Seniors selected as Little Joe Scholarship recipients

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Little Joe Transplant Fund Board of Trustees has released the names of its 2011 scholarship recipients.

This year, 12 students were chosen for the scholarship. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship, which will give them $500 for each of their first two semesters in college. The funds will be paid directly to the education institution that the student selects.

Recipients are listed below by high school.

* Cassville High School: Molly Cotter, daughter of Tom and Joetta Cotter, of Cassville; Jessica Lueckenhoff, daughter of John Lueckenhoff, of Cassville and Kathy Wagner, of Centerton, Ark.; Jordan Bailey, son of Wendy Lueckenhoff, of Cassville, and Paul Bailey; Sarah Miller, daughter of Robert and Lisa Miller, of Shell Knob; Zachary Harris, son of Kimberly Harris, of Cassville; and Emily Pry, daughter of Mark and Regina Pry, of Cassville.

*Monett High School: Logan Swope, daughter of Lynn Swope, of Monett; and Gabriela Rodriquez, daughter of Margarita Serrano, of Monett.

* Purdy High School: Audrey Patton, daughter of Stan and Linda Patton, of Monett; and Brittany Mareth, daughter of Ed and Julia Mareth, of Purdy.

* Wheaton High School: Shannon Burns, daughter of Craig and Angela Burns, of Exeter; and Jaden Sherwood, daughter of Jon Sherwood, of Wheaton.

A total of 21 scholarship applications were received this year. No scholarship applications were received from Southwest or Exeter high schools, said Bob Mitchell, board member.

The Little Joe Transplant Fund began with a principal balance of $310,000 that was donated by area citizens to help fund a heart and lung transplant for the late Joe Starchman, of Cassville. The scholarships are funded from earned income on the principal, which has been set aside to fund other youth transplants.

A reception for the scholarship recipients will be held at the Barry County Museum in Cassville at 5 p.m. today.

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