Our entire Scholarship Committee, consisting of Frank Stuckey, Sandy McElwain Woodson, Nellene Grose Kenyon, and Julie Sherrill Drach were able to attend the 2014 HHS Awards Assembly on May 7th to witness the 1st Scholarship being awarded from our class. It was rather exciting being there, reliving the past a little, seeing all the young students go up to receive their awards, and seeing all of our class’s hard efforts come to reality in being able to help a HHS Senior continue their education. The recipient of our Class Scholarship is Shea O’Sullivan, a darling young lady, who seems very worthy of our award. She plans to attend Kansas University in the fall and major in Anthropology. A copy of her personal statement is attached. Nellene presented the award and did our Class proud. Her presentation speech is shown below. Again, thanks to all of our Classmates who made this possible. We should indeed feel very proud.
“At our HHS Class of 1968’s 40th reunion, Classmate Frank Stuckey, who was Vice President of our Student Council and a Young American Award candidate, felt it was important for our class to develop a scholarship fund to give back to the school that had blessed us in so many ways. Our Scholarship Fund was started at that time. At our 45th Class reunion last fall, a big push was made to reach our goal of $25,000 in order to endow the Scholarship fund. Donations both large and small were accepted and with a couple of fundraisers at our reunion, the class met our goal shortly after our reunion. Our Class is proud to be one of the few classes who give a scholarship, and we are the youngest class to establish a scholarship to date.
The last two years of high school our class lost four of our classmates and shortly after graduating we lost another to the Vietnam War. Our Class has always considered those that started Hutchinson High School our sophomore year and/or until graduation as part of our class even though for a variety of reasons some may not have graduated with us. To date we have lost 72 classmates with about only ten unaccounted for out of our graduating class of 484 members.
In loving memory of our lost classmates, we are very proud, honored, and privileged to present this first scholarship of $1,000 from the HHS class of 1968 to the 2014 Hutchinson High School graduating Salthawk, Shea O’Sullivan.”
Shea O’Sullivan’s personal statement:
My name is Shea O’Sullivan and I would like to be considered for the Class of 1968 scholarship. During my time at Hutchinson High School, I have been involved with Jazz Band, Swimming, Volleyball, Reno Count Communities That Care, Student Council, HHS Drama Department, Key Club, National Honors Society, the Honors Program, the International Baccalaureate Programmee Diploma Candidate, Youth Environment Awareness of Hutchinson, Poetry Club, am a Kansas Honors Scholar and have received the Silver Key in the Scholastic’s Competition for Writing and Art. My current class ranking is 8th out of 326. My unweighted GPA is 3.67 while my weighted GPA is 6.17.
While participating in extracurricular activities listed above, I am also an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Hutchinson Youth Group. I am a senior leader in Youth Group and lead my peers in bible studies and fellowship activities. In addition to church, I have worked for three out of my four years in high school. Currently, I am unemployed due to involvement in the spring play. However, I plan to work part time after the completion of the play and continue to work into the summer. Having a job, being a leader in church and keeping up with my grades has given me the opportunity to learn time management while being accountable for my actions.
Upon going to college, I plan to study Anthropology and minor in Theatre at the University of Kansas. Education is extremely important to me, and I plan to work towards my masters or doctorate degree. I would love to go into research while at college and be exposed to different cultures while studying abroad. However, my parents may not be able to pay for this cost, as I have younger siblings. Any financial aid would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for considering my application.