Coon Rapids group awards 140 scholarships to class of 2012

Almost 25 percent of the 2012 Coon Rapids High School graduating class has received a scholarship from the Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Association.

The association awarded 140 scholarships totaling $136,800 to graduating seniors at the school’s Senior Recognition Night May 30.

That’s 34 fewer scholarships and $14,000 less raised than in 2011, a reflection of the continued struggling economy, according to Bruce Frank, longtime Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Association board member and former president.

Frank and current CRCSA president Howard Helgen presented the scholarship awards.

However, the individual awards were higher than in previous years, the lowest being in the $800 range, Frank said.

Since the association first began presenting scholarships to graduating CRHS seniors back in 1966, the school’s first graduating class, it has awarded 4,829 scholarships totaling $2,960,730, he said.

“That’s pretty substantial,” Frank said.

Indeed, that first year in 1966, there were 24 scholarships worth $4,010 presented.

Each year the association has a fund-raising campaign to raise scholarship dollars from businesses, community organizations, foundations, individuals and alumni.

It also received money this year from matching fund providers – Medtronic, Graco, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, U.S. Bank and Travelers, for example, according to the CRCSA donor list.

Scholarship contributions listed in the 2012 donor list in the Senior Recognition Night program range from between $1,000 and $3,000 to under $100.

Some 231 contributions were made to the 2012 scholarship campaign.

According to Frank, scholarships are not awarded based on financial need.

Rather, the applications from students, which are handled anonymously by association members, are ranked two-thirds based on academic accomplishments over their four years at the high school and one-third for the students involvement in school and community activities, for example volunteer work, Frank said.

CRCSA scholarship recipient for 2012 are: Alexander Aase, Leah Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Elliot Barquest, Dominique Beard, Stephanie Besst, Laura Beyer, Lindsay Beyer, Amanda Bialon, Emily Black, Abby Boyce, Noa Brezinka, Emily Brown, Angela Burt, Shaun Bush, Kristin Carlson, Luke Christenson, Nicole Christianson, Steven Clark, Madison Covel, Daniel Daly, Andrew Danielson, Cortney Davis, Andrea Deerberg, John DeJong, Joshua Dugas, Alexander Duren, Briana Endicott, Lauren Erie, Derrick Ernst, Mallory Getchell, Matthew Gornik, Michael Groess, Daniel Hanson, Steven Hanson, Katherine Hare, Kaynen Harris, Michelle Harris, Sean Haugen, Brianna Havelka, Kathleen Heikkila, Monica Herbst, Jessica Higgins, Brianna Hinnenkamp, Trevor Hipp, Darron Hoff, Megan Hoglund.

Alexi Johnson, Brent Johnson, Rachael Johnson, Emma Johnson, Kalynn Kadlec, Danielle Kantorowicz, Brianna Karnowski, Alexander Kempf, Lydia Ketelsen, Erin Kezar, Emily Kieser, Brett Kimble, Sierra Kirby, Jayme Knerr, Callie Kowalenko, Nicole Kuphal, Abigail LaBrant, Alexander Larson, Stephanie Larson, Matthew Laudenbach, Robin Livermore, Tina Lu, Nicholas Lubansky, Austin Lubinski, Matthew McCullough, Calvin Mehrhof, Michaela Melberg, Amanda Michalski, Hannah Miller, Lee Miller, Jake Montague, Mathew Morehouse, Tracy Moua, Laura Nelson, Zachary Nelson, Tyler Niemann, Kelly Olson, Sheilah Otiso, Crystal Overbaugh, Jennider Ozerkov, Danielle Parks, Brenna Paskey, Jake Peterson, Lucas Peterson, Lindsey Pierson, Matthew Plessel, Clare Polak.

Allison Pope, Joseph Raeker, Meghann Records, Anna Reese, Stephany Rhodes, Jason Rosas Ramirez, Courtney Rowan, Hailey Ruff, Adeline Rust, Connor Rystedt, Amelia Santrach, Samantha Sargent, Bridget Schirmers, Matthew Schuneman, Emily Schutz, Jason Sederstrom, Ashley Smith, Robert Smith, Emily Spurgeon, Elizabeth Storrick, Stephanie Super, Matthew Swanson, Matthew Tellander, Michal Thomason, Kohlman Thompson, Hawi Tilahune, Angela Trang, Sarah Traun, Braden Trippel, Tyler Urquhart, Ryan Voelker, Cayla Walker, Casey Waterman, Collin Watke, Mary Webber, Lydia Weiler, Taylor Westman, Dallin Wiberg, Karli Wies, Julia Wittrock, Alex Wojciechowski, Katelyn Wolter, Marissa Wraalstad, Bao Xiong, Daniel Zimmerman and Hannah Zirbes.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]