'17 Fine Arts Scholarship Winners
The City of Haltom City presented three Haltom City graduating seniors with a $500 Fine Arts Student Scholarship at the Northeast Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce’s May Scholarship luncheon. These scholarships are a way for the City to support the students of our community while also promoting the importance of Fine Arts in education. We recognize how important they are in building a strong community. Applicants were evaluated by their participation in the Fine Arts programs for at least two years, as well as their leadership in the community and academic performance. This year’s winner’s were Natalie Nounennady, Gavin Ricks and Kasey Romero.
Pictured at right, with Councilmember Bob Watkins, are:
Natalie Nounennady, pictured far left, was in the top 5% of her class, as well as being an AP scholar. She was a member of three choirs at Haltom, including the Show Choir and served as a Choir Officer, as well as being in the Pride of Haltom band for three years where she was a Squad Leader. She was President of the Prayer Club, Vice President of National Honor Society and an officer in the Humanitarian Club. Natalie had a 99 average and was ranked 24th in her class of 542. Natalie will be attending Dallas Baptist University with plans to study music education with a vocal emphasis and hopes to come back to Haltom High School to be the Choir Director. Natalie impressed us with her energy and incredible ability to do everything! She is a bright, shining star that will achieve anything she sets her mind to. Congratulations Natalie!
Gavin Ricks, pictured in the middle, told us he only took choir as a freshman to get his fine arts credit, but fell in love with it and has been in the school choir ever since. He was named as the most Outstanding Junior in the Ac-Capella Choir and also joined the Haltom Singers in 2016. Gavin was Captain of the varsity football and track teams and was also on the varsity wrestling team. He was chosen as the 2017 BISD Outstanding Core Citizen, as well as the Homecoming King. Gavin had a 94 average and was ranked 81st out of his class of 542. Gavin will be attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock and has plans to major in Business Management. Gavin impressed us with his positive outlook and how he wants to be an advocate for change and aspires to break stereotypes. Gavin has defined himself on his terms and because of that, we think he is already there. Congratulations Gavin!
Kasey Romero, pictured far right, has been part of the Pride of Haltom band for seven years, and served as Drum Major, Section Leader and Squad Leader. Kasey is a member of the National Honor Society and DECA, and also the President and founding member of the Haltom Humanitarian Society. In April, she coordinated Glam Girls with Rescue Her, a makeover event for middle schoolers that brought awareness to human trafficking. Kasey had a 95 average and is ranked 63rd out of her class of 542. She will be attending Concordia University in Austin and has plans to become a Medical Social Worker. She wants to change lives for the better and we are so proud that she is from Haltom. Congratulations Kasey!