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.
Photo by Adan Gutierrez
Satanta High School’s 2019 Chieftain Staff attended the Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) State Journalism Contest in Lawrence, KS on May 4, 2019. Over 1,200 students from across the State of Kansas competed in the 2019 KSPA State Journalism in over 20 categories split into digital submission and on-site competitions. Students qualified for State Journalism by placing at the KSPA Regional Contest at Fort Hays State University in February.
Senior Brooke Abernathy qualified and competed in Copy Editing, Cutline Writing, Headline Writing & Design, and Infographics, and competed in all four categories at State Journalism Contest. Junior Hunter Clark competed at Regional Competition in Academic Photography, Yearbook Theme & Graphics, News Writing, and Sports Writing. Junior Ava Howie qualified for State Journalism in Editorial Writing and Student Life Photography. Junior Houston Friend qualified in Sports Writing, News Writing, Academic Photography, and Sports Photography. Friend entered photography pieces in the Academics and Sports Photography categories for State Journalism. Senior Adan Gutierrez qualified in Editorial Cartoon, Sports Photography, and Student Life Photography.
At State, Gutierrez received first place in Class 1A Sports Photography for his photo depicting the baseball team celebrating a home run. Gutierrez’s photography piece will be published in the KSPA Annual Simply Better publication, which is shared across the state. Comments from the judges will also be published with Gutierrez’s photo. One judge wrote, “While sports is full of intense moments, you have done all of the right things to frame a particularly emotional composition here. While not everyone plays sports, people can connect to sports through the common emotions of sports: elation and disappointment, frustration and euphoria. In this way, photos like yours can connect the sports fan or the indifferent reader to sports moments. Well done! Captions -- at their best -- should answer a viewer's questions about a photo. Your caption has done all of that and more, and your readers will be grateful. All of the basics are here: clear sentence construction, AP style, active verbs, factual information about the situation and important context. Captions are often overlooked, but this caption shows exemplary attention to detail.”
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.
On Monday, May 6, 2019, Satanta Student Council President Houston Friend and Vice-president Ella Burrows announced the winners of the Janie Lutz Student of the Year Award and the Janie Lutz Teacher of the Year Award, two awards that were established in 2018. The winner of the student recognition was Kris Wagner; the teacher recognition went to Mrs. Courtney Dunn.
In describing Kris, Friend said, “He can often be found on the football field, the basketball court, or throwing discus at track meets, although we all know that’s not the real reason he shows up. I’m actually pretty sure I’ve never been to an event with this student where he doesn’t know at least one person. Although he is always busy with his involvement in student council, FBLA, S-Club, Science and History Club, and FFA, he is in attendance at nearly every school and community activity. You can always count on him to be your biggest fan and loudest supporter, and he never fails to put a smile on your face. This year he stepped up his farming and ranching and leadership game by serving as the Southwest District FFA Sentinel, which is just another way he has made Satanta proud throughout his high school career. This year’s student of the year goes by many names: K-Wag, Wagner, Kris, and Kristopher, but he is known as a friend to all. Kris, thank you for your support, encouragement, and willingness to go above and beyond for all of us.”
Burrows, in identifying the Teacher of the Year, said: “This year’s SHS “Janie Lutz Teacher of the Year” is the only person I know who actually likes warm Gatorade and is best remembered for accidentally driving down the wrong lane on the turnpike at state FBLA. More seriously, this woman has mad typing and Photoshop skills, can find the mistake in your accounting in under 30 seconds, and has proved to all of us that she seriously is Wonder Woman. From making sure our school website is the best out there, to helping Mr. Dusin design the basketball uniforms, there really isn’t anything she can’t do. She is the reason we have the best programs for sporting events in the league and a great yearbook every year. I’m pretty sure our school wouldn’t be able to function without her. On behalf of the SHS Student Council, thank you for your constant support and encouragement, for telling us what we need to hear, and for making all of us the best we can be. We don’t say it enough, but thank you for all you do. Congratulations, Mrs. Courtney Dunn.”
Burrows also spoke on behalf of Student Council in recognizing Satanta PK-12 Principal Heather Stegman. Burrows said during this recognition, “This year’s Principal of the Year is Mrs. Heather Stegman. While this isn’t an official award, it should be! In her first year here at Satanta and her first year as a principal, Mrs. Stegman has experienced it all. From the very beginning, she has been all in, and has always gone the extra mile for all of us. Mrs. Stegman, thank you for all the late nights and early mornings when you’re up working to make our school the best it can be. Thank you for never giving up on us, for supporting us in everything we do, and for simply putting up with all of us. All of our accomplishments this year wouldn’t have been possible without you, and we are incredibly lucky to have you.”
Burrows and Friend ended by thanking members of the USD 507 classified staff including school custodians, bus drivers, and cooks. SHS Student Council plans to recognize these unsung heroes by giving them a sweet treat during Teacher Appreciation Week.
In photo: Ella Burrows, Addison King, Sicely Jackson, and Kara Kunselman
The 73rd annual Kansas FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) State Leadership Conference was held in Wichita, Kansas, on April 7-9, 2019. Six Satanta FCCLA members: Kara Kunselman, Sicely Jackson, Addison King, Maddison Jaso, Ava Howie, and Ella Burrows, attended the conference where they “Uncovered the Clues to FCCLA!”
While at the conference, Kunselman, King, Jaso, Howie, and Burrows competed in the state STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) competition. Kunselman and Jaso both received a silver medal in their categories. King, Howie, and Burrows all received gold medals, and Burrows and Howie qualified for national STAR events competition in the Focus on Children category. They will compete at Nationals in Anaheim, California this June.
Additionally, Satanta FCCLA was awarded the state National Programs in Action award in both the FACTS (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety) and Families First categories. They were also runners-up in the Student Body category.
While at the conference, Jackson, Howie, and Kunselman were inducted as Kansas FCCLA district officers. Burrows was inducted as the 2019-2020 State First Vice President. Satanta FCCLA was well represented at SLC!
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