CHS Graduation 2022
May 26, 2022
It was a memorable night, Friday, May 20th, as 715 walked across the stage at Simmons Bank Arena once again in North Little Rock to accept their diplomas. Thousands of family and friends watched their cheered on their favorite graduate.
Superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman and CHS Principal Henry Hawkins welcomed everyone and congratulated the Class of 2022. Included in this number are 73 Distinguished Honor Graduates, 83 High Honor Graduates, and 73 Honor Graduates.
This senior class also has three National Merit Scholars, 24 Governor's Distinguished Scholars, three service academy appointments, over $147,000 in scholarships given by businesses, organizations, and individuals in our local community, more than half-a-million-dollars given in band, choir, and athletic scholarships, and millions of dollars in academic scholarships!
This year’s Valedictorian was Caroline Huynh along with Co-Salutatorians Olivia Benefield and Dwyneth Gutierrez
Valedictorian Caroline Huynh has attended Cabot Public Schools since PreK. She has 13 AP credits and is graduating with a 4.58 GPA. Caroline is involved in the Cabot High School’s Visual Arts Department as both an AP art student and the president of both the Art Club and National Art Honor Society. Alongside her dedication to the arts, she is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and AP Academy. She has received recognition for her efforts in extracurriculars, community service, and academics. She is one of only 20 students across the state who were selected as an Arkansas Times Academic All-Star. She is an Arkansas Governor’s School Alumni, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and an Arkansas Governor’s Scholastic Honor Student. Caroline has been offered both the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship and the Jerry and Linda Waymack Scholarship and will be attending Rice University in Houston, Texas on a full scholarship to study biosciences or nanotechnology.
Co-Salutatorian Olivia Benefield is graduating with 12 AP credits and a 4.53 GPA. She is president of the National Honor Society, Vice President of Rho Kappa, and Vice President of the Science National Honor Society. She is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, STEM Club, Young Republicans, and JUST Club. Olivia is an active member of Fellowship Student Ministry at Fellowship Bible Church and has been involved in leading the 5th and 6th grade students for 7 years. She is a national merit commended scholar and received many scholarships including Governor's Distinguished, UCA Achievement scholarship, Schedlers Honors College scholarship, Carolyn Mann scholarship, National Honor Society semifinalist, and the National Honor Society local scholarship. Olivia plans to major in biochemistry while attending the Schedlers Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas, and ultimately attending med school to pursue a career in pediatric oncology.
Co-Salutatorian Dwyneth Gutierrez is graduating with 12 AP credits and a 4.53 GPA. Jade has been a STEM focused student, reaching double completer status for both Engineering and Computer Science pathways. She’s been on the Technological Student Association Robotics team since the 10th grade, and is currently the club’s president. She is also the president of Junior Civitan Club, the Secretary of National Technical Honors Society, and a member of National Honors Society, STEM Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. She is honored by the state as a Scholastic Honor Student of Cabot High School presented by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Jade is recognized as a QuestBridge National College Match Finalist through which she received a full scholarship of $350,000 to attend Washington University in St. Louis. Jade plans to double major in Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis - James McKelvey School of Engineering.
Mr. Hawkins along with his assistant principals called students on stage while Cabot School Board President Joe Trusty presented students with their diplomas.
Following the changing of the tassel by Mike Verkler (CHS Class of 1976) and alma mater, Mr. Hawkins presented the Class of 2022! Congratulations!