Karen K. Duncan Scholarship 2016 Recipients

Dayna Allen Dayna Allen has set very specific goals for her future, planning to study exercise science/medicine and eventually earn a master’s degree in occupational therapy. At Pennfield High School, she has been involved in student government, tennis, art club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and many school committees. She has also volunteered with the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Vacation Bible School and Impact Kalamazoo. In addition, she spent three years with the Michigan Student Leadership Institutue.
Rhianna Becker Rhianna Becker willl use her analytical and problem-solving skills as she studies pre-medicine this fall at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She plans to one day become a doctor. During her years at East High School, she was active in band, orchestra and the National Honor Society. She earned the bronze and silver awards in Girl Scouts, helped tutor other students and volunteered at the food bank.
Sydney Brown Sydney Brown is looking forward to studying cellular and molecular biology next fall at Concordia University in Seward. She played softball and basketball all four years at Raymond Central High School and ran track and field for three years. Sydney was also a member of the student council, the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Spanish Club.
Jacob Dilly Jacob Diller plans to earn a degree in physics while playing football for Albion College for three years. He will then go to the University of Michigan and earn a mechanical engineering degree. At Vicksburg High School, Jacob played football and baseball for four years, basketball for one and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Alexis Gress Alexis Gress is looking forward to attending Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she will major in exercise science and minor in business. After she earns her bachelor’s degree, she will look at studying physical therapy at a medical university. While attending Waverly High School, she played softball for four years, soccer for two, earned a silver medal at state competition for FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), was involved in student council and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Tyler Hestermann Tyler Hestermann interests lie in the world of business and he will earn a degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln after spending two years in Southeast Community College’s academic transfer program. At Waverly High School, Tyler played football and was active in track, clubs for history, science and art, Skills USA and the National Honor Society.
Taylor Homes Taylor Homes plans to study communications and sciences disorders with minors in nutrition and coaching. Her goal is to help change the lives of children with deficiencies by serving as a speech pathologist. While attending Wahoo Public High School, Taylor played volleyball and was active in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and volunteered with the Red Cross.
Madison Hurd Madison Hurd plans to enroll in pre-medicine at the University of Nebraska-Omaha next fall. She is interested in working in the field of pediatrics and hopes to make a difference in lives of sick children.  While attending Milford High School, Madison has been involved with student council as senior class president, One Act, the dance team and the musical. She has also worked on the yearbook staff and served as the yearbook editor.
Jordan Keller Jordan Keller plans to attend Southeast Community College this fall, studying business administration. At Dorchester Public High School, she has been involved in track, the Future Business Leaders of America, drama club and the National Honor Society. She has also volunteered with the March of Dimes, the Backpack Program and several other community service organizations.
Jordan Keller Mykenzie Kemp plans to become a pediatric physician’s assistant, striving to make the world a better place for those who come into her care. In addition to playing varsity soccer for four years, she completed an internship in a hospital NICU, earned a phlebotomy certificate and placed seventh in a health skills competition.
Jacob Kitchen Jacob Kitchen plans to study biology and business at the University of Nebraska Lincoln after he graduates this spring from Lincoln Southwest High School. Jacob was a drum major for two years with the Lincoln Southwest Marching Band and participated in show band, jazz band and concert band. He was also active in Boy Scouts of America, Students Together Against Cancer and Service Learning Club.
April Kruse April Kruse plans to major in psychology at the Virginia Military Institute and then commission as an officer in surface warfare or infantry. She is even interested, if possible, in becoming a Navy Seal candidate. While attending Pius X High School, April has been active in band, cross country and track and field. She has also served four years as a teacher assistant at North American Martyrs.
Liam Kruse Liam Kruse sees a rapidly evolving future in the aerospace field and would like to be part of it as an aerospace engineer. He plans to major in aerospace and aeronautical engineering next fall at the University of Notre Dame. During his career at Pius X High School, Liam played football, ran track and field and belonged to the chess club and the National Honor Society. His service in the community has included volunteering for Bright Lights, Habitat for Humanity and Care Corps.
Andy Miesbach Andy Miesbach plans to study mechanical engineering next year and attend Iowa Western Community College. He played football, basketball and ran track during his four years at Waverly High School. He also participated in concert and marching bands, history club, science club and the National Honor Society while volunteering at his church and with the Campus Life youth group.
Evan Packer Evan Packer would like to become a fish habitat manager or a game warden. To reach this goal, he plans to enroll in Southeast Community College next fall in a two-year academic transfer program and then attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Evan participated in band, jazz band, the Future Farmers of America and played football during his fours years at Wilber-Clatonia High School. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and 4-H.
Lydia Swager The world of social work is beckoning Lydia Swager and she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work and attend graduate school in the field of philosophy. In high school, she played softball for four years and volleyball for two. She has also been active with her church, the youth group and the Catholic Heart Work Camp.
Kenneth Thomason Kenneth Thomason will begin working on an engineering major at the University of Nebraska Lincoln next fall and hopes one day to work with rockets and spacecraft. As a student at Ashland Greenwood High School, Kenneth has been active in band, jazz band, One Act, wrestling, spring plays and student council. His community activities have included Boy Scouts and volunteering at the Greenwood Historical Society, Vacation Bible School and cleaning up after the Pilger tornado.
Mikayla Wiegle Mikayla Weigle plans to purse a graphic design degree at Southeast Community College after she graduates from Centennial Public School. During her high school years, she has been active in the yearbook, art club, Quiz Bowl and speech. She has served the community through volunteer work with her church’s Vacation Bible School and Food Net.
Brock Williams Brock Williams enjoys working with computers and plans to major in computer science and have a career as a developer of apps and software. While attending Lincoln Southwest High School, Brock was involved in the orchestra, the fiddle band, the fencing club and the National Honor Society. He served the community in various ways including sorting clothes at the Barnabas Center, spreading mulch at the Sunken Gardens and running games at Fun Nights for West Lincoln School, Adams Elementary and Cavett Elementary.