by Michael G. Maness
The Chester ISD board honored their All-District Honors football and volleyball players at their regular meeting Monday night, Dec. 16. The chamber was packed with students, parents and a few visitors.
After an invocation by Vernon Lewis, President Ray McKnight led all in pledges to the U.S. and Texas flags.
The All-District Honors, said Volleyball Coach Ryan Hall, were very distinguished awards that came from votes of all of the coaches in the district.
Football Coach Chris Fudge gave attractive certificates of achievement to his All-District Honor students: Keaton Whitworth won First Team Wide Receiver and Honorable Mention Cornerback, Kristopher Kuehn 1st Team Spread Back and First Team Punter, Colten Martin 1st Team Defensive Lineman and 2nd Team Running Back, John Proctor 2nd Team Tight End, Cord Neal 2nd Team Utility Back and Honorable Mention Safety, Tyran Adair 2nd Team Defensive Lineman, Cody Riley Honorable Mention Center, Carlos Berry Honorable Mention Center, Levi Watts Honorable Mention Linebacker, and J. J. Cowan Honorable Mention Defensive Utility Player.
Coach Hall gave like certificates of achievement to his students: Timber Wright won District MVP; Krystin Jobe and Tyra Adair 1st Team All-District; Laken Read 2nd Tream All-District; Kylee Thomson, Jace Davis and Distiny Kuehn All-District Honorable Mention.
Both coaches, the ISD board, and the parents were very proud of their students' achievements.
Terry Riley brought in the returns from the High School Fishing Tournament which was a phenomenal success with 268 teams from three schools. Board member Brian Martin said tourney was "the largest of its kind in the history of America," noting that Riley was the major leader in organizing the tourney. It exceeded everyone's expectations, and the board was very grateful for the proceeds that went into the school's scholarship funds.
The only Chester team to place was that of Cody Riley and Keaton Whitworth, who won seventh, and Riley's Big Bass placed sixth, another honor for Chester.
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Davidson gave a gift from his retirement of $1,000, which was matched with another $1,000 by Exxon Mobile. Bill Dover wrote a grant that secured another $500. The board gratefully accepted both.
Superintendent Wayne Ivey asked the board about its preference regarding the graduation ceremonies. The seniors had asked if they could use the football field, and their request was thoughtfully considered, taking the weather into consideration. In all, it did not matter whether the students used the football field or the gym, and Ivey's guidance of the seniors would help them avoid a snag, should the weather force them to change at the last moment.
There was a dessert contest Thursday, and the elementary school had planned a get-together Friday night.