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Seven students to receive Hagedorn scholarships

Seven graduating seniors from the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Sioux City are receiving scholarships from the Mary Catherine Hagedorn Trust based in Lake View.

Throughout many academic years, this trust has generated more than $660,600 for scholarships. Since 1979, a total of 363 students have benefited as scholarship winners.

Named after a Catholic farming woman, Mary Catherine Hagedorn, the trust was founded in accordance with her last will and testament through the sale of farmland in Sac County. Since then, annual reports of all transactions of the trust have been made to the State of Iowa for review and approval through the Sac County Court House.

Current trustees are Colin McCullough of McCullough Law Firm, Lake View and Ronald Muhlbauer of Carroll, a certified public accountant. William Vonnahme, retired bank officer of Carroll County State Bank, died this year.

The trust has not only perpetuated the name of Mary Catherine Hagedorn, but has also underscored the importance of Catholic high schools and the further education of their graduates.

This year, each scholarship winner will receive an award of $1,600 in four installments during their freshman and sophomore years of college.

Recommendations of winners were made by nominating committees at each of the seven Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Sioux City. The winners for this year’s scholarships are:

Aisha Miller, daughter of Myles and Lori Miller, is a student at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa and study physical therapy/communications disorders.

Brian Ricke, son of Ken and Jaynee Ricke, is a student at Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll. He plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa and study physical education/coaching/health and fitness.

Isolda Gonzalez, daughter of Adrian and Patricia Villa, is a student at St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge. She plans to attend Iowa Central Community College and study chemistry and psychology.

John Mayrose, son of Tom and Peggy Mayrose, is a student at Gehlen Catholic High School in Le Mars. He plans to attend South Dakota State University and study wildlife and fisheries.

Matthew Wesselman, son of James and Susanne Wesselman, is a student at St. Mary High School in Remsen. He plans to attend Briar Cliff University and study elementary education.

Brenna Sweeney, daughter of Thomas Sweeney, is a student at Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City. She plans to attend the University of Iowa and study nursing.

Jasmine Demers, daughter of James and Patricia Demers, is a student at St. Mary High School in Storm Lake. She plans to attend Buena Vista University and study elementary education.

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