Students Win Scholarships

Sam Grassel clowns around before the start of the Payson High School graduation ceremony, Thursday, May 24.

Sam Grassel clowns around before the start of the Payson High School graduation ceremony, Thursday, May 24. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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While their plans after high school vary wildly from joining the Marines, attending Arizona State University to clueless, the 2012 class has left its mark.

The students of Payson High School’s Class of 2012 collectively received $740,000 in scholarships, including $70,600 from local donors and organizations.

Forty-six of the roughly 130 graduates said they will attend a college or university next year while 31 plan to attend a community college, according to a survey conducted by the high school. Five students have signed up with the armed services.

Tanner Hodges is the first student to graduate from both the high school and community college concurrently. Hodges earned his associates in general technical studies from Gila Community College thanks in part to the NAVIT program.

Seven students plan to attend a technical school, two are going on a mission for their church, four are going directly into the work force, two reported they were unsure what they would do and 23 students were “too busy” to turn in a response.

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