Ten PHS seniors nominated for the Lavern Roach Award
Ten Plainview High School seniors have been nominated for the 2017 Lavern Roach Memorial Award, the most prestigious honor given to a male graduating senior.
The award, determined by popular vote of the student body, is named in honor of Lavern Roach, a 1943 PHS graduate and welterweight boxing champion who died from injuries received in the ring in 1950.
Roach’s widow, Evelyn Roach Trice, established the award in 1950 to promote clean living, good citizenship and sportsmanship.
This year’s nominees are Manuel Marcus Alcala, John David Andrade, Beaux Bennett, Tayvian Coleman, Jace De La Garza, Bryson DeBerry, Wrangler Haresnape, Grant Thomas, Christian Wallace, and Kershawn Whitaker.
Manuel Marcus Alcala, the son of Lisandra Cardiel and Manuel Alcala, is a member of the PHS band and the National Honor Society. He has participated in football, baseball and powerlifting. He plans to enter Wayland Baptist University in the fall, eventually transferring to Texas Tech or West Texas A & M University to pursue a degree in nursing.
John David Andrade, the son of Maria Isabel Andrade, has participated in band, jazz band, National Honor Society, DECA, Amarillo Youth Symphony, Lubbock Wind Ensemble, and Plainview Symphony. He plans to pursue a degree in music education at West Texas A & M University after graduation..
Beaux Bennett, the son of Jeton Powe and Maurry Powe, is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated on the football, basketball and track teams. He plans to study pre-med at Texas Tech University following graduation.
Tayvian Coleman, the son of James Coleman and Sonja Coleman, played basketball for PHS. He plans to pursue a business and finance degree at Angelo State University.
Jace De la Garza, the son of Melba De La Garza and Jamie De La Garza, participated in varsity football, basketball and track. He plans to study radiology at Midwestern University after graduation.
Bryson DeBerry, the son of Donna Mulkey and Johnny Mulkey, played basketball and track at PHS. After graduation, he plans to attend South Plains College for basics, eventually transferring to Texas Tech to study phycology.
Wrangler Haresnape, the son of Dave and Kim Haresnape, is a member of FFA and played on the varsity football team. He plans to study animal science at West Texas A & M University.
Grant Thomas, the son of Melinda and Brian Thomas, played on the tennis team at PHS. He plans to attend Tarleton University or Wayland Baptist University and will major in business.
Christian Wallace, the son of Rodney and Sarah Wallace, is a member of the National Honor Society and the band. He played basketball and track. He plans to pursue a degree in elementary education at Oklahoma State University or Wayland Baptist University.
Kershawn Whitaker, the son of LaQuitta Davis and Damone Davis, participated in choir, football, and track at PHS. He plans to study business or psychology at Wayland Baptist University following graduation.
The PHS student body will vote to determine the winner of the award on March 7.