Sunday, 28 June 2020 09:48

SDCCW announces scholarship winners

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The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Woman (SDCCW) recently announced the names of four young women from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois who each were awarded a $500 scholarship.

“What a wonderful group of young women we have in our diocese,” said Myrna McKee, chair of the SDCCW scholarship committee. “In all, 71 young women applied for the scholarships and they were all winners: scholars, musicians, artists, talented athlete, active in church, schools and community, loving daughters and sisters. They are the future of the Catholic Church and are already disciples of Jesus. We offer congratulations to the four winners who joyfully represent our holy, Catholic youth.”

The winners are:

Abby Jean Crow

Abby Jean Crow

Abby Jean Crow, daughter of Charles and Denise Crow, was a student at Franklin High School and is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Franklin. Abby plans to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is an active member and, in many cases, holds leadership positions in numerous organizations in her parish and community. Abby is an altar server in her parish and enjoys assisting and serving at parish soup luncheons and tutoring her parish youth. She has also served at the Nortonville fish fry, the St. John’s Breadline, and the annual community vacation Bible school.Abby Jean Crow, daughter of Charles and Denise Crow, was a student at Franklin High School and is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Franklin. Abby plans to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is an active member and, in many cases, holds leadership positions in numerous organizations in her parish and community. Abby is an altar server in her parish and enjoys assisting and serving at parish soup luncheons and tutoring her parish youth. She has also served at the Nortonville fish fry, the St. John’s Breadline, and the annual community vacation Bible school.

Sarah Elizabeth Foster

Sarah Elizabeth Foster

Sarah Elizabeth Foster, daughter of Rich and Laurie Foster, was a student at Springfield High School in Springfield and is a member of Christ the King Parish, Springfield. Sarah plans to attend the University of Kentucky majoring in biology on the pre-medical track. She has volunteered at hospitals and shadowed doctors in preparation for a career in medicine. Sarah sees her future as a doctor who, with Christ’s help, can help those who are ill. In addition to her challenging academic schedule Sarah was a two-sport athlete, worked at the community breadline almost every weekend, and was a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. Sarah Elizabeth Foster, daughter of Rich and Laurie Foster, was a student at Springfield High School in Springfield and is a member of Christ the King Parish, Springfield. Sarah plans to attend the University of Kentucky majoring in biology on the pre-medical track. She has volunteered at hospitals and shadowed doctors in preparation for a career in medicine. Sarah sees her future as a doctor who, with Christ’s help, can help those who are ill. In addition to her challenging academic schedule Sarah was a two-sport athlete, worked at the community breadline almost every weekend, and was a lifeguard at the local swimming pool.

Kate Jeffers

Kate Jeffers

Kate Jeffers, daughter of Tod and Karen Jeffers, was a student at Okaw Valley High School in Bethany and is a member of St. Isidore Parish, Bethany. Kate plans to attend the University of Illinois majoring in elementary education. She has been involved in numerous community activities, including a mission trip to Tennessee to help people in need, Meals on Wheels, and being a lunch buddy. Kate serves as an altar server and lector in her parish and while at the University of Illinois, she plans on staying in a faith-based community by living at the St. John’s Newman Center.Kate Jeffers, daughter of Tod and Karen Jeffers, was a student at Okaw Valley High School in Bethany and is a member of St. Isidore Parish, Bethany. Kate plans to attend the University of Illinois majoring in elementary education. She has been involved in numerous community activities, including a mission trip to Tennessee to help people in need, Meals on Wheels, and being a lunch buddy. Kate serves as an altar server and lector in her parish and while at the University of Illinois, she plans on staying in a faith-based community by living at the St. John’s Newman Center.

Ashley Jordyn Knackstredt

Ashley Jordyn Knackstredt

Ashley Jordyn Knackstredt, daughter of Brenda Knackstredt, was a student at Highland High School in Highland and is a member of St. Gertrude Parish, Grantfork. Ashley plans to attend Maryville University-St. Louis majoring in elementary education. During high school Ashley co-founded Operation Snowball, a club focused on building a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere at high school and promoting the idea of making positive choices and healthy decisions for students. She is a lector at her parish, assisted with the PSR program, directed the parish Christmas Story play, sang carols around the community nursing homes, and volunteered at the Special Olympics. Ashley Jordyn Knackstredt, daughter of Brenda Knackstredt, was a student at Highland High School in Highland and is a member of St. Gertrude Parish, Grantfork. Ashley plans to attend Maryville University-St. Louis majoring in elementary education. During high school Ashley co-founded Operation Snowball, a club focused on building a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere at high school and promoting the idea of making positive choices and healthy decisions for students. She is a lector at her parish, assisted with the PSR program, directed the parish Christmas Story play, sang carols around the community nursing homes, and volunteered at the Special Olympics.

All four of the young women will be recognized in Springfield at the Woman of Distinction Mass and banquet later this year. “These young women exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith, and service,” said McKee. “Thank you to all the family, friends, schools, churches and communities that helped mold these outstanding young women.”