2022 Recipient Bios

  • The Joseph Hardin Gwathmey and Laura May Gwathmey Memorial Scholarship Award for Engineering or Business
    Isaac Chiodini
    One of the Foundation’s new scholarships is the Joseph Hardin Gwathmey and Laura May Gwathmey Memorial Scholarship Award for Engineering or Business which is a $750 scholarship made possible through a gift to the Foundation by the Gwathmey family. The Gwathmeys embodied the ethic of hard work and a strong devotion to their family, faith and community. In spite of many obstacles, they achieved success in business and they enriched this community.  

    The first-ever recipient of this award was Isaac Chiodini.  Chiodini plans to attend Missouri S&T to major in computer science.  He participated in marching band, robotics, cross country, Science Club, Key Club, NHS and track. He is the son of Chris and Rachelle Chiodini.

    The Linda Dickey Memorial Scholarship 
    Presley Zaring
    One more new scholarship is the Linda Dickey Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship was established by Mr. Bill Dickey in the memory of his wife - it is for a senior who is planning to pursue a career in teaching.  Linda Dickey taught in Harrisonville for 27 years and was dedicated to mentoring and educating students of all ages throughout her career.  This scholarship is for $2,500 now and is renewable during the recipient’s second year for another $2,500.  

    The first-ever recipient of this award was Presley Zaring.  Zaring plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in art education.  She participated in tennis, Key Club, DECA, and NHS. Zaring is the daughter of Michael and Julie Zaring.

    The Weaver & Young Families Memorial Scholarship in Public Service & Governance
    Braeden Elifrits
    The Weaver and Young Families Memorial Scholarship Award in Public Service and Governance for $1,000 in memory of James Earl and Eldine Atkinson Weaver and John Donald and Virginia Gwathmey Young. It was established to encourage and support a senior who has expressed an interest in pursuing a career in public service or governance (local, state, national or international).  The individuals for whom the award is named worked and served tirelessly in their lives on behalf of their community, their state and their nation.  They embodied the essence of citizenship and public service.  The scholarship was established through an endowment created by the Weaver and Young families with the Foundation.

    The 2022 Weaver and Young Families Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Braeden Elifrits.

    Elifrits will attend University of Central Missouri to major in criminal justice. He participated in SkillsUSA, wrestling, show choir, Traction, golf, and soccer.  He has volunteered with Shop with a Cop and parade traffic control.  He is the son of Clayton and Lisa Elifrits.

    Virginia and Stephen Childress Athletic Scholarship
    Jace Reynolds
    Harrisonville High School senior Jace Reynolds 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.

    Reynolds played football all four years at HHS and earned All-Conference, All-District and All-State honors.  He also earned Academic All-Conference and All-State honors.   Reynolds is attending Truman State University to major in biology and play football. He is the son of Jeremiah and Kelly Reynolds.

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

    William G. and Nettie Z. Deacon Family Scholarships
    Melaina Beachner, Emily Joseph, Madelyn Wilson
    Harrisonville High School seniors Emily Joseph, Melaina Beachner, and Madelyn Wilson 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.

    Joseph is the daughter of Pam Joseph and the late Chuck Joseph. She’s attending Kansas State University University to major in biochemistry (Pre-med) Joseph has been a member of SADD, Key Club, Student Council, NHS and Varsity Show Choir.  She was Student Class President her senior year in Student Council and was a delegate at Missouri Girls State.

    Beachner is the daughter of Josh and Melody Beachner. She’s attending Colorado Mesa University to wrestle and major in kinesiology. Beachner was a member of show choir and a varsity wrestler.  She was an Academic All-American in wrestling for three years.  She was a state wrestling qualifier for two years and placed 3rd in state wrestling in 2020.

    Wilson is the daughter of KC and Michelle Wilson.  She will attend Maryville University of St. Louis to major in an undecided science field. Wilson was involved in NHS, show choir, cheer squad and debate.  

    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.

    John & Wanda Foster Construction Trades Scholarship
    Jaxon Menshing
    Harrisonville High School senior Jaxon Mensching was the recipient of the John and Wanda Foster Construction Trades Scholarship.  This scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, 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.

    Mensching  played basketball and ran cross country.  He completed his NCCER and skid steer training. He plans to attend  Brigham Young University (Idaho) to major in construction management.  He is the son of Paul and Rachel Mensching.

    The John and Wanda Foster Construction Trades and Agriculture Scholarships are funded through an endowment gift to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from John and Wanda Foster.

    John & Wanda Foster Ag Scholarship
    Morgan Kampe
    Harrisonville High School senior Morgan Kampe was awarded the John and Wanda Foster Agriculture Scholarship.  This scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to an HHS senior who has been active in the Cass Career Center agriculture program and/or the FFA chapter.

    Kampe will attend MCC-Longview and then transfer to College of Ozarks for a degree in agriculture. Kampe was a member of National Technical Honor Society, FFA and SkillsUSA.  She served as Sentinel for Cass Career Center FFA Chapter. She qualified for the Missouri State SkillsUSA for Construction Technology trade competition.  She is the daughter of Susan Kampe and Albert Kampe.

    Bob Hodge Achievement Award
    Kylie Meeks
    Kylie Meeks was the recipient of the Bob Hodge Achievement Award. This scholarship has the potential to provide Meeks with up to $8,000 as she will receive $2,000 the first year and have the opportunity to renew the scholarship for $2,000 each year for the next three years.  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.  

    Meeks is the daughter of Thomas and Kristi Meeks. She was involved in Student Council, SADD, NHS, volleyball, basketball and track. She plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University.

    Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship
    Kaylee Turner
    Harrisonville High School senior Kaylee Turner was awarded the 2022 Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship for $500.  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.

    Turner is the daughter of Matt and Kimberly Turner. She will be majoring in psychology and Spanish.  Turner was a member of the marching band, NHS, and  National Art Honor Society. 

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

    Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship
    Greta Maxwell
    The 2022 Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship recipient was Greta Maxwell.  This scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, is based on academic achievement, school or community involvement, and the recipient’s determination to overcome hardship. The Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship is funded through an endowment established with the Harrisonville Public School Foundation by the Morse family. 

    Maxwell plans to attend Colorado Christian University to major in kinesiology and exercise science. At HHS, she was involved in show choir, FCA, soccer and NHS. She is the daughter of Chris and Rachel Maxwell.

    Allison W. Smith Memorial Scholarship
    Skyla Thresher
    Skyla Thresher was the recipient of the Allison W. Smith Memorial Scholarship for $2,000.  The intent of this scholarship award in memory of Allison Smith is to encourage and support a senior female student athlete who strives for excellence in academics and sportsmanship, a student who demonstrates passion to engage in the world through leadership and/or innovative ideas to make the global and/or local community better for others. 

    Thresher  played volleyball for two years and ran track all four years of high school. She was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. She plans to attend Missouri State University to major in business. She is the daughter of Bambi Young and Stanley Thresher.

    The Allison W. Smith Memorial Scholarship is funded through an endowment established with the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from the Smith family.

    Samuel A. Sloan, Evelyn Sloan, and Beulah Sloan McCoy Scholarship
    Morgan Kampe & Katelyn Gillespie
    Harrisonville High School seniors Morgan Kampe (see above) and Katelyn Gillespie have been awarded the Samuel A. Sloan, Evelyn Sloan, and Beulah Sloan McCoy Scholarship.   This scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is based on leadership in school activities, community service and intent to study an ag-related field.

    Gillespie is the daughter of Lisa Bormann.  She plans to attend Crowder College to study to be a veterinarian technician. Gillespie was a member of FFA  She received her Proficiency award for Animal Science (2021) and Green Hand FFA Degree (2019).

    These scholarships are funded through an annual gift to the Foundation.

    Wendell Yeager Rotary Club Scholarships
    Isaiah Bliss, Chloe Shepard, Braeden Elifrits
    Harrisonville High School seniors Isaiah Bliss, Chloe Shepard, Braeden Elifrits and Cass Career Center senior Laine Schmalzreid (Ray-Pec) have been awarded the Wendell Yeager Rotary Scholarships in the amount of $500.
    Bliss  will attend the University of Arkansas to double major in marketing and advertising/public relations and minor in international business. He has been a member of the show choir, Future Business Leaders of America, NHS, NTHS, Student Council and DECA.  His volunteer work includes Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry and Student Assistant for CYT youth summer camp.  He is the son of Brian and Kari Bliss.

    Shepard is attending Pittsburg State University to major in marketing. She’s a member of the Student Council and DECA.  She’s volunteered with Harvesters and Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry. She is the daughter of Celina Selemaea and Michael Shepard.

     Elifrits will attend University of Central Missouri to major in criminal justice. He participated in SkillsUSA, wrestling, show choir, Traction, golf, and soccer.  He has volunteered with Shop with a Cop and parade traffic control.  He is the son of Clayton and Lisa Elifrits.

    The Rotary scholarships are funded through an endowment established by the club with the Foundation.

    The G.M. and Kathleen Allen Memorial Scholarship
    Chloe Shepard
    Another new scholarship is the GM and Kathleen Allen Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.  The Allens dedicated countless hours of their lives to supporting the community of Harrisonville and this scholarship was made possible through a gift from their family.   This year’s recipient is Chloe Shepard. (see above)

    Katie Rios Memorial Scholarship
    Paige Quinter
    The Katie Rios Memorial Scholarship recipient is named as an eighth grader and the scholarship is disbursed upon graduation from high school.  The award is given to a student who exhibits a positive attitude, strong character, thoughtfulness and empathy towards others, and an overall love of life.

    The 2022 Katie Rios Memorial Scholarship recipient was Paige Quinter. She is the daughter of Michelle Cox and Peter Quinter.

    Donna Pfautsch HATS Scholarship
    Piper Foreman
    The Donna Pfautsch HATS Scholarship recipient is also named as an eighth grader and the scholarship is disbursed upon graduation from high school.  The award recognizes academic excellence, diverse interests, and a love of learning.

    The 2021 Donna Pfautsch HATS Scholarship recipient was Piper Foreman. She is the daughter of Jessica Keeth. 

     

     

  • Stephen & Virginia Childress Athletic Award
    Jace Reynolds 2022
    Kobe Norris 2021
    Carson Crowley 2020
    Bailey Kliewer 2019
    Anna Saffels 2018
    Austin Campbell 2017
    Kristen Koch 2016

    Melissa Watson  2015
    Matthew Prindle 2014
    Anisa Alexander 2013
    Joe Hunter 2012
    Chance Alexander 2011
    Maksim Korolev 2010
    Jacob McKinnis 2009
    Brian Kagarice 2008
    Jacob Hunter 2007
    Allison Poulignot 2006
    Jeff Hedrick 2005
    Ben Crowe 2004
    Bryce Gray 2003
    Kyle Moles 2002
    Katie Walker 2001
    Ryan Maid 2000
    Jeannine Doughty 1999
    Sarah Rockey 1998
    Willie Pruitt 1997
    Jeremy Hamilton 1996
    Jamie Hawley 1995
    Jeanne Cook 1994
    Bridgett Gunnels 1993
    Shannon Mathes 1992
    Amy Legendre 1991
    Christina Sternberg 1990
    Chris Hoge 1989
    Cliff Purcell 1988
    Michael Bandre 1987
    Kelly Donohoe 1986
    Michael Sellberg 1985
    Jeff Humbard 1984
    Jerry Lampe 1983
    Kay Wright 1982
    Scott White 1981
    Randy Welhoff 1980
    Steve Catron 1979

    Lloyd & Bernie Berryman Scholarship
    Discontinued
    Sara Clarke 2011
    Amber Jaynes 2010
    Rachel Messamaker 2009
    Bobbi Collins 2008
    Emma Hartzler 2007
    Cassandra Murphy 2006
    Kim Goss 2005
    Lacey Fisher 2004
    Parissa Daneshmand 2003
    Allison Crowe 2002

    William G. & Nettie Z. Deacon Family Scholarships
    Melaina Beachner, Emily Joseph, Madelyn Wilson, 2022
    Elizabeth Bostic, Jaden Boyer, Kaelin Holden, 2021
    Caitlyn Costner, Bradley Cox, MaKayla Knight,Karley Reynolds, Amy Tracy, 2020
    Briseida Chavez & Kelsey Campbell, 2019
    Samantha Bylina, Mara Davis, Kelsie Donovan, Jessica Karg, Nicholas Laughlin, Audrey Welhoff, 2018
    Austin Campbell, Jake Holden, Micaela Roberts, Aubrey Valentich, 2017
    Micaela Edwards & Lexie Schrock 2016
    Anna DeVenney & Jordan Ours  2015
    Esmeralda Chavez & Annie Mulvey 2014
    Kaley Harkrader & Brooke Riley 2013
    Mary Baer 2012
    Clint Harkrader 2011
    Hillary Buffa 2010
    Ashleigh Eastwood 2010
    Jessie Friedrich 2009
    Jesse Wheeldon 2009
    Lindsey Stadler 2008
    Matthew Watson 2008
    Ben Warner 2008
    Abey Douglas 2007
    Amanda Holden 2007
    Ragela Scavuzzo 2007
    Tara Neal 2007
    Stephanie Morriss 2006
    Amanda Webster 2005

    John & Wanda Foster Construction Trades Scholarship
    Jaxon Menshing 2022
    Colin Caruthers 2021
    Ethan Inman 2020
    Peyton Holden 2019
    Jack Dahn 2018
    Spencer Proch 2017
    Tania Chavez 2016
    Cole Welhoff  2015
    Kyle Hix 2014
    Matthew Baer 2013
    Taylor Morse 2012
    Dillon Kliewer 2011
    Kenton Hawley 2010
    Cole Vansell 2009
    Rachel Birchmeier 2008
     
    John & Wanda Foster Ag Scholarship
    Morgan Kampe 2022
    Trevor Campbell 2021
    Meadow Vassar 2020
    Ethan Kohl 2019
    Nick McCLeave 2018
    Zach Bolinger 2017
    Mikaila Livingston 2016 

    Bob Hodge Achievement Award
    Kylie Meeks 2022
    Rylee Smalley 2021
    Maria Stryon 2020
    Brecken Nickel 2019
    Nick Laughlin, 2018
    Micaela Roberts, 2017
    Bailey Bylina 2016
    Christia Stein  2015
    Brianna Kendrick 2014
    Lena Quinlin 2013
    Callaway Neill 2012
    Mitchell Perne 2011

    Steve Catron Memorial Scholarship
    Discontinued 2020
    Logan Johnson 2019
    Bethany Nichols 2018
    Baylee Streit 2017
    Dakota Mathew 2016
    John Kusmec  2015
    Briana Shrock 2014
    Kailey Huston 2013
    Alyssa Strong 2012
    Alex Bartlett 2011

    Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship
    Greta Maxwell 2022
    Rylee Smalley 2021
    Ethan Danner 2020
    Lily Maxwell 2019
    Samantha Bylina 2018
    Wyatt Maxwell 2017
    Caitlyn Ervin 2016
    Brently Probasco  2015
    Kaitlyn Austin 2014
    Audrey Marshall 2013

    Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship
    Kaylee Turner 2022
    LaNae Eggers 2021
    Michael Dahn 2020
    Zach Chaney 2019
    Samantha Bylina 2018
    Justin Hurst 2017
    Emily Kroesen 2016
    Rylie Wells  2015
    Kaitlin Fifer 2014
    Austin Welhoff 2013

    Allison W. Smith Memorial Scholarship
    Skyla Thresher 2022
    Rylee Smalley 2021
    Arden Middaugh 2020
    Haley Holden 2019
    Lanie Carl 2018
    Baylee Streit 2017
    Kristen Koch 2016
    Melissa Watson 2015 
     
    Samuel A. Sloan, Evelyn Sloan, and Beulah Sloan McCoy Scholarship
    Katelyn Gillespie, Morgan Kampe 2022
    Trevor Campbell, Cayse Bradshaw 2021
    Keigan Rowe, Hannah Dinges 2020
    Sam East 2019
    Nick McCleave 2018
     
    Wendell Yeager Rotary Scholarship
    Isaiah Bliss, Braeden Elifrits, Chloe Shepard 2022
    Trevor Campbell, Emily Gray, Kara Lemmer 2021
    Evan Filer, Karley Reynolds, Maria Styron (HHS) & Ethan Danner (CCC) 2020
    Briseida Chavez, Hayden Ream, Gage Weber (HHS) & Brittni Kilton (CCC) 2019
     
    The Weaver and Young Families Memorial Scholarship Award in Public Service and Governance
    Braeden Elifrits 2022
    Colleen O'Reilly 2021
     
    The Joseph Hardin Gwathmey and Laura May Gwathmey Memorial Scholarship Award for Engineering or Business
    Isaac Choidini 2022
     
    The Linda Dickey Memorial Scholarship
    Presley Zaring 2022

    The GM & Kathleen Allen Memorial Scholarship
    Chloe Shepard 2022