Harrisonville Foundation presents scholarships

July 5, 2013 

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation presented over $18,000 in scholarships at the 2013 Senior Excellence in Academics Ceremony May 17.

Harrisonville High School senior Anisa Alexander was awarded the Virginia and Stephen Childress Athletic Scholarship. This scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, is based on athletic and academic achievements, as well as community and school activities.

Alexander participated in three sports during high school – volleyball, basketball, and soccer. In all three sports, she was team captain and Academic All-Conference. In soccer, she was also all-district, all-region, and all-state. In addition, Alexander earned a 33 on her ACT and has a GPA well over 4.0. She’s involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Freshman Mentoring, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She’s on the Principal’s Honor Roll and an Excellence in Academics recipient. Alexander plans to attend Missouri State University to major in athletic training. She is the daughter of Doug and Patricia Alexander.

Stephen Childress served 30 years at the Harrisonville High School as coach, teacher, and administrator from 1942-1972. Both he and his wife, Virginia, were avid supporter of the Harrisonville Schools athletic program. Their children, Dudley Childress and Marianne Rusk, endow the scholarship through the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.

Harrisonville High School seniors Kaley Harkrader and Brook Riley have been awarded the William G. and Nettie Z. Deacon Family Scholarships. These scholarships, in the amount of $2,000, are awarded to HHS seniors based on academic achievement, good citizenship, and financial need.

Harkrader was involved in soccer, softball, and Young Life. She was also a four-year Excellence in Academics recipient. She plans to attend Avila University to major in nursing. She is the daughter of Clint and Lori Harkrader.

Riley was involved in SkillsUSA and Young Life. She also played volleyball and basketball and ran track. She plans to attend Rockhurst University to major in Nursing. Riley is the daughter of Dan and Jennifer Riley.

The William G. and Nettie Z. Deacon Family Scholarship is funded through a gift to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from the estate of Will Ella Deacon, daughter of William G. and Nettie Z. Deacon.

Harrisonville High School senior Matthew Baer was awarded the John and Wanda Foster Construction Trades Scholarship. This scholarship, in the amount of $500, is awarded to an HHS senior based on academic achievement and the recipient’s plan to study building trades, architecture, civil engineering or other related field.

Baer was involved in National Honor Society and PRIDE, a peer counseling group, serving as President of both; Freshman Mentoring, serving as vice president; Student Council, serving as senior class secretary; robotics, and Felllowship of Christian Athletes. He played soccer all four years and was academic all-conference all four years. He also played tennis for three years and was first team all-conference in 2012. He was a four-year recipient of the Excellence in Academics honor and was named the September student of the month at HHS. He is the son of Rex and Jane Baer.

The John and Wanda Foster Construction Trades Scholarship is funded through a gift to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from John and Wanda Foster.

Harrisonville High School senior Kailey Huston has been awarded the Steve Catron Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, in the amount of $300, is awarded to an HHS senior who excels in music and athletics.

Huston was involved in Music Makers, band, swim team, jazz band, Freshman Mentoring, Student Council, National Honor Society, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She served as drum major, band and vocal section leader, FCCLA and Student Council treasurer, NHS service chair, and FMP activities chair. Huston was a student of the month, an all-district and all-conference choir member, and an all-conference swimmer, and earned “Superior” ratings at state in both choir and band ensembles. She plans to attend Northwest Missouri State to major in elementary or music education. She is the daughter of Bob and Jodie Huston.

This scholarship is given in memory of 1979 HHS graduate Steve Catron and was established through memorial gifts in his honor to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.

Harrisonville High School senior Lena Quinlin has been awarded the Bob Hodge Achievement Award.

This scholarship has the potential to provide Quinlin with up to $10,000 as she will receive $4,000 the first year and have the opportunity to renew the scholarship for $2,000 each year for the next three years.

Quinlin was involved in cheerleading, Student Council, Music Makers, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She served as cheer captain and Student Council executive secretary. She was a four-year Excellence in Academics recipient, earned letters in cheerleading and choir all four years, and was named to the all-district choir. She plans to attend Missouri State University to study nursing. She is the daughter of Jennifer Blancett.

The Bob Hodge Achievement Award is presented annually to an HHS senior in honor of Bob Hodge, a long-time Harrisonville Schools teacher, coach, and administrator.

This scholarship endowment was established with the Harrisonville Public School Foundation through the bequest of an anonymous Harrisonville High School alumnus.

Criteria for the scholarship include academic achievement (ACT score of 25 or higher), acceptance at a Missouri state college or university, excellent citizenship, community involvement, and financial need.

Harrisonville High School senior Austin Welhoff was awarded the 2013 Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. This scholarship is given to an HHS senior who will attend the University of Central Missouri and who demonstrates a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

Welhoff was involved in Music Makers, band, drama, Freshman Mentoring, and National Honor Society. He was the show choir president and dance captain, a Royal Regiment drum major, and vice president of band and Drama Club. Welhoff had the lead role in numerous HHS productions including “Mulan,” “Footloose,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Charlie’s Aunt.” He’s earned all-state choir and show choir honors as well as Kansas City Cappie awards. Welhoff was the HHS December student of the month. He is the son of Randy and Deb Welhoff.

The Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship is funded through annual gifts to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from the Roberts family.

Harrisonville High School senior Audrey Marshall has been awarded the Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, in the amount of $1,250, is based on academic achievement, school or community involvement, and the recipient’s determination to overcoming a hardship.

Marshall was involved in newspaper, Music Makers, tennis, and National Honor Society. She was the news/opinion editor on newspaper, a section leader in Music Makers, and the public relations representative for NHS. Marshall plans to attend Missouri State University to major in psychology or secondary education. She is the daughter of Amanda Loo Marshall.

The Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship is funded through an endowment established with the Harrisonville Public School Foundation by the Morse family.

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which supports and enhances the educational programs and activities of the Harrisonville School District.

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