Rachel Stout, left, Manuel Del Real, Reid Owens, Daniel Cuevas, Jason Eakes, Alex Eaton, Breanna Butler and Trey Steckel receive certificates for making Exemplary on the Kansas Math Assessment at Southwestern Heights graduation and senior awards assembly May 18.
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At the senior awards assembly on Wednesday, May 18, the following awards and scholarships were presented.
JR Doney, Admissions Director from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, presented the Presidential Scholarship to Pricilla Enriquez. This award is based on GPA, recommendations, and will be for books and tuition. Garden City Community College presented certificates to students who will be receiving scholarships this fall; James Abla will receive a football scholarship, Jessica Baldwin will receive a softball scholarship, Dakota Jacobs will receive a Deans Scholarship, Deni Jacobs will receive a basketball scholarship and a Presidential Scholarship, and Jordan Lee will receive the Presidential and Ambassador scholarships.
Butler Community College recognized Billy Walston for receiving the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Sadie Madden from the Domestic Violence Center of Liberal presented scholarships to Monica Arenivas and Crystal Torres. Vicki Pavia presented an award to Steffany Tabb from Southern Pioneer Electric. There were 14 scholarships presented by Southern Pioneer Electric, one to each of the schools in their coverage area. The family of Jack Johnson Sr. awarded a scholarship to Jordan Lee, who is planning to attend college and major in education. This scholarship is usually awarded to a graduate from LHS, but there were no applicants this year.
Pheasant Heaven Charities, Inc., a non-profit organization that raises money to help charities in the Stevens County area, presented scholarships to Kimberly Alvarado, Andrew Amerin, and Taylor Collins. Crop Production Services of Plains presented an award to Deni Jacbos. The St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Altar Society Scholarship awarded their scholarships based on the following criteria; a student who is an active member of the St Patrick’s Catholic Church, who works to potential, who is a good citizen, and has leadership qualities. This year’s scholarship recipients were Andrew Amerin and Deni Jacobs. Kismet United Methodist Church awarded a scholarship to Alyssa Amerin. The KAYS Club at Southwestern Heights awarded a scholarship to a senior who has been an active member, displays good citizenship, displays good academic achievement, and shows financial need. This year, Monica Arenivas and Deni Jacobs were the award recipients. Rock Ormiston, through Pioneer Hi-Bred and Southwest AgriCenter, presented five scholarships. Heidi Brown and Deni Jacobs received the Pioneer Hi-Bred scholarships through money presented to Mr. Ormiston for his dedication to customer focused activities throughout the year. Andrew Amerin, Jake Amerin, and Dakota Jacobs received scholarships from Southwest AgriCenter. Finally, the WW Orrison, MD Memorial Scholarship, which is presented to a first-semester Kansas college student with the highest GPA, was presented to Lindsay Garinger, who was attending Barton County Community College and will continue her education at Wichita State University.
Aside from the scholarships presented, many awards were given to honor students for their achievements. The students ranking in the top 10 percent of their graduating class based on their cumulative grade point average were recognized as Kansas Honor Students in the fall. The students recognized were: Marissa Angell, Deni Jacobs, Jordan Lee, and Steffany Tabb. Co-Valedictorians, Marissa Angell and Deni Jacobs, and Salutatorian, Jordan Lee, received honorary diplomas and trophies for earning those titles. The College of Engineering at Kansas State University honored Tony Dyck as their Outstanding Student in Math and Science based on teacher recommendation. Heidi Brown and Deni Jacobs were recognized for being named Mc Donald’s All-Americans for being team leaders both on and off the playing field, for being in good academic standing, and for being on the team and playing for four years. The Topeka Capital-Journal announced Deni Jacobs as having been named 2011 Academic All-State Team Honorable Mention for her outstanding performance in academic and extracurricular pursuits. The Kansas Board of Regents Curriculum completers were recognized for having completed the curriculum set by the Kansas Board of Regents as the Kansas Scholars’ Curriculum. This includes completing four years of English, four years of Math, three years of Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), three years of Social Science, and two years of Foreign Language. Those seniors recognized were: Kimberly Alvarado, Heidi Brown, Tony Dyck, Cristal Navarro and Steffany Tabb. The Dale Dennis Excellence in Education Award was established by the Kansas School Administrators as a state-wide award to honor Dale Dennis for his long and valuable service to Kansas education. Mr. Dennis has helped provide the leadership for financial support and academic excellence in Kansas schools. In selecting student recipients state-wide, the following criteria were considered: Citizenship, Service, Scholarship, and Common Sense. This year, Marissa Angell was selected for this award.
Aside from senior recognition, students were also recognized for their achievements. Rachel Stout, a junior, was recognized for her nomination to Kansas Sunflower Girls’ State, which will be taking place in June. Blake Stark, also a junior, will be attending American Legion Boys State in June as well. The following students scored exemplary on the 2009-2010 state assessments. First in eighth grade reading: Kyler Angell, Mario Arinaga, Austin Bond, Kyndra Friend, Dalton Holmes, Tucker Thorp, and Reid Venard. In 10th/11th grade reading: James Abla, Daniel Cuevas, Jason Eakes, Makayla Hamm, Reid Owens, and Trey Steckel. The following students scored exemplary on the 8th grade math assessment: Kyler Angell, Kristen Barnes, Austin Bond, Alex Cortes, Dalton Holmes, Tucker Thorp, and Reid Venard. On the 10th grade math assessment: Breanna Butler, Daniel Cuevas, Manuel Del Real, Jason Eakes, Alexandria Eaton, Reid Owens, Trey Steckel, and Rachel Stout. The final category is Science, the following students scored exemplary: Breanna Butler, Daniel Cuevas, Jason Eakes, and Reid Owens.