It was a packed house on Sunday night at the Fairbury Elks Lodge as high school juniors and seniors from the region came to be recognized for their hard work and for their academic and social achievements throughout the year.
Students from Diller-Odell, Fairbury, Meridian, Tri County, Beatrice, Thayer Central, Wymore, Hanover, Kansas and Washington County, Kansas were honored by the Fairbury Elks Lodge on Sunday night.
The Elks Lodge also presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to two people: Barb Schmidt, former Jefferson County Extension Educator, and Susan Hagedorn, a school counselor at Hanover Public Schools. They received this award for their efforts to shape the future of children in a positive way as Schmidt and Hagedorn take on various volunteer roles.
Also at the event, Jessa Wiedel read her essay about the importance of voting, which won the State Elks Essay Contest.
Here are a list of students who were recognized on Sunday, sorted by their High Schools:
Diller-Odell High School:
Seniors: Paige Arnold, Reese Hennerberg, Katie Zarbnicky, Kailee Rupprecht.
Juniors: Spencer Schmidt, Adam Schultis, Caleb Schultis, Ashlen Vanover.
Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School:
Seniors: Patrick Ondrak, Justin Peterson, Garret Ragland, Paul Mach, Hannah Yantz, Althea Esteller.
Juniors: Macy Ohlde, Evangeline Schwab, Emily Burkley, Ashley Griffee, Jacob Johnson, Jordan Ruhnke.
Meridian High School:
Seniors: Allison Klipp, Shelby Homolka, Nicole Lockwood, Baxter Beals.
Juniors: Adeline Beals, Erin Johnson, Riley Pieper, Jaicee Sobotka.
Tri-County High School:
Colby Ensz, Sloane Holtmeier, Reagan Schultis, Haydn Weise.
Juniors: Riley Knust, Shayna Lijewski, Cooper Smith, Pete Spilker.
Thayer Central High School:
Seniors: Collin Fink, Brooklyn Hergott, Jessica Huhman, Julie Johnson.
Juniors: Jenna Cottman, Aubrey Fangmeier, Jadelyn Jarchow, Hailey Wishusen.
Wymore Southern High School:
Seniors: Kyra Magurie, Sam Hookstra, Emily Zvolanek, Zachery Carr.
Juniors: Preston Acton, Justin Meints, Trevin Saathoff, Sarah Garrels.
Beatrice High School:
Senior: Nathan Spliker.
Washington County Kansas High School:
Seniors: Ann Otott, Jenna Hennerberg, Levi Gauby, Dawson Miller.
Juniors: Malichi L’Ecuyer, Scuyler Zenger, Holly Delay, Riley Moore.
Hanover Kansas High School:
Seniors: Will Bruna, Riley Doeble, Ashton Jueneman, Adam Zarybnicky.
Juniors: Tasha Bruna, Taylor Klipp, Rachel Scherling Claire Zarybnicky.
Seven students were selected to be the most valuable students of the year: Jenna Hennerberg of Washington, Katie Zarybnicky of Hanover, Rukey Doebele of Hanover, Adam Zarbynicky of Hanover, Levi Gauby of Washington, Patrick Ondrak of Fairbury and Christopher Wright of Washington. The two teens of the year were Adam Zarbynicky and Jenna Hennerberg.