Streator High School students were awarded more than $200,000 in 88 scholarships at the 38th annual awards banquet May 9 at the Streator High School Commons.
The Streator Lions Club helped with food service at the banquet.
At the conclusion of the ceremony Superintendent Matt Seaton imparted some “words of wisdom” to the soon-to-be graduates. He stressed being nice, courteous, helpful and professional in their future endeavors. He also stressed the importance of remembering where they came from, to be appreciative of the generosity of those who established and support the scholarships students received and to consider coming back and giving back to the community from which they came.
Members of the Streator High School Board of Education, the Streator High School Educational Foundation and high school administration were acknowledged prior to the ceremony. Principal Amy Jo Mascal, along with Brad Brittin served as mistress and master of ceremonies.
This year 10 students took home more than $6,000 to assist them in continuing their education.
The largest amount given to one student was $20,000, which was awarded to Emma Harris. This award is given in honor of Rose Boyd Gochanour for a student seeking a degree in education. The student is awarded $5,000 per each year of college for four years.
A significant highlight of the evening was the awarding of the third Richard J. Berry Returning Graduate Award to 2013 Streator Township High School alum Kristina McCormick.
Established by Rebecca Berry to honor her late husband, the award, worth $10,000, is given to a Streator High graduate choosing to return to Streator to live and work.
McCormick was awarded the Golden Apple scholarship for teacher education training in 2013 and went on to Illinois State University where she studied Spanish education with a minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
She studied abroad in Granada, Spain for five months and graduated Summa Cum Laude from ISU in December 2016. She taught in Toulon for one semester before moving back to Streator in May 2017. She has not only returned to her hometown to live and work, but to her alma mater, Streator Township High School, where she teaches Spanish.
The returning Streator High School Graduate award honors Richard J. Berry, a 1970 Streator High graduate. Berry attended Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1974. He then graduated law school from Notre Dame University in 1977. He returned to Streator, where he was born and raised, to serve as partner and trial attorney in the law firm of Myers, Berry, O’Connor & Kuzma, Ltd. He was very involved in the Streator community and served as co-founder and tournament director of the City Golf Championships Tournament from 1980 to 2006. Tragically, Berry died in a car accident on Dec. 16, 2009. Past returning graduate award winners include Theresa Solon and Logan Pflibsen.
Berry has established not only the Returning Graduate Award at Streator, but also a scholarship for a senior in the amount of $5,000 given to one graduating student each year. Senior Hanna Paton received this award, the eighth year the scholarship has been given.
During the scholarship presentations, welding students Bryan Alvarado and Roberto Rivera each received a special gift of welding equipment provided by Robert Dieken. This was in addition to these students being awarded the Bulldog Welding Scholarship.
Seniors receiving awards worth $6,000 and up were: Emma Harris, Samantha Hildago, Wes Jolly, Ashley McCurdy, Kyra Olesen, Hanna Paton, Emily Roach, Jessica Schaumberg, Mitchell Vickers and Madison Wachowski.
Several new scholarships were established this past year by generous donors and include the following: Hunter Wolfe Memorial Scholarship, Lions Club 1-BK, Michael Ragusa — Agent Orange Awareness, PEO/PEO Star, Streator Community Credit Union, Class of 1947 and Class of 1952.
Scholarship recipients for 2018 include the following:
Ben Newton Memorial: Alivia Adkins, Adriann Miller ($1,000)
Bowling Association: Jesse Cashmer, Zach Grabowski ($300 each)
Brett Stone: Hunter Emma Harris ($2,000), Hannah Schaumberg ($1,000)
Class of 1959: Anna Thorson, Mitchell Vickers ($1,000 each)
Class of 1966: Madison Wachowski ($2,000)
Class of 1967: Taylor Koncor, Peyton Phillips ($500 each)
Class of 1967 Special Education: Emma Harris ($300)
Dave Goerne Memorial: Ashley McCurdy, Hanna Paton ($500 each)
Class of 1964: Samantha Hildago ($1,050)
Bulldog Nursing: Maggie Blair, Erika Depaz, Alyssa Moore, Alyssa Voytko ($1,000 each)
Bulldog Welding: Bryan Alvarado, Roberto Rivera ($1,000 each)
Paul E. Dieken Memorial: Emma Harris, Emlyn Krasnican, Rachel Stout ($1,000 each)
Pernille Ullegard Memorial: Samantha Hildago ($1,000)
Walter & Dorothy Dobberpuhl Memorial: Mitchell Vickers ($3,000/four years, total $12,000)
Madeline Ahearn Higgins Memorial: Emily Roach ($3,000/four years, total $12,000)
Dream Machines Car Club: Bryan Alvarado, Roberto Rivera ($500 each)
Elks Most Valuable Student: Jeff Austin, Wes Jolly, Parker Ligori, Kyra Olesen, Emily Roach, Megan Scarber ($200 each)
Ethel Pearson Missel: Claire Chalkey, Ashley McCurdy, Brooke Melvin, Jessica Schaumberg ($2,000 each)
Firefighter’s Local #56/Richard Dent Memorial: Ashley McCurdy, Brooke Melvin, Gabriel
Molina, Madison Wachowski ($250 each)
Fred and Jeanne Beck: Grace Clift, Peyton Phillis ($1,000 each)
Hunter Wolfe: John Benckendorf, Alexis Berg, Ashley McCurdy, Caleb Osborn, Hannah
Schaumberg, Ali Talty ($250 each)
Harley & Mary Henry: Kyle Voights ($500)
Gerald Sweeden Memorial: Kyle Voights ($1,000)
Glenn & Elizabeth Baker Memorial: Kyle Voights ($500)
Larry Kolb Honorary: Kyle Voights ($1,000)
Willard Schroeder: Ali Talty ($1,000)
Jack & Opal Stephens Memorial: Kyra Olesen ($1,000)
James Underwood Fine Arts/English: Rhoda Ferrantino, Emlyn Krasnican, Gabriel Molina, Hanna Schaumberg, Sam Stout ($1,000 each)
John R. & Kathryn L. Solon: Aubry Durdan ($1,500 & $1,500 for 1 additional yr. of college)
Kathleen Kinkade Memorial: Rebecca Neaterour, Fernando Rodriguez ($500 each)
Kathryn Dose Memorial: Hanna Paton ($250)
Kim Parsons Memorial: Emlyn Krasnican ($750)
Kiwanis Academic: Parker Ligori ($250)
Kiwanis Character Award: Emma Harris (Plaque)
Lions Club – 1-BK: Emma Harris ($750 for four years college $3,000)
Lions Club Vocational Student: Nick Yanello($500)
Lynne Solon Foundation: Owen Bruneau ($700)
MediaCom World Class: Ashley McCurdy ($1,000)
Michael Ragusa Agent Orange Awareness: Emlyn Krasnican ($1,000)
PEO/PEO Star: Emma Harris ($500 & $2500 National PEO Award = $3,000)
Ramza Fester Math Science: Wes Jolly, Kyra Olesen, Jessica Schaumberg ($1,000 each for all four years college)
Red & White Booster Club: Wes Jolly & Ashley McCurdy ($250 each)
Ruth Rinkenberger & Marlene Adams: Sarah Melvin ($300 for all four years college, total $1,200)
Results Athletic Training: Mallory Auklan ($400)
Richard J. Berry Memorial: Hanna Paton ($5,000)
Richard J. Berry Returning Graduate: Kristina McCormick ($10,000)
Richard “Moose” & Jayne Conner Memorial: Alexis Berg ($1,000)
Streator Federation of Teachers: Maria Villalobos ($500)
Streator High School Student Council: Toni Bresnahan ($750); Joslyn Grabowski, Maggie
Granados, Alexis Murray ($333 each)
Streator Leading Ladies: Ashley McCurdy ($500); Emlyn Krasnican ($250)
Streator Onized Credit Union: Samantha Hildago ($500); Jared Strabala ($250)
U.S. Foods/Streator Division: Maya Durdan ($500)
Vactor Manufacturing: Jeff Austin, Noah Mascal ($500 each)
Dr. William Ehling Memorial: Jeff Austin, Hanna Paton ($750 each)
William M. Zadkovich: Ashton Good, Caleb Osborn ($1,000 each)
Zonta: Emma Harris ($500)
Academic Team: Owen Bruneau, Hanna Paton, Jessica Schaumberg, Nick Yanello ($300 each)
AARP: Kiegan Gelsthorpe, Presley Walker ($200 each)
Beverly Hoag Memorial: Kennadee Morgan, Caleb Osborn ($1,000 each)
Cary C. Barr: Jesse Cashmer, Samantha Hildago, Sarah Melvin, Lakota Morrissette, Madison Wachowski (each receives $1,000/ four years – total $4,000 )
Class of 1947: Alyssa Moore ($200)
Class of 1952: Kaitlyn Sopko ($500)
Class of 1965: Alivia Adkins, John Benckendorf, Zach Grabowski ($1,000 each)
Class of 2001 Scholarship: John Benckendorf ($200)
Dominic Salvati Memorial: Noah Mascal, Hannah Schaumberg ($500 each)
Educator’s Award: Rachel Stout ($250)
American Association of University Women: Ashley McCurdy ($1,000)
Exelon Technical LaSalle Station/Allied: John Benckendorf ($1,000)
Fred and Jeanne Beck: Grace Clift, Peyton Phillis ($1,000 each)
Greener Estate: Sam Stout ($500)
HSHS St. Mary’s Medical Staff: Anna Thorson ($1,000), Kyra Olesen ($750)
Jack & Betty Moore Memorial: Ashley McCurdy, Mitchell Vickers ($500 each)
Joanne Beck Memorial: Owen Bruneau ($1,000)
June Immel Memorial: Alyssa Voytko ($500)
Karen Barnwell Memorial: Noah Mascal, Megan Scarber ($1,000 each)
Larry T. Lampson: Wes Jolly ($1,500); Haley Maubach ($1,000)
Mary Katherine Ritter: Maya Durdan ($500)
Milan Barackman: Jessica Schaumberg ($1000
Ron Yuhas: Nick Yanello ($2,000 & $100 additional)
Selby and Frieda Proud Achievement Award: Emily Roach ($500)
Sharon Coonan Memorial: Lakota Morrissette ($1,000)
SHS Alumni & Friends: Samantha Hildago, Gabriel Molina ($850 each)
Streator Golf Association: Jared Strabala, Nick Yanello ($500 each)
Streator Community Credit Union: Rhoda Ferrantino, Parker Ligori ($600 each)
Streator High School Student Council: Emma Harris, Gabriel Molina ($500 each); Ashton Good, Parker Ligori ($375 each)
Streator Youth Soccer: Emma Harris, Wes Jolly ($250 each)
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition: Claire Chalkey, Emma Harris, Parker Ligori, Jared
Strabala ($1,000 each); Ashton Good, Emlyn Krasnican, Ashley McCurdy, Kyra Olesen, Emily Roach ($200 each)
John G. Schmidt: Jessica Schaumberg ($5,000)
Rose Boyd Gochanour: Emma Harris ($5,000 /four yrs. – total $20,000)