Jeffery Allen Blackhurst
Since the spring of 1998 we, the family of Jeffery Allen Blackhurst, have given recognition to a Rowlett High School band student for his or her accomplishments in school, church, and community. This recognition comes in the form of a scholarship in memory of our son Jeff.
Jeff was a charter member of the RHS Band. He would have graduated with the class of 2000, the first class to attend RHS all four years, but he lost his life in an automobile wreck in August, 1997. He loved the band. His closest friends at school were a part of the band. He spoke often of the domino games during class breaks. He wanted to be at all of the activities early so he wouldn’t miss out, and he was usually one of the last to leave. He was one of those willing to do what was best for the band. He was willing to switch from trumpet to euphonium because the band needed it. He played the electronic keyboard in the jazz band to cover for the missing low brass because there were no students playing those instruments.
We are pleased with this opportunity every year for the band to remember him. It is our desire to keep strong the spirit of love, comradeship, and support that has been established by the outstanding students of Rowlett High School.
We so appreciate all who have donated over the years to keep this memorial scholarship a part of the Mighty Eagle Band cultural fabric.
Mark & Chris Blackhurst
Jeffrey Allen Blackhurst
Memorial Scholarship Recipients
1998 Shad Warren
1999 Jessica Weldon
2000 Betheny Prudhomme, Sonia Reyna, Kenny Surgenor
2001 Ryan Williams
2002 Heather Bowdre, Mary Crenshaw
2003 Garrett Williams, Kyle Wilson
2004 Jon Cole, Rebecca Freeman
2005 Jessica Debnam, Matthew Cannon
2006 Stephanie Ceniza, Jeremy Gue
2007 Eric Estes, Amanda Trezza
2008 Donovan Hunt, Matt McGann
2009 Basil Bouras, Kaleigh Greenwood
2010 Phillip Harris
2011 David Ernst, Heather Gregory
2012 Kai Yip (Kaz) Chan, Vivian Diep
2013 Tanner Cotton, Veronica Valera
2014 Chandler Davis, Nathan Ihemeremandu, Erica Kenworthy
2015 Adam Cope, Rayleigh Palmer, Celeste Villarreal
2016 Erin Kiser, West Garcia, Nathan Vaz
2017 Brooklyn Davis, Zachary Griffin, Allison Jones
2018 Samuel Farrell, Jennifer Tang, Lane Tapp, Flora Trinh
2019 Elizabeth Chandler, Avery McCarty, Melanie Paonessa
2020 Fiona Yemane, Veronica Pena