2016 Recipient Bios

  • Virginia and Stephen Childress Athletic Scholarship
    Kristen Koch
    Harrisonville High School senior Kristen Koch 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.
     
    Koch is an all-conference track athlete and golfer. She’s also been all-district in track for three years and was a state qualifier. She has been a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and Student Council throughout high school. She is the senior class vice president. She is a four-year Excellence in Academics recipient. Koch plans to attend Missouri Southern State University to major in biology/pre-med. She is the daughter of Rocky and Brenda Koch.
     
    Mr. Stephen Childress served thirty years at the 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, endow the scholarship through the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.

    William G. and Nettie Z. Deacon Family Scholarships
    Micaela Edwards & Lexie Schrock
    Harrisonville High School seniors Michaela Edwards and Lexie Schrock 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.
     
    Edwards was a member of the HHS swim and soccer teams. She was a part of Music Makers, the varsity show choir, and cheerleading. She’s a member National Honor Society and attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. She will attend Missouri State University to major in nursing. Her parents are Robert & Kathy Edwards.
     
    Schrock is a four-year Excellence in Academics recipient, a member of National Honor Society, a dance captain for the Music Makers, and a captain on the soccer team. She will attend the University of Nebraska to study pre-health. She is the daughter of Jeff and Kara Schrock.
     
    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
    Tania Chavez
    Harrisonville High School senior Tania Chavez 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.
     
    Chavez was a member of National Honor Society, Freshman Mentoring, SADD, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the soccer team. She was the secretary of Science Club and the treasurer for Key Club. She is a four-year Excellence in Academics recipient. She will attend Kansas State University to major in architechture. She is the daughter of Roberto Chavez and Eugenia Chavez.
     
    The John and Wanda Foster Construction Trades Scholarship is funded through a gift to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from John and Wanda Foster.
     
    John & Wanda Foster Ag Scholarship
    Mikaila Livingston
    Harrisonville High School senior Mikaila Livingston was the recipient of the first John and Wanda Foster Agriculture Scholarship. This scholarship, in the amount of $500, is awarded to an HHS senior who has been active in the Cass Career Center agriculture program and/or the FFA chapter.

    Livingston served as the Area VII FFA President and the Cass Career Center FFA reporter. She earned the State FFA Degree and was a state qualifier in FFA contest. She was also the executive secretary for Student Council, the vice president of Freshman Mentoring, a captain of the dance team, a member of the speech and debate team, and a cast member in numerous plays. She was named the Cass Career Center All-School Outstanding Graduate. Livingston will attend the College of the Ozarks to major in agriculture education. She is the daughter of Lynn Livingston.

    The John and Wanda Foster Construction Agriculture Scholarship is funded through a gift to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from John and Wanda Foster.
     
    Bob Hodge Achievement Award
    Baylie Bylina
    Harrisonville High School senior Baylie Bylina has been awarded the Bob Hodge Achievement Award.
     
    This scholarship has the potential to provide Stein 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.
    Bylina was a member of the marching band, symphonic band, freshman mentoring program, Science Club, and National Honor Society.  She served as section leader in band, Science Club President, and FMP secretary. She is a four-year Excellence in Academics recipient and a member of the HHS ACT Hall of Fame. Bylina will attend the University of Central Missouri to major in biology/pre-med. Her parents are Ed and Genie Bylina.
     
    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.

    Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship
    Emily Kroesen
    Harrisonville High School senior Emily Kroesen was awarded the 2015 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.
     
    Kroesen was the drum major for the marching band, and a member of the symphonic band, Science Club, and National Honor Society. She is a four-year Excellence in Academics recipient, an all-conference band honoree, and a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference attendee. She will major in speech pathology at UCM and is the daughter of Andy and Loretta Kroesen.
     
    The Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship is funded through annual gifts to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from the Roberts family.
     
    Steve Catron Memorial Scholarship
    Dakota Mathew
    Harrisonville High School senior Dakota Mathew 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.
    Mathew was a leader in the varsity show choir, marching band, and symphonic band serving as president and dance team captain of Music Makers, and first chair percussion in both bands. He was selected as a Missouri All-State Chorus and Show Choir member and has earned “I” ratings for both vocal and instrumental contest pieces. He was also a member of the soccer team earning All-Conference Academic honors. He was a member of National Honor Society and a cast member in several musicals. He will attend the University of Nebraska to major in vocal music education. He is the son of Kip and Keri Mathew.

    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.
     
    Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship
    Caitlyn Ervin
    Harrisonville High School senior Caitlyn Ervin has been awarded the Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, is based on academic achievement, school or community involvement, and the recipient’s determination to overcoming a hardship.
     
    Ervin was the National Honor Society President, Key Club President, senior class treasurer, and a member of the cheer squad, SADD, show choir, and Student Council. She was the co-chair of the Savannah Nash Memorial Project and received the Prudential Volunteer Service Award. She is a three-year Excellence in Academics recipient and plans to attend Missouri State University to major in middle school education. She is the daughter of Laura Ervin.
     
    The Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship is funded through an endowment established with the Harrisonville Public School Foundation by the Morse family.
     
    Allison W. Smith Memorial Scholarship
    Kristen Koch
    Kristen Koch was also 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.

    The Allison W. Smith Memorial Scholarship is funded through annual gifts to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from the Smith family.
     
    Katie Rios Memorial Scholarship
    David Reichert
    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 2016 Katie Rios Memorial Scholarship recipient was David Reichert. 
  • Stephen & Virginia Childress Athletic Award
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Zach Bolinger 2017
    Mikaila Livingston 2016 

    Bob Hodge Achievement Award
    Micaela Roberts
    Bailey Bylina 2016
    Christia Stein  2015
    Brianna Kendrick 2014
    Lena Quinlin 2013
    Callaway Neill 2012
    Mitchell Perne 2011

    Steve Catron Memorial Scholarship
    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
    Wyatt Maxwell 2017
    Caitlyn Ervin 2016
    Brently Probasco  2015
    Kaitlyn Austin 2014
    Audrey Marshall 2013

    Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship
    Justin Hurst 2017
    Emily Kroesen 2016
    Rylie Wells  2015
    Kaitlin Fifer 2014
    Austin Welhoff 2013
    Allison W. Smith Memorial Scholarship
    Baylee Streit 2017
    Kristen Koch 2016
    Melissa Watson 2015