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Petrolia Class of 2012



Petrolia High School will hold commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the high school auditorium.

A graduation video, prepared by seniors Brittany Benham and Marissa Harrison, will play prior to the commencement exercise. Special music will be provided by Kim Williams. Senior Scott Ramsey will give the welcome, followed by the invocation by Marissa Harrison and the Pledge of Allegiance, led by senior Jamie Kowalick. Benediction will be given by senior Taylor Whitehead, followed by closing comments from senior Bonnie Jo Holloway.

Tyler Beechler is valedictorian of the class with a 99.8 grade point average. He is the son of Rick and Sandy Beechler of Petrolia.

Beechler plans to attend Midwester State University to pursue a degree in business administration and accounting.

He is a region and state qualifier in UIL accounting and a three-year member of the National Honor Society. Beechler served as president of the NHS. He also took part in PALS, basketball and baseball, earning all-district and academic all-state.

Alaina Anderson is salutatorian with a GPA of 99.4. She is the daughter of Todd and Jill Anderson of Petrolia.

Anderson plans to study athletic training and physical therapy at Hardin-Simmons University.

Anderson has volunteered for holiday food drives, STOP the Violence, Veteran’s Day programs, Operation Santa Claus, Race for the Cure, Toys of Tots, traffic safety, the Clay County Outreach Center, Have a Heart for Cystic Fibrosis, the Petrolia Motorcycle Fun Run, Faith Mission and Camp Chapparal.

Anderson earned OutstandingStudent awards in English, imaging and chemistry, and the President’s Award. Anderson finished second in district in UIL accounting and eighth in regional.

In four years on the varsity softball team, Anderson was named district Newcomer of the year, second-team all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association and Pitcher of the Year. She as selected to the Red River Diamond Dozen, and District 7-A Pitcher of the Year. Anderson made academic all-state in basketball and academic all-district in volleyball.

Honor students are Tyler Beechler, Alaina Anderson, Brittany Benham, BreAnna Bustos, Ty Cannedy, Austin Coker, Tyler Colley, Marissa Harrison, Bonnie Holloway, Kaylee Kenyon, Jamie Kowalick, Scott Ramsey and Taylor Whitehead.

Other class members are Coby Acheson, Christopher Blackburn, Nick Coleman, Chance Deason, Timothy Dietrich, Logan Dunn, Tyler Glasscock, Sarah Hinson, Breauana Long, Brady Mataska, Bradley Maxwell, Troy Merito, Jeffery Millsap, Jennifer Miranda, Ashley Norton, Julio Pena, Miranda Rogers, Nathan Schaffner, Cristopher Shawver, Travis Sloan, Jared Smith, Tyler Sullivan, Jace Brooks and Adam Womble.


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