Verona graduates receive $246,000 in scholarships
Honors announced during commencement exercises
Verona High School graduates received scholarships during commencement exercises on Friday. Counselor Anna Lamar announced scholarships earned by the students were worth a total of $246,000.
The Verona Alumni Association offered three memorial scholarships. Tessa Bilyeu received the $1,000 Ruth Wilks Scholarship, established by Wilks' son, Don. Dillon Freiburger received the $750 Roy Dopson Scholarship, in honor of a former school graduate. Savannah Parker was awarded the $500 scholarship from the Alumni Association.
Freiburger also received the $5,000 scholarship from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the $2,000 MFA scholarship.
The Athletic Booster Club presented $350 scholarships to Freiburger, Bilyeu and Seth Hilton. The Verona Community Teachers Association awarded $500 scholarships to Bilyeu and valedictorian Ana Vargas.
The FFA Booster Scholarships awarded $700 to Freiburger, $500 to Ashley Johnson and $300 to Ashlee Rogers. The Youngberg family awarded its annual scholarship to an outstanding agriculture student to Johnson. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks awarded a $500 scholarship to Johnson.
The $1,000 John L. Lee Scholarship went to Savannah Parker, who also received the $500 scholarship in memory of former GRIP home member and Verona graduate Holt Atkeson, who had been killed in a car accident.
Institutional scholarships went to Bilyeu, Parker, Vargas and Freiburger.
Ten graduates qualified for A+ scholarships for completing high academic marks, tutoring and meeting the new math requirement. Johnson, Freiburger, Bilyeu and Vargas qualified, as well as Trevor Pace, Tomas Estrada, Ulises Lara, Seth Hilton, Sergio Estrada and Austin Reid.