2018 Recipient Bios

  • Virginia and Stephen Childress Athletic Scholarship
    Anna Saffels
    Harrisonville High School senior Anna Saffels 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.

    Saffels was the captain of both the varsity softball and basketball teams. She received Academic All-Conference softball and basketball awards all four years. She was 2nd Team All-Conference shortstop in softball.

    She has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years, has lettered academically all four years, and received the Academic Excellence Award for being in the top 15% of her class all four years. She is very involved with her church and has volunteered for many organizations including serving meals, working with kids through athletic camps, and refereeing.

    She plans to attend Southwest Baptist University with an interest in Intercultural Studies and ESL Teaching after a mission trip to Taiwan to teach English in Taiwanese schools. She is the daughter of Ryan and Wendy Saffels.

    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
    Samantha Bylina, Mara Davis, Kelsie Donovan, Jessica Kar, Nicholas Laughlin, and Audrey Welhoff
    Harrisonville High School seniors Samantha Bylina, Mara Davis, Kelsie Donovan, Jessica Karg, Nicholas Laughlin, and Audrey Welhoff  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.

    Bylina has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll, lettered in academics, received the Excellence in Academics Award, lettered in band, color guard, and winter guard, and received the Lamp of Learning Pin all four years. She has taken multiple advanced courses during high school and has done work for Band Boosters and is employed at Crown Care Nursing Home. She plans to attend the University of Central Missouri with a major in psychology.  She is the daughter of Edward and Genie Bylina.

    Davis’ activities include Student Council, National Honor Society, youth group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, softball, basketball, soccer, and Campaigners (bible study group). She has taken multiple advanced courses and has volunteered for many programs through the activities she is a part of. Davis plans to attend the University of Saint Maryto major in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Tod and Janelle Davis.

    Donovan has been involved in DECA, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club, cheerleading, and girls golf. She received the Excellence in Academics Award. She was part of the girls soccer team that  won District Champion in 2015, and has received Academic All-Conference for soccer and golf. She was also the CCC junior of the year. Donovan has been involved in her church and gone on many mission trips, as well as being involved with Bright Futures, KC Harvesters, and tutoring younger students through the school. She plans to attend Southwest Baptist University with a major in biology and is the daughter of Matt and Rhonda Donovan.

    Karg’s activities include marching band, concert band, SkillsUSA, and National Technical Honor Society. In the community she has helped Hope Haven through Girl Scouts, and tutored younger students through the A+ program.  She plans to finish getting her Certified Nursing Assistant certification through the Cass Career Center, then will continue to get her LPN and RN. She has already been certified in CPR and AED. She is the daughter of Dewayne Karg Sr. and Julie Bearkheimer-Karg.

    Laughlin has taken multiple advanced courses in high school. His accomplishments include Academic All-Conference in football, basketball, and golf, all of which he lettered in;  Student Council where he was executive secretary his senior year and vice president his junior year; and National Honor Society. He is also involved in Eagle Scouts and has been a member of the Mic-O-Say Heart of America Scouting Honor Society. He is involved in his church and volunteers for multiple activities there. Laughlin plans to attend Truman State University with a major in health science/pre-edicine. He is the son of Anthony Joseph and Andrea Ann Laughlin.

    Welhoff’s activities include Student Council President, Key Club, varsity tennis, Drama/Theatre, SADD, National Honor Society, show choir, Young Life, and Freshmen Mentor/Peer Helper. She has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years, has lettered in academics, music, drama, and tennis, of which she was Academic All-Conference for tennis in 2014 and 2015. She has volunteered in the community for many different programs some of which are Bright Futures, blood drives, Harvesters, and VBS. She is involved in her church and has gone on several mission trips and volunteered for sunday school, VBS, and bible study. Welhoff plans to attend Missouri State University to major in Speech and Language Pathology and is the daughter of Scott and Paige Welhoff.

    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
    Jack Dahn
    Harrisonville High School senior Jackson Dahn was awarded 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.

    Dahn was on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years, an Excellence in Academics honoree for two years, a Duke TIP program member (scored 20 on the ACT in 7th gr.), an Honors and AP student, and a Harrisonville High ACT Hall of Fame inductee. He is an Eagle Scout and has climbed the ranks through that program, was Key Club chapter president his junior and senior year, a SADD activities coordinator his junior year, and an NHS member.  He was also involved in varsity wrestling, varsity football, varsity golf, and show choir. He received Academic All-Conference in wrestling and football. Dahn plans to attend Purdue University with a major in Aerospace Engineering. He is the son of Timothy Dahn and Patti Brinkley. 

    John & Wanda Foster Ag Scholarship
    Nick McCleave
    Harrisonville High School senior Nick McCleave was the recipient of 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.

    McCleave has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years, has taken many advanced courses during his high school career, and was in the top 3% of his class. He was the Area VII FFA President, CCC FFA Chapter President, and Future Business Leaders of America chapter president. He is also involved in NHS, NTHS, Key Club, and DARE. McCleave was on the football team and golf team and received Academic All-Conference in both. He has won many awards and honors through the National FFA and Future Business Leaders of America. McCleave plans to attend the University of Missouri with a major in Agri-Business Management and Accountancy.  He is the son of Randy and Janie McCleave.

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

    Bob Hodge Achievement Award
    Nicholas Laughlin
    Nicholas Laughlin was also the recipient of the Bob Hodge Achievement Award.  See his bio under the Deacon scholarship. 

    This scholarship has the potential to provide Laughlin with up to $8,000 as he 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.

    Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship
    Samantha Bylina
    In addition to the Deacon scholarship, Samantha Bylina was awarded the 2018 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. The Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship is funded through annual gifts to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation from the Roberts family.

    Steve Catron Memorial Scholarship
    Bethany Nichols
    Bethany Nichols was the recipient of the Steve Catron Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship, in the amount of $300, is awarded to an HHS senior who excels in music and athletics.

    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.

    Nichols has been involved in girls tennis and she has received varsity letters for the last three year, as well as Academic All-Conference for tennis for three years. She got second place her junior year at the district tournament, and played #4 singles and #1 doubles and took third place for singles in the MRVC tournament her senior year. She has been in choir throughout her high school career and during her senior year, she was a member of Music Makers. She has also been involved in 4-H, FFA, and A+ tutoring.

    Nichols plans on attending Southwest Baptist University with an interest in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Steven and Kimberly Nichols.

    Scott T. Morse Memorial Scholarship
    Samantha Bylina
    Samantha Bylina has also 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. 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
    Lanie Carl
    Lanie Carl 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.

    Carl was chapter president this past year for DECA, as well as executive vice president for Student Council. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Science Club, Academic Club, girls swim, volleyball, and girls golf; was a student representative for Bright Futures; and attended the Missouri Hugh O’Brian Leadership.

    She was on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years, and received the Academic Excellence Award for being in the top 15% of her class all four years. She received Academic All-Conference for golf and volleyball, and was also inducted into the ACT Hall of Fame. She has volunteered for many organizations including Bright Futures programs, HeadStart Christmas Party, Homecoming parade, and more.

    Carl plans on attending California Polytechnic State University  with an interest in Environmental Engineering. She is the daughter of John Jay and Leigh Ann Carl. 

    Samuel A. Sloan, Evelyn Sloan, and Beulah Sloan McCoy Scholarship
    Nick McCleave
    Nick McCleave was also the recipient of the Samuel A. Sloan, Evelyn Sloan, and Beulah Sloan McCoy Scholarship in the amount of $3,200.  This scholarship is presented to a senior who plans to pursue a degree in an ag-related field. It is funded
    through a gift from Daryl and Millie Sloan.

    Katie Rios Memorial Scholarship
    Ashlynne Martin
    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 2018 Katie Rios Memorial Scholarship recipient was Ashlynne Martin.

    Donna Pfautsch HATS Scholarship
    Jake Holden
    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 2018 Donna Pfautsch HATS Scholarship recipient was Hannah Gibbs.  She is the daughter of Shawn and Audrey Gibbs.

    The scholarship is funded through an endowment given by the Pfautsch family.

     

  • Stephen & Virginia Childress Athletic Award
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Nick McCLeave 2018
    Zach Bolinger 2017
    Mikaila Livingston 2016 

    Bob Hodge Achievement Award
    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
    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
    Samantha Bylina 2018
    Wyatt Maxwell 2017
    Caitlyn Ervin 2016
    Brently Probasco  2015
    Kaitlyn Austin 2014
    Audrey Marshall 2013

    Cara Roberts Memorial Scholarship
    Samantha Bylina 2018
    Justin Hurst 2017
    Emily Kroesen 2016
    Rylie Wells  2015
    Kaitlin Fifer 2014
    Austin Welhoff 2013

    Allison W. Smith Memorial Scholarship
    Lanie Carl 2018
    Baylee Streit 2017
    Kristen Koch 2016
    Melissa Watson 2015 
     
    Samuel A. Sloan, Evelyn Sloan, and Beulah Sloan McCoy Scholarship
    Nick McCleave 2018