Nistha Neupane, the valedictorian of the 2022 graduating class of Pleasant Grove High school, is the daughter of Ram Neupane and Sarala Sharma Neupane. She is a member of the President's Education Excellence Awards Program and a member of the University Interscholastic League Scholars Awards Program and Top 10% of her class.
Nishta is a 2022 Hall of Fame recipient for English Language Arts and Journalism. She is a recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Academic Award in AP Music Theory, and Calculus Dual Credit, the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Academic Award in AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition and Independent Studies in Dual Credit Trigonometry, as well as the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Academic Award in Algebra II Pre AP, Spanish 3 Pre AP, Chemistry Pre AP, English 2 Pre AP, and the recipient of the 2019 English 1 PreAP Award.
Nistha was crowned 2022 Miss Pleasant Grove High School and 2022 Miss Congeniality. She has served as co-editor of The Edge Newspaper, officer of the Keyettes Community Service Organization, officer of Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Gifted Talented Program, a member of National Quill & Scroll, Pride in Motion Band member, a member of the UIL Competition Journalism Team and Mathematics Team and a member of the Lady Hawks Basketball team.
Nistha is a Texas UIL All State Journalist, earned Tops in Texas Newspaper Awards, Texas Best of the Best Newspaper Awards, Best in Show Editor Award and and CSPA Award. She has also earned various District Texas UIL District Medals for UIL Math and Journalism teams. She placed 1st in DAR Nationals and 1st in State in 2020 and in Lone Star Chapter in 2019 as well as 1st place Regional and State Qualifier in Texarkana National History Day through Texas A&M University.
Nistha serves her community through service hours as a Keyette, Student Council, and serving yearly at The Big Event through TAMUT. She received the Keyettes Outstanding Service Award Scholarship, the Student Council Scholarship, the PG Connection Scholarship, the Miss PGHS Scholarship, the TAJE Bobby Hawthorne Scholarship, the Greater Texarkana Youth Professionals Scholarship, the PEO Scholarship, the Daughters of the American Revolution Lone Star Chapter Good Citizen Award Scholarship and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Full Ride Donaghey Scholars Fellowship Award.
Nistha plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and major in Biology on the Pre-Med track and minor in Mathematics. Her plan is to specialize in Orthopedic Surgery, Cardiology or Oncology.
Brock Donald Bearden, salutatorian of Pleasant Grove's Class of 2022, is the son of Brent and Jenny Bearden. He is a member of the President's Education Excellence Awards Program and a member of the University Interscholastic League Scholars Awards Program, and Top 10% of his class.
Brock is a member of the National Honor Society, Gifted and Talented, National Art Honor Society, Student Council, Art Club, Spanish Club, National Quill & Scroll, and is a member of the Gifted and Talented Program. He serves as PG TV anchor/editor and Spirit Flag Runner. Brock has served as class president and STUCO representative. He was named to the FCA All Star Team, National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll, won Superior Ribbon for Sports Writing with the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, placing first in Sports Feature News Story and second in Sports News Story with the Texas Association of Journalism Educators.
Brock was a four-year starter for the varsity baseball team, including on the 2021 4A state champion squad. He was named to the 4A Baseball State All Tournament Team in 2021. He was named to the Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All State ELITE Team and the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All Star Team and was named a Texas High School Baseball Top 10 4A player to watch. He was named 15-4A First Team All District (Outfield) for 2022.
Brock is a fourth-generation member of First Baptist Church and has been an active member of Fusion Youth Group. He has participated in Fields of Faith, Children's Art Workshop and Stadium Cleanup, as well as volunteered in Hawk Camp, Hunger Games canned food drives and Showstopper events. He is affiliated with Sticks Baseball, XLR8 Speed and Agility Training, 90 mph Club, Wacha Resolutions and Texarkana Legion Baseball.
Brock received the PG Connection Scholarship, the Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship and scholarships from Baylor University, Crowder College, Dallas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Oklahoma State University, University of Alabama and University of Central Arkansas. Brock plans to attend Crowder College Honors Program and play baseball for the Roughriders.
Kendall Elizabeth Johnson graduated third. The daughter of Kenneth Johnson and Karrie Cole, Kendall received the Keyettes Community Service Scholarship, the National Honor Society Scholarship, the Texas A&M Engineering Scholarship, the Dallas Scottish Rite FreeMasons Scholarship and the Texarkana Area A&M Club Scholarship. She plans to attend Texas A&M College Station and major in biomedical engineering.
Isabelle Kate Hackleman graduated fourth. The daughter of Steve and Jillian Hackleman, she received the Red Lick Scholarship and University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Scholarship. She plans to attend UA and pursue a career in pediatric dentistry.
Ethan Cole Pirkey graduated fifth. The son of Trey and Rebecca Pirkey received the Distinguished Scholar and Discovery Scholarship from Southern Methodist University. Ethan plans to attend SMU and major in biophysical sciences and minor in psychology. He intends to pursue a career as a malpractice lawyer.
James Nathaniel Hutcheson graduated sixth. He is the son of James and Belinda Hutchison. Nathan received the Distinction Scholarship from Baylor University, where he plans to major in finance.
Campbell Elliott Jackson graduated seventh and is the son of Randy and Becky Jackson. He received scholarships from University of Alabama, where he plans to major in biology in hopes of a career in radiology.
Jacob Daniel Jones graduated eighth. The son of Ellen Jones, Jacob has received the Baylor University Distinction Scholarship, the University of Central Arkansas Academic Achievement Scholarship, and the Texas A&M College Station Engineering Scholarship. Jacob plans to attend Texas A&M inCollege Station and double major in chemical engineering and mathematics. He aspires to improve medical treatment of Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Grant Moore Mitchell graduated ninth. He is the son of Dr. Trey and Julie Mitchell. Grant received the STEM Scholarship from the Patterson School of Accounting and an Academic Merit Scholarship and was named an Engineering Scholar by the Engineering Scholarship Committee at the University of Mississippi. Grant will attend Ole Miss to major in civil engineering.
Gracie Paige Carr graduated 10th and is the daughter of Eric and Gina Carr. She received the Ellen Campbell Leadership and Service Award Scholarship. Gracie plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas and major in accounting. She aims to be a CPA and ultimately build a career in forensic accounting.