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2017 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship winners announced

Sam Craig Daily Sun Staff Writer  Apr 24, 2017

Apr 24, 2017

The Beatrice Educational Foundation has come a long way in the past 30 years.

Offering a single scholarship when it began in 1987, the foundation now manages 30 different scholarship funds and a $1.9 million endowment for Beatrice High School’s graduating seniors.

On Sunday, April 24, the Beatrice Educational Foundation held its yearly Scholarship and Hall of Fame program in the commons at Beatrice High School. Hundreds of families and well-wishers sat around the circular tables as students were called to receive their scholarship awards.

Some wore ties, some wore dresses and some wore sneakers, but all BHS students were wearing smiles as they approached the podium to get their certificates. This year, the 30 students were vying for a piece of an $82,275 scholarship pie.

The scholarships ranged from a single-offer $100 scholarship, all the way up to a $7,000 prize awarded over four years. Students spent the early part of this semester filling out scholarship applications, collecting letters of recommendation and writing personal essays. A couple of weeks ago, students that were selected to receive a scholarship got an invitation to the event.

The recipient of each scholarship was a carefully-guarded surprise up until the moment a name was announced.

“Aren’t these kids amazing,” asked Beatrice Educational Foundation president Kay McKinzie. “They look so great. They’re all so dressed up you could take them all out to dinner.”

McKinzie announced the winners of the 30 scholarships, from which, 41 individual scholarships were awarded.

The Eighth Grade Leadership Beatrice Class VII Scholarship of $150 named its first recipients, Brenden Simpson, who plans to go to Midland University with aims of becoming a pharmacist, and Tia Buhr, who’s heading to Bryan College of Health Sciences to become a pediatric nurse.

The Leatha Grimes Scholarship, which offers $100 for students interested in pursuing a career in nursing, went to Karly Wegner, who will be heading off to study nursing at Southeast Community College in Lincoln.

Trenton Poley took home the Esther Damkroger Scholarship, which awards $250 to students interested in becoming a music teacher in elementary, middle or high schools. Poley will start a career in musical education when he attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The $250 George McNenny Scholarship for students interested in art and architecture went unawarded this year, as no students qualified for it.

The Diane Cornelius Scholarship for $350—created for students active in music at BHS—went to Will Crandall who will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

Jacob Pinkerton got the $375 Virgil Jurgens scholarship for students who played basketball at BHS. Pinkerton is heading to the Des Moines Area Community College to study athletic training.

The Perley and Bessie V. Bates Scholarship of $400 for students who exemplify good citizenship also went to Pinkerton.

A new scholarship, named for former Paddock Lane Elementary third grade teacher, Lela A. Blas, awarded $500 to Jenilee Wright who is planning to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study elementary education.

The Virgil and Rhoda Pethoud Scholarship awards two students with $500. The first for a student who played softball for at least two years and the other for a student interested in a medical career. The scholarships went to Joscelyn Zimmerman who played softball and will study nursing at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and to Isabelle Zito, heading to University of Nebraska-Omaha to become a family physician.

The Delvin Koch Scholarship, named for the former CEO of the Beatrice State Developmental Center, awarded $500 to Kendall Post who is heading to Southeast Community College in Milford to become a machinist.

Cooper Blum took the Harold Deitemeyer Scholarship for $500, awarded to students planning to attend any University of Nebraska Campus and who showed a commitment to the high school community and to Beatrice. Blum is off to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he’ll study to be a physician assistant.

The longest-running scholarship, the Don Linn Scholarship for $700, went to Krystina Billesbach who’s heading to University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study international sales.

The Irene Sokolik Scholarship of $750 went to Courtney Fujan, who plans on attending the University of Nebraska-Kearney to become a strength and conditioning teacher.

The Greg Replogle Scholarship—another new scholarship—awards $1,000 to a student interested in nursing. It went to Andrea Zulauf who will study nursing at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

The Karla Hays Loving Heart Scholarship for $1,000 is given to students involved in the BHS music program, volunteer organizations or a member of St. John Lutheran Church went to Eli Hoefer, who will be majoring in acting and theater directing and performance at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The new Margaret Kassing Scholarship for $1,000 was awarded to Trenton Poley, his second scholarship of the event.

The two $1,000 Colin Hays Legacy Scholarships were awarded to Noah Snurr, who will attend Nebraska Wesleyan University to study music education, and to Natalie Doering, who is heading to Iowa Western Community College to major in dental hygiene.

 The $1,000 Neva and Ernest Smethers Scholarship, awarded to a student involved in golf, went to Kirsten Baete who will attend University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study elementary and special education.

Will Crandall also won the $1,000 Ben Stindt Scholarship.

The Brandon Villafane Scholarship for $1,250—awarded to students who have participated in football, basketball or track at BHS and exhibit traits of mental and physical toughness—went to Tilden Bardsley, who’s going to Nebraska Wesleyan University to study accounting.

The two winners of the $1,250 Klaus Dueck Scholarship for students who plan to study abroad were Ireland Rash and her sister Indiana Rash who both plan to become English as a second language instructors and attend Hellenic International Study in the Arts in Paros, Greece.

The new Amber Schroeder Scholarship for $1,500 for students involved in cross country went to Brady Achtemeir who will attend Hastings Collegs.

The two $1,500 Flint Hills Resources Discovery Scholarships—provided by Koch Biodiesel—went to Jeffrey Sullinger who will be attending the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study aerospace engineering and Noah Snurr.

Three Peter W. Jepsen Scholarships of $1,700 were awarded. Created for students planning to attend any type of higher education, and awarded based on scholarship, activities, character and need, was won by Andrea Zulauf, Skylar Thomas—who will attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University to become a counselor—and Jenilee Wright.

The $2,500 Neil and Alison Henry Scholarship for students who participated in track and field at BHS during their junior and senior years went to Breanna Trauernicht, who is heading to Southeast Community College to major in nursing.

The Dr. Alan Fiala Scholarship awards $4,000 to students who plan to study the natural sciences, like astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. The scholarship went to Nathan Spilker who will attend Princeton, majoring in physics to become an astronautical engineer.

The Robert Taylor Scholarship for students going on to pursue a career in fine arts gave $5,000 to Eli Hoefer.

Five students took home the Fred and Virginia Vette Scholarship for $6,000, including Madison Pieper who will be a pre-medicine major at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Tia Buhr, Kyle Leners who will study agricultural economics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kirsten Baete and Ali Walters, who plans to study at Texas Christian University to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.

The $7,000 Frances Fellwock Reed Scholarship went to two students who display high moral character, Joscelyn Zimmerman and Katie Jo Steffen, who will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to begin a career as an extension educator.

One of the requirements on this scholarship was that the selection committee had to pick two alternates, which included Nathan Spilker and Madison Pieper, McKinzie said.

After the awards were given, the foundation announced its Hall of Fame inductees, Dennis Byars and Scott Coates, as well as its Friend of Education award to Robert Person.

Edward Jones Team Places First in BEF Golf Tournament

IMG_8575Dylan Burnheide, Kyle Murray, Heath Hovendick and Tyler Wagner, playing for Edward Jones, placed first in the first flight in the BEF Golf Tournament with a combined score of 58. All are recent graduates of Beatrice High School and were varsity golfers while in high school. Money raised at the tournament supports the Beatrice Educational Foundation which awards over $75,000 in scholarships annually.

Students awarded $77K in scholarships

Annie Bohling, Daily Sun staff

Beatrice High School seniors and recipients of scholarships from various donors pose for a photo at the Beatrice Educational Foundation 2016 Scholarship and Hall of Fame Presentation on Sunday. More than $77,000 in scholarships were awarded to 26 individuals.
More than $77,000 in scholarships was awarded to 26 Beatrice High School seniors and two University of Nebraska-Lincoln students on Sunday.
Recipients, their families and friends, scholarship donors and Beatrice Educational Foundation board members filled the BHS commons at the Beatrice Educational Foundation 2016 Scholarship and Hall of Fame Presentation.

Scholarships ranged from $100 each to $7,000 each and were donated by various individuals, families and groups native to the Beatrice area.

“We got a letter in the mail two weeks ago telling us we were invited to the banquet, but we didn’t know what scholarship we were getting until it was announced today,” said BHS senior Megan Plessel, recipient of the Harold Deitemeyer Scholarship, which she said is focused on citizenship and leadership. “I’m really excited to know that people appreciate leadership in the community. And I’m thankful for everyone that donates money for scholarships for kids who want to go to college.”

Board member Kay McKinzie related the ceremony and time of year for the seniors to the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!,” reading on stage a short excerpt of the book.

“As parents at this time of year, we tend to think, ‘OK, I’ve gotten them this far, it’s time to take them on to the next step,’” McKinzie said. “This is a time to celebrate the success of our students as they move forward and the success of our former students as they excel in their chosen careers.”

Beatrice Educational Foundation president Lisa Pieper was also a keynote speaker and presented the awards to the 28 individuals.

“This event is the crowning glory of our year. It truly is one of the highlights for the foundation’s year,” Pieper said.

Pieper said a goal of the foundation is to provide a permanent source of financial support for the expansion and enrichment of learning opportunities for students of the Beatrice School District.

“The board of trustees and selected Beatrice High School students work together to promote academic achievement and civic involvement through the encouragement and support of quality school programs and innovative education that encourages excellence,” Pieper said.

The foundation manages a $1.9 million endowment fund.

“I have come to a greater understanding and appreciation of what it takes to keep the Beatrice Public Schools District relevant in the 21st century,” Pieper said. “We must continue to champion our schools’ efforts to provide and create educational experiences that allow all of our students to participate in and excel in their chosen academic and extracurricular endeavors as well as expand their understanding of their future roles in our global society.”

McKinzie said the ceremony is important because the students work hard all through high school and the awards and recognition serve as a positive consequence for their behavior. Plus, the ceremony allows students to connect face-to-face with their scholarship donors.

A list of 2016 scholarships earned by Beatrice High School students.

BETHANY SUE ADEN, daughter of Teresa Aden and Dan Aden, is the recipient of the Colin Hays Legacy Scholarship, a Dale J. and Zella B. Cooper Scholarship, the Emporia State University Presidential Scholar Award, and has earned the President’s Education Award.

MICHEAL JORDAN BAUMFALK, son of Richard and Mari Baumfalk, has been named as a University Honors Scholar and a James Canfield Scholar by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Micheal has earned the President’s Education Award.

GISELLE JANE BERGMEIER, daughter of Larry and Susan Bergmeier, was selected to receive the Neva and Ernest Smethers Scholarship, the Beatrice Country Club-Ladies Golf League Scholarship, a Centenary United Methodist Church Scholarship, an Opal Shum Scholarship from the Centenary United Methodist Church, a Beatrice Noon Kiwanis Club Scholarship, and a Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship. From Northwest Missouri State University, Giselle has earned a Tower Scholarship and the Bearcat Advantage Scholarship. Giselle has also earned the President’s Education Award.

HUNTER DANIEL BOLDEN, son of Peggi Bolden, is the recipient of the Darrell Melcher Athletic Scholarship, a Beatrice Science Club Scholarship, and a Geddes -Thober Post #1077 Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship. From Nebraska Wesleyan University, Hunter will receive a Black and Gold Scholarship, a Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship, and the Vaughan Scholarship.

ALEXIS LEE BORRENPOHL, daughter of Dawn Stahl and Matt Borrenpohl, will receive the American Legion Post #27 – Levi Dodge Scholarship, the Beatrice Lion’s Club Scholarship to Southeast Community College-Beatrice Campus, the Russell F. Dorn Scholarship at Southeast Community College-Beatrice Campus, and the Beatrice Education Association Scholarship at Southeast Community College-Beatrice Campus.

JACOB ALLEN BROD, son of Danice Brod and James Brod, is being awarded a Centenary United Methodist Church Scholarship, and an Archway Scholarship, a Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship, and the Great Plains United Methodist Scholarship from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

DYLAN J. BURENHEIDE, son of Glen and Stacy Burenheide, is the recipient of a Student Council Scholarship, the Saint Joseph Catholic Church Beatrice Knights of Columbus, Council 1723 Scholarship, and the Anderson Leader Athlete Award from Midland University. Dylan has also earned the President’s Education Award.

JARRETT LYN CARSTENS, son of Jamie and Tammi Carstens, is being awarded a Wymore American Legion Scholarship and a Wymore Sons of the American Legion Scholarship.

ALEC ANTHONY CROMER, son of Greg and Melissa Cromer, has been selected to receive the Brandon Villafane Scholarship and a Football Athletic Scholarship from South Dakota State University.

ERIC MATTHEW CULLISON, son of Gary and Heather Cullison, is the winner of the AmVets Post #11 Scholarship to Southeast Community College, the Geddes-Thober Post #1077 Veterans of Foreign Wars – Levi Dodge Scholarship, and an Acklie Charitable Foundation Scholarship at Southeast Community College.

LINDSEY MARIE DURMAN, daughter of Steve and Brenda Durman, is being awarded the Perley F. and Bessie V. Bates Scholarship, the Beatrice Lion’s Club Bernice Shackelford Scholarship, the Saint Joseph Catholic Church Beatrice Knights of Columbus Council 1723 Scholarship, and the Pioneer Fund Scholarship in honor of Joseph and Theresa Graff, Saint Joseph Catholic School. From Northwest Missouri State University, Lindsey has earned the Freshman Merit Award, and the Green and White Advantage Scholarship.

TAYLOR LEIGH EASLEY, daughter of Berri and Rhonda Easley, was selected for the Diane Cornelius Scholarship and the Archway Scholarship from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

TREVOR RYUN EICHENBERGER, son of Shane and Jamie Eichenberger, has won the Paddock Lane PTO Scholarship, the Archway Scholarship and the Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship. Trevor has also earned the President’s Education Award.

TRINITY BERLIN FAKLER, daughter of Michael and Jodi Fakler, is the recipient of the Beatrice Key Club American Red Cross Young Minds Scholarship, the Flint Hills Resources Discovery Scholarship, a James Canfield Scholar and a Chancellors Leadership Scholar Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship from the University of Kansas.

DEVA BELLE FREEMAN, daughter of Jim and Leigh Freeman, is being awarded the Karla Hays Loving Heart Scholarship, a James Canfield Scholar Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship from the University of Kansas. Deva has also earned the President’s Education Award.

DYLAN STONEY-LEE GEORGE, son of Chris George, was awarded the Dr. Alan Fiala Natural Science Scholarship, a Dale J. and Zella B. Cooper Scholarship, the Steinhart Foundation Inc. Scholarship, the Board of Trustees’ Scholarship and the Clements Band Scholarship from Peru State College, and has earned the President’s Education Award.

KAYLIN EMILIE HAGEMEIER, daughter of Dale and Jonetta Hagemeier, was selected to receive a Peter W. Jepsen Scholarship, the George W. McNenny Scholarship, a Beatrice Science Club Scholarship, and a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1077 Auxiliary Club Scholarship. From the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kaylin has earned the Chancellors Scholarship and a Special Activities Grant Award in Art. Kaylin has also earned the President’s Education Award.

ISAAC MICHAEL HALEY, son of Mike and Robbyn Haley, has won a University of Northwestern Scholarship, a Directors Award, the University of Northwestern Legacy Scholarship, and an Opportunity Scholarship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

REBEKAH RAIELLE HENDERSON, daughter of Lewis and Rhondarae Henderson, is being awarded the Vesper Chapter #9 Order of Eastern Star-Beatrice Scholarship, a Stoddard Elementary School Scholarship, a Homestead Early Risers Kiwanis Club Scholarship, a Lois E. Kors Scholarship, and an Archway Scholarship from Nebraska Wesleyan University. From the University of Sioux Falls, Rebekah will receive the John T. Vucurevich Endowed Scholarship, an Achievement Scholarship, and a Cougar Scholarship.

GAGE JOSEPH HOEFER, son of Steve and Jennifer Hoefer, is the recipient of a Peter W. Jepsen Scholarship, the Mark Metcalf BHS Writing Achievement Award, the Regents’ Scholarship from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship, and has earned the President’s Education Award.

ASHLEY ANN HOTHAN, daughter of Randy and Barb Hothan, was selected for the Theodore R. and Marcelene R. Muenster Scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has earned the President’s Education Award.

VICTORIA ANN HUBER, daughter of Ken and Nancy Huber, has won a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1077 Auxiliary Club Scholarship.

SKYLAR MARIE HULS, daughter of James and Tammy Huls, is being awarded an American Legion Post #27 Scholarship, a Geddes-Thober Post #1077 Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship, and a Lincoln School P.T.O. Scholarship. From Northwest Missouri State University, Skylar has earned a Freshman Merit Award, the Green and White Advantage Scholarship, and a Softball Scholarship.

CONNOR ROBERT HUSA, son of Brian and Karren Husa, was selected to receive the Robert Taylor Scholarship, a Centenary United Methodist Church Scholarship, a James Canfield Scholarship and a Nebraska Legends Scholar Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From Nebraska Wesleyan University, Connor is receiving a Black and Gold Scholarship, the Bennett Scholarship, and an Access Nebraska Wesleyan University Scholarship. Connor has also earned the President’s Education Award.

ARIASON MIRANDA JAMES, daughter of Courtney and Bryan Crumrine and Jason and Shelly James, has earned a Lois E. Kors Scholarship, a Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship, a Vaughan Scholarship, and a Black and Gold Scholarship from Nebraska Wesleyan University. From Northwest Missouri State University, Ariason has earned a Tower Scholarship and the Bearcat Advantage Scholarship. From Doane College, Ariason earned the Board of Trustees Scholarship. Ariason has also earned the President’s Education Award.

JORDAN RAE JURGENS, daughter of Elizabeth Shotkoski Jurgens and the late Dennis Jurgens, is the recipient of an American Legion Post #27 Scholarship, a Wymore American Legion Scholarship, a Saint Joseph Catholic Church Beatrice Knights of Columbus, Council 1723 Scholarship, and a College Opportunity Scholarship from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.

GRICELDA LOPEZ, daughter of Salvador and Alicia Lopez, was chosen to receive a Learn to Dream Scholarship to attend Southeast Community College.

JADRIEN PAIGE LONG, daughter of Derrick and Jody Long, has earned a Softball Scholarship from Northeast Community College, and a Tonka Lanes Bowling Scholarship.

BRIDGET SHALENE LOVELL, daughter of Paul and Lissa Lovell, is being awarded the Beatrice Key Club Scholarship and the Evangel University Freshman Distinction Award from Evangel University.

CONNOR JONATHAN LUSK, son of Dan and Camille Lusk, was selected to receive the Peter W. Jepsen Scholarship, a Kiwanis Homestead Early Risers Scholarship, a James Canfield Scholar Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship, and Connor has earned the President’s Education Award.

PAYTON JOHN MCCUBBIN, son of Eric McCubbin and Angie McCubbin, has been presented an Academic Scholarship from Concordia University.

HANNAH MARIE MEINTS, daughter of Dailan and Janice Meints, has been awarded a Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, a Beatrice Education Association Scholarship, the Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship, a Beatrice Science Club Scholarship, a Beatrice Noon Kiwanis Club Scholarship, and the Cedar Elementary PTO Trudi M. Moon-Agnus L. Wheeler Scholarship.

KAITLYN MARIE MESSNER, daughter of Manfred and Kathy Messner, is the recipient of a Flint Hills Resources Discovery Scholarship, the Cedar PTO Trudi M. Moon-Agnus L. Wheeler Scholarship, and has earned the President’s Education Award.

KAELA JO MEYER, daughter of Shawn and Rhonda Meyer, has earned the President’s Education Award.

NATALIE ANN MEYER, daughter of Kelly and Brenda Meyer, was selected to receive the Ben Stindt Scholarship, a Beatrice Rotary Club Scholarship, the Beatrice Area Retired School Personnel Scholarship, the Beatrice Teachers Appreciation Scholarship, the Stoddard Elementary School Scholarship, the Dance Team Scholarship, a Centenary United Methodist Church Scholarship, a James Canfield Scholar Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Natalie has earned the President’s Education Award.

SCHUYLER DREW MILLER, son of Jen Miller and the late Brandon Miller, is being awarded a Beatrice Chapter TeamMates Scholarship, a Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship, a Central Community College-TeamMates Scholarship, and an EducationQuest Foundation Scholarship to Central Community College-Hastings Campus.

SHEA MARIAH NELSON, daughter of JoAnne Hill, has been chosen to receive the Learn to Dream Scholarship to attend Southeast Community College.

SAMANTHA KYLIN OAKES, daughter of Kevin Oakes and Nichole Allen, is the recipient of the Paddock Lane PTO Scholarship, a Beatrice Sertoma Club Scholarship, the Beatrice Area Retired School Personnel Scholarship, a St. John Spiritual Growth Scholarship, the Cooperating Schools Scholarship from Peru State College, and Samantha has earned the President’s Education Award.

ALEXIS ANNE ODEN, daughter of Natasha Oden, has won the Don Linn Scholarship.

ASHLEY ANN OTTERSBERG, daughter of Beth Jones and Keith Ottersberg, is the winner of a Tonka Lanes and Beatrice Optimist Bowling Scholarship and a Tonka Lanes and Beatrice Eagles Bowling Scholarship.

MEGAN DELANEY PLESSEL, daughter of Ron and Casey Plessel, was selected to receive the Harold R. Deitemeyer Scholarship.

AUSTIN SCOTT ANTHONY RAGLAND, son of Scott and Rhonda Ragland, is being awarded the Frances V. Fellwock Reed Scholarship, the Virgil Jurgens Scholarship, the David Fry Award, the Edmund M. Carlson Scholarship, and a St. John Spiritual Growth Scholarship. From Nebraska Wesleyan University, Austin has earned the Founders Scholarship, the Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship, the Huge-Nebraska Wesleyan University Recognition Scholarship, and the Access Nebraska Wesleyan University Scholarship. At Creighton University, Austin earned the Creighton Academic Scholarship and the Shaffel Award. From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Austin was named a Regents Scholar, and received an Honors Textbook Scholarship and a University Honors Scholarship. Austin has also earned the President’s Education Award.

SARAH LYNN RIEKENBERG, daughter of Lynn and Kris Riekenberg, is the recipient of the Neil and Alison Henry Scholarship, a Beatrice Rotary Club Scholarship, a Black and Gold Scholarship from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship, and Sarah has earned the President’s Education Award.

ANDREW DAVID RINNE, son of Norton and Kimberly Rinne, has won a Music Scholarship from Northwestern College.

EMILY ELLEN SANDAL, daughter of Toby and Michelle Sandal, was selected to receive the Ken Zimmerman Health Care Scholarship, and a Beatrice Science Club Scholarship. From Nebraska Wesleyan University, Emily received a Black and Gold Scholarship and a Nebraska Wesleyan Achievement Scholarship. From Northwest Missouri State University, Emily received a Tower Scholarship and the Bearcat Advantage Scholarship. Emily has also earned the President’s Education Award.

MARISSA RENEE SANDMAN, daughter of Steve and Julie Sandman, is being awarded the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, and the P.E.O. Chapters FM and Z Scholarship. From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Marissa has been named a James Canfield Scholar, a University Honors Scholar, and a Pepsi Scholar. Marissa has also earned the President’s Education Award.

JONATHON MICHAEL SCHLEUFER, son of Dana and Julie Schleufer, has earned the Presidential Scholarship, a Theatre Scholarship, and a Tiger Scholarship from Doane College. From Nebraska Wesleyan University, Jonathon earned the Founders Scholarship and the Huge-Nebraska Wesleyan University Commendation Scholarship. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jonathon was named a Regents Scholar and a James Canfield Scholar. Jonathon has also earned the President’s Education Award.

CHESNEY RAE SCHMIDT, daughter of Danelle Schmidt and Mark Schmidt, will be receiving the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, the Student Council Scholarship, the Lucile V. Reilly Scholarship, the Beatrice Masonic Lodge #26, Lee and Elsie Donovan Scholarship, a Beatrice Rotary Club Scholarship, the Beatrice Noon Kiwanis Club-Dean Brandt Scholarship, the American Legion Post #27 Auxiliary Club Scholarship, the Beatrice Sertoma Club Scholarship, the Geddes-Thober Post #1077 Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship, the Darrell Melcher Athletic Scholarship, the Lois E. Kors Scholarship, the Lincoln School P.T.O. Scholarship and the Hagan Foundation Scholarship. From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chesney will receive the Theodore R. and Marcelene R. Muenster Scholarship. Chesney has also earned the President’s Education Award.

HANNAH LEIGH SEXTON, daughter of Robert and Kimberly Sexton, is being awarded the Beatrice Noon Kiwanis Club Scholarship, a St. John Spiritual Growth Scholarship, and a Volleyball Scholarship from Peru State College.

KYLEIGH ANN SWOBODA, daughter of Kerri Barnard-Swoboda, is the recipient of the BHS Class of 1961 Scholarship, a Virgil and Rhoda Pethoud Scholarship, the Leatha A. Grimes Scholarship, a Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post #1077 Scholarship, an American Legion Post #27 Scholarship, the Beatrice Noon Kiwanis Club-Ralph Roszell Scholarship, a Lois E. Kors Scholarship, a Paddock Lane PTO Scholarship, and a Black and Gold Scholarship and the Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship.

MALLORY MARIE TVRDY, daughter of Ralph and Dana Tvrdy, was selected to receive the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, the Colin Hays Legacy Scholarship, the Saint Joseph Catholic Church Beatrice Knights of Columbus Council 1723 Scholarship, the Archway Scholarship from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and the Tower Scholarship and the Bearcat Advantage Scholarship from Northwest Missouri State University.

HUNTER WAYNE WEISS, son of John Weiss and Sally Guhde, has been awarded the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship, the Archway Scholarship and the Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship.

JACOB MCINTYRE WRIGHT, son of Vaughn and Tina Wright, will be receiving the Irene Sokolik Scholarship, the Virgil and Rhoda Pethoud Scholarship, the Beatrice Lodge #26, Masonic Academic Scholarship, the Board of Governors Scholarship and the Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship. Jacob has also earned the President’s Education Award.

CASSIDY JO WRIGHTSMAN, daughter of Brian and Joleen Wrightsman, was chosen to receive the AmVets Post #11 Scholarship to Southeast Community College.

BAILEY MARIE ZARYBNICKY, daughter of Larry and Rhonda Zarybnicky, is being awarded the Frances V. Fellwock Reed Scholarship, a Nelnet Cares Scholarship, and a Regent’s Scholarship and a Lutheran Heritage Award from Concordia University. From Doane College, Bailey has earned a Tiger Visit Scholarship, the Doane Legacy Award, a Women’s Basketball Scholarship and the Board of Trustees Scholarship.

LANDON JOHN ZARYBNICKY, son of Larry and Rhonda Zarybnicky, was selected for the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, the President’s Scholarship and the Nebraska Wesleyan University Achievement Scholarship. From Doane College, Landon has earned the Tiger Visit Scholarship, the Doane Legacy Award, a Men’s Basketball Scholarship, and a Board of Trustees Scholarship. Landon has also earned the President’s Education Award.

Donors of scholarships were recognized as well.

Also recognized and awarded were three BHS alumni, who are now a part of the BHS Hall of Fame in the school. Their names are Don Fitzwater, Karen Dusenbery and Sarah Morris.

2015 Beatrice Educational Foundation scholarship winners

April 20, 2015 10:33 am

One by one, more than 20 Beatrice High School students made their way to the podium Sunday afternoon to be recognized for scholarships awarded by the Beatrice Educational Foundation.

Thirty-four scholarships totaling $74,975 were presented during the ceremony at the BHS commons area.

John Brazell, secretary treasurer for the foundation, said the total figure has increased each of the five years he’s been with BPS, which demonstrates the quality of education Beatrice provides.

“I think it’s just a real testament to our school and all the hard work that they do to prepare our kids for their next role in life,” he said. “It’s exciting to see kids getting ready to take that next step. It’s a testament to the quality of kids that we do have in our school.”

A selection committee from the foundation, which aims to provide financial support for the expansion of learning opportunities in Beatrice, read 65-70 applications to select the scholarship recipients.

Foundation members with children applying for scholarships are not allowed to participate on the selection committee.

“It’s a blind application process so the selection committee does not know who’s receiving the scholarships until they’re awarded,” Brazell said. “All they know is the number on the application. It is difficult to go through and sort because some of the scholarships have requirements, so trying to balance that out can be challenging, but it’s also very enjoyable.”

The funds come from a handful of donors who give their donations to the foundation to handle. The current endowment is a little over $1.3 million.

Some donors request that their donation goes toward a scholarship for a particular area of study, such as elementary education or biological sciences.

Throughout the year, along with providing scholarships, the foundation gives out about six $1,000 classroom grants.

Sunday’s event was led by School Board President Lisa Pieper, who said announcing the scholarship recipients is a highlight of being involved with BPS.

“To me, this is one of the crowning moments of our year,” she said. “I don’t think anything gives us greater pleasure than rewarding these kids, not only for their scholastic abilities, but so many of the scholarship requirements talk about leadership, community involvement, and citizenship. I think when we hear those things, it restores my faith that the next generation is going to do great things.”

In addition to recognizing current students for their work at BHS, past graduates were honored during the Hall of Fame and Friend of Education awards ceremony.

“As far as the hall of fame, it’s great to find out that Beatrice graduates have gone on to do such great things,” Pieper said.

This year’s Hall of Fame recipients were Theodore (Ted) R. Muenster, Robert Cherny and Max Martz.

Muenster graduated in 1958 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 1962. His more than 40-year career has included serving as Campaign Manager for Clair Callan’s successful bid as Nebraska’s First Congressional District representative, Former Chief of Staff to the Governor of South Dakota and many other roles.

Cherny graduated in 1962, and later earned a degree from UNL. He became a history instructor at San Francisco State University in 1971. Cherny became a Professor Emeritus in 2012 and served as department chair for six years. He has also coauthored six books.

Martz graduated in 1956. He went on to play football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and lettered three years in varsity football. After college he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Later he attained the title of captain. Martz also served as dean of students at John J. Pershing College.

This year’s Friend of Education award was presented to Dennis Hynek.

The Friend of Education award acknowledges someone who had a major impact or contribution in education within the district.

Hynek taught science and biology at the Beatrice junior high school for 12 years, later became the assistant principal, then principal until his retirement in 1998.

Students receiving scholarships were

Allison Carothers: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; Flint Hills Biodiesel Scholarship, $1,500; The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship Alternate.

Tanner Lusk: The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship, $7,000; The Leatha Grimes Scholarship, $100.

Chauncey Kleveland: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; Colin Hays Legacy Scholarship, $500; The Diane Cornelius Scholarship, $350; The Esther L. Damkroger Scholarship, $250.

Ty Bardsley: The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship, $7,000.

Jarrett Schultze: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; The Virgil Jurgens Scholarsip, $375; The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship Alternate.

Adam Eisenbarth: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000.

Rachel Hoffman: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000.

Ian Doyle: The Robert Taylor Scholarship, $4,000; Flint Hills Biodiesel Scholarship, $1,500.

Rebecca Garland: Dr. Alan Fiala Natural Science Scholarship, $4,000.

Andrew Venneman: Neil and Allison Henry Scholarship, $2,500.

Rachel Bishop: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700; The Rhoda and Virgil Pethoud Scholarship, $500.

Margaret Eubanks: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700; The Perley F. and Bessie V. Bates Scholarship, $400.

Heath Hovendick: Neva and Ernest Smethers Scholarship, $1,000; Brandon Villafane Scholarship, $1,000.

Madison Blum: David Fry Award, $1,000; The Ben Stindt Scholarship, $1,000.

Tyler Parthemer: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700.

Elizabeth Cowan: Klaus Dueck Scholarship, $1,250.

Hunter Cook: Klaus Dueck Scholarship, $1,250.

Bryce Trisler: Irene Sokolik Scholaship, $750.

Aryssa Borrenpohl: Don Linn Scholarship, $700.

Kimberly Higgins: BHS Class of 1961 Scholarship, $700.

Samantha Caver: The Rhoda and Virgil Pethoud Scholarship, $500.

Nichole Weaver: The Harold R. Deitemeyer Scholarship, $500.

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Beatrice Educational Foundation Golf Tournament

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Beatrice School District Listed in Newsweek’s 2013 Top 2000 Schools in United States

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Beatrice Educational Foundation awards $55,000 in scholarships

April 23, 2013
The Beatrice Educational Foundation awarded $55,225 in scholarships to 24 Beatrice High School seniors and one college student Tuesday.

Beatrice Public Schools School Board President Lisa Pieper and Mickey Gleason of the foundation presented the scholarships to students in front of their families at the Hevelone Center.

“This is one of the highlights of the year to come together to celebrate the achievement of these kids is rewarding,” Pieper said.

To receive a scholarship, the students’ applications had to go trough the foundation’s scholarship committee of six members. Each member went through the applications and made their recommendations for each scholarship.

Gleason said it took over 12 hours to go through the applications and make notes.

“It just restores my faith in the youth of today every year when I read these applications,” Gleason said.

Each spring, the foundation awards the scholarships. Last year, the foundation awarded a total of 25 scholarships totaling $63,875

Donations to the scholarship fund mostly come from local people with ties to the high school.

This year’s 24 recipients included:

Leighann Campbell and Isaiah Friesen were the recipients of the Reed Scholarship of $7,000.

Campbell, daughter of Virgil and Barbara Campbell, plans to attend Doane College to study to become a music teacher.

Friesen, son of Merlin and Rita Friesen, plans to attend Goshen College to plan a career in renewable energy development.

To maintain the scholarships students must maintain a B average during their college careers. Alternates were Emily Hoffman and Rebecca Behrends.

Devin Carey, Emily Carothers, Elizabeth Cowan, Emily Hoffman and Garret Easley received the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship of $6,000 available to students of high moral character and rank in the top 25 percent of their class.

Carey, son of Calvin and Monica Carey, plans to attend the Kansas University to study music education.

Carothers, daughter of Andy and Lynn Carothers, plans to UNL to study to become a physical therapist.

Cowan, daughter of Sam and Vicky Cowan, plans to attend UNL to begin a career in pediatrics.

Hoffman, daughter of Darin and Kendra Hoffman, will attend UNL to study music education.

Easley, the son of Berri and Rhonda Easley, plans to attend the Nebraska Wesleyan University to major in music education.

Easley also received the Esther L. Damkroger Scholarship of $250 that is available to graduating seniors who want to pursue a career in teaching music.

Mackenzie James, daughter of Courtney and Bryan Crumrine and Jason and Shelly James, received the Dr. Alan Fiala Scholarship of $4,000 available to students who plan to study for a career in natural sciences and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

James planes to attend Kansas State University to study to become a veterinarian.

Rebecca Behrends, daughter of Russell and Becky, received the Robert Taylor Award of $4,000 given to a student who plans to pursue a career in fine arts, communications, language arts, journalism, music or theater.

Students must also rank in the top 50 percent of the class to receive this award.

Behrends plans to attend Boston University to study art and architectural history.

Brianna Aden, Jennifer Christensen and Jordan Pethoud received the Jepsen Scholarship of $1,700 given to students who plan to attend a two-year vocation school or attend a four-year college.

Aden, daughter of Theresa and Dan Aden, plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Christensen, daughter of Randy and Diane Christensen, plans to attend UNL to major in elementary education and Spanish.

Pethoud, daughter of Mark and Amy Pethoud, plans to attend UNL to study physical therapy.

Kayla Busboom, daughter of Michael and Doreen Busboom, received the Klaus Dueck Scholarship of $1,250.

Selection is based on academic achievement, good citizenship and involvement in school and community activities.

Busboom is a sophomore at UNL who is studying to become an event coordinator.

Garret Thompson, son of Vicky and Rick Jurgens and Ron and Jami Jo Thompson, received the Ben Stindt Scholarship of $1,000 given to a student who is active in a Christian church, participates in athletics and has a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Thompson plans to attend the University of Kansas to study engineering.

Tristin Zastera, daughter of Kasey Jacobsen and Jason Zastera received the Irene Sokolik Scholarship of $750 given to a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last two semesters.

Zastera will be attending UNL to become a crime scene technician.

Taylor Buhr, daughter of Galen and the late Susie Buhr, received the Brandon Villafane Scholarship of $1,000.

The award is given to a student who participates in either football, basketball or track and exhibits traits of mental and physical toughness.

Buhr plans to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University to study pre-med.

Mary Ellen Langley, daughter of Mike and Jo Langley, received the Don Linn Scholarship of $700 given to a graduating senior of BHS.

Langley plans to attend Northwest Missouri Start to study business or marketing.

Kayla Cody, daughter of Connie and Spencer Jones, received the Perley F. and Bessie V. Bates Scholarship of $400 given to students who exemplify good citizenship.

Cody who will be attending UNL to study accounting also received the Rhonda Pethoud Scholarship of $500.

This scholarship is awarded two students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. One is given to a student who has participated in softball for two years and the other is for a student who is planning a career in the medical field.

Shelby Bloomquist, daughter of Steve and Laurie Bloomquist received the scholarship as well. She plans to attend Northwest Missouri State.

Elyse Lyons, daughter of Christina and Dave Lyons, received the Harold R. Deitemeyer Scholarship of $500 given to a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who plans to attend a University of Nebraska campus and is active in school and community.

Lyons plans to attend UNL to major in psychology.

Tanner Dewey, son of Marc and Jodi Dewey, received the Virgil Jurgens Scholarship of $375.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must participate in baseball at BHS and hold a class rank in the top 25 percent of the class.

Dewey plans to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University to study physical therapy. Dewey also received the Neil and Alison Henry Scholarship of $2,500 available to students who participate in track and field and have an ACT score of at least 21.

Chandler Sandman received the Diane Cornelius Scholarship of $350 given to a student who participates in music at BHS, school and community activities and whose GPA is in the top 50 percent of the class.

Sandman, the son of Steve and Julie Sandman, plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in engineering.

He also received the Neva and Ernest Smethers Scholarship of $1,000 given to a student who participates in golf and is active in school and community activities.

Adrianna Powers, daughter of Rob and Melissa Powers, received the George McNenny Scholarship of $250 given to students who plan to pursue careers in art or architecture.

Powers will be attending Peru State College to major in art education.

Abigail Burenheide, daughter of Glen and Stacy Burenheide, received the Leatha Grimes Scholarship of $100, given to students pursuing a career in nursing.

Burenheide plans to attend Bryan College of Health Sciences to study nursing. She also received the BHS Class of 1961 scholarship of $700 given to a student who is the top 40 percent of the class and demonstrates exemplary personal ethics and high morel character.