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Scholarship Recipients

 

In the early stages of organization, DHS Alumni Association initially began giving a scholarship award in 2006. It was available to all Lakeside seniors. The first one given was to Emily Nicholson of Glen Elder, a graduate of the class of 2006. While the group was busy getting organized and planning a more meaningful alumni reunion in 2007, they also discussed the scholarship. After many discussions and ideas, a better vision of what the group wanted came into view. Fundraising began and a formal application was designed and was available to graduating seniors from Lakeside that had an eligible relative. It was decided that eligible relatives were limited to parents, grandparents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles that were graduates of Downs High School. In addition to having a relative that was a DHS alumnus, the group also desired to have the recipient attend the reunion with their family for recognition and presentation of the award.

 

The scholarship was being awarded on the basis of academic merit and good citizenship as described by the applicants. They were asked to write a brief personal history including their activities, both in and out of school and any community service they had participated in. The students were also asked to give a description of college plans, major area of study and what they had done to prepare for this endeavor. This also included future plans for after completing their education. Finally they were asked to explain in their own words, why they believed they deserved this scholarship. It quickly became apparent to the judges that we needed to add something that would make it easier to find the one that stood out from the rest. In 2010, the applicants were asked to write a one page essay titled, What Downs Means to Me.

 

In January 2011, the association was contacted by the children of Lawrence and Anna Streit, who were all graduates of DHS. They had decided to commemorate their parents by awarding DHSAA, Inc. a yearly grant to be used as a scholarship, either combined with or separate of the current scholarship. It was decided by the group to do 2 separate scholarships, based on the current criteria. Once again, the students forced us to make some changes and a guideline to help the judges in the decision making process was adopted at the July 2011 reunion. The 2012 graduates were asked to write a different essay for each application they made for the scholarship, with the second topic being How has my family background affected the way I see the world.

 

The amount of each scholarship has been determined by fundraising and donations that have been designated for scholarship awards and each year has been different in the amount that was given. Fundraisers geared specifically for the scholarship fund is the Root Beer Floats that are served each year after the program at the alumni reunion and the raffle. In years past, baskets full of goodies have been raffled off to the lucky ticket holder at the reunion as well. This year, the raffle will be for a DHS T Shirt Quilt made by Heidi Brush. Brush used various purple and gold DHS Alumni Assoc. t-shirts from past years and constructed a 70x70 quilt to be raffled off at the 2012 reunion. Tickets will be sold the week of celebration.

 

Recipients of the Downs High School Alumni Association scholarships since its inception and their plans at the time of graduating are listed below. Two recipients were chosen for 2012 based on their applications and essays. Part of the criteria for gaining the award, is to attend the alumni reunion to be recognized for their hard work and future planning thus far. They are also asked to read their essay to the group as part of the program.

 


2017 - Kaya Schreiber, daughter of Eric Schreiber Class of 1986. Kaya won the $500 DHSAA Scholarship for non-Lakeside students. She is from McHenry, IL and is currently attending University of Illinois at Springfield.

2017 - Carolina Harzman, daughter of Brent Harzman, class of 1990. Carolina won both the $500.00 Streit Family Scholarship and the $500.00 DHSAA Scholarship. After graduation, she plans to attend Sterling College.

2016 Keegan Kohl, son of Ami Naasz, class of 1999. Keegan won the $500 Streit Family Scholoarship from the Downs High School Alumni Association. After graduation, he plans to attend Cloud County Community College.

2016 MaKinlie Hennes, Daughter of Kelli Hennes, class of 1988. MaKinlie won the Downs High School Alumni Scholarship worth $500. After graduation, she plans to attend Fort Hays State University.

2015 Raymond Campbell, Downs, stepson of Jeremy Teselle, Class of 1997. Raymond won the Downs High School Alumni Scholarship worth $500. After graduation, he plans to attend Kansas State University and study history. Campbell plans to go into education or practice law.

2015 Drake Madison Koops, Downs, son of Randy Koops Class of 1973. Drake received the $500 Streit Family Scholarship from the Downs High School Alumni Association. After graduation, Koops plans to attend Sterling College and study history and business. In the future he would like to teach high school social studies.

2014 Savana Avery Brush, daughter of Tim Brush, Class of 1986. Savana won the $500 Downs High School Alumni Association Scholarship with her essay entitled What Downs Means To Me. She will be attending Kansas State University and major in Accounting/Business Marketing. After graduation, she plans on returning to Downs and working at Brush Art Corporation.

2014 Kelsi Smith, daughter of Paula Keezer Newlin, Class of 1992. Kelsi received the $500 Streit Family Scholarship from the Downs High School Alumni Association. Smith plans to attend Washburn University majoring in Radiology. She would like to return to the Downs area following graduation. Kelsi will be presenting her essay entitled How has my family background affected the way I see the world?.

2013 Tanner Bowles, son of Kathy Bowles, Class of 1978. Tanner is the recipient of the $500 Streit Family Scholarship from the Downs High School Alumni Association. He will attend Cloud County Community College and major in Physical Science. After graduation from CCCC, he plans on transferring on to Fort Hays State University majoring in Geology with a double minor in History and Philosophy. Tanner will be presenting his essay entitled How has my family background affected the way I see the world?

2013 Bailie Hennes, daughter of Kelli Grady Hennes, Class of 1988. Bailie is the winner of the $500 Downs High School Alumni Association Scholarship. She will attend Washburn University and major in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. She would like to move back to Osborne County and put her skills to work helping the youth of Osborne County. Bailie will present her essay on What Downs Means To Me.

2012 - Landon Becker, son of Alvin Becker, class of 1980 and grandson of Ralph Becker, class of 1954. Becker is enrolled at NCKTC in Beloit and will study Diesel Technology. He plans to continue working in the family business and expanding it with more diesel services and products and plans to remain in the area after college. Landon will be presenting his essay answering the question, ‘How has my family background affected the way I see the world?’
   

2012 – Kristin Ann Wagner, daughter of Richard Wagner, class of 1980. Wagner will attend Fort Hays State University and major in Radiologic Technology. She would like to move back to Downs or close to Downs. She enjoys living in a small community and believes her family should be raised here just as she was. She also plans to find a job in Radiology nearby. Kristin will be presenting her essay titled, ‘What Downs Means to Me.’
   

2011 – Alida D. Draayer, daughter of Stephanie Koops Draayer, class of 1978 and grandson of Gerald Koops, class of 1949. Draayer planned to attend KSU and get a degree in Pre-Health Profession and to further her education in Occupational Therapy. Her goal was to become an Occupational Therapist and work in a hospital or school setting. Her main satisfaction will come from having a positive impact and making the lives better for many young people.
   

2010 – Joel D. Cushing, son of Bill Cushing, class of 1971 and grandson of Ned Cushing, class of 1941. Cushing planned to attend Fort Hays State University, entering into Teaching and Coaching, ultimately working in the field of school administration and possibly a Superintendent of a school district. He would like to locate in a community where he can be effective in shaping the lives of young people and contribute positively to economics and development of the town and school.
   

2009 – Jodi L. Koops, daughter of Janet DeBey Koops, class of 1980. Koops planned to attend KSUand major in Elementray Education and then pursue a Masters degree to become a School Counseler or Principal. She also plans to start a family and would prefer live in a rural community like Downs.
   

2008 – Renzo D. Draayer, son of Stephanie Koops Draayer, class of 1978 and grandson of Gerald Koops, class of 1949. Draayer planned to attend KSU to get degree in Pre-Health Profession and to further his education in the area of Chiropractic Medicine. He would like to one day establish his own practice or join an existing practice in a small, rural community in or near Downs.