Community and school groups, colleges and universities provided Estherville Lincoln Central High School seniors with scholarships to help them continue their education at the next level at the annual Senior Awards Day Friday in the ELC High School gym.
Students, mostly seniors, received recognition awards for community service as well as for excellence in a particular area of study.
"This is day of recognizing achievement and the gift of scholarships," said ELC Guidance Counselor Mindy Brechwald. "We wish them all the best in whatever they do.
ELC senior Purple Cord recipients are, from left to right, Kayla Evans, Alicia Jorgenson, Cole Budach, Ashley Hartkopp, Tia Bernholtz, Rebecca Lair, Heather Natterstad, Rachel Bates, Joe Heinrichs and Billy Snyder. Find photos from the day at cu.esthervillenews.net.
Photo by David Swartz
"Also on behalf of the class, we thank the scholarship providers," said Brechwald. "We also thank the teachers, administrators and school staff involved with them throughout their school careers," she said.
ELC High School Principal Frank Christenson told the assembled audience that 28 seniors of the Class of 214 had a grade-point average above 3.8.
Again this year, seniors earning salutatorian and valedictorian honors had GPA's above 4.0. Co-salutatorians are Alec Wycoff and Rebecca Lair while Heather Natterstad earned valedictorian honors with a 4.067 GPA.
Christenson said Natterstads was the highest GPA since the school district began weighting classes.
Calvin Lynch was honored with the Attendance Award after missing no school days in four years of high school with just four tardies.
Iowa Lakes Community College awarded $65,350 to ELC seniors planning to attend the school this fall.
Scholarship Award Winners
Iowa State Bar Association Citizenship Award: Rebecca Lair, Cody Davis
Avenue of Flags: Rebecca Lair
Sonstegard Tyrell Scholarship: Anthony Segura
Bank Plus Outstanding Graduates: Levi Jensen, Madison Burns
Elks Scholarships: Cole Budach, Rachel Bates, Ashley Hartkopp
Patrons of the Fine Arts: Rebecca Lair, Kyle Marks
The Andersons: Anthony Segura
Estherville Rotary: Tia Bernholtz, Kayla Evans
Estherville Lincoln Central Foundation: Anthony Segura, Michaela Stein, Levi Jensen, Chris Seylar
Jon and Michelle Wood Scholarship: Rebecca Lair
Motor Inn Auto Group Scholarship: Corey Reeves
ELC Staff Award Scholarship: Rachel Bates
Effie and Stanley Egertson Scholarship: Levi Jensen, Alec Wycoff
Emmet County 4-H Foundation Scholarship: Rebecca Lair, Brianna Enerson, Kyle Marks
Holle Smith 4-H Foundation Scholarship: Kyle Marks
Chapter AY, P.E.O. Scholarship: Tia Bernholtz
Estherville Ambassadors Community Service Award: Tia Bernholtz
Travis Loftis Memorial Scholarship: David Hughes, Alicia Jorgenson
Citizens Credit Union Scholarship: Heather Natterstad
Emmet County Cattlemen's Scholarship: Brianna Enerson
Basin Electric Scholarship: Heather Natterstad
Emmet County ISU Scholarship: Alicia Jorgenson
Kiwanis Walter Hammer Scholarship: Tia Bernholtz, Cole Budach
John Sawyer Memorial Scholarship: Sarah Schacherer
Estherville Noon Kiwanis Scholarship: Heather Natterstad
Allyn Hansen Memorial Agriculture Award: Blake Gjerde, Brady Witzke (second year: Bryce Hansen)
North Star Masonic Lodge: Cole Budach
Mediacom World Class Scholarship: Rachel Bates
Road to Success Scholarship: Sarah Schacherer
Estherville WA TAN YE Scholarship: Jozlynn Ringer, Rebecca Lair
River Valley Telecommunications Co-op: Anthony Segura
MYFL Scholarship: Joe Heinrichs
Knights of Columbus Scholarship: Sarah Schacherer, Joe Heinrichs, Tia Bernholtz
Chapter ON, PEO: Jozlynn Ringer
ELC Education Association: Heather Natterstad, Chris Seylar
Intellectual Freedom Scholarship: Heather Natterstad
Al Limberg/Booster Club Scholarships: Jacob Bortvit, Heather Natterstad
Frieda Willet Trust Scholarship: Ashley Hartkopp
Employees Credit Union scholarships: Heather Natterstad, Jake Hanson, Ashley Hartkopp.
Iowa Lakes Community College Scholarships
Alumni Dependent Scholarship: Jacob Bortvit, Liz Brashear, Cole Budach, Colten Christensen, Ali DeVary, Blake Gjerde, Jacob Hanson, Mikayla Hein-Maltero, Samantha Longman, Kevin Miller, Jozlynn Ring, Taylor Russell, Mike Simon
High School Dual Credit Scholarships: Victoria Abrahamson, Ana Alonso, Thomas Bortvit, Cole Budach, Colten Christensen, Ali DeVary, Jacob Hanson, Samantha Longman, Jozlynn Ring, Taylor Russell, Billy Snyder, Brady Witzke
JAMSL Scholarship: Levi Jensen
Holiday Express Corporation Scholarships: Timothy Soper
Loyd (Bunny) Houseman Memorial Scholarship: Kevin Miller
John and Johanna Thomas Memorial Scholarship: Blake Gjerde
Iowa Broadcasters Quarton-McElroy Scholarship: Timothy Soper
Gaarde-Hinsch Scholarship: Raul Murillo
Clyde and Grace Sanborn Scholarship: Jacob Bortvit
National Science Foundation Infinity Scholarship: Cole Budach, Anthony Segura
HG Albee Business Administration/Management Scholarships: Tia Bernholtz, Tayler Bodle, Liz Brashear
HG Albee Music Scholarships: Colten Christensen, Calvin Lynch, Timothy Soper
HG Albee Arts and Sciences Scholarship: Jacob Bortvit, Blake Gjerde
Stanley O. and Alma Young Scholarship: Ali DeVary, Kevin Miller, Timothy Soper
Gene Leonard Memorial Scholarship: Jacob Bortvit, Thomas Bortvit, Kevin Miller, Timothy Soper
Iowa Lakes Presidential Scholarship: Tia Bernholtz, Cole Budach, Madison Burns, Kayla Evans, Sarah Schacherer
River Valley Telecommunications Co-op Scholarship: Anthony Segura
GKN Scholarships: Lauren Moeller, Dakota Moffitt
Emmet County Pheasants Forever Scholarship: Chris Seylar
President's Volunteer Service Award: Justin Heinrichs, Joseph Heinrichs, Jose Rodriguez, Emily Jorgenson
Purple Cord: Kayla Evans, Tia Bernholtz, Alicia Jorgenson, Ashley Hartkopp, Rebecca Lair, Rachel Bates, Chris Seylar, Cole Budach, Joe Heinrichs, Heather Natterstad, Billy Snyder
DeKalb Award: Rebecca Lair
Attendance Award: Calvin Lynch
English Award: Kyle Marks
Mathematics Award: Heather Natterstad
Social Studies award: Bailey Adolph
Science Award: Tim Greving
Fine Arts Awards (See Fine Arts Award Night story)
Riverside Sinclair Awards: Joe Heinrichs, Cody Davis
Hoyt Luithly Award: Thomas Bortvit, Brianna Enerson
Hoyt Luithly Academic Awards: Alec Wycoff, Heather Natterstad
Bernie Saggau Award: Rachel Bates
Senior Athlete of the Year Awards: Rachel Bates, Joe Heinrichs
Salutatorian Award: Alec Wycoff, Rebecca Lair
Valedictorian Award: Heather Natterstad