BHS names top two graduates
Borger High School has named its top two graduates for the Class of 2011.Madison Argo is the valedictorian with a GPA of 107.175 (4.0) and Joshua Madden is the salutatorian with a GPA of 106.471 (4.0).While in high school, Argo was on the Varsity Track Team, served as Art Club President, was a member and officer of the National Honor Society, and served as FCA President. She also played club volleyball, varsity volleyball, and varsity basketball, and was named to the Golden Spread All Star Volleyball Team.She was part of the UIL Mathematics Team that took first place in district, was named First Team All-District in basketball for 2011, received the Basketball Leadership Award in 2011, and received the Most Likely to Succeed Yearbook Award for 2011.Argo was also named a Texas Bluebonnet Girls State Citizen and Texas Girls Coaches Association Volleyball, and was named to the Academic All-State Team. She was a VASE State and Regional Medalist, named first runner-up in a nationwide Speedball Printmaking Contest, and was the Region 16 Christmas Greeting Card Winner.Argo was named Second Team All-District in volleyball for 2009, JV Basketball Player of the Year for 2009, Top Defensive Player in volleyball for 2009, and the Most Improved Player in basketball for 2009.She has participated in Community Toys For Tots, the March of Dimes, served as a H.O.P.E. (American Cancer Society) volunteer, and participated in the FCA Field of Dreams.Argo has received several scholarships, which include the Honors Scholar Program Scholarship, the Sooner Heritage Scholarship, the Ben G. Owen Scholarship, the President’s Leadership Scholarship, and various other impending scholarships.She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and obtain a zoology degree, then attend Oklahoma’s School of Pharmacy to become a pharmacist. She is the daughter of Tammy Argo, granddaughter of Martha Lipps, and sister to Mackenzie Argo.Madden also has had an active high school career during his time at BHS. He has been a four-year participant in tennis, a four-year participant in band as a percussionist, a two-year member of the UIL mathematics team, and a four-year member of the UIL Science Team.He has led music on Sunday morning and during Wednesday night worship times at Faith Covenant Church, and was an organizer of Monday Lunch on the Lawn.Madden also served as Senior Class President this year, has been a part of the National Honor Society for two years, and has worked as a referee for the Hutchinson County Youth Soccer Association for the past five years.He was honored as the Happy State Bank/Amarillo Globe News 2011 Male Tennis Athlete of the Year, received the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Sports Achievement Award (Spring Sports) in 2011, was named Academic All-State in tennis in 2011, and was part of the 3A State Mixed Double Champion Team in 2011 with sister Abbie. He also has been a three-time district tennis champion and a three-year regional qualifier.He was nominated to the People to People Ambassador Program in 2010, received the AP Scholar Award for 2010-11, was named the BHS Band Outstanding Junior Bandsman for the 2009-10 school year, advanced to state solo and ensemble contest in band three out of the four years of his high school career, received the Semper Fidelis Award in Band for 2011, and was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist.As part of the UIL Mathematics Team, Madden placed second overall in district this year and was part of the district first place team. In 2010, he was also part of the district first place team.As part of the UIL Science Team, he placed second overall, and received first place honors in physics and third place honors in chemistry, along with being part of the district second place team. In 2010, he placed second overall in science, first in chemistry, and was part of the district first place team. In 2009, he placed third overall in science, first in chemistry, and was part of the district first place team.Madden has received numerous scholarships to continue his education, which include the Oklahoma State University Academic Scholar Award (estimated at $10,100/year for five years – out-of-state tuition waiver), the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Academic Scholars Cash Award - $2,800 a year for four years; and the OSU Presidential Distinguished Scholarship valued at $2,200 a year for four years.He also has received the Sherman E. Smith Engineering Scholarship valued at $1,000, the OSU Freshman Research Scholarship valued at $1,000, the Chevron Phillips Chemical Dependents Scholarship valued at $2,000 a year for four years, a $1,500 scholarship for winning first place in the Pantex Federal Credit Union Essay Competition, and a $500 scholarship for winning first place in the Borger Credit Union Essay Compeition.Madden plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall and major in chemical engineering.He is the son of Dave and Cindy Madden.BHS graduation ceremonies are set for 8 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Bulldog Stadium.