Harrisonville High School seniors were honored during the Senior Excellence in Academics Ceremony, a joint effort of Harrisonville High School and the Harrisonville Public School Foundation on the final day of class May 24.
Recognitions during the event included Excellence in Academics recipients, as well as scholarship winners. The daytime assembly was attended by the entire HHS student body, parents, and community members.
The Foundation’s Excellence in Academics program honors students who complete the year in the top 15 percent of their class. Those seniors honored as first-year Excellence in Academics recipients were Collin Burch, Sidney Lloyd, Bailee Sandy, Andrea Strong and Mandolyn Stuby. Second year recipients were Hannah Baggenstoss and Courtney Bomberger. Four students were honored as a third-year recipient – Cody Scott, Hannah May, Courtney Lemmer and Kelsey Justice.
The four-year recipients were presented $500 scholarships from the Foundation and included Anisa Alexander, Genevieve Allen, Madison Allen, Levi Anderson, Matthew Baer, Amanda Doerhoff, Alexa Eghbali, Max Galeassi, Kaley Harkrader, Mitchell Haug, Emily Hix, Kiara Jackson, Bryant Kanies, Mattie Moore, Lena Quinlin, David Roth, Maria Sanchez, Taylor Spencer, Amanda West and Drew Williams.
Harrisonville High School seniors are eligible to receive over $1.8 million over the next four years through scholarships presented at the event. In addition, 93 students qualified for the A-plus program which, if utilized, totals $513,000.
Students scoring a 30 on the ACT were recognized as being inducted in the HHS ACT Wall of Fame. Those students were Anisa Alexander, Genevieve Allen, Madison Allen, Jacob Gibbs, Bryant Kanies, Lena Quinlin, Chris Roth, David Roth and Drew Williams.
Students scoring a 31 or higher on the ACT are eligible for the Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship which is valued at $10,000 over five years. Those students were Anisa Alexander, Genevieve Allen, Bryant Kanies, Lena Quinlin, Chris Roth, David Roth and Drew Williams.
Athletic scholarships were presented as follows: MCC-Maple Woods soccer, Luis Lomeli; MCC-Blue River soccer, Sarah Keck; Missouri Valley soccer, Logan Farrimond; Northeastern Oklahoma A&M rodeo, Mattie Moore and Lucas Cook; Ottawa University women’s track, Elizabeth Sanders; Pittsburg State baseball, Mitchell Haug; South Dakota State equestrian team, Christina Dexter; Southwestern Oregon Community College baseball, Casey Hofer; William Penn football, Tyler Bundt and Walter Eastwood; and University of Oklahoma rowing team, Taylor Spencer.
Those entering the military include Antonio Chavez, Jacob Davis, Eric Rice, Chris Simpson, and Logan Whiting, Marines; and Jacob Page, Aaron Rampani, Trent Wing, and Dominic House, Air Force.
Local and foundation scholarships were presented as follows: Stephen and Virginia Childress Athletic Award – Anisa Alexander; William G. and Nettie Z. Deacon Family Scholarship – Brook Riley and Kailey Harkrader; John and Wanda Foster Construction Trades Scholarship – Matthew Baer; Bob Hodge Achievement Award – Lena Quinlin; Steve Catron Memorial Scholarship – Kailey Huston; Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship – Audrey Marshall; Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship – Austin Welhoff; MFA Foundation Scholarship – Madison Allen; Beta Sigma Phi – Jaquilyn Yoder; Stacy Cox Memorial Scholarship – Audrey Marshall and Austin Welhoff; Rotary Club Scholarship – Anisa Alexander, Matthew Baer, and Mattie Moore; Troutt, Beeman & Co. Accouting Award – Callaway Neill; Harrisonville NETT Scholarship – Casey Hofer; Marler-Wirt Scholarship – Andrea Strong; Mary Faye Garrett Award – Bailee Sandy and Amanda West; George McCleave Math Award – Drew Williams; Peculiar Charitable Foundation – Madison Allen, Emily Hix, Courtney Lemmer, Cody Scott, and Andrea Strong; Freshman Mentoring/Christina Collins Memorial Scholarship – David Roth and Anisa Alexander; Local Belcher School Board Scholarship – Austin Welhoff; Cass County Association of Executive Office Professionals – Jaquilyn Yoder and Genevieve Allen; East Lynne CTA Scholarship – Cody Scott and Karson DeGraffenried; Ellis Foundation – Max Galeassi, Andrea Strong, Genevieve Allen, and Madison Allen; Missouri Sheriff’s Association – Andrea Strong; Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation Alma Brown Scholarship – Karson Degraffenried; American Red Cross Student Council Award – Kailey Huston; Obermiller Foundation Scholarship – Audrey Marshall; Burnt District Festival Queen – Lena Quinlin; Central Region Missouri Teachers Association – Courtney Lemmer; Elks Most Valuable Student – Genevieve Allen; GKCRA/MSTA – Anisa Alexander; MSCPA – Genevieve Allen; Missouri High School Rodeo Student President – Mattie Moore; and American Cancer Society – Max Galeassi.
Each year, one senior is named the Outstanding Department Student for each department at HHS. The departmental awards are each sponsored by a local business or organization. The 2013 honorees were social studies – Mitchell Haug, sponsored by the Lions Club; band – Austin Welhoff, sponsored by the Lions Club; speech – Jacob Davis, sponsored by Commerce Bank; drama – Austin Welhoff, sponsored by Vista Productions; art – Cheyenne Cox, sponsored by Dr. Fran Matthews; journalism – Maria Sanchez sponsored by the Cass County Democrat-Missourian; science – Cheyenne Cox, sponsored by Cass County Health Department; math – David Roth, sponsored by the Chaldeans; communication arts – Taylor Spencer, sponsored by Friends of Communication Arts; vocal music – David Roth and Austin Welhoff, sponsored by Family Center; French – Walter Eastwood, sponsored by the Lions Club; Spanish – Levi Anderson, sponsored by the Lions Club; accounting – Genevieve Allen, sponsored by Troutt, Beeman, and Co.; and technology – Matthew Baer, sponsored by multiple donors.
College and university awards were presented to the following students: Graceland University Scholar Award and President’s Merit – RJ Clark; American Music and Dramatics Academy Dramatics Scholarship – Taylor Ricker; Avila University Merit and A-plus Recognition – Colin Burch; Avila Academic – Kaley Harkrader; Avila Achievement – Cheyenne Atkinson, Jessica Poe, Kendra Murry, Ashley Burton, and Sabrina Young; Avila A-plus Recognition – Sabrina Young; College of the Ozarks Tuition Scholarship – Jacob Gibbs and Levi Anderson; Dixie State University Scholarship – Jacob Rix; Emporia State University Hornets Scholars and Department of Art Scholarship – Samantha Kimbrell; Mid-America Nazarene Academic, Fine Arts, Legacy, Nazarene, Ministry, and Honors Scholarships – Amanda Doerhoff; Missouri State University Dean’s Scholarship – Max Galeassi and Courtney Lemmer; MSU University Scholarship – Lena Quinlin; MSU Board of Governor’s Scholarship – Lena Quinlin, Emily Hix, and Anisa Alexander; MSU Hutcheson/SGA Centennial Leaders and Multicultural Leadership Recognition – Amanda West; MSU Provost Scholarship – Alexa Eghbali; Missouri University of Science and Technology Chancellor’s Scholarship – Drew Williams; Missouri University S&T Miner Alumni and Trustees Scholarships – Bryant Kanies; Missouri Valley Scholarship – Britany Wilson; Missouri Welding Institute Scholarship – Joe Brown, Cody Hasek, and Kevin Burkes; Missouri Western State University Dean’s Academic Scholarship – Jordan Donegan; Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Merit Tuition Scholarship – Lucas Cook and Mattie Moore; Northwest Missouri State University Tower Scholarship – Danyelle Opat; NWMSU Alumni and Tower Scholarships – Andrew Houdek; NWMSU Freshman Merit, Girls State, Alumni, Music, and A-plus Scholarships – Kailey Huston; NWMSU Adopt-A-Bearcat, Freshman Merit, and A-plus Scholarship – Joe Sevy; NWMSU RG & Maxine Deardorff Scholarship – Elizabeth Houdek; Ottawa University Foundation Scholarship – Elizabeth Sanders; Rockhurst Community Scholarhip – Brook Riley and Karson DeGraffenried; Truman State University A-plus Recognition, Girls State, Combine Ability, President’s Leadership, and President’s Honorary Scholarships – Madison Allen; Truman State Leadership Scholarship – Genevieve Allen; University of Central Missouri Red & Black Scholarship – Manda Hopper, Summer Livingston, Lacy Needs, Andrea Strong, Hanna May, Hannah Harris, and Kassaundra Conner; UCM Red & Black, Music, Legacy, and Boys State Scholarships – Austin Welhoff; University of Missouri Diversity Award – Kiara Jackson; University of Missouri RH Jesse, Curator’s, Music, Mizzou Alumni, and E&E Bower Family Scholarship – David Roth; University of Missouri Mizzou Alumni, Excellence Award, Music, and E&E Bower Family Scholarship – Chris Roth; University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor’s Scholar Award and Achievement Award – Cheyenne Cox; University of Kansas Multicultural Scholars Program and Midwest Student Exchange – Maria Sanchez; University of Oklahoma Academic Scholarship – Taylor Spencer; and William Jewell College Scholar Recognition Day Award, Music Award, and Presidential Scholarship – Mandolyn Stuby.
To qualify for the A-plus program benefits, students must complete 50 hours of community service and 50 hours of tutoring and maintain a 2.5 grade point average, a 95 percent attendance rate and good citizenship. Ninety-three seniors were recognized for achieving A-plus.
Corporate sponsors for the Excellence in Academics program are Aramark, Durham School Services, and Commerce Bank. Two companies were Scholarship Subscribers – Family Center and Value Ag, LLC – Alice Roach. Subscribers to the program include Atkinson Funeral Home, Cass Regional Medical Center, Country Club Bank, Edward Jones-George Morse, Francis X. Matthews, DDS, Golden Classics Jewelers, Harrisonville Animal Clinic, Horizon Trophies & Awards, Marie Vallee, Mill-Walk Mall, Ritter Appraisals, State Farm Insurance-Daryl Bohannon, State Farm Insurance-Steve Croy, Walmart Distribution Center, Wendell and Barbara Yeager, William James, Mark and Susan Lockard, Cass County Democrat-Missourian, Crouch, Spangler & Douglas, Harrisonville Family Medicine, Laurence and Renee Smith, Snider & Associates Optometry, Franklin & Company P.C., Harrisonville Rotary Club, American Heritage Realtors, HSMC Orizon LLC, Troutt, Beeman & Company, and Church & Dwight.