HHS seniors earn academic recognition

GraduationValedictorians.jpg
GraduationValedictorians.jpg

As his three fellow valedictorians wait their turn, Ben Gottsch offers remarks to the Hillsboro High School graduating class of 2009 during Sunday?s commencement. Standing from left behind him are Kelsey Bartel, Cassie Kroeker and Cody Blackketter.

Numerous awards and scholarships involving the Hillsboro High School Class of 2009 were announced during commencement Sunday.

Four students were named class valedictorians with a 4.0 grade-point average; Kelsey Bartel, Cody Blackketter, Ben Gottsch and Cassie Kroeker. Clay Shewey was named salutatorian.

Co-winners of the John A. and Harriet Kizler Wiebe Good Citizen Scholarship were David Loewen and Michael Klaassen. Each student will receive a scholarship of $2,000 to assist them with their college education.

The scholarship was established with an initial endowment of $200,000 in 1991 by HHS alums John and Harriet Wiebe to honor the faculty and graduating seniors in the class of 1941.

In addition to the two winners, the field of nine finalists included Ben Gottsch, Abi Humber, Daniel Jost, Cassie Kroeker, Heidi Schroeder and Jet Skiles.

Following is the list of other awards that were announced.

 

CLASS OF 2009 AWARDS

n President?s Award for Educational Excellence (cumulative grade-point average of 3.5, and scoring at or above the 85 percentile on the ACT in reading or math): Kelsey Bartel, Cody Blackketter, Nolan Dirks, Candace Ediger, Ben Gottsch, Abi Humber, Daniel Jost, Matthew Klenda, Shelby Koons, Cassie Kroeker, David Loewen, Brandon McMillen, Nicholas Mueller, Heidi Schroeder, Clay Shewey, Jet Skiles, Kim Spencer, David Winter.

n Kansas State Scholars (meet Board of Regents curriculum requirements, a composite GPA of 3.9 and an average ACT score of 29): Kelsey Bartel, Cody Blackketter, Candace Ediger, Ben Gottsch, Cassie Kroeker, Isaac Leihy, David Loewen, Brandon McMillen, Nicholas Mueller, Heidi Schroeder, Clay Shewey, April Young.

n Board of Regents Certificate of Recognition (completed four units of English, three units of math, science and social studies, two units of foreign language and one unit of computer technology): John Bartel, Kelsey Bartel, Cody Blackketter, Candace Ediger, Ben Gottsch, Cassie Kroeker, Isaac Leihy, David Loewen, Brandon McMillen, Nicholas Mueller, Heidi Schroeder, Clay Shewey, April Young.

n Kansas ACT Scholars (scored 32 or higher out of a possible 36 on the ACT): Cody Blackketter, Ben Gottsch, Nicholas Mueller.

n Outstanding Math and Science Award: Cody Blackketter.

n C.M. Sextro Academic Scholarship on Math ($1,250): Nicholas Mueller.

n USD 410 Hillsboro Education Associa?tion Scholarship ($300): Brandon McMillen.

n Dale Dennis Excellence in Education Award ($200): Cassie Kroeker.

n Paul Rundstrom Memorial Scholarship ($500, senior member of the golf team): Jacob Kenney.

n Kansas Board of Regents Vocational Education Scholars ($500): Justin Wodke.

n Hillsboro Evening Lions Club ($500): Heidi Schroeder, Michael Klaassen.

n Kansas State High School Activities Association?s Citizenship Award ($250): Daniel Jost, Jet Skiles.

n Marion County Agriculture Future of America Scholarship ($3,200): Daniel Jost.

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