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Nex-Tech awards scholarships to area students


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

Nex-Tech is pleased to announce its 2014 Nex-Generation Scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $10,000 were awarded to 10 high school seniors living in households subscribing to Internet, phone or TV service. The $1,000 scholarship recipients represented six  area schools.

Pike Valley High School student Tracy Garman plans to attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa this fall, where she will be majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Dwight and Linda Garman, Courtland.

Representing Golden Plains High School are Kylie Jones and Leea Juenemann. Jones lives in Rexford and is the daughter of Alan Jones and Sally Graham. She plans to further her education through Barton County Community College, where she will be studying pre-medicine. Juenemann is the daughter of Tom and Jan Juenemann,Selden. She will be attending Fort Hays State University this fall, where she will be working towards a degree in special education and psychology.

Bethany Eckols and Chantelle Simon are students at Hill City High School. Eckols lives in Hill City and is the daughter of Brad and Barb Eckols. She is enrolled at Pittsburg State University this fall, where she will begin her studies in Spanish and English education, leaning toward a future library science degree. Simon is the daughter of Tim and Desiree Simon, Morland. She will major in agricultural communications and minor in leadership this fall at Kansas State University.

From Norton Community High School are Johnnye Ruder and Jared Shelton. Ruder lives in Norton and is the daughter of John and Jennifer Ruder. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University in Sillwater, Okla., this fall, where she will be majoring in agriculture marketing and sales. Shelton is the son of Jay and Pam Shelton, Norton. He will study architecture at Kansas State University.

Osborne High School student Dayanara Carswell will be attending Colby Community College this fall, where she will be studying to become a dental hygienist. She is the daughter of Darwin and Denise Carswell, Alton.

Taylor Zabel of Smith Center High School will be attending the University of Kansas this fall, majoring in chemical engineering with an emphasis in pre-medicine. He is the son of John and Laura Zabel,Smith Center.

Benton Hrabe of Thunder Ridge High School plans to enroll at Kansas State University, where he will study human nutrition and taking pre-physician’s assistant courses. He is the son of Joel and Kendra Hrabe, Kensington.

Nearly 90 students applied for the scholarships, and the top candidates were interviewed by a scholarship committee.

“We have so many talented students right here in the service area,” said Jacque Beckman, youth services/community development coordinator. “We love being able to offer young people a chance to further their education, and we know that simply going through the process of applying or interviewing is a vital step towards their future. We congratulate these and all area students on their success thus far and hope they will consider coming back to the area after they complete their education.”

Nex-Tech is a subsidiary of Rural Telephone Service Co. and provides a full line of voice and data services to residential, government, education and commercial clients. In addition to its Competitive Local Exchange Carrier services, Nex-Tech also provides a host of other services including long distance, VoIP, Internet, digital TV and home security. Nex-Tech prides itself on bringing affordable, state-of-the-art technologies to central and western Kansas. Nex-Tech is an equal opportunity provider and employer.