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New grads qualify for more than $600,000 in scholarships

 


Scholarships, many of them from local companies and individuals, to the Odessa High School graduating class of 2017 totaled $632,634.08. Several graduates received full academic or athletic scholarships to colleges and universities near and far.

Aaron Gies received the Christ Lutheran Church Faith in Life Award. He plans to attend Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake next fall.

Alayna Watkins received the Miss Wilbur community scholarship (prior to transferring to Odessa High School). She plans to attend Charter College.

Bradley Johnston received scholarships from the Grange Supply Co. of Odessa, the Coach Kramer Memorial Scholarship, the Odessa HealthCare Foundation award, the Braun Memorial Scholarship, an award from the Heritage Church Memorial Gift Committee, an Odessa Alumni Association scholarship, the Reinhold and Ida Roloff Scholarship and a full athletic scholarship (baseball) to Corban University in Salem, Ore., renewable for four years.

Chance Messer received a four-year renewable University of Idaho Western Undergraduate Exchange scholarship, a Washington Apple Education Foundation award, a 4-H/Avista NW Farm Credit award, an Idaho Space Grant, a Washington State Potato Foundation scholarship, monetary awards from the Granco Federal Credit Union, Rocky Coulee Brewing Co./Stumpjumpers Motorcycle Club and the Grant County Sheriff’s Association. He was also presented the U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award. He will attend U of I.

Colby Sooy received monetary awards from the Moses Lake Round Up; the Grange Supply Co. of Odessa; 4-H/Avista and NW Farm Credit; Garber Family 4-H; 4-H WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; NW Farm Credit Services; the Wash. State Hay Growers Association; a Cougar Commitment Waiver; a WSU University Achievement Waiver; an Experience WSU award; a WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Ignite award, as well as awards from Inland NW Community, Washington State Potato Foundations, the Washington State Cattleman’s Association and Point Pest Controls. He will attend WSU in Pullman.

Cole Kissler received a monetary award from the Heritage Church Memorial Gift Committee, the Loren Homberg Memorial Scholarship, a Reinhold and Ida Roloff Memorial Scholarship, a Grange Supply Co. of Odessa scholarship and a University of Idaho Western Undergraduate Exchange scholarship. He plans to attend WSU in Pullman.

Colton Melgren is entering the U.S. Army and is eligible for a four-year education at the college or university of his choice under the Post 9-11 GI Bill.

Elizabeth Larson received a Masonic Lodge Legacy Award after being recommended by Odessa Lodge No. 156, a Ritzville Warehouse scholarship, a Bessie and Godfrey Thompson Scholarship, an Odessa Alumni Association scholarship, monetary awards from the Martha Hall Educational Trust and the Anna Marie Amende Korobikin fund, the Tim Suchland Memorial Scholarship from the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, a four-year renewable Gonzaga Deans Scholarship and additional four-year renewable Gonzaga Grant, a four-year renewable Seattle Foundation Lambeth Family Scholarship, a monetary award from the 2017 Association of Computer Professionals in Education and was presented the U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award. She will attend Gonzaga University.

John DeWulf received monetary awards from the Grange Supply Co. of Odessa, the Odessa Fire Department and the Odessa-Harrington Booster Club. He will study at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

Keisha McNeil plans to atten Yakima Community College.

Lukas Marshall is entering the U.S. Air Force and will be eligible for four years of higher education under the Post 9-11 GI Bill.

Molly Schafer received monetary awards from the Grange Supply Co. of Odessa, the Grange Insurance Association, the Odessa Chamber of Commerce for her service as Miss Odessa in 2016, the Rocky Coulee Brewing Co./Stumpjumpers Motorcycle Club, a four-year renewable New Mexico State University Hadley Honors Out-of-State Scholarship and a four-year renewable New Mexico State out-of-state competitive scholarship. She will attend New Mexico State Univ. in Las Cruces, N.M.

Morgan Marchand plans to attend Mitchell Tech and WyoTech.

Rebecca Fortner received a scholarship from the Rocky Coulee Brewing Co./Stumpjumpers Motorcycle Club, a College Bound Scholarship, a Western Wash. Univ. President’s Scholarship and a Wash. FBLA Professional Division Scholarship. She plans to attend Western Washington University.

Sage Elder plans to attend Dakota College at Bottineau, N.D.

Shelbey Watkins received an Odessa HealthCare Foundation scholarship. She will head to Spokane Falls Community College.

Tyler Rollins received the Gordon and Virginia Neale Scholarship based on his musical ability. He plans to enter the workforce.

Wyatt Haase received an AgVentures NW scholarship. He is undecided about his future plans.

Zoe Clark received an FBLA Distinguished Business Leader Scholarship, a Dr. Eugene Kosy Scholarship, monetary awards from the Odessa Alumni Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Odessa Fire Department and a four-year renewable scholarship to Seattle Pacific University. She was also presented with the Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award. She will attend Seattle Pacific University.

The class of 2017 chose the white rose as their class flower. They were advised throughout their senior year by Ellen Holman and given scholarship assistance by guidance counselor Kimberly Ryan. Junior class escorts were Danielle Tebow and Hannah Sheldon, and ushers were Colton Hunt, Jayd Jennings, Noah Anderson and Kiegan Wehr.

As in past years, teachers Jeff Wehr and Larry Moffet composed a song dedicated to the graduates entitled “I Wish” and performed it for them and the audience in the gymnasium.

 

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