CHS Graduation 2023
May 22, 2023
It was a memorable and historic day as 707 seniors graduated from Cabot High School!
For the first time since 2002, students graduated on campus in three different ceremonies at Panther Arena on Saturday, May 20th. Seniors were supposed to graduate Friday, May 19th at War Memorial Stadium, however, due to severe weather in the area graduation was moved to Panther Arena.
During the ceremonies, Superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman and CHS Principal Henry Hawkins welcomed everyone and congratulated the Class of 2023.
Included in this class are 89 Distinguished Honor Graduates, 81 High Honor graduates, and 56 Honor Graduates. These students met this distinction by maintaining a high GPA while taking rigorous academic classes.
This class is also made up of five National Merit Scholars, 29 Governor’s Distinguished Scholars, and 102 seniors have a 4.0 GPA or higher.
Seniors have also received in excess of over $20-million-dollars in academic scholarships, more than half-a-million dollars in band, choir, and athletic scholarships, and over $142,000 in scholarships were given by local businesses, organizations, and individuals in our community.
Thirty students have also committed to a military branch. Sixty-eight percent are committed to a college or university. Nine-percent are headed to a trade school, and sixteen-percent are entering the workforce. The number one career choice for this group of seniors is the medical field.
The Class of 2023 Cabot High School Valedictorian is Zachary Daniel Brown. Zachary is the son of Cynnamon Brown and Justin Brown. Zach has been in Pre-AP and AP classes since 7th grade and has completed 18 Pre-AP classes and 14 AP classes. He is in the AP Academy, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, Science National Honor Society, and was named to the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. Zach attended Arkansas Governors’ School and volunteered at the Cabot Animal Shelter. He has accepted a University of Arkansas Fellowship Scholarship and a Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship and plans to attend the University of Arkansas to double major in psychology and public health with future plans to attend medical school to become a Doctor of Psychiatry.
Our Salutatorian for the Class of 2023 is Alexis Madison Childs. Alexis is the daughter of Jason and Tara Childs. She is President of Rho Kappa, Vice President of National English Honor Society, President of Cabot High School Young Republicans, a member of National Honor Society and the AP Academy. Alexis is an Arkansas Times Academic All-Star and a National Merit Finalist. Alexis has been a member of the Debate Team and is a 4-time National Speech and Debate Tournament Qualifier, Ranked #1 in Arkansas Speech and Debate, the Arkansas Speech and Debate Student of the Year and winner of the Khyree Allison Excellence in Debate Award. She has received the ACTAA Debate Scholarship, American Legion Oratorical Scholarship, and the Akers Memorial Scholarship. Alexis plans to attend Georgetown University in the Walsh School of Foreign Service to study International Politics.
Mr. Hawkins along with his assistant principals called students on stage while Cabot School Board President Sarah Owen presented students with their diplomas.
The changling of the tassel was conducted by two special members of the Cabot High School Class of 1963. Mrs. Barbara Minton Holleman and Dr. Velma Minton Crouch are distinguished alumnae who are both retired from the Cabot School District after long, illustrious careers in education. The Class of ‘63 is celebrating their 60th anniversary as alumni of Cabot High School and we were honored to have Mrs. Holleman and Dr. Crouch take part in our ceremonies.
Following the changing of the tassel and alma mater, Mr. Hawkins presented the Class of 2023! Congratulations!