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      TPS awards scholarships at annual banquet

      Toledo Public Schools awarded grants to dozens of its brightest students at annual banquet Tuesday evening.

      The Salute to Scholars: A Celebration of Learning banquet awarded 77 TPS students and two educators with $117,999.50 in grant and scholarship funds. Hundreds of students, parents and educators attended the event at Premier Banquet Complex in Maumee.

      2012 Scott High School valedictorian Daquze Stephens addressed the crowd as the event??s keynote speaker.

      ??It??s a huge honor for me, especially being able to do it in front of my alma mater, Scott High School,?? said Stephens. ??It??s just a surreal event for me.??

      Stephens is currently studying social work at the University of Toledo.

      The TPS Foundation awarded nearly $113,000 through 110 scholarships this year. The foundation has awarded nearly $1 million since its establishment in 1999.