After earning an outstanding $3.4 million in merit scholarships, 18 seniors received their diplomas June 13 from All Saints Episcopal School in an outdoor Commencement exercise at an unexpected location.
Not only is the graduation a milestone in the lives of the 18 graduates learning how to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic; it is also the school’s fifth graduation at the new high school. The 18 graduates of the Class of 2020 garnered an outstanding number of merit scholarships with the total number earned in scholarships topping $3.4 million and acceptance into 38 universities.
Commencement Exercises began at 9 a.m. Saturday (June 13) at 4ORE! Golf. The seniors were recognized on the driving range as they picked up their diplomas. Family members were seated in individual tee boxes on the club’s top level. Faculty and other guests were seated in tee boxes on the lower level. To follow social distancing requirements each senior was given eight tickets to distribute to their invited guests.
Chosen to speak by the graduating class, All Saints High School Football Coach and AP Government teacher Kyle Simons presented the Commencement Address. Seniors Ella Elizabeth Moran and Stephanie Hasselkus also spoke.
Senior awards were presented before the graduates received their diplomas. The awards included the 2020 Valedictorian, the 2020 Salutatorian, and the 2020 Senior Proven Patriots and the Man and Woman of Character.
The Senior Proven Patriots awards are selected by the high school administration, faculty, and coaching staff for the students exemplifying the All Saints traditions of academic achievement, extracurricular participation, community service, and leadership.. Three students are chosen for the Proven Patriots while one man and one woman are chosen as the 2020 Man and Woman of Character. The two students receiving the school’s highest award, the Man and Woman of Character, epitomize a character of integrity, maturity, compassion, joy, purposefulness, and commitment. These young leaders represent the All Saints ideal of a love of learning and a love of life. They are also selected by the high school administration, faculty, and coaching staff.
The Senior Proven Patriots are Ellyn Caroline Brashear, Gage Westbrook Clary, and Abby Wade Schlehuber.
The Man of Character is Anthony Rocco Paone and the Woman of Character is Ella Elizabeth Moran.
Samuel Foster Aycock with a cumulative GPA of 4.8939 is the class valedictorian while Ella Elizabeth Moran with a cumulative GPA of 4.8615 is the class salutatorian.
Valedictorian Samuel Foster Aycock is the son of Dr. Richard and Mrs. Emily Aycock. He enrolled in All Saints two years ago as a junior when his family moved from Shreveport, Louisiana. He is the first All Saints graduate to be accepted into two military academies. Aycock received nominations from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He will attend West Point and major in Chemical Engineering.
While at All Saints, Aycock received the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and third place in the Phi Beta Kappa High School Academic Achievement Award. He is vice president of All Saints’ Sherry Fewin Chapter of the National Honor Society. He competes on the school’s Cross Country and Track teams and received an All State Award for Cross Country. Aycock also competed in numerous academic events at the TAPPS State Academic Competitions.
Ella Elizabeth Moran is the 2020 Class Salutatorian. Moran is the daughter of Brad and Carla Moran. She began her All Saints career as a three-year-old Preschool student. Moran will attend The University of Texas as a member of the McCombs School of Business and Canfield Business Honors Program.
While in High School, Moran served as the President of the National Honor Society and Captain of the Varsity Tennis team as well as Chairman of the school’s Committee for Community Service. She also served on the Student Council, Debate team, Band, and Varsity Cross Country and Junior Varsity Volleyball teams. Moran was nominated to the 2019 Homecoming Court. She is a community volunteer as a Lubbock Symphony Guild Debutante and a member of the National Charity League. Moran teaches cooking classes at Highpoint Village and was a summer camp counselor for the Children’s Association for Maximum Potential Summer Camp.
She is the recipient of the school’s highest honor, the 2020 Woman of Character. Moran also received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award, the AP Scholar Award, the Phi Beta Kappa High School Academic Excellence Award – Cum Laude, and the Headmaster’s Honor Roll. She is a TAPPS 2A State tennis champion as well as receiving First Place in the State-Wide Geospatial Mapping Competition.
The 18 seniors of the Class of 2020 have been accepted into 38 universities with projected scholarships thus far totaling approximately $3.4 million. These universities include: Abilene Christian University, Albright College, Allegheny College, Angelo State University, Brigham Young University, Case Western Reserve University, Florida State University, Fordham University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hardin – Simmons University, Howard Payne University, Lubbock Christian University, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University – Honors College, Oklahoma State University – College of Engineering, Oral Roberts University, Pepperdine University, Purdue University – School of Engineering, San Diego State University – Honors College, Southern Methodist University, St. John’s University, Texas A & M – College of Engineering, Texas Christian University, Texas Christian University – Neely School of Business, Texas State University – McCoy College of Business, Texas Tech University – Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University – Honors College, Texas Tech University, The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), The United States Air Force Academy, The United States Military Academy at West Point, The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, The University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business and Canfield Business Honors Program, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, University of Minnesota, University of Oklahoma – Honors College, Wayland Baptist University, West Texas A & M University, Yonsei University – Underwood International College in Seoul, South Korea.
The 18 member class received numerous athletic and academic scholarships and is attending a variety of universities across the United States with one attending an international university. Two of the 18 will attend military appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Air Force Academy. Six of the students will attend Texas Tech University while three more will remain in Texas to attend The University of Texas, Lubbock Christian University and Abilene Christian University. One signed a D1 golf scholarship for Oral Roberts University. Another student will attend Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea while the remaining five will attend Oklahoma State University, Florida State University, Pepperdine University, Brigham Young University, and Case Western Reserve University.
ALL SAINTS CLASS OF 2020 and the COLLEGES THEY WILL ATTEND:
Samuel Aycock – United States Military Academy at West Point
Ellyn Brashear – Oklahoma State University
Gage Clary – Texas Tech University
Jackson Drake – Oral Roberts University
Austin Farnsworth – Florida State University
Stephanie Hasselkus – Pepperdine University
Elise Headrick – Abilene Christian University
Jackson Janes – Texas Tech University
Kate King – Texas Tech University
Laken Koepp – Yonsei University – Seoul, South Korea
Hayley Latta – Case Western Reserve
Garrett Matthews – Texas Tech University
Ella Moran – The University of Texas
Aria Mortensen – Brigham Young University
Anthony Paone – United States Air Force Academy
Abby Schlehuber – Texas Tech University
Mattie Thwaits – Texas Tech University
Ryan Tucker – Lubbock Christian University