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LEGACY ($500 - $999)

Junior League of Lufkin

Todd Stafford

Beth and Byron Jones

Texans for Trent Ashby


Commercial Bank of Texas

Trey & Sally Denman

Dr. Leah Guempel /

Audiological Services

Jane Ainsworth

Donut Palace

Dr. Preshant Kumar/

ET Nephrology Associates ​


BENEFACTOR ($250 - $499)

Don and Tyane Dietz

Lufkin Coca Cola Bottling Co.

Haglund Law Firm

Hospice in the Pines


Verabank James & Vercie McMullen

Angelina Forest Products

Drs. Sunil & Mariyam

Cherry Marilyn Hartsook

Drs. Amal & Pratibha Deshpande

Chance Law Firm

Morgan Insurance

FRIEND ($100 - $249)

Kendall Gay

Dr. and Mrs. Keven Ellis

Buchanan Reality

Sally and Max Alvis

Doug and Susan Ashburn

Sue Rolf-Gorden and Jack Gorden Skelton Slusher

Barnhill Watkin Wells, PLLC

Ricky and Kristi Gay

ADRA Medical Imaging

The Heart Institute of East Texas

Dr. and Mrs. Sudheer Karnati Alderman Cain & Neill, PLLC Charles and Sellestine Hunt

Jamie Zayler

Lisa Crow

Drs. Prashant and Swati Kumar Demetrius and Demetress Harrell McNutt Funeral Home

James Guest

Sharon Kruk

Gip and Andrea Friesen

Madelyn Porter

Scotty and Jill West

Matt and Brandie Knight

SUPPORTER (Up to $99)

Monique Nunn

Real Graphics

Pet Beauty Shop

Ronnie and Bobbi Robinson

Scott Neill

Cathy and Meb Todd

Bonnie Denmon


Kim Rowley – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Ginger and Jeff Bates – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Deanne, Stan, Worth and Lucy Gabriel – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Jane Ainsworth – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Marianna and Rufus Duncan – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Sally Alvis – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Children’s Clinic of Lufkin – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Donna Spore – Given in Memory of Alys Frazier

Donna & Tom Willis – Given in Memory of Alys Frazier

Judy Winger – Given in Memory of Alys Frazier

Becca & Jeff Chance – Given in Memory of Mark Skelton

Becca & Jeff Chance – Given in Memory of JoAnn Arnold

Shelli & Dr. Keven Ellis – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Shelli & Dr. Keven Ellis – Given in Memory of Mark Skelton

Mitch and Chere Crocker – Given in Memory of Clark Hooten

Doug and Susan Ashburn – Given in Memory of Alys Frazier

Kristi Gay – Given in Honor of Vercie McMullen

Anonymous – Given in Memory of Wendell Deason

Vercie McMullen – Given in Memory of James Kidwell

Dr. Ravinder and Mrs. Aruna Bachireddy – Given in Memory of James Kidwell Demetress Harrell – Given in Honor of the Foundation Director and Officers

Beth Jones – Given in Honor of Vercie McMullen and Demetress HarreL

Event Program


Demetress Harrell, Education Foundation President


Valedictorian & Salutatorian Announcements 

Lynn Torres, Superintendent,

Lufkin ISD 

Grants in Action Video 

LISD Education Foundation’s Mission and Accomplishments 

Vercie McMullen, Executive Director, LISD Education Foundation 

2020 Top LISD Graduate Presentation to their Educator of Influence 

Thanks & Closing Remarks 

Demetress Harrell 

Follow along! View or download the event program below:

Letter from the President

Top 20 Graduating Seniors, 

On behalf of the Lufkin Education Foundation, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to each of you, on your impressive academic achievements. You represent your senior class with magnificent honor and we are tremendously elated by your remarkable devotion to education. 

We recognize this year has presented a series of unprecedented events, however we want you to know that we will never allow anything to overshadow your exceptional accomplishments. I want to encourage you to continue to seek the gold standard during your college career and to realize you are our great leaders of tomorrow. 

While this 2020 year has not afforded you all of your hearts desires with celebrations and year end activities, please know that you’re family, friends, school, community and our Foundation members are extremely proud of you. We mark this year as a success and your courageous adaptive character has been highly complemented.

Top 20 Seniors, may your future present many rich rewards and grant you the impeccable opportunities to excel beyond measure. As you envision navigating your college journey, take a moment to reflect on the wonderful memories you have created over the last twelve years. It is those cherished memories that define your commitment to reach this level and we commend your excellence. 


Demetress Harrell 

Lufkin ISD Education Foundation President


Meet our honorees

Panther of Prestige

Andrew B. Adams II

Educator of Influence


Dayna Kerr 

Calculus and Computer Science 

Panther of Prestige


Logan J. Armstrong 


Educator of Influence


Lila Guadalupe  

Spanish III, IV and V AP 

Panther of Prestige


Garin E. Ashby 


Educator of Influence


Truitt Eubank

Principles of Ecology, Soil Conservation, and Intro. to

Natural Resources 

Panther of Prestige


Hilda D. Cuello Gonzalez

Educator of Influence


Suzy Jungmann

LISD STEM Coordinator 

Panther of Prestige


Kaylin R. Davis 

Educator of Influence


Janice Holcomb

Accounting I, Advanced Accounting, UIL Academic Accounting Coach

Panther of Prestige


Jaxon E. Griffith

Educator of Influence


Ryan Cantrell

STEM 3, STEM 4, Aquatic Sci, AP Environmental, Environmental Sys

Panther of Prestige


Nicholas K. Hargroue

Educator of Influence


Daniel Usher

AP United States Government

and Politics

Panther of Prestige


Alexander S. Hill

Educator of Influence


Savanna Tutt

8th Grade English

Panther of Prestige


Zachary L. Hill

Educator of Influence


Elizabeth Perkins

IPC, Environmental Systems, Aquatic Science and STEM 1

Panther of Prestige


Paige E. Hoelewyn

Educator of Influence


Nicole Stewart


Panther of Prestige


William F. Lanigan

Educator of Influence


George Little


Panther of Prestige


Kimberly Ly

Educator of Influence


Andy Adams

Yearbook I/II/III and Newspaper I/II

Panther of Prestige


Lizabeth Martinez

Educator of Influence


Gary Hamilton

Algebra 1 Pre-AP

Panther of Prestige


Cy A. Murphy

Educator of Influence


David Willis

Physics Pre-AP, STEM 2

Panther of Prestige


Natalie A. Naramore

Educator of Influence


Addie Garner

5th Grade Science and Reading

Panther of Prestige


Alyssa N. Nunn

Educator of Influence

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Danny Eubanks

10th Grade Gifted and Talented Teacher, PAP English II, AP World History, AP Art History 

Panther of Prestige


Pooja Ramnath

Educator of Influence


Shelley Tatum

English IV AP and English II

Panther of Prestige


Amal J. Saleh

Educator of Influence


Kathy Thannisch

Director of Early Childhood Education

Panther of Prestige


David I. Sloan

Educator of Influence


Christy Fox

Biology and AP Biology

Panther of Prestige


Riley D. Thornton

Educator of Influence


Kathryn Williams

Chemistry Academic,

Chemistry I-PreAP, Chemistry II-AP


We tip our caps to our ssponsors


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Andrew Adams, II 

Chance Law Firm 

Todd & Linda Stafford 

Logan Armstrong 

Demetrius & Demetress Harrell 

Todd & Linda Stafford 

Beth & Byron Jones 

Garin Ashby 

Don & Tyane Dietz 

Dr. Keven & Shelli Ellis 

Sally & Max Alvis 

Todd & Linda Stafford 

Beth & Byron Jones 

Kaylin Davis 

Alderman Cain & Neill, PLLC 

Hilda Gonzalez 

Beth & Byron Jones with

  Anonymous Supporter 

Marilyn Hartsook 

Jaxon Griffith 

ADRA Medical Imaging  

  Dr. & Mrs. Troy Coleman 

  Dr. & Mrs. Hal Levine 

  Dr. & Mrs. Purvak Patel

Nicholas Hargroue 

Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins 

Wells, PLLC 

Alexander Hill 

Todd & Linda Stafford 

Zachary Hill 

Todd & Linda Stafford 

Paige Hoelewyn 

James & Vercie McMullen 

Beth & Byron Jones 

Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

William Lanigan 

Hospice in the Pines 

Lisa Crow Photography

Kimberly Ly 

Doug & Susan Ashburn 

Lizabeth Martinez 

Sudheer R. Karnati, MDPA 

Charles & Sellestine Hunt 

Cy Murphy 

Buchanan Realty 

Natalie Naramore 

Jamie & Stephen Zayler 

Alyssa Nunn 

Don & Tyane Dietz 

Hospice in the Pines 

Todd & Linda Stafford 

Beth & Byron Jones 

Pooja Ramnath 

The Heart Institute of East Texas 

Kendall Gay 

Dr. Amol & Pratibha Deshpande 

Sue Rolf Gorden & Jack Gorden 

Swati Kumar, MD 

Amal Saleh 

Ricky & Kristi Gay 

David Sloan 


Riley Thornton 

Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 

Haglund Law Firm

We invite you to join these generous

individuals and businesses in supporting

the Lufkin ISD education system.

Special thanks to these individuals for their help in creating our banquet presentation. 

We couldn't have done it without you.

BP Media Group

Blake Pollino

Real Graphics

Chris Fleniken


Josh Miller

LHS Career/Tech Printer

Brian Crews

LISD Staff

Shelia Adams

Connie Hobbs

Julie McManus