(From left) Academic Achievement Award recipients Monica Wickenhauser, Joe Twichell, Darian Stevenson, Madeline Hornsey, Symone Green, Morrisan Connolly, Kaylee Bowen, Toby Berglund and Hanah Batchelor; Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial President Patricia King, Lovejoy Scholarship recipient Jordann Wilson and Registered Agent/Trustee Ed Gray.
ALTON — The Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial will present scholarships to 10 Alton High School graduates at the June Memorial Service at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at Lovejoy Elementary School, 1043 Tremont St.
Kehven Williams, Lovejoy Memorial Board Member, will preside and give the welcome. The Rev. Stanley Henderson, pastor of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, will offer the invocation and benediction. The Alton High School ROTC will present the colors and lead the audience in the pledge of allegiance. Music will be provided by the Alton Municipal Band and Minnie Robinson. Alton High School Principal Dr. Russell Tepen will be the featured speaker. Lovejoy Memorial Registered Agent/Trustee Ed Gray and Dr. Rance Thomas, past president of the memorial, will present the scholarships. The program will conclude with a wreath-laying ceremony at Alton City Cemetery.
Jordann Wilson is the 2015 Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Scholarship recipient. She is the 70th recipient of this scholarship since 1954. She will receive $6,250 per year for four years of undergraduate study. Jordann is a graduate of Alton High School. While attending AHS, Jordann was a member of the National Honor Society, Minority Excellence, Student Council, Principal’s Advisory Committee and the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team. She plans to attend Xavier University at Louisiana and pursue a degree in podiatry. Jordann is the daughter of Nana Becoat.
Nine other 2015 graduates of Alton High School will receive the Lovejoy Memorial Academic Achievement Award. Each will receive a $3,000 non-renewable scholarship. These students are Hanah Batchelor, Toby Berglund, Kaylee Bowen, Morrisan Connolly, Symone Green, Madeline Hornsey, Darian Stevenson, Joseph Twichell and Monica Wickenhauser.
Hanah Batchelor plans to attend the University of Indianapolis, where she will pursue a degree in occupational therapy. At AHS she was a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Student Council, soccer team and cross country team. Hanah is the daughter of Stephen and Melissa Batchelor.
Toby Berglund will attend Millikin University and major in music education. He performed in four high school musicals and six high school plays. He was a member of the Celebrations Jazz Choir and Concert Choir. He has been selected to numerous Illinois Music Educators Association district and state festivals. Toby is the son of Lynn Carter-Berglund.
Kaylee Bowen will attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she will major in exercise science. While attending AHS she was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Concert Choir and Celebrations Show Choir. Kaylee is the daughter of Steve and Maria Dodge.
Morrisan Connolly will attend SIUE and pursue a degree in chemistry-medical science (pre-med). At AHS, Morrisan was a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Scholar Bowl, Biology Club, Chemistry Club and Physics Club. Morrisan lives with her guardian, Sharon Connolly.
Symone Green plans to major in nursing at SIUE. At AHS, she was a member of Upward Bound and Minority Excellence. She was a varsity cheerleader and a member of the track team and soccer team. Symone is the daughter of Brian Green.
Madeline Hornsey will major in history and english at the University of Illinois. While attending AHS, Madeline was a member of the National Honor Society, Physics Club and French Club. The past two years she was selected to play in the IMEA All State Orchestra. Madeline is the daughter of Richard Hornsey and Cynthia Tiemann.
Darian Stevenson will attend SIUE and major in journalism. During her years at AHS, she was a member of the soccer team and volleyball team. She joined Quill & Scroll and was the editor in chief of the school newspaper. Darian is the daughter of Elton Stevenson and Andrea Curlovic.
Joseph Twichell plans to attend the University of Mississippi. He will major in mechanical engineering. As a student at Alton High he was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Scholar Club, Physics Club and Robotics Club. Joseph is the son of Steven Twichell and Kara Twichell.
Monica Wickenhauser will major in mechanical engineering at Bradley University. During her high school career at AHS, Monica was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Biology Club and Physics Club. Monica is the daughter of Jack Wickenhauser and Mary Tuttle.