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MP students earn nearly $500K in scholarships

May 18, 2018
Photo by: Grace King Elizabeth Larson fist bumps with MPCHS Principal Todd Liechty as she accepts her scholarships Thursday, May 17. In total, Mt. Pleasant seniors were awarded $428,500 in scholarships

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Mt. Pleasant Community High School graduating seniors departed the gymnasium after awards night Thursday, May 17 grinning with pride over their accomplishments, words of wisdom echoing in their minds and nearly half a million dollars in scholarships.

Although many in the senior class were absent from the senior awards ceremony because of various school activities, $428,500 was given to students in scholarships Thursday. One senior in particular, Elizabeth Larson, received 12 scholarships throughout the night, the most heartfelt for her being the Olds American Legion and Auxiliary #626. As a fellow congregant at Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church with many of the auxiliary members, Larson gushed about the previous outpouring of support they have already shown her.

“They also supported me on a routed mission trip,” Larson said, which took place last summer. The team provided assistance in Las Vegas working with the homeless community and went to the Grand Canyon to “care for creation,” picking up and learning about the environment.

Experiences like these are what reminded Larson time and time again how she wants to provide help in any way she can in the future. With plans to attend the University of Iowa this fall and study neuroscience, psychology and pre-med, Larson said the scholarships fuels her to support the community like they have supported her.

“If I do big things in my future, I should make sure I thank my community fully because they’ve supported me in my academic endeavors, and I’m thankful for what they’ve done for me.”

As Jim Becker from Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club Wright Charities announced the recipients for the golf scholarship, he shared four elements in his formula for success.

The first is to dream big and to not be afraid to dream big.

Secondly, Becker advised students to have a plan.

Third Becker urged students to persevere. “Throughout your life you will come to understand the achievements that mean the most to you are the ones hardest to attain.”

Finally, Becker reminded students that God would help them. “When adversity strikes, God will help you through it,” he said.

Some of the scholarships were funded through sheer dumb luck, such as Kimzey Family Scholarship, which recognized two recipients who are going to Iowa Wesleyan University.

As Mark Kimzey presented the scholarships, he admitted he won the money through a poker game he plays every other month.

“At the end of the night, one person wins the pot, but the rules are that pot must go to a charitable organization,” Kimzey said. “Whether through divine intervention or sheer luck because it had nothing to do with my card playing ability, I won in April and chose to donate it to the scholarship fund.”

The Kimzey Family Scholarship is also funded through Festival of Lights limousine donations.

Below is a full list of scholarship and award recipients.

Ashton, Maison: First Presbyterian Church Scholarship, Iowa State University Multicultural Vision Program

Barnes, Audreana: Iowa Wesleyan University Trustee Scholarship, Kimzey Family Scholarship

Bass, Dalton: McGwider Tool Grant

Batey, Kalynn: Marines Distinguished Athlete, Bernie Saggau Award

Broeker, Danielle: James Harlan Chapter of DAR Citizenship Award, Loras College St. Raphael Scholarship, Loras College Leadership Competitive Scholarship, Silver Cord, Panther Scholar Dollars

Brooks, Ethan: First Presbyterian Church Scholarship

Buckert, Austin: Mt. Pleasant Golf & Country Club Wright Charities Golf Scholarship

Chounlamany, Paris: Iowa State University School Pride Award, Iowa State University Multicultural Vision Program

Coberley, Joseph: McGwider Scholarship

Crane, Garin: Simpson College Honor Scholarship

Detrick, Garret: McGwider Scholarship

Duron Emely: University of Northern Iowa Alderman Scholarship, University of Northern Iowa Multicultural Scholar Award

Ensminger, Kaitlyn: Olds American Legion & Auxiliary #626, Becky Benz Memorial Scholarship, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Hawkeye All Area Citizen Scholars Award, University of Northern Iowa Scholarship

Fluharty, Caleb: Army Education Benefits

Fraise, Jaclyn: Iowa State University Betty C Kirkbride Keller Scholarship, Lee County Pork Producers Scholarship

Glaha, Chi-anna: All Golden Triangle Academic Achievement, Silver Cord

Gonzalez, Noemi: Indian Hills Community College Culinary Arts Club

Heerdt, Elizabeth: Gallon Grad Award Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Herr, Kerri: Mt. Pleasant Golf & Country Club Wright Charities Golf Scholarship

Hiler, Shyla: Iowa Wesleyan University Dean’s Scholarship

Holtkamp, Joey: Iowa State University Seeley G & Helen Barbre Lodwick Endowed Scholar, Iowa State University Academic Recognition Award, Iowa State University Cardinal Leadership Scholar Award, Iowa State University Christina Hixson Opportunity Award Lee County, Lee County Fair Scholarship, Marines Musical Excellence

Huckabone, Cooper: Indian Hills Community College Rosenman Academic

Ireland, Erin: Iowa Wesleyan University Dean Scholarship, Iowa Wesleyan University Campus Visit, Kimzey Family Scholarship

Ita, Jonathan: Gary Sammons Memorial Scholarship Mt. Pleasant Athletic Boosters, University of Iowa Academic Success Award, University of Iowa Iowa Scholars Award, Silver Cord, Marines Distinguished Athlete

Kelly, Payton: Panther Scholar Dollars

King, Angel: First Presbyterian Church Scholarship, Middle School Bridge Club

Klopfenstein, Wayne: Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility, Southeastern Community College Foundation Scholarship

Kohorst, Kieran: Hawkeye All Area Citizen Scholars Award

Larson, Elizabeth: Marion “Mooner” Shappell Memorial Scholarship Mt. Pleasant Athletic Boosters, Olds American Legion & Auxiliary #626, Lawrence & Marilyn Matteson Scholarship, Friends Scholarship Great River Health System, Employee Unity & Wellness Scholarship, Mediacom World Class Scholarship, Kiwanis Scholarship, Noon Rotary Scholarship, Dr. Jennie McCowen Scholarship, University of Iowa Old Gold Scholarship, University of Iowa Academic Success Scholarship, Panther Scholar Dollars

Lowe, Jacob: Access Energy Cooperative Scholarship

Magnani, Jordan: Access Energy Cooperative Scholarship, Cornell College Iowa Promise Scholarship, All Golden Triangle Academic Achievement, Kiwanis Scholarship, Silver Cord

McDowell, Delaney: Becky Benz Memorial Scholarship, Marines Scholastic Excellence, Noon Rotary Scholarship, Governor’s Scholar Recognition Award, University of Iowa Iowa Scholars Award, Silver Cord

McGhghy, Brody: Hawkeye All Area Citizen Scholars Award, Grand View University Director’s Award, Grand View University Football Scholarship

Mills, Colin: Southeastern Community College Foundation Scholarship, Southeastern Community College Roquette College Scholarship

Mulford, Colin: Olds American Legion & Auxiliary #626, Henry County Pork Producer

Murray, Taylor: Colorado State University Honors Scholarship, Colorado State University Presidential Scholarship, Des Moines Register Academic All State, Governor’s Scholar Recognition Award, Silver Cord

Plooster, Elijah: Middle School Bridge Club

Pross, Julia: TTT Chapter A

Rauenbuehler, Justin: Army Education Benefits, McGwider Scholarship

Ridenour, Lane: Iowa Wesleyan University Campus Visit Scholarship, Iowa Wesleyan University Trustee Scholarship

Rosell, Samantha: Bradley University Out of State, Bradley University University Scholarship, Bradley University Project Lead the Way: Women, Kiwanis Scholarship, First United Methodist Church

Rotenburger, Shayla: Henry County Pork Producer, Indian Hills Community College Rosenman Academic, Iowa State Rifle & Pistol Association

Ruby, Jennifer: TTT Chapter DD

Sartorius, Brady: Kirkwood Community College Leaders For Tomorrow

Schinstock, Hanna: Missouri State University Deans’ Scholarship

Shumaker, Emily: Hearth & Home Technologies HNI Corporation Scholarship

Smith, Dalton: Army Education Benefits

Stark, Tyler: Army Education Benefits

Steffens, Nick: University of Northern Iowa Distinguished Scholar Award

Stott, Brittany: Indian Hills Community College Harrison, Moreland, Webber & Simplot, P.C. Scholarship

Sutherland, Meagan: Middle School Bridge Club, University of Iowa Advantage Iowa Scholarship, Panther Scholar Dollars

Van Nyhuis, Luke: Kiwanis Scholarship, Coach Bob Evans Memorial Scholarship

VanAmerongen, Dalon: McGwider Tool Grant, Southeastern Community College Foundation Scholarship

Wintermote, Brayden: McGwider Tool Grant

Witthoft, Tori: Iowa State Bar Association Outstanding Citizen, 50th Class Reunion Scholarship, Culinary Arts Club Scholarship, Mt. Pleasant Golf & Country Club Wright Charities Golf Scholarship, Mt. Pleasant Business & Professional Women

Zaragoza, Nathaniel: Iowa State Bar Association Outstanding Citizen, Richland Pink Party for a Cure, University of Northern Iowa Multicultural Scholar Award, Mt. Pleasant Golf & Country Club Wright Charities Golf Scholarship, Silver Cord

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