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Students awarded $77K in scholarships | Beatrice Educational Foundation

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.

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