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Satanta Class of 2019 Scholarship Recognition and Signing Ceremony

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.