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The following students were nominees for the 2012 Sportscasters Club Scholarship for their respective school. The nominees were chosen by the faculty and staff at each of their schools and the winners were chosen by the Sportscasters Club members.

Salina Central

Damion Cooper

Damion played soccer, basketball and competed in track at Salina Central. He earned letters in soccer all four years, and three years in basketball. Damion was an all-state first team selection in soccer in 2011 and 2012, and was Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League player of the year twice. He was an All-AVCTL soccer selection all four years, and was named to the All-Region team three times. He was part of Olympic Development Program Soccer at the state, region and international levels. He traveled to England to play soccer internationally for ODP. Damion was a team captain for soccer at every level, and was a basketball team captain his senior year. Damion has won four academic letters, on the honor roll four years, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Damion was also active in theatre, the Salina Central Climate Committee, Forensics, Relay for Life and a soccer coach at the YMCA. He participates in the youth group at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Damion also participated in numerous volunteer activities. Damion plans to attend Fort Hays State University to study Health and Human Performance. He will also play for the Tiger soccer team. He is the son of Tiffany Cooper.

Nicole Morgan

Nicole played volleyball and competed in track all four years at Salina Central, and played basketball for 1 year. Nicole was a four-time letter winner in track and a three-time letter winner in volleyball. She was named honorable mention All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League in volleyball for her senior season. She was a member of the Climate Committee, the Salina Central Choraliers and theatre. She also participated in club volleyball and the Step Dance Group. Nicole participates in youth group, choir and as a sound system volunteer at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. Nicole plans to attend Highland Community College and play volleyball for the Scotties. She is the daughter of Kayla Thompson Moore and Lowell Moore.

Mark Vaughn

Mark played football, basketball and baseball all four years at Salina Central. He was a four-time letter winner in basketball and baseball, and a three-time letter winner in football. Mark was a football team captain his junior and senior years, and was honorable mention all-state as a linebacker his senior year. He was an honorable mention all-state basketball selection as a junior. Mark was an All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League honoree in all three sports. He was on the principal’s honor roll, a member of the National Honor Society, and an AVCTL Scholar Athlete. He was a member of the Salina Central Climate Committee. Mark also helped pack Christmas food boxes for the Salvation Army, helped with summer baseball clinics for youth through the American Legion baseball program, and participated in activities at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Mark is undecided on where to attend college, but plans to play baseball. He is the son of Stan and Audrey Vaughn.

Salina South

Cassidy Cook

Cassidy played tennis and basketball all four years and soccer for three years at Salina South. She earned varsity letters in all three sports. In tennis, Cassidy was a three time state placer, including a fourth place finish her senior year. In basketball, she was an honorable mention selection to the All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League team and an honorable mention All-Class 5A selection by the Topeka Capital-Journal. She was part of the state qualifying basketball team in her senior season. Cassidy played in the North Central Kansas All-Star Game at Cloud County Community College. Cassidy was on the All-Academic team, earned an academic letter, and was on the President’s honor roll all four years. She was also a Kansas Scholar. Cassidy is undecided on college plans. She is the daughter of Greg and Kim Cook.

McKenzie Haynes

McKenzie participated in tennis, basketball and track all four years at Salina South. She earned varsity letters in all three sports. She was part of the state qualifying basketball team in her senior season. McKenzie was named to the Academic All-State Class 5A team as a sophomore. She was on the honor roll, and is treasurer of the National Honor Society. She also won the Wichita State Academic Award as a junior, the Superintendent’s Excellence Award in Math and the Citizenship Award Winner as a freshman. McKenzie has volunteered with junior tennis camp and junior basketball camp. She collects and delivers pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. McKenzie plans to attend Fort Hays State University, and is undecided on a course of study. She is the daughter of Tom and Kathleen Haynes.

Cameron Weishaar

Cameron participated in football and baseball for four years and basketball for two years at Salina South. He earned varsity letters in football and baseball. In football, Cameron was second team All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League as a place kicker, and honorable mention All-State as a place kicker. He was part of two state playoff football teams at South, including a state semifinal appearance as a senior. Cameron was on the honor roll and a renaissance card holder all four years. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Tree Huggers Club, band, drama, Link Leader Crew and Pick Up Salina Volunteer Group. He was the 2012 recipient of the Citizenship Award, which is voted on by teachers. Cameron plans to attend Fort Hays State University and major in biology with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. He is the son of Ken and Melissa Weishaar.

Abilene

Matthew Barlow

Matthew played basketball and tennis all four years at Abilene, and also ran cross country one year. Matthew was a letterman in basketball three times and tennis four times. In addition to his athletic achievements, Matthew was a two-year leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was a two-year member of the National Honor Society, and part of the Dickinson County Leadership Association. Matthew plans to attend Newman University. While at Newman, he plans to study Sports Communication and Business, and also play for the Jets’ tennis team. Matthew is the son of Daniel and Terri Barlow.

Carly Gassman

Carly played volleyball, basketball and softball all four years at Abilene. She earned letters in all four years for softball, and for three years in volleyball and basketball. Carly was a two-year member of the National Honor Society. She was student council vice president during her senior year. Carly was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society. Carly plans to attend Kansas State University and study pre-nursing. Carly is the daughter of Randy and Susan Gassman.

Andy Wilson

Andy played football, basketball and competed in track all four years at Abilene. He was a four-year letterman in basketball and track, and three-year letterman in football. Andy was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He plans to attend Washburn University and play basketball for the Ichabods. His field of study is undecided. Andy is the son of Ron and AJ Wilson

Southeast of Saline

Heather Cleveland

Heather ran cross country, played basketball and competed in track all four years at Southeast of Saline. She lettered all four years in each sport. Heather qualified for state cross country four times, and was part of league championship teams in 2009 and 2010. In basketball, she was all-league honorable mention as a junior, all-league as a senior, and all-state honorable mention as a senior. Heather played in the North Central Kansas All-Star game. In track, she qualified for state in the 4×800 meter relay in 2011. Heather was a member of the National Honor Society, TRUST, and Varsity Club, and was Varsity Club president for one year. She was involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She was part of the University of Kansas honor class for 2013. Heather plans to attend Kansas Wesleyan University and play basketball for the Coyotes. She plans to study pre-dentistry. She is the daughter of Jerry and Lizbeth Cleveland.

Sam Koch

Sam played football and basketball for four years and competed in track for two years at Southeast of Saline. He lettered three times in football and basketball and twice in track. In football, Sam was an All-State selection on the defensive line. He was a two-time first team All-North Central Activities Association selection on the defensive line, and was once named first-team All-NCAA on the offensive line and second-team All-NCAA on the offensive line. In basketball, Sam was a first-team All-NCAA selection and played in the North Central Kansas All-Star Game. Sam was a member of the National Honor Society, TRUST and participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Sam was a Big of the Year nominee. Sam plans to attend Hutchinson Community College and play football for the Blue Dragons. He plans to study kinesiology. He is the son of Aimee Koch.

Isaac Barnhart

Isaac ran cross country and competed in track all four years at Southeast of Saline. He was a letterman all four years in cross country and three years in track. He was an All-State cross country runner twice and an All-North Central Activities Association cross country runner three times. He was All-NCAA in the 3200 meters in track in his junior year. Isaac received All-State academic honors and All-NCAA academic honors twice. The Trojans won the NCAA cross country championship during Isaac’s senior season. He has been selected to run in the Shrine Bowl Cross Country meet, and is the Wendy’s High School Heisman winner for Southeast of Saline. Isaac was a four-year participant in Scholars’ Bowl, and was a co-captain for two years. He was a three-year member of the National Honor Society, and was the president of the organization his senior year. He participated in Science Club and Varsity Club. He was a Big Brothers/Big Sisters member. He was the brass section leader in band, and received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Band Award in his junior year. Isaac was a Kansas State Honors Scholar and Kansas State Board of Regents State Scholar. He is ranked first in the senior class. Isaac plans to attend Sterling College and compete in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field for the Warriors. He plans to become an athletic trainer. He is the son of Richard and Anita Barnhart.

Sacred Heart

Drew Diederich

Drew played football and competed in track for four years, and played basketball two years at Sacred Heart. Drew lettered four years in football and track and twice in basketball. In football, Drew was first team All-North Central Activities Association running back as a senior, and was first team All-District and District Offensive MVP as a junior. In track, Drew was part of Sacred Heart’s 2012 state championship team. He is an eight-time state medalist, including back-to-back state championships in the 100 and 200 meters. He has numerous school and meet records. He was twice a national qualifier for the AAU Junior Olympics and once a national qualifier for the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics. He was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman. Drew has been a member of the National Honor Society. He participated in band, and was part of the KMEA State Band twice and the KMEA State Orchestra. He also participated in the Salina Symphony and Salina Youth Symphony. He was a two-time state qualifier for the Science Olympiad. He participated in Junior Civitan. Drew is the senior class president. He is ranked first in his class. He is active as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Church and was a member of the Catholic Youth Organization. Drew plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and plans to major in business and pre-med. He is the son of Dan and Gerilyn Diederich.

Cory Donley

Cory ran cross country, played basketball and competed in track for four years at Sacred Heart. Cory lettered all four years in cross country and track and three years in basketball. He was a team captain the past two seasons for cross country and track and for his senior basketball season. In cross country, Cory finished his career with back-to-back Class 3A state championships. He placed third at state as a sophomore, and was 12th as a freshman. He was an All-North Central Activities Association and All-State runner all four years. In track, Cory was a Junior Olympic All-American in the summer of 2011. He won state championships in the 1600 and 3200 meters, and was part of the 2012 state championship team. In basketball, Cory was part of three state tournament teams. Cory has volunteered for the Sunflower Adult Center, Catholic Charities, and as a YMCA youth sports assistant coach, among many other activities. Cory plans to attend and run for the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School, and then attend and run for the United States Naval Academy. His goal is to become a fighter pilot in either the United States Navy or United States Marine Corps. He is the son of Clay and Jana Donley.

Megan Gilliland

Megan played volleyball, basketball and softball all four years at Sacred Heart. Megan was part of a North Central Activities Association championship volleyball team, two NCAA championship softball teams, and a state runner-up softball team. Megan was on the honor roll. She participated in forensics, yearbook, choir, Catholic Youth Organization, Liturgical Ministry, the school musical, publicity committee, student council, student newspaper, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Relay for Life committee. Megan was a candidate for Big Sister of the Year. Megan plans to attend the University of Kansas and major in pre-occupational therapy. She is the daughter of Monte and Carrie Gilliland.

Ell-Saline

Kaleb Whitehair

Kaleb played football and basketball all four years, and also competed in track at Ell-Saline. He lettered all four years in football and three years in basketball. In football, Kaleb was a three-time All-State and All-Heart Of America League selection at wide receiver. He was also a three-time All-District selection, and was named the Most Valuable Player in the district in 2012. In basketball, Kaleb was an honorable mention All-State selection in his junior and senior years. He was a second-team All-HOA selection in his junior year, and an honorable mention selection in his senior year. He played for the Cardinals’ state tournament team in his junior year. In track, Kaleb qualified for state in the 400 meter dash in his freshman year. Kaleb plans to attend Butler Community College and play football for the Grizzlies. He plans to major in business or marketing. He is the son of Paul Whitehair and Denise Thompson.

Toby Omli

oby played football, basketball and baseball all four years at Ell-Saline. Toby was a football team captain in his senior year, and was a basketball team captain in his junior and senior seasons. Toby was an All-State selection at linebacker in his senior season, and a first-team All-Heart Of America League and All-District selection. In basketball, Toby played on the Cardinals’ state tournament team in his junior year. In baseball, Toby was an All-HOA selection in his junior year. Toby was class treasurer all four years. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where he was a small group leader. Toby was listed on the ‘A’ Honor Roll all four years of high school. He was a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and was a finalist for Big Brother of the Year. Toby plans to attend Butler Community College and major in mechanical engineering and business. He is the son of Tom and Susie Omli.

Emily Work

Emily played volleyball, basketball and softball all four years at Ell-Saline. Emily lettered four times in volleyball, and three times in basketball and softball. In basketball, she earned All-Heart Of America League and All-State honors during her career, and was part of the 2010-11 Class 2A state runner-up team. In volleyball, she was part of the 2012 state tournament team. In softball, she was part of the 2011 Class 2-1A fourth-place team and the 2012 Class 2-1A third place team. Emily has also been in the National Honor Society for three years and involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters for two years. Emily plans to attend Johnson County Community College to play basketball for the Cavaliers. She plans to study Administration of Justice. She is the daughter of Rick and Julie Work.