Students and parents were welcomed by Ruritan president John Ertl and introduced by school principal and Ruritan member Mike Burkholder, who told of the studentsí accomplishments and future plans.
Students and their parents are: Amanda Bowman, daughter of Jamie and Carmen Bowman; Mary Buchholtz, daughter of Mike and LeAnn Buchholtz; Andrew Daily, son of Ron and Shelly Daily; Katelyn Edwards, daughter of Gary and Chris Edwards; Addie Hastings, daughter of Rob and Molly Hastings; Samantha Johnson, daughter of Sherri Johnson; Michael Kinney, son of Mike and Diane Kinney; Anna Miley, daughter of Joe and Diana Miley; Savannah Moore, daughter of Mike and Vicki Moore; Shannon Read, daughter of Speedy and Sherri Read; Tessa Topp, daughter of Kurt and Rachel Topp; and Marla Walton, daughter of Barry and Debbie Walton.
This year a total of $5,000 will be given to the 12 students. This is the 27th year the club has been giving scholarships with a total of $109,250 given to 315 students.
The Northwestern Schools Community Business Partners of the Year were also recognized that evening by superintendent and Ruritan member Jeff Layton. Beth Cutter, of Cutter Oil Company, and Dave and Moya Plank, of the West Salem Branch of Town & Country Co-op, were presented plaques and appreciation for their service to the schools.
The speaker for the evening was Robert Yomboro, long-time senior class government teacher at Northwestern High School. Yomboro gave a very amusing talk and emphasized the importance of service to our community. As an example, he used the Ruritan Club with the goal of helping to make the community a better place in which to live. All of the projects, such as community theater, pancake days and selling tickets at the county fair raise funds for local fire departments, religious education, giving scholarships and assisting people in need, and have been a great help to the community.
The recognition was closed with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance led by John Ertl, and the audience was invited to a reception in the school commons area.
Published: May 29, 2012