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ELC seniors reap rewards of hard work

Scholarships descend on Class of 2017

May 23, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central students were awarded over a half million dollars in scholarship monies at the 2017 ELC Annual Senior Awards Day on Friday.

"The amount of money given away is enormous," said ELC High School Principal Brad Leonard at the conclusion of Friday's ceremony. "Remember to tell them how grateful you are and try to live up to the expectations put on you."

Many students have done their part in helping the community throughout their high school career through volunteering.

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Students with more than 120 hours of community service receive the Purple Cord to wear on graduation day. Those students are Scarlett Rose, Cayley Fehr, Claire Knutson, Bridget Finley, Isaac Jorgenson, Rachel Lambert, Gabby Heckard, Melissa Gruwell, Emma Christensen, Jordan Origer, Molly Diekmann, Vanessa Blanco, Claire Herum, Rylee Miller, Hallie Jensen, Rylee Miller and Kevin Dong.

Rose was recognized with the most service hours with 270.

Also students with 100 or more services hours were recognized. They included Fehr, Knutson, Herum, Heckard, Christensen and Jorgenson.

Leonard announced the valedictorian and salutatorian awards. Salutatorian is Gracie Schnell.

ELC has co-valedictorians this year with Rylee Miller and Kevin Dong as both finished with a 4.0 grade point average.

Finley also received the attendance award given for the student who missed the least number of school days during high school. She missed three total days.

In her opening comments, ELC guidance counselor Mindy Brechwald encouraged the seniors to take time over the next few days and "formally thank those who have helped you along the way."

For the underclassmen attending the awards ceremony, Brechwald said, "I hope this day inspires you to work to receive some of these awards."



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