2011 Scholarship Recipients

James Neilson was born on August 17, 1992. He attended high school at Rock Hills in Mankato, KS. His mother is a custodian for the Rock Hills school district, and his father is a farmer. James took part of many different school activities. He has participated in band all four years of high school, and had competed in district band contest three years and went on to the state level twice. James also competed in forensics all four years and was in the all school play all four years. Some of Jamesís hobbies include listening to music from all over the world, playing video games that involve puzzle solving and strategizing, and watching anime, which is animation that comes from Japan. James is going to Sterling College with theatre as his intended major.

My name is Martin Delgadillo. I am the youngest of my siblings. I have been going to school in Macksville all my life; this year I will graduate as the 4th in my class. As a high school student, I have completed all the classes for Architecture and Construction Pathway. In Introduction to Trade and Industry, I built a wardrobe for my room. My sophomore year I build a small poker table and a speaker box. My project my Senior year in Cabinet Making class was an entertainment center. As a high school student, I have also been a member of National Honor Society. After graduating at Macksville, I plan to enroll in the Construction Technology Program at Salina Area Technical College. I would like to become a General Contractor. One of my hobbies is horse racing. I also enjoy listening to music, building things, and hanging out with my friends. My family and I would like to thank you for choosing me for the Kansas Association of Directors of Plant Facilities Scholarship.

My name is Courtney Liebl. I am currently a Senior at Claflin Jr./Sr. High School in Claflin, Kansas and will graduate on May 22. I plan to attend Kansas State University in the fall and pursue a degree in Broadcast Communications. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing sports, playing with my dog, hanging out with friends, and visiting my aunt and cousins. I have participated in basketball for 4 years, tennis for 3 years, All-School Play for 3 years, Scholar's Bowl for 2 years, Stuco for 3 years and Band for 2 years.

My name is Melissa A. Lopez.I was born and raised in Garden City, KS, to Daniel and Anna Lopez. I have three sisters and one brother, for which I have 14 nieces and nephews. I am the youngest of my siblings and am the first to continue on to college. My mother has been working for USD 457 school district as a custodian for 18 years now. She is the reason I had the opportunity to receive this scholarship. I know my parents are very proud and I know my and dad are truly happy for their hard work to give me the opportunity. Things I enjoy doing are cooking, reading, staying active, and spending time with my family and friends.

Throughout my high school career, I have accomplished many things that have made me a better person and an exceptional leader. I have worked vigorously with my school curriculum, taking many honors courses and AP classes. I am very proud to be graduating from Garden City High School in the top ten percent of my class. I have also received other wards like being a Kansas Honor Scholar, receiving both academic and athletic letters (Track), and state and national gold medals in FCCLA ( Family Career and Community Leaders of America). Leadership positions I held were serving as treasurer for FCCLA and then lather becoming President for our chapter and District officer. I also severed as Treasurer for National Honors Society.

I plan on attending Fort Hays University in the fall and pursuing a major in biology. With the biology degree I strive to be accepted into Optometry school. My ultimate dream is to own my own optometry practice. Throughout college I would like to pursue my interests in mentoring and tutoring students with my academic strengths. I participated as a student tutor at my high school, and a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and for this I found I have a passion to continue.