Crosby student wins Turner Maurice Gauntt Jr. citizenship award

January 28, 2017

A Crosby High School graduate is being honored with the 2016 Turner Maurice Gauntt Jr. Exemplary Citizen Scholarship Award by Constituting America.

Parker Emerich, who is now a freshman at Texas A&M University, is the third recipient of the award, which is based on academics, athletics, student body leadership and community service.

Emerich was inducted into the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (math’s honor society), earned the Principal’s Award for Top Student of the Year and was named Distinguished Scholar for all eight semesters of his high school career. He served as a four-year captain of his football team and was awarded first team All-District and All-State Academic team in football. He was senior class treasurer of the student council and was chosen as Student Ambassador for the Good Sportsmanship League. Finally, he was active in his community as a mentor to elementary and intermediate school students and volunteered to read at the community library.

“We chose Parker before we knew he had chosen to attend Texas A&M, before we knew had chosen to join the Corps Cadets, before we knew he had chosen the Air Force unit and before we knew the nickname of Parker’s squadron is ‘Hustlin’ One,′ reminiscent of the B-58 Hustler my father flew. These amazing coincidences certainly validated our decision. Parker, as a high school student exemplified and as a Texas A&M student continues to exemplify, the remarkable life of my father, Turner Maurice Gauntt Jr.,” said Constituting America’s Founder and Co-Chair Janine Turner.

Gauntt, a West Point graduate, was the first to fly the B-58 Hustler at Mach 2. He died in 2014.

“My father was the most noble, honest, and resilient man I have ever known and he inspired me to love our country, and be willing to make sacrifices for her,” said actress Turner (Northern Exposure, Cliff Hanger, Friday Night Lights) who founded and co-chairs Constituting America along with Cathy Gillespie, former chief of staff to Congressman Joe Barton. “My father valued our country’s founding principles and our founding fathers’ wisdom. With his exemplary service, he honored our United States Constitution.”

Awarded to a new recipient each year, the Turner Maurice Gauntt Jr. Exemplary Citizenship Award provides winners with a one-time scholarship payment of $4,540 for the recipient to use toward higher education.

To nominate a student for the Turner Maurice Gauntt Jr. Exemplary Citizen Award, go to: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/blog/the-turner-maurice-gauntt-jr-exemplary-citizen-award/. Nominations due June 14.