Scholarships and awards were presented to students during the 2016 Senior Honors Recognition Ceremony at Burnsville High School (BHS) on May 16.
Local businesses, civic organizations and community members donated a total of $99,500 in scholarships for Burnsville High School seniors.
“We are very fortunate to have a community that places a high value on education and gives generously in so many ways from the early childhood to senior high school years,” said Principal Dave Helke. “We are grateful and appreciative to be part of a community so supportive of education.”
Several scholarships were presented in memory of former teachers, students and community members. For example, the family of Burnsville community leader Ken Slipka presented two scholarships. Scholarships were also presented in memory of Taylor Ziebol, Mary Lenhardt, Jennifer Sandquist, Lon Hitch, Renae Gustafson and Robert Naffziger.
The Class Acts annual teacher variety show raised funding to provide $1,000 scholarships to 14 Burnsville High School seniors this year. Over the past 28 years, Class Acts has raised over $250,000 for scholarships to graduating seniors.
Two alumni, Scott Kadrlik and Joe Reger, presented scholarships from the Hanson Foundation, established to honor retired teacher and coach Dick Hanson.
See the complete list of awards winners here.
“All of the seniors here this evening have made their learning and academic success a priority,” said Helke. “This recognition is about the commitment they made, the hard work they put in, and the dedication they have shown to their education.”
Each academic department at the high school presented an outstanding senior award. Seniors also received specific awards for their achievements in academics, athletics and the arts.