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School Honors and Scholarships – June 20, 2018

McClay Receives Sheriff’s Association Scholarship

Sheriff Danny Bradac is proud to announce the 2018 Illinois Sheriffs Association scholarship winner is Callie McClay of Oakdale.

Sheriff Bradac presenting Callie with her certificate. Sheriff Bradac wishes to thank the many applicants.

Callie is presently a senior at Nashville Community High School and plans to attend The University of Illinois in the fall

Kaskaskia College Hosts University Of Illinois Extension 4-H Speech Competition

Kaskaskia College welcomed the University of Illinois Extension to campus on May 2 for their area 4-H public speaking contest to prepare county competitors for the State competition in June.

Abigail Meyer of Hoyleton and Christopher Johns of Nashville.

Youth from Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties were all represented competing in both formal and illustrated speeches as well as original works presentations.
U of I Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator Liz Miller organized the event in the Lifelong Learning Center on the college’s campus. Dean of Arts and Sciences Kellie Henegar provided a warm welcome to the 4-H families and encouraged the contestants to have fun while presenting their presentations.
Kaskaskia Speech Professors Brandi Wilkins and David Quinn served as judges for the contestants. According to Wilkins, “Professor Quinn and I were impressed at the confidence and poise these young women and men demonstrated during their speeches. These students have the capabilities to do well at the state level to represent our local communities”.
Each county that participated had two entries except for Jefferson which had one. All contestants earned blue ribbons and are eligible to the State competition in Decatur on June 9.
“I would like to acknowledge our two full-time faculty, Wilkins and Quinn, for volunteering their time and sharing their gifts and talents at this event,” said Henegar.
For more information about the 4-H program, contact Liz Miller at or for more information about the Speech Program at Kaskaskia College, contact Brandi Wilkins at

Kaskaskia College Spring 2018 Dean’s List

Kaskaskia College announced the Dean’s List for full time and part time students for the Spring 2018 semester.
Full time students completed 12 or more college level semester credits during the semester.
Part time students completed six or more college level semester credits during the semester.
To be on the Dean’s List, students must have maintained a 3.5 grade point average or higher. Below are area students that were named to the Dean’s List.

Area Full-Time Students:

Addieville: Morgan Kampwerth.
Nashville: Sarah Doerr, Tyler Frazier, Tyler Kirchner, Kolaiah Nelson, Dailey Szopinski, Rebecca Tuttle.
New Minden: Tristen Meinert.
Oakdale: Delaney Jablonski, Bretton Miller.
Okawville: Shane Ganz, Megan Hettenhausen.
Hoyleton: Lindsay Becker, Shania Huge, Kyle Schnitker.
Ashley: Chloe Pelka, Brendon Schettler.
Irvington: Mallory Rupe.

Area Part-Time Students:

Addieville: John Jackson, Ashley Mueth, Tyler Roesener, Mallory Zimmer.
Nashville: Tanner Bergmann, Morjan Johnson, Joseph Morris, Bailey Schuette, Hope Williamson.
Oakdale: Jasmine Sennholtz
Hoyleton: Sarah Herrmann, Laci Kempfer, Megan Smith, Zachary Williamson.
Ashley: Xander Pigg, Shelby Thomas.
DuBois: Christopher Lamczyk.
Irvington: Dylan Garner.
Richview: Sierra Aubrey.
Radom: Emma Wroblewski.

McKendree College Graduates

McKendree University held its 178th commencement exercises on May 12 at the Lebanon campus for students who completed their degree requirements in December 2017, May and July 2018.
Graduates at the Radcliff and Shepherdsville, Ky., campuses received their diplomas on June 2.
The new graduates include: Allyssa Brammeier, of Nashville, BBA, human resource management, Valerie Burgess, of Nashville, M.A.Ed., educational administration and leadership, Chase Hagene, of Nashville, BBA, management, economics and finance, Robert Hankins, of Nashville, BA, public relations, Brendan Holzhauer, of Nashville, BBA, business administration, Abbi Liske, of Ashley, BBA, accounting, Michelle Lovin, of Nashville, BSN, nursing, Brandon Perjak, of Nashville, M.A.Ed., higher education administrative services, Gage Simmons, of Nashville, BS, biology, cum laude, Emily Stanowski, of Nashville, BBA, marketing, summa cum laude, Anthony Thoel, of Nashville, M.A.Ed., teaching, Emily Thompson, of Nashville, BS, biopsychology, summa cum laude.
The Class of 2018 includes 714 graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Nursing and Health Professions. They hail from 26 states and eight countries.
McKendree University is a College of Distinction, among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Illinois, campus is 25 miles from St. Louis, Missouri. McKendree also has a campus in Radcliff, Kentucky, and offers programs online and at nearby Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Kaskaskia College Spring 2018 President’s List

Kaskaskia College announced the President’s List for full time and part time students for the Spring 2018 semester.
Full time students completed 12 or more college level semester credits during the semester.
Part time students completed six or more college level semester credits during the semester.
To be on the President’s List, students must have maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Below are area students that were named to the President’s List.

Area Full-Time Students:

Nashville: Elizabeth Ahlers, Evan Anderson, Brooke Bartling, Bryce Bultman, Patrick Combs, Annabelle Epplin, Amanda Heister, Carlin Hoffman, Sarah Hollowell, Deidra Holzhauer, Kylie Kozuszek, Jacob Maschhoff, Lucas Morgan, Nicholas Orr, James Randle, Elijah Sexe.
Okawville: Nicole Meyer.
Hoyleton: Paige Kasten, Abigail Kempfer, Jamilyn Martin.
Ashley: Kylie Kujawa, Kyle Lamczyk, Hillary Zgonina
DuBois: Sophie Heck, Tyler Jahnke.
Irvington: Stephanie Bowen, Kylie Goostree.

Area Part-Time Students:

Addieville: Emily Bening.
Venedy: Kathryn Lohman, Madelyn Tepe.
Coulterville: Joshua Hemker, Russell Rodely.
Nashville: Micah Arnold, Sydney Brinkmann, Ethan Bunton, Rachel Cox, Samantha Dees, Cali Fairbanks, Ryan Finke, Madison Hackstadt, John Hansen, Kelton Harre, Jenna Harris, Rachael Kell, Joey Lane, Amanda Malawy, Mackenzie McFeron, Cameron Parker, Pierce Paszkiewicz, Briannah Ralls, Samuel Rueter, Robert Sexe, Kaitlyn Simons, Graham Speedie, Karly Stanowski, Trey Stevenson, Jordan Stiegman.
Oakdale: Riley Bergmann, Callie McClay, Royce Plumlee, Cassidy Zacheis.
Okawville: Austin Helbig, Audrey Jansen, Erin Klasing, Hannah Liske, Payton Riechmann, Casean Tebbe, Tiffany Thompson.
Hoyleton: Micheal Doran, Cole Herrmann, Mallory Knolhoff, Kirk Moss, Cheyenne Pedtke, Laney Renth, Austin Schorfheide.
Ashley: Bryon Holcomb, Alexandra Johannes, Katelynn Rynski, Sarah Staley, Savanna Staley, Emily Stern, Jessica Zbinden.
DuBois: Todd Jahnke.
Irvington: Kasei Kuhns.
Richview: Nathan Bergman.

Fortag Named To Central Methodist University Dean’s List

Central Methodist University student Nick Fortag, a computer science major from Ashley, Ill., has been named to the CMU Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.
This outstanding academic achievement is awarded only to students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester, among other criteria, according to CMU Provost and Dean of the University Dr. Rita Gulstad.
Out of CMU’s nearly 5,000 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES) students, 956 were named to the spring semester Dean’s List.
These students study at CMU’s main campus in Fayette, at a CMU center, or through CMU’s online program.
Fortag is an online student.

Nashville FFA Participates At State Livestock CDE

NCHS FFA Members who participated were FROM LEFT, Aaron Stanowski, Logan Boester, Madison Schuette, Kinze Fox and Callie McClay.

By Alex Johannes,
Chapter Reporter

On April 27, five members of the Nashville FFA Chapter traveled to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to participate in the State Livestock Judging CDE.
FFA members judged beef, sheep, swine, and goats at the contest.
Overall, Nashville placed 49th out of 100 teams.

Farm Credit Illinois Gives Scholarships To KC Agriculture Students

FROM LEFT, Jakob Koch, Bill Waggoner, KC Agriculture Professor; Don Henrichs of Farm Credit Illinois; Makayla Karrick; Mark Heimann of Farm Credit Illinois; Rebekah Donoho, Jordan Kampwerth, Haley Gregson, Brendon Schettler, and Aaron Heinzmann, KC Agriculture Professor.

Six Kaskaskia College Agriculture students recently received scholarships from Farm Credit Illinois.
The scholarships were given for the advancement and support of students in agriculture.
Farm Credit Illinois has been a wonderful sponsor of KC Agriculture and agriculture education throughout Illinois.
“Farm Credit is proud to lend support and provide opportunities to Kaskaskia College students with a passion for agriculture,” says Don Henrichs, Farm Credit lending vice president. “These scholars will pursue careers which will make a positive impact on Rural America, in turn Helping Farm Families Succeed.”
Students Brendon Schettler of Nashville and Haley Gregson of Waterloo were both awarded $1,000 scholarships. Students Jordan Kampwerth of Carlyle, Makayla Karrick of Patoka, Rebekah Donoho of Bluford and Jakob Koch of Highland each received a $500 scholarship.
KC Agriculture Professor Aaron Heinzmann says of the scholarships, “We are very appreciative for Farm Credit’s continued support of agricultural education and of the Kaskaskia College Agriculture program and students. It is always great to see industry step up to support the education of their future workforce”.

Lanie Marie Hester Memorial Cosmetology Scholarship Established At Kaskaskia College

Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that a new scholarship, the Lanie Marie Hester Memorial Cosmetology Scholarship, has recently been established through the Hester Family.
The scholarship is in memory of Lanie, who was born on August 4, 2015. Like most little girls, Lanie loved dolls, turtles, butterflies, flip flops, but most of all, Lanie enjoyed dressing up in fancy dresses and wearing lipstick. Sadly, Lanie lost her life on May 23, 2017, but as a way of keeping her name and memory alive, Lanie’s family has established this scholarship to assist students enrolled in the Cosmetology Program at Kaskaskia College.
There will be one award given in the amount of $1,000 to be used for tuition, books and course related supplies.
Preference will be given to a graduate of Sandoval High School, but everyone is encouraged to apply and applicants must be enrolled in the Cosmetology Program at Kaskaskia College.

Alex Johannes’ Ag Photos On Display At Cedarhurst

Alex Johannes currently has ten photos on display at Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.
The photos are featured as a part of the “Photography of MTVHS FFA” gallery.
Johannes is a student at Nashville Community High School, is currently serving as the Nashville FFA Chapter Reporter, and works as a freelance reporter for The Nashville News.

Johannes with some of her photographs at the Cedarhurst Gallery.

Johannes’ photography is typically focused on areas of the agriculture industry on and off of the farm. As agriculture is the world’s largest industry, Johannes tries to capture the beauty, heritage and reality of the agricultural world.
Johannes was invited by the Mt. Vernon FFA Chapter to submit her photos for the chance of having them displayed.
Johannes’ photos, as well as other FFA members’ photos, will be on display through July 15.

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