Adrian Valdez and Paula Suda

Hillsboro High School senior Adrian Valdez, left, shakes hands with Hillsboro Public Schools Superintendent Paula Suda after Valdez was honored as an award winner during the 63rd annual Beal, Breen and Rosted Memorial Senior Scholastic Book Awards sponsored by the Hillsboro Kiwanis Club on Wednesday.

Seniors from Hillsboro High School planning to pursue their college degrees received early graduation presents Wednesday morning.

The H509 Hillsboro Dollars for Scholars chapter awarded a record $116,500 in scholarships to 28 seniors during a one-hour presentation at the high school.

Jim Murphy, president of the chapter, said the record total and the average $4,160 scholarship given to Hillsboro’s seniors were the most doled out by the chapter in its 34-year history.

“(H509) is a special organization. … This is not something every school does. This is very unique, very special,” Murphy told a crowd inside the Hillsboro High School gym.

“The people who have donated to this over the years have really stepped up for you.”

Hillsboro High School senior Korina Holte picked up a packet containing $7,100 in scholarship money, the most given to any student in the history of H509, on Wednesday.

Holte plans to attend North Dakota State this fall to pursue a degree in accounting.

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