include Randle Cecil, Madaleine Hatley, Ben Whitaker, and Zane Young who received scholarship amounts ranging from $1,700 to $2,000 each.

Randel Cecil ranks 9th in her class at Paris High School and comes from a large family of Longhorns.  She is currently a cheerleader after having played volleyball the previous three years.  She is the President of the National Honor Society, VP of Student Council, VP of Althea Garden Club, and Secretary of the Spanish Club.  She volunteers at the downtown food pantry and coaches volleyball at the Boys and Girls Club.  She plans to major in speech pathology when at UT.  Randel is the daughter of Carl and Stephanie Cecil.

Madaleine Hatley is 11th in her class at Paris High School and also comes from a large Longhorn lineage.  She is also a Paris High cheerleader and has been cheering since the 7th grade.  She is involved in Althea Garden Club, Crime Stoppers, and Future Problem Solving where she is completing in the international completion this year.  At UT, she plans to major in public relations.  Madaleine is the daughter of Dr. Richard and Deborah Hatley.

Ben Whitaker ranks 1st in his class at Paris High School where he plays soccer and is part of the Cat Gut spirit team.  He participates in Young Life and has been an entrepreneur throughout most of high school.  He has held several jobs during the recent years including owning his own lawn care business and working in construction.  Ben plans to major in business while at UT.  He is the son of Chris and Amanda Whitaker.

Zane Young ranks 8th in his class at Paris High School and is an avid golfer and soccer player.  He participates in National Honor Society, Future Problem Solving, and Spanish National Honor Society.  He also volunteers at the downtown food pantry.  He plans to pursue a degree in science and technology management in the business school and focus on a career in computer science, electronics or the video gaming industry.  He is the son of Gary and Sydney Young.

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