Recognition of the top scholars at Gilmer began over 50 years ago with business leaders buying letter jackets or sweaters for the top boy and girl of each class. Later letter blankets or jackets were given to the top students of the junior and senior class. Today, juniors receive a letter blanket and seniors a watch decorated in orange and black with Gilmer Buckeyes on the face.
Different businesses and individuals participated by purchasing and presenting the student’s gift.
This year Jeremiah Thorpe of Croley Funeral Home started the proceedings with a watch for Cara Davidson, a senior.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Patterson presented their gift to Rebecca Hudson.
The Upshur County A&M Club representative Donnie Plant presented the watch to Sean Keegan, who will take his 4.1714 grade point average to Texas A&M while Joseph Maberry received a blanket.
Larry Cowan, president of Gilmer National Bank made his presentations to Taylor Montgomery and to Catherine Williams.
Brandon Dodd made two presentations with the first to Morgan Long for the Gilmer Lions Club and the second to Jared Pederson for Lloyd’s Body Shop.
Principal Watson stood in for Steve and Lynn Williams with their gift for Morgan Long, a junior, and for Todd and Eric Williams to Bayley LeGrand.
Henry Troell presented the Gilmer Athletic Booster Club’s blanket for Taylor Lofton and watch to Shaylee Fennell.
Troell also represented State Farm Insurance when he presented a watch to Cassandra Galeano and for Paul Herndon to Steve Holeman. Miss Galeano plans to attend Duke University in Durham, NC.
The Travis Hough Memorial gift went to Devan Jones who plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University after graduation.
The Bluebonnet Club’s gifts were presented by Jean Miller to Louren Thompson and Dakota Martinez who will continue his studies at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Jean Hamil of the Twentieth Century Club presented a watch to Garrett Parish, a future Aggie, and to Penelope Vestal who also plans to attend Texas A&M.