BCHS Graduation to be held tonight at 8 p.m.
Bria Ryan Thibodeaux was named the 2011 Bridge City High School Valedictorian and Terrell Jake Dionne was named the 2011 BCHS Salutatorian.
The Bridge City High School graduation for the 2011 Senior Class will be held at the Larry Ward Stadium at the Bridge City High School at 8 p.m.
Valedictorian Bria Ryan Thibodeaux is the daughter of Mike Thibodeaux and Lori and Craig Dishon. She is the granddaughter of Jessie and Lorraine Dupuis. She has two brothers, Braden Thibodeaux and Beaux Dishon, and two sisters, Taylor and Bailey Dishon. Bria is graduating first in her class with a 4.9196 GPA on a weighted 4.0 scale.
She is a four year member of the Cheerleading Team and was elected Head Cheerleader her senior year. At NCA Cheer Camp, she received the NCA Individual Leadership Award given to the captain with notable leadership skills. She also attended Cheer Hawaii USA where she was elected by fellow camp attendees as team leader and nominated by staff as Most Outstanding Cheerleader.
Bria was also a member of the Varsity Softball Team as a freshman and a two year Varsity Volleyball Team member.
During her junior year, she was chosen to represent Bridge City at a leadership camp hosted by RYLA.
Bria was chosen as September’s Student of the Month for Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club.
Bria plans to continue her success at Lamar University as a Mirabeau Scholar to pursue a degree in engineering.
Salutatorian Terrell Jake Dionne is the son of Terrell and Angela Dionne, the brother of Zachary Dionne, and the grandson of Orrin and Ginger Simpson and Wayne and Pam Dionne.
Jake has a 4.8554 GPA on a weighted 4.0 scale. Jake is the President of the National Honor Society as well as a four year competitor on the debate team. Jake is ranked 5th in the state in Cross-Examination Debate. This is the highest debate honor in the history of Bridge City High School.
He is a two year member of the Cardinal Singers where he qualified twice for the TMEA All-Region Choir, was selected as a 2010 TMEA Music Scholar, and received a superior rating at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest. He lettered in tennis, was a four year member of the Academic Challenge Team and has participated in UIL Extemporaneous Informative Speech, Prose Interpretation and One-Act Play. Jake has also served as the “Voice” of the National Champion, All-American Strutters Drill team since his sophomore year.
Jake was selected to represent Bridge City at the 2009 UIL Elite 100 Conference. He was the 2010 delegate for the American Legion Texas Boys State.
In June of 2011, by request of the American Legion, Jake will return to Austin and participate in Boys State as an Administrative Counselor. Jake was also selected as the Student of the Month for October.
In 2010, Jake was crowned the local and county champion of the Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading in Declamation. This contest is one hundred years old and is one of the most prestigious scholarship contests around.
Outside of school, Jake spent a month abroad in Italy with the University of Dallas. There he studied Shakespeare and his influence by the Italian lifestyle.
He also has served as the secretary for Saint Henry’s CYM Youth Board as well as tutored.
Jake plans to attend the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas this fall to pursue a major in communication studies. He aspires to work for the Walt Disney Corporation.
The Magna Cum Laude Graduates are as follows: Jason Joseph Broussard, Colby Jules Carpenter, Jessica Ann Franklin, Michael Thomas Freuden, Sawyer Reid Hogan, Mallory Marie Matt, Samuel Joseph Placette, Shane Tyler Stankus, Rachel Marie Vaughn, Jacob Lee Worthington and Forrest Kyle Zoch.
The Cum Laude Graduates are as follows: Armando Chavez Jr., Eric Michael Chesson, Jordyn Paige Ewing. David Phillipe Alexandre Ferris, Danielle Alyse Frazier, Olivia Ella Hubbard, Brooklyn Shaine Jordan, Mary Vi My Nguyen, Ashley Suzannah Osteen, Maggie Cristine Stump and Hailey Michelle Tally.