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MWHS Seniors Receive $285K in Scholarships
May 18, 2023 — Mound Westonka High School hosted the annual Scholarship Awards Night on May 17, when 70 scholarships worth over $285,000 in scholarship money from 48 different donors were awarded to 64 members of the 2023 graduating class. Students and their families gathered in the Westonka Performing Arts Center to accept their scholarships, which came from both the local community and from donors across the country.
"Scholarship night at MWHS is a special time to wrap our community around our seniors before they graduate to the next stages of their lives. It brings our students together with so many wonderful sponsors," said Principal Jolene Herfel. "The stories and motivation behind each of these scholarships are important. It is a part of what defines this community and a program like this gives us an opportunity to share those stories as support and inspiration to our soon-to-be graduates."
Scholarships were awarded as follows:
Al & Alma’s Leadership Scholarship – Jack Peterson; American Legion Auxiliary Unit #398 Scholarship – Micah Boyce and Cayden Konrardy; BeLikeTommy Scholarship – Ilana Andrev; Blaine Bailey Memorial Scholarship – Williams Castillo, Jessiah Hunter, and Megan McCombs; Brian Chase Memorial Scholarship – Jessiah Hunter; Cheryl (Woolley) and John Dale Class of ’63 Scholarship – DJ Christensen; Class of 2012 Scholarship – Brekken Thompson; Crime Prevention Fund Scholarship – Ethan Garlock and Ambrose Neumann; Erik Hagen Memorial Scholarship – Eleanor Pettitt; Erv Stevenson Northwest Tonka Lions Scholarship – Fauna Hoganson-Near; Fred “Coach” Hanley Memorial Football Scholarship – Kade Tappen
James J. Jackson Memorial Scholarship – Abigail Hollenstein; John Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship – Graham Taets; Jon Scherven Memorial Scholarship – Ashton Demmer; Justin David Morris Memorial Scholarship – Paige Ostrowski; Knights of Columbus – Mound Council 6005 Scholarship – Sadie Hames, Annika Hoisington, and Travis Pellett; Kyle D. Simonson Memorial Scholarship – Ellen Pruitt; Larry Exel Memorial Basketball Scholarship – Chase Lawrence and Ben Bryan; Long Lake Fire Department Scholarship – Daniel Way; Marty Gilbertson EOE Scholarship – Luke Rodelius; Mary Esther Corl Memorial Scholarship – Savanna Newell; Minnesota Lakes Bank Scholarship – Lindsay Alvig; Mound Farmers’ Market & More Scholarship – Vaughn Hessburg; Mound Fire Department Auxiliary Scholarship – Mac Harmer
Mound Masonic Lodge #320 Scholarship – Julia Kolb; Mound Westonka Rotary Interact Scholarship – Matthew Uhas; Mound Westonka Rotary Scholarship – Ilana Andrev, Joseph Pouchnik and Benjamin Neve; MWHS National Honor Society Scholarship – Josephine Moen and Campbell Ryall; MWHS Student Senate Scholarship – Serenity Bownik; Nick Manty Scholarship – Emerson Rothenberger; Northwest Tonka Lions Scholarship – Logan Kevitt; Orono-Westonka Soccer Club Scholarship – Diego Figueroa; Ridgeview Foundation Health Care Scholarship – Emily Schneider; Spring Creek Scholarship for the Arts and Humanities – Sophia Wise; Sue Riley Memorial Scholarship – Hannah Hunter; Thomas and Phyllis O’Malley Scholarship – Emily Schneider; Tonka Built Scholarship – Jessiah Hunter
Tyler Russell Hill Sunshine Scholarships - Science: Tim Oberdeck, History: Sara Funderburk, World Language: Clara Ludowise, DECA: Avery Roerig, Football: Luke Leonard, Hockey/Soccer: Daniel Kaczanowski; Valerie Chabot Memorial Scholarship – Ellen Pruitt; Warren Stickney Memorial Scholarship – Campbell Schwob; Westonka District 277 Foundation-Bill Gillespie Memorial Scholarship – Ilana Andrev, Chloe Bjorlin, Samantha Kummrow, and Connor Houston; Westonka District 277 Foundation-Col. Brown Scholarship – Leo Dominguez, Emily Nachreiner, and Will Wallace; Westonka District 277 Foundation Scholarship – Dylan Mather, Laura Sunnarborg, Sophia Wise, and Noah Wolf; Westonka Education MN Teachers Union Scholarship – Jaden Houston; Westonka Jaycees Scholarship – Hanna Emery and Vaughn Hessburg; Westonka School Administrators’ Scholarship – Kendall Schissler; Wiser Insurance Agency Scholarship – Izzi Zucaro; Yost/Haddorff/Leopold Scholarship – Sam Dioszeghy and Abigail Hollenstein.
MWHS offered congratulations and good luck to the senior scholarship recipients, and a profound thank you to the generous donors who provided scholarships.