Top 10 DHS Graduates: Outstanding in Every Way

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Denison High School’s “Top 10” Class of 2022 graduates embody excellence in everything they do. They are exceptional students, responsible leaders and involved citizens who challenge themselves every day to do and be at their best. They are also kind, caring, helpful and respectful. They choose to take tough classes and work hard to excel, to be exemplary role models, and to serve their school and community in any way they can.

“It is with great pride and grateful hearts that we salute the incredible accomplishments of these exceptionally bright and talented young people,” said DHS Director Dr. Cavin Boettger. “They have brought great pride to their families as well as to our school district and our entire community. We salute them not only for what they have accomplished at DHS, but for all they will accomplish as they continue to work hard and achieve success at ever higher levels.

Denison High School’s top 10 graduating class of 2022 are:

Valedictorian Luke Sparlin is the son of Debra Sparlin and Jason Sparlin. He served his community as an Alter Server at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, volunteered with Helping Hands through the National Honor Society and the DHS Student Council, and offered tennis clinics at the college during the ‘summer. As an active and involved leader at DHS, Luke has served as student council president, participated in the West Point Summer Leadership Experience, attended and participated in the Naval Academy Summer Seminar, served on on the DHS Student Council Board of Trustees and served as an NSHSS Ambassador. . Extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society, DHS Varsity Tennis, DHS Student Council, and DHS Band. Luke plans to attend a US Service Academy and get a degree related to space science. His ultimate goal is to work for a space agency as an astronaut.

Salutatorian Addison Branum is the daughter of Amanda Edmiston and Jason Branum. She has served her community as a coordinator and participant in many National Honor Society volunteer events including community clean-up events, blanket drives, food drives, 5K charity events and fundraisers as well as induction ceremonies and other community building activities. As a school principal, Addison served as president of the National Honor Society and was an active member of the DHS Student Council. Extracurricular activities include president of Denison High School’s National Honor Society, three years of musical theater, various student council projects and programs, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), and DHS Art. Addison plans to attend Texas Woman’s University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with the goal of attending medical school to become a pediatric cardiologist.

Haidyn Peterson is the daughter of Chris and David Peterson. She has served her community as a Monday Night Chat volunteer at the DAWG, a volunteer at the Frank Buck Zoo Summer Camp where she mentored zookeepers, and various National Honor Society events and activities including DISD 5K for kindness, community cleanup and litter pick up. activities and the Valentine’s Day candy project. As a DHS leader, Haidyn served as staff editor of the DHS Yearbook, National Honor Society Member of Parliament, senior class secretary, and member of the DHS Student Council. Extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society, yearbook staff photography for three years, tennis through grade 12, cello/orchestra grades 4 through 12, student council for four years, and teenagers for four years. Haidyn plans to attend a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and chemistry or environmental science. She then plans to apply for graduate school and pursue a career in cybersecurity or wildlife conservation.

Jose Ariza is the son of Sandra Salas and Fernando Salas. He served his community as a member of the National Honor Society, the DHS Band, a Band Buddy in his first year, and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society in his first year. As a leader at DHS, he served as a mellophone section leader his sophomore, junior, and senior years, and principal French horn during all four years at DHS. Extracurricular activities include Touch of Gold Marching Band for four years, Wind Ensemble for four years, Jazz Band its junior and senior years, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps two years, and Tennis two years. Ariza plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemical engineering.

Peyton Johnson is the son of Jared Johnson and Rebecca Johnson. He served his community as a volunteer teacher’s aide at Mayes Elementary, a volunteer with Helping Hands Food Pantry for four years, and a volunteer reader with 3rd graders at Terrell Elementary School in 2021. He also helped build a ramp for a wheelchair. man with the Texas Ramp Project in 2019, and worked with the City of Denison for the Doc Holliday Festival in 2021. As a leader, Peyton served as Executive Chairman of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the DHS Class of 2022 , a student council board member, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team, and captain of the DHS baseball team. Peyton plans to attend the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University as an honors business student majoring in finance with the goal of pursuing a career in sports business or general business.

Landry Massenburg is the son of Bryan and Kerri Massenburg. He has served his community by participating in many community service programs including Denison Helping Hands, Meals on Wheels and working with his youth group at Waples United Methodist Church. As a leader, Landry served his DHS football team as a college football starter for three years, a member of the DHS Student Council Board of Trustees, and Executive Vice President of the DHS National Honor Chapter. Society. Extracurricular activities include DHS Basketball for two years, DHS Track for two years, and DHS Football for all four years of high school. He is a member of the DHS Student Council and the National Honor Society, and is an active member of the Waples United Methodist Church. Landry plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in some kind of engineering, hopefully mechanical engineering.

Avery Martin is the daughter of Jason and Lisa Martin. She has served her community by helping to prepare and organize the National Honor Society induction ceremony, participating in community trash pick-ups, leading the 2021 Texas Thespians Festival, assisting with bagging and distribution breakfast bags for students, leading workshops for Texas Thespians, reaching out and meeting with representatives who champion Theater Month in our schools. As a leader, Avery served as Vice President of the National Honor Society, was one of 19 State Thespian Officers in Texas Thespians, and was a member of the International Thespian Student Leadership Council of the National Thespian Society. . Extracurricular activities include the DHS Theater, the National Honor Society, and the DHS Student Council. Avery plans to attend Texas Woman’s University and major in pure math with future ambitions of earning a teaching degree to become an algebra teacher.

Guillaume Gillespie is the son of Chris and Kim Gillespie. He has served his community as a counselor for the Christian Drama Workshop and an involved leader for Sports Games at the Vacation Bible School. He also delivered cans to Denison Helping Hands and volunteered for the City of Denison’s Doc Holliday Festival. As a leader of DHS, Will served as executive treasurer of the DHS National Honor Society committee, attending numerous NHS-sponsored events and activities. Extracurricular activities have included college football, DHS track and field, classical guitar, and the National Honor Society. Will plans to attend Texas A&M University to earn a degree in computer engineering.

Caitlyn Trobaugh is the daughter of Christine Carter and Aaron Trobaugh. She has served her community by getting involved and volunteering with Master Key Ministries Food Pantry, Denison Helping Hands, the free tutoring program at Scott Middle School, a Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, and Relay for Life. . As a leader, Caitlyn served as the university’s chief cheer captain for two years and as a DHS student council officer. Extracurricular activities include Varsity Cheer for four years, Den-teens for one year, Student Council for four years, National Honor Society for two years, and Teaching Practicum for one year. Caitlyn plans to attend a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics with a focus on math. She then plans to obtain a master’s degree in economics with the aim of becoming a Data Scientist.

Hannah Grinspan is the daughter of Eva Smith and Johnny Grinspan. She has served her community as an active volunteer for Denison Helping Hands, Denison ISD 5K for Kindness, numerous National Honor Society DHS Chapter service projects, and as the leader of the Church’s Vacation Bible School. Lakeway United Methodist. Hannah has also served her school in a leadership role as DHS Student Council Secretary. Extracurricular activities have included DHS Varsity Softball for four years, DHS Student Council for four years, and National Honor Society for two years. Hannah plans to attend four-year college to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then plans to attend dental school to become an orthodontist.

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