Not only is the graduation a milestone in the lives of the 11 graduates; it is also the school’s second graduation and Headmaster Dr. Mike Bennett’s 18th and final commencement exercise. After serving the South Plains as an educator for 52 years and leading All Saints as Headmaster for the last 12 years, Dr. Bennett will retire at the end of May.
Commencement Exercises began at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 19 in Kirby Commons on the All Saints Episcopal School campus, with a reception immediately following. Graduation day began for the 11 seniors with Baccalaureate at 8 a.m. in Jones Gym and ended with an all-night party (Project Graduation) at the YWCA’s Sun ‘n’ Fun Recreation Center.
Matt Bumstead, president of Nun Ide and CEO in Residence at Lubbock Christian University, presented the Commencement Address. Seniors Riley Ann Higgins and Lena Tello also spoke.
Kennedy Peyton Eaker is the class valedictorian while Brook Holly Bowman is the class salutatorian.
Valedictorian Kennedy Peyton Eaker’s cumulative grade point average is 4.85. She is the daughter of Melvin and Christie Eaker. In the fall of 2017, Eaker will attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she has earned the Hunt Leadership scholarship and has accepted an invitation to join the Hilltop Scholar’s program and the Pre-law Scholar’s program.
Eaker has been involved in a variety of activities since she began her career at All Saints her freshman year including serving as Student Council Publicity officer for three years and President her senior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society and served as National Honor Society Secretary during her senior year. Eaker has also participated in Cross Country, Volleyball, Cheerleading and Debate. During her sophomore year, she was a qualifier for the National debate tournament. In Cross Country, Eaker was a member of two state championship teams and was chosen for the All State Cross Country Team her sophomore year. In volleyball, Eaker was a member of a state championship team and was named first team all-district her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Eaker’s academic awards include the All Saints Student Scholar Awards in Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Pre-AP and AP English, AP Human Geography, Spanish I, Spanish II and Spanish III, AP World History, Pre-AP and AP Chemistry, Pre-AP Algebra 2, Pre-AP Pre-Calculus, and AP US History. During her junior year, Eaker was presented with the Phi Beta Kappa Cum Laude award and was designated as an AP Scholar by College Board. Lastly, Eaker has received the All Saints Proven Patriot Award for each of her high school years.
Salutatorian Brook Holly Bowman’s cumulative grade point average is 4.70. Her parents are Monty and Theresa Bowman. In the fall of 2017, Bowman will attend Texas Tech University in pursuit of a five-year master’s degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
As an All Saints Patriot for four consecutive years, Bowman’s extracurricular accomplishments are numerous. She was a part of the inaugural varsity volleyball team who won the 2016 – 2017 TAPPS 2A state championship this year. Bowman was a three-year captain and was named first team all district all three years, first team all state the past two years, and was selected for the state all tournament team for the past two years. Additionally, Bowman was named to the all state academic volleyball team for three years. Bowman has also competed in cross country for four years and was a member of the state championship team during her sophomore year. In her spare time, Bowman was also a member of the All Saints Cheer squad and served as cheer captain for three years. Bowman’s academic honors include All Saints Student Scholar Awards in Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP Algebra 2, Pre-AP Spanish 3 and AP Spanish 4. She received the golden test tube award in both Pre-AP and AP Chemistry and was named an AP scholar by the College Board. She serves as Vice President of the National Honor Society and Vice President of Student Council. Bowman is a member of the Chemistry Club and served as President her junior year. Lastly, Bowman has received the All Saints Proven Patriot Award for each of her high school years.
The 11 seniors of the Class of 2017 have been accepted as of May 17 into over 29 universities with projected scholarships thus far totaling approximately $2,038,468. These universities include: Dallas Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, West Texas A & M University, Wayland Baptist University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Mary Hardin – Baylor University, Texas Tech University Honors College, The University of Alabama, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Texas at Arlington, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, South Plains College, Texas State University, Abilene Christian University, Michigan State University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Ursinus College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Trinity University, Stephen F. Austin University, and Western Texas College.