Morton High School recognizes students in virtual honors night

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MORTON, Ill. (WYZZ) — Morton High School recognized scholarship recipients and department award winners in a virtual honors night Monday.

The annual awards ceremony is being held virtually this year due to the ban on large gatherings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morton High school Principal Deidre Ripka said the night captures the qualities they teach their students every day.

“While this isn’t how we’d like to end the school year, we feel that this night captures the qualities we teach our kids every day:  perseverance, resilience, and leadership,” Ripka said. “The senior students recognized in this video through department awards and local scholarships are some of the best and the brightest through their work in the classroom and in our community.”

The virtual honors night honored students who won department awards, including the business student of the year and science student of the year, as well as scholarship recipients who were together awarded over $20,000 in scholarships.

The honors night can be watched here, and the full list of winners can be read below:

  • American Legion Post 318 Agnes Reilly Nursing Scholarship ($1,000) – Makayla Rankins  
  • MEA Joe Witzig Scholarship ($1,000) – Chloe Mishler-Trerice and Morgan Behnke
  • Morton Athletic Boosters Scholarship ($1,000) – Amelia Chatwell and Tristan Parker
  • Arnett Community Service Scholarship – Heartland Bank ($500) – Natalie Collison
  • Morton Masonic Lodge ($500) – Ava Kaufman and Alexander Weber
  • Parent Organization Scholarship ($1,000) – Casey Hoffmire and Kyle Davis
  • Linda L. Callan Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) – Kelly Schaffnit
  • Renee Mahrt Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) – Olivia Knight
  • Kay Beth Jibben Bane Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) – Casey Hoffmire
  • William E. and Betty L. McCormick Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) – Chase Greene
  • Wayne L. Sampson Scholarship ($3,000) – Madison Ingold
  • Drew Cousins Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) – Tristan Parker
  • Morton Soccer Scholarship ($1,000) – Elliana Short
  • Ethel Gerber Scholarship ($1,600) – Zoe Gass
  • Kelli S. Hendryx Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) – Rachel Saunders
  • Morton Rotary Club Scholarship ($2,000) – Tori Larrabee
  • Morton Rotary Club Scholarship ($1,000) – Madison Cassidy
  • Business Student of the Year – Jack Hobson
  • Family and Consumer Science Student of the Year – Kyra Killion
  • Outstanding Artist Award – Miriam Walters
  • English Laureate Award – Kristen Canopy
  • Drama Student of the Year – Amelia Chatwell
  • Modern Language Outstanding Spanish Students – Kyra Killion and Chloe Mishler-Trerice
  • #OneMorton Community Service Award – Elaina Teater
  • Modern Language Outstanding French Students – Keaton Weber and Alexandra Cigelnik
  • Mathematics Department Distinguished Senior Awards – Alexandra Cigelnik, Kyle Davis, Kelly Schaffnit, and Evan Schick
  • Physical Education Outstanding Students – Gregory Tuley and Haley Stratton
  • Science Student of the Year – Kyle Davis
  • Social Studies Student of the Year – Ethan Boley and Alexandra Cigelnik
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award – Casey Hoffmire

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