During this past football season, Harlen the Sports Guy and Pigskin Bob from the Friday Night Scoreboard radio show (KYKX 105.7 & 104.1 The Ranch) crashed 13 high school pep rallies across East Texas.
At each event, the radio duo announced a Future Apache of the Week, sponsored by Tyler Junior College, and a Cheerleader of the Week, sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital.
In all, 25 students were nominated by leaders at their respective high schools, for demonstrated excellence and tenacity.
On Saturday, May 14, the weekly winners gathered on the TJC main campus for drawings to name the final winners in each category.
Future Apache of the Week Harlee Kirbis, of Union Grove, won a $1,005 scholarship sponsored by TJC, plus an additional $500 TJC scholarship, for a total of $1,505; and Cheerleader of the Week Olivia Hudgens, also of Union Grove, won a $1,005 scholarship sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital.
From left: Harlen the Sports Guy, Friday Night Scoreboard co-host; Ashley Rozell, mother of scholarship winner; Olivia Hudgens of Union Grove High School, Cheerleader of the Year scholarship winner; Jess Mowery, regional director of marketing and clinic operations, Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital; and Pigskin Bob, Friday Night Scoreboard co-host.
The Future Apache of the Week award was presented by Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC president; Dr. Deana Sheppard, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Kim Lessner, vice president for operations and chief operations officer.
Jess Mowery, regional director of marketing and clinic operations, presented the Cheerleader of the Week scholarship on behalf of Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital.
In addition to the presentation of overall awards, Mejia presented a $500 TJC scholarship to Future Apaches of the Week Mary Katheryn Dillon of Elysian Fields, Rubi Flores of Carthage, Ashley Scott of Brownsboro and Chloe Wolbert of White Oak. Future Apache of the Week and Cheerleader of the Week Madison Williams of Hawkins received a $1,000 scholarship from TJC.
Complete list of weekly winners and their respective high schools:
Riley Thompson — Kilgore
Madison Williams — Hawkins
Olivia Hudgens — Union Grove
Cali Freeman — Hughes Springs
Karson Lott — White Oak
Caitlin Bates — Sabine
Ivey Taylor — Brownsboro
Taylor Fuller — Hallsville
Natalie Tucker — Paul Pewitt
Hannah Lewis — Elysian Fields
Lydia Foley — Carthage
Sarah Smith — Jefferson
Randi Driscoll — Spring Hill
Jaycee Pierce — Kilgore
Madison Williams — Hawkins
Harlee Kirbis — Union Grove
Haley Wyatt — Hughes Springs
Chloe Wolbert — White Oak
Caden Richardson — Sabine
Ashleigh Scott — Brownsboro
Samantha Mongognia — Paul Pewitt
Mary Katheryn Dillon — Elysian Fields
Ruby Flores — Carthage
Keith Smith — Jefferson
Laura Rowe — Spring Hill