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Hines, Covert Award Winners Recognized
HHS Alumni News — Posted 2006 August 28


The winners of the Hines and Covert awards will be recognized October 6 and 7 at the homecoming weekend activities.

The Hines Award was first given in 1911 to recognize the student graduating with the highest grade point. The Covert Award began in 1921. They were both started and funded by the families of Virgil Hines and James Covert to recognize outstanding graduating students of HHS who were chosen by the faculty.

Qualities such as school and community leadership and good character are combined with scholarship achievements to be used to choose the winner. The original rules state, “It must not be given to any boy who smokes.” No notice is given if that was ever the deciding factor of it is was all right for a girl to smoke all she wanted.

Both awards continue to be given every year, and the list is one of very outstanding students.

Letters of invitation have been sent to all those identified with located addresses. Others are encouraged to identify themselves and come be a part of the gathering.

The winners may be a part of the homecoming parade, if they so desire.

Association Scholarships Awarded

Three Houston High School graduating seniors were recipients of Houston Alumni Association scholarships. Receiving scholarships for $1,600 from the association were Trevor Swearengin and Brooke Hamilton.

Recipient of the Collins Student Fund Scholarship from the association was Stephanie Malam.

Swearingin was active in football and baseball four years, WYSE team, FCA and Math/Science Club, receiving several awards. He was on the honor roll all four years and served on the student council two years. He is the son of Kent and the late Eva Swearengin and plans to attend University of Missouri in Rolla.

Hamilton was involved in FFA all four years serving as assistant reporter, reporter, and secretary. She was barnwarming queen her senior year. She was sophomore class secretary/treasurer, received an academic letter three years, was on the WYSE team, placed first on the Fleet Reserve Essay Contest her freshmen year and was an honor roll student all four years. She is the daughter of Rex and Amy Hamilton and plans to attend Drury University in Springfield.

Malam was active in concert/marching band four years, WYSE and Math/Science Club three years, receiving several awards. She was a member of the basketball team two years and was manager her junior year, received an academic letter three years and was on the honor roll four years. She is the daughter of Chester and Leslie Malam and plans to attend Missouri State University in West Plains.

An Update on Past Scholarship Winners

The history of the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund dates back nearly to the time of re-organization. Originally, only $200 was awarded to one select girl and one boy from the graduating class. With the aim of building the fund to $10,000, all donated funds were left in the fund as scholarships were paid from the general fund or from generous alumni “pitching in.” Great strides were made in building the fund by those alumni who not only donated but also contributed items such as quilts, furniture, dolls, paintings, and needlework, which in turn drew money from raffles.

The balance grew to over $16,000. In 1990 it was decided to increase the amount to $500 per scholarship. In 1997, because of a large donation by Oscar and Edith Collins, the amount was raised to $700 per semester and an additional scholarship was added that would be given to a boy or girl, and could be used at a vocational school. Since that time we have been able to maintain that level of grants, however with the interest rates being at an all-time low, it has been decided the amounts will be determined by the interest income.

Be reminded that we are still adding names to the plaque in the Hiett Gym lobby, of those persons, groups or businesses who have donated $500 or more.

As this marks 20 years of scholarship grants, we would like to give an update on some of the previous winners and what they are doing:

Our first female scholarship winner, Raquel Ward Morrow, graduated HHS in 1986. In 1993 she graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Special Education. She earned her Masters degree from Missouri State University in 2002, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Lindenwood University. She has worked as a special education teacher in Phoenix, Az. and Nixa, Mo. She is currently on the staff at Nixa as a counselor after a two-year stint at Clever, Mo., as a counselor. This fall she will start her 14th year in education. She and her husband Doug Morrow and son Evan live at Nixa, Mo.

1987 winner, Eric Farris, graduated from Missouri University Columbia in 1991. He obtained his Law Degree from Missouri University School of Law in 1994. He is now affiliated with the Farris Law Group in Branson, Missouri, where he lives with his wife Elizabeth and their four children.

1988 winner, Leanette Malam Beeson, received her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo. She has held teaching positions at Alton, Mo., Houston, Mo. And is now teaching at Salem, Mo.

1991 winner, Ethan Brown, attended Missouri State University, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. He is currently pursuing a MBA at MSU. He went to work full time after graduation for Copeland Corporation-Part of Emerson Electric, in Lebanon, Mo. He has held various positions within the company in the areas of product quality and engineering. Currently he is working as a manufacturing engineer, increasing the efficiency of the plant and it’s productivity. He and his wife Rockie with their three children live in Lebanon.

1992 winner, Tony Leier, attended MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from there. He is currently employed with the company “Tilted Mill” which designs and produces video games for the mature scholar. He and his wife live in Boston, Mass.

1993 winner, Nathan Holder, attended Webster University and graduated with honors from the School of Education with a degree in Elementary Education in 1997. He has since worked in the field of education for 9 years having taught at Crawford County R-1 School District, Bourbon, Mo., Palmyra R-1 School District, Hannibal-LaGrange College and Plato R-V School District where he was Elementary Principal. In the fall of 2006 he will be the Superintendent for Raymondville R-VII Schools. He is also currently pursuing Specialist in Educational Administration from William Woods University.

1995 winner, Feather MorganCurtis, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Drury University in Springfield. She married Michael Curtis and followed him in his military career. When stationed at Ft. Riley, Ks. Feather held a position with Wal-Mart as section manager. They are now stationed at Fort Sill, Ok. She recently became the mother of their second daughter, Emma Michelle Kaye.

1997 winner, Angela Scheets Lisle, graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar in 2001. She recently held a position with First National Bank of Houston as a loan secretary. She was married to Chad Lisle June 25, 2006. They are making their home in Rolla, Mo

1997 winner, Curtis Tipton, received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Missouri State University & his masters from Drury University. He has just completed a three-year stint with the Houston Schools as instrumental music instructor and band director. This fall he will be a member of the Parkview High School faculty in the same capacity. His marriage to the former Heidi Chaney was on June 19, 2006. They are making their home in Springfield.

1998 winner, Colby Fronterhouse, a second-year science teacher at Parkview High School in Springfield, has won the Ciba Specialty Chemicals Exemplary Science Teaching Award. He received $2,000, a one-year membership in the National Science Teachers Association and attended for free the organization’s conference held in April.

1999 winner, Jason Beasley, attended Missouri University--Columbia for two terms. He is now employed at Hamilton Seed Company. He is married and lives at Licking, Mo.

2000 winner, Jeff Kennedy, graduated May 19, 2006 from Missouri State University with a degree in Finance and General Business. He is engaged to be married July 29 to Summer Trottier, granddaughter of Lena and Lowell Fleenor.

2001 winner, Erin Maxwell, graduated with a BS degree in Administrative Management in May 2005 from Missouri State University and now holds a position with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

2001 winner, Jared Clark, graduated this year from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy. His plans are to further his education by earning a Masters Degree with the intent to be a college professor.

2002 winner, Kevin Tumminia, graduated May 6, 2006 during commencement exercises on campus in the Champ Auditorium at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. He earned a self-design degree in communications.

2003 winner, Allison Scheets, is a senior at University of Missouri Rolla as a history major.

2004 winner, Erica Sutton, has finished her sophomore year at Drury University and recently received the outstanding attorney award during regional mock trial competition at Missouri University in Columbia. She received a perfect score for her prosecuting attorney presentation.

We would like hearing from any HHS Scholarship winner whom we have not been able to contact. We will include your biography in future issues of Tiger Tales.