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LSHS Class of 1957
Vol X # 5
May 2012
Ed Heinlein, E ICEmeritus
April showers bring May flowers … and aren’t they BEAUTIFUL! Spring has sprung andwe made it thru another winter. Thru the COLD winter, I can hardly wait ‘til Spring; thenthru the HOT summer, I can hardly wait for Fall. Never thought anyone could call me a“fair weather friend,” but this puts a whole new meaning to that phrase!Something else Spring brings, other than comfortable weather and beautiful flowers, isanother award recipient of our Coverdell Class of ‘57 Memorial Scholarship. Those thatturned out for the ceremony and our bash at Johnny Ray’s had a
time. That daygives us our . . .
Photo of the Month
  Joyce Bailey, Judy Hicks, Margaret Offen, Harold Shewmaker, DakotaEwigman (recipient, in his National Honor Society tee shirt! ), TerryReynolds, Marilyn Williams, Sue Reynolds, Mr. & Mrs. Ewigman,Marilyn Pruyn
When Dakota walked through that door with Principal Faulkenberry, he had
no idea
that he hadwon a scholarship. John had asked Dakota to give “the student’s version of what the Roboticsprogram means to him” to a group from another school anticipating adding it to their academics.When John pulled Dakota from his chemistry class, this is what he thought he was headed to do.You can imagine his confusion and surprise when he walked in and saw a group of 
old gray-hairedpeople (as well as his Mom & Dad) sitting in there waiting for him!
Principal John Faulkenberry, Dakota Ewigman(our 8
Scholarship recipient), his Mom & Dad Dean Pruyn (’54) &Terry Reynolds(Still not too old to have FUN!)
As Terry Reynolds, Class V.P. (and member of the Scholarship Selection Committee, alongwith Marilyn Pruyn, Mary Ann Morie, Ed Heinlein and myself) said in his Awardpresentation speech, the Committee had a very difficult decision to make. We were sent 32applications from which to choose ONE outstanding student to receive this honor. Any of the32 applicants would do the Class proud.
Each of us picked our “top 5” and turned these names in, assigning #1, #2, etc. to each. A #1earns that student 5 points; a #2 - 4 points; #3 – 3 points; #4 – 2 points; and #5 – 1 point. Thepoints each student had earned from the Committee were totaled and the student with thelargest number of points is our winning scholar. This system seems to work very well, as hasbeen demonstrated through the past 8 years.Just to list a few of Dakota’s activities and achievements:
Ranks 4
in his Class of 426 students
National Honor Society; National German Honor Society
Optimist Student of the Month
Autodesk Inventor 2010 Professional Certification
KMBC/TV5 Athletic Scholar
Multiple FIRST robotics awards
Principal’s Honor Roll (4.0)
Top grade level math awards
Skills USA Quiz Bowl State Champion
Camp Enterprise sponsored by Rotary
Science Olympiad – 2
place in Optics at District
Eagle Scout
Tiger Mentor
A+ student
Swim team, Math team, German Club (5 yrs conversational)And still found time to participate in volunteer work such as Harvesters, ProjectWarmth, Joplin Tornado Relief, Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics, FoodDrives, Clothing Drives, cemetery cleanup and school beautification. He even assistedin putting on a PROM for residents of John Knox Nursing Home!To quote his physics teacher, Jim Nazworthy, in his letter of recommendation “Dakota is acase study in how to lead by example. I have no doubt that Dakota Ewigman will be a hugesuccess. I can’t wait to see what he does with all of his mathematical intelligence, his naturalcuriosity, and focus.”Personally, I still don’t see where he found time to study and remain an A+ student ????These 32 applicants were all amazing
I realize they have more opportunity and variety tochoose from than we did back in 1957, but every year I am so amazed at the quality of students graduated by LSHS. I just wish more of our Classmates could have attended theceremony and have the opportunity that the few of us did to meet, in person, this
young man.
Paul D. Coverdell 1957 Memorial Scholarship Fund
established by the LSHS Class of 1957in the year 2004

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