Academic letter winners, scholarship recipients recognized
By Callie Jones – Journal-Advocate News Editor
POSTED: 05/08/2018 02:08:28 PM MDT
Sterling High School students were recognized for their academic achievements Monday evening at the school’s annual Celebration of Academic Honors, held at Northeastern Junior College.
The celebration began with dinner provided by NJC, along with entertainment from SHS choir teacher Annette Lambrecht and the school’s guitar ensemble.
After a welcome SHS Principal Wally Beardsley, U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Alan Ward congratulated the students on their hard work.
“You guys being here tonight means that you put forth a lot of good effort and you stand out above your peers,” he said, going on to talk about the Marin Crops and why they give out the U.S. Marines Scholastic Excellence Awards to students who stand out.
This year’s award recipients were Riley Schaefer and Rebecca Miller.
Ward also presented the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence to Adam Hernandez and Rachael Northup.
Keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Carly Schrade, a 2009 SHS graduate, who went on to attend the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, before returning to Sterling last summer to join Dr. Kimberly Suter’s practice.
“The fact that you’re sitting here tonight tells me that you have what it takes to be successful,” she told the students, adding that success requires foundation of knowledge and a mentor to look up to and go to with questions.
Dr. Schrade encouraged the students to continue to work hard and find something they’re passionate about to pursue as a career. She shared that figuring out what she wanted to do for a career didn’t just happen for her; it was something she had to consciously think about.
“Don’t be the one who doesn’t get into the program of your choice because you didn’t try,” she told the students. “Do everything you can and never expect things to just happen.”
Several special awards were also presented. Riley Meisner was recognized as one of 42 out 1,500 applicants awarded the Boettcher Scholarship. This full ride scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate education.
Additionally, Stacey Rhodes presented a $2,500 scholarship from P.E.O.
International to Kaitlyn Maker.
Also, Chelsea Scott presented the University of Colorado – Boulder Outstanding Student Award, which includes a $4,000 scholarship, to Sadie Holloway and the Colorado School of Mines Medal of Achievement in Math and Science, with includes a $1,000 scholarship, to Greyson Dudley.
Students who received Academic Letters (and the number of letters received) are:
Seniors: Brynn Abernathy (4), McKinzie Davis (3), Shyloh Ertle (4), Kyndall Feather (4), Kirstyn Fritzler (3), Wil Gebhart (3), Sonjia Hadley (4), Bodie Hume (4), Luke Jensen (3), Lauryn Luft (4), Kaitlyn Maker (4), Brandon Martinez (4), Riley Meisner (4), Rebecca Miller (4), Rachael Northup (4), Cassidy Paxton (3), Kaitlynn Prelle (1), Bailey Rausch (3), Grace Reeves (3), Riley Schaefer (4), Jacob Schroeder (3), M’Kayla Steen (1), Emory Underwood (4), and Sydney Wright (4).
Juniors: Maggie Alsup (3), Cassidy Amen (2), Brooke Bohler (3), Ian Cone (3), Greyson Dudley (3), Emily Fleckenstein (2), Mariah Gohson (2), Adam Hernandez (3), Sadie Holloway (3), Reid Kaiser (3), Kathleen Masters (3), Makenna May (3), Hunter Paxton (3), Jasmine Renteria (3) and Jessica Swanson (3).
Sophomores: Adrian Aguirre (2), Dylan Cranwell (2), Ananisia Gallegos (2), Chase Hume (2), Joslyne (1), Akayla Mahaffey (2), Tyler Prodey (1), Abigail Smith (1), Kevin Smithgall (2), Camryn Trump (2) and Darcy Trump (2).
Freshmen (all have one letter): Alicia Acosta, Casie Amen, Kiersten Bohler, Malerie Crouch, Jade Diamond, Baylee Dorcey, Hailey Fehringer, Tyler Glassburn, Mallory Kaiser, Joel Kenney, Aaron Lenox, Aubree Long, Antonio Moreno, Tucker Myers, Jaden Newson, Emilia Reeves, Alisha Saylor, Allie Schumacher, Camden Shepherd, Madison Trahern, Tristan Trahern, Katherine VonSteinman, Tristan Yocum, and Kobe Wilson.
The 2018 scholarship recipients are: Brynn Abernathy – College Goal Sunday Scholarship, Highline Electric Scholarship, Mary Johnson Linvill Trust/NJC Foundation Scholarship, NJC Honors Program Scholarship, NJC HOPE Scholarship, Sterling Federal Credit Union Scholarship; Andrade Jacqueline – Centennial Mental Health Future Mental Health Professional Scholarship, NJC HOPE Scholarship; Gracie Bacon – First Christian Church Rada Bacon Scholarship, WNCC Early Admission Scholarship, WNCC VP of Student Services Scholarship; Bowen Brandt – NJC HOPE Scholarship; McKinzie Davis – Colorado Christian University Legacy Scholarship, Colorado Christian University President’s Scholarship, Sterling Federal Credit Union Scholarship; Errick Denning – NJC HOPE Scholarship; Stephen Drury – NJC HOPE Scholarship; Shyloh Ertle – Colorado Mountain College Scholars – Friend of Bob Young Scholarship; Kyndall Feather – Arline Headley Memorial Nursing Scholarship, UNC Legacy Scholarship, UNC Provost Scholarship; Kirstyn Fritzler – Highline Electric Scholarship, Louise L. Cronbaugh Community Service Scholarship, NJC HOPE Scholarship, Sterling FFA Mother’s Club Scholarship, The Deinlein, Cornelius, DuPont Memorial Scholarship Trust, Tri-L-C Women’s Club Scholarship; Wil Gebhart – Bob Piper Construction Education Scholarship, Colorado Mesa University Distinguished Scholar Merit Scholarship; Dakota Getz – Sterling FFA Mother’s Club Scholarship, The Gerald and Tom Roth Memorial Scholarship, The John E. Knaub Memorial Scholarship; Kyler Grippin – NJC HOPE Scholarship; Sonjia Hadley – Louise L. Cronbaugh Community Service Scholarship, Regis Board of Trustee Award, Sterling Regional MedCenter and SRM Volunteer Scholarship, University of Denver Pioneer Scholar; Kirsten Hernandez – NJC HOPE Scholarship; Peyton Huss – Colorado High School Coaches Association, Jack Pettey’s Memorial Logan County/NJC Foundation Scholarship, NJC HOPE Scholarship, Perry and Donna Jackson Farmer’s Union Scholarship; Luke Jensen – Western Undergraduate Exchange Award (WUE) University of Wyoming; Samantha Lopez – Armilda W. Dowis Memorial Scholarship, NJC HOPE Scholarship, Karl Falch Minority/NJC Foundation Scholarship, Louise L. Cronbaugh Community Service Scholarship; Kaitlyn Maker – Anna C. Petteys Scholarship, Burger King Mclamore Foundation Scholarship, Louise L. Cronbaugh Academic Scholarship, Oklahoma Christian University Dr. John Maple Scholarship, Oklahoma Christian University President’s Merit Scholarship; PEO Chapter Z Scholarship, International P.E.O. STAR Scholarship (Sponsored by Chapter Z), Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship; Brandon Martinez – Karl Falch Minority/NJC Foundation Scholarship, Schondeck Scholarship, The Dolly’s Scholarship; Riley Meisner – The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship; Rebecca Miller – Sterling Federal Credit Union Scholarship, Western Undergraduate Exchange Award University of Wyoming; Rachael Northup – Anna C. Petteys Scholarship, Colorado Mesa University Distinguished Scholars Award, Jacob Schell Scholarship, Louise L. Cronbaugh Academic Scholarship, Sterling Federal Credit Union Scholarship; Cassidy Paxton – Liberty University of Academic Scholarship, Liberty University Champion Award, Liberty University Early Deposit Award, Louise L. Cronbaugh Community Service Scholarship, Matt Montgomery Memorial Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa, WDA CHSAA Colorado Spirit Award; Kori Penfold – Johnny E. Milligan Award, NJC HOPE Scholarship; Kaitlynn Prelle – NJC HOPE Scholarship, Sterling Rotary Scholarship; Bailey Rausch – Regis Achievement Award; Grace Reeves – First Presbyterian Church Scholarship, Johnny E. Milligan Award, NJC Honors Program Scholarship, NJC HOPE Scholarship, The Deinlein, Cornelius, DuPont Memorial Scholarship Trust; Mary Ritter – NJC HOPE Scholarship; Christian Rose – University of Wyoming Rocky Mountain Scholars Scholarship, Wyoming National Guard Minuteman-Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship; Jacob Schroeder – Jack Petteys Memorial Scholarship, Finley-Ledall Scholarship, Louise L. Cronbaugh Academic Scholarship, UNC Legacy Scholarship, UNC Trustee Scholarship; Nathaniel Schumacher – NJC HOPE Scholarship; M’Kayla Steen – DeBord Art Scholarship; Christian Stinson – NJC HOPE Scholarship, Victoria Trevino – Nebraska Wesleyan Campus Visit Grant, Nebraska Wesleyan Flagship Match Grant, Nebraska Wesleyan STEM Recognition Scholarship, Nebraska Wesleyan Grant; Emory Underwood – Centennial Conservation District Scholarship, Elks National Foundation – Legacy Scholarship, Leonard Bryans Memorial Scholarship, Louise L. Cronbaugh Community Service Scholarship, Northeast Colorado Pheasants Forever Conservation Scholarship, Texas Tech-College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean’s Scholarship, The Deinlein, Cornelius, DuPoint Memorial Scholarship Trust, Sydney Wright – Jack Pettey’s Memorial Logan County/NJC Foundation Scholarship, NJC Honors Program Scholarship, NJC HOPE Scholarship, Patrick Yarrington – NJC HOPE Scholarship.