On Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. the Satanta Junior-Senior School student body met in the school’s main gymnasium to recognize the scholarship awards of the Class of 2019 and to celebrate their commitment to their future plans. Principal Heather Stegman opened the ceremony, welcoming students, parents, and guests.
The first scholarship presenter was Kim (Wilson) Skinner who presented the Carl Wilson Memorial Scholarship to Kris Wagner. Wagner was then announced as the winner of a number of scholarships including an Ewing Memorial Cloverleaf 4-H scholarship, a Haskell County 4-H Council Scholarship, and an A.B. Mahieu Kansas 4-H Foundation Scholarship. Wagner, who is headed to Kansas State University, has also earned a K-State Achievement Award in the amount of $5,500, a K-State Agricultural Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, and a “Proud to be a Wildcat” scholarship worth $500.
Wagner also won the Haskell County Conservation District Scholarship, a scholarship from the Haskell County Fair Association, a scholarship from the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, an award from the Northwest Cotton Growers Co-op Gin, a Satanta United Methodist Church scholarship, a Haskell County Farm Bureau scholarship, a Jerry Robson Memorial Scholarship, the Jan McLeland Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship worth $1,000 from the Kansas Livestock Association, and a scholarship from Southern Pioneer Electric for $1,5000. Wagner also received $500 for his service as Chief Satanta and an award for being part of “Billy’s 10 Best.”
Travis Combs of Seward County Community College next presented Lizahi Quinonez-Salas with a SCCC Presidential Scholarship worth the equivalent of books, tuition, and fees. Ryan Burrows, representing Jerry and Cheri Miller, then announced Quinonez-Salas as the winner of the Lindsey Miller Memorial Scholarship.
The Tonya Wright Memorial Scholarship was given to Adan Gutierrez. Gutierrez was also given the Yolande Bestgen Memorial Scholarship, which is given in honor of the life of the sister of Stacey King. Gutierrez was also recognized for being awarded scholarships from SCCC totaling $1,100 as well as an award from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas and a Satanta Alumni Scholarship. Gutierrez also received $500 for his service as Chief Satanta. Gutierrez will also be the recipient of an American Red Cross Scholarship for his efforts in organizing community blood drives.
Gabriel Salas was awarded a Pioneer Communication scholarship, a scholarship from Pheasant Heaven, and a Jerry Robson Memorial Scholarship. Salas was also recognized for accepting a track and field scholarship to the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) for free tuition along with $4,500 to be used towards books and fees.
Brooke Abernathy was recognized for winning a Garden City Community College Presidential Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 as well as a Satanta Alumni Foundation Scholarship, an award from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas, a Jerry Robson Memorial Scholarship, and the Henderson Memorial Scholarship.
The family of Jerry Robson also awarded scholarships to multiple Satanta seniors. In addition to the $250 scholarships given to Wagner, Salas, and Abernathy, the Robson family gave $100 scholarships to five additional seniors: Adan Gutierrez, Claudia Jones, Brittani Lauppe, Tanna Anderson, and Lizete Olivas.
The Satanta Teachers’ Association handed out scholarship reimbursement checks for Satanta seniors who successfully completed concurrent courses through SCCC. These awards varied in amount between $50 and $100 and went to the following students: Wagner, Salas, Gutierrez, Abernathy, Anderson, Lauppe, and Olivas..
Satanta seniors are currently waiting to hear back from the HT Ungles Memorial Scholarship Committee regarding scholarships awards from this local source.
Following the scholarship awards, these seniors took part in a signing ceremony patterned after a signing ceremony for an athlete attending a D1 school with the primary difference being that this ceremony was meant to encourage graduating seniors to fully commitment to their post-secondary plans. This included having seniors sign a contract promising that they will not give up on school, military training, or a job without first making contact with the academic mentors that they selected from the Satanta, USD 507, faculty and staff and the mentor that was arranged for them at their future place of study or employment. They have committed to being in contact with these mentors on a regular basis.
This year’s seniors committed to the following future plans: Brian Duran, Adan Gutierrez, Claudia Jones, Lizete Olivas, Lizahi Quinonez-Salas, and Emilio Hernandez will attend SCCC; Brooke Abernathy and Adrian Najera will attend GCCC; Gabriel Salas will attend UMKC; Kris Wagner will attend K-State; Brittani Lauppe will attend Emporia State University; Tanna Anderson will complete a mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints before enrolling at either Utah State or BYU Hawaii; Leslie Cabrera intends to enlist in the Army; and John and Jacob Loewen plan to enter the workforce.
This event, which Satanta High School hopes to host annually, was conceived and executed by USD 507 Counselor Teresa Anthony.
Lake Sunderland, Dakota Oliver, Gabe Mendoza, Leslie Cabrera, Brittani Lauppe
The Satanta High School Art Class had works to enter at an annual art competition at Fort Hays State University on April 17. The art competition is an invitational event with 168 Kansas high schools in attendance and over 1,700 pieces of artwork were placed on display this year. Satanta senior Brittani Lauppe and Satanta freshman Heidi Neef both received certificates of recognition at the meet from the three judges that assess all the works on display. Satanta senior Adan Gutierrez had two of his pieces receive a certificate of recognition and in so doing earned a medal in art.
A chalk-drawing competition is done while the judging takes place across campus. Mr. Jeff Locke, Satanta High School art instructor said of this event: “The area in front of the art building at Fort Hays State is perfect for the chalk drawing event. This year the idea to expound upon was to include a squirrel in a movie or album cover from our pop culture. Brittani Lauppe took charge and determined that portraying a Taylor Swift album cover as a squirrel subject would be the project. After all was completed, a picture was taken of the chalk artwork with all the Satanta art students that made it happen. It was a great time for all and it was finished in time so that it could be judged. This annual competition and exhibition is a great experience for our A\art students to participate in. Brittani Lauppe, Adan Gutierrez, Dakota Oliver, Leslie Cabrera, Lake Sunderland and Gabriel Mendoza had a great time at the Fort Hays State University Annual High School Art Competition and Exhibition!”
On May 9, 2019, Kansas State School Board Member Jean Clifford visited Satanta to present the junior-senior high school with a Challenge Award from the Kansas State Department of Education.
These awards, according to the KSDE website, were created to honor schools that perform well on the state assessments in spite of having high percentages of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those who live in poverty and members of minority groups. "The awards help showcase the many positive academic achievements taking place in schools with predominantly high-risk populations."
Such awards are based on “uncommon accomplishment based on Kansas math and reading assessment results and other qualifying factors, specifically the sample size, ethnicity, and socio-economic status of those taking the test.” KSDE also includes the graduation rates and rates of chronic absenteeism when calculating high school results.
USD 507 is proud of this recognition. Mrs. Karen Burrows said, “We strive for excellence for all of our kids, and it is great to be recognized for our students’ hard work.”
Before Cliffords’ departure, she was given a TRIBE shirt from the SHS student body, making her an official member of the tribe.
Pictured in photo: Mike Ward, USD 507 Superintendent; Heather Stegman, USD 507 PK-12 Principal; and State Board of Education Member Jean Clifford.
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