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Seniors honored at award ceremony

posted May 11, 2016, 9:24 AM by stu.jessicamies@usd356.org

On May 4 during A.P. and fourth hour, Conway Springs High School hosted the annual senior awards ceremony. This ceremony honors all seniors on for scholarships they received and tells attendees what they intend to do after high school, whether it be continuing their education, joining the military, or entering into the world of work.

Two big scholarships that were announced during the ceremony were the Loofbourrow scholarship and the Putnam scholarship. The Loofbourrow is a $4,000 scholarship renewable for four years, won by Tiffany Willson. The Putnam scholarship is an academic scholarship given by Kansas State University for $9,000 renewable for four years. The Putnam scholarship was given to Brenna Leahy.

“I felt really good about winning because maybe now I don’t have to sell my soul to pay for college,” Leahy said.

Four seniors will continue their athletic careers into college. Derek Pauly will be playing football at Dodge City Community College. Alicia Carter, Makayla Hollis, and Skylar Misak will be doing track in college. Carter and Misak will be attending Neosho County Community College and Hollis will be attending Friends University.

“I liked Friends,” Hollis said. “The coaches seemed nice and they always tried to maintain contact with me.”

Chad Ebenkamp is the only senior joining the military. Ebenkamp will be going into the Kansas Army National Guard. He will leave for basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., on July 5.

“My grandpa was in the military, and I just love America,” Ebenkamp said.

The total amount of scholarship money given to the class of 2016 is more than $430,000.

Seniors accepted scholarships during the senior awards ceremony on May 4. Pictured is Sarah Doffing receiving the Wheatland Electric scholarship for $1,000.
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