Hillsboro High School seniors rose and returned to their seats often Saturday during commencement to receive numerous scholarships and awards, like a game of musical chairs.
In all, 20 of 37 students earned recognition for educational awards or scholarships, while an additional seven students graduated with academic honors. Danae Bina, Morganne Hamm, Erin Wiebe, and Molly Wiebe were named valedictorians while Addie Lackey was named salutatorian.
In a speech listing the 10 ways to make it to the graduation date, Bina and Lackey highlighted different moments and memories of the class over the past four years, like a teacher drinking coffee, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
Examples included stories of a teacher drinking from his coffee mug despite the class warning him someone had spit inside it, and lessons learned from fellow classmates that quit sports teams premature to the beginning of the season.
Listed are the awards and scholarships students were presented before receiving their diplomas.
The President’s Award for Educational Excellence: Danae Bina, Clay Etheridge, Morganne Hamm, Erich Herbel, Kianna Hinerman, Abigail Kliewer, Addie Lackey, Christian Ratzlaff, J.D. Schmidt, Tanner Sechrist, Erin Wiebe, and Molly Wiebe.
Kansas State Scholars: Bina, Hamm, Ratzlaff, Schmidt, Erin Wiebe, and Molly Wiebe.
Kansas Board of Regents Scholars: Bina, Jesse Brown, Etheridge, Hamm, Herbel, Hinerman, Lackey, Ratzlaff, Madison Ricks, Schmidt, Sechrist, Courtney Troyer, Erin Wiebe, and Molly Wiebe.
Kansas ACT Scholar: Erin Wiebe.
National Merit Scholarship Finalist: Erin Wiebe.
C.M. Sextro Academic Scholarship for Mathematics ($1,250): Erich Herbel.
USD 410 Hillsboro Education Association Scholarship ($300): Erin Wiebe.
Alpha Omega Incentive Award: Morganne Hamm.
American Legion Post #366 Scholarship ($500 each): Danae Bina, Cody Delk, and Chase Meisinger.
Dale Dennis Excellence in Education Award ($200): Hannah Bostic.
Marion County Farm Bureau ($500): Chase Meisinger.
2013 Built Ford Tough-FFA Scholarship ($1,000): Cody Delk.
Paul Rundstrom Memorial Scholarship ($500): Evan Ollenburger.
Lange Diesel FFA Scholarship ($1,000): Chase Meisinger and Ethan Oborny.
Hillsboro FFA Alumni Chapter ($300): Chase Meisinger.
Hillsboro Lions Club Scholarship ($500 each): Madison Ricks and Molly Weibe.
LEOS Community Service Scholarship: Taylor Vogt ($100) and Molly Wiebe ($400).
American Red Cross “Young Minds Change Lives” Scholarship ($250): Ethan Oborny.
Kurt Bowman Memorial ($300): Cody Delk.
Hillsboro Medical Center Auxilary ($500): Taylor Vogt and Molly Wiebe.
Hillsboro Community Medical Center ($500): Madison Ricks.
Kansas State High School Activities Association Awards ($250 each): Danae Bina and Erich Herbel.
Wiebe Good Citizen Scholarship ($2,500 each): Morganne Hamm and Erin Wiebe.
High honors: Bina, Bostic, Herbel, Hamm, Hinerman, Kliewer, Lackey, Ratzlaff, Jehoiada Schmidt, Sechrist, Troyer, Erin Wiebe, and Molly Wiebe.
Honors: Ali Blazek, Delk, Madison Duerksen, Etheridge, Jordan Faul, Avery Franz, Shayla Hannah, Meisinger, Matthew Reeh, Ricks, and Brett Weinbrenner.