Six of the area’s recent high school graduates received a little boost to fund their college education on Wednesday night. Each was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
KSAL and the Alpha Media radio stations hosted their annual Sportscasters Club Scholarship Banquet at Kansas Wesleyan University.
Five Saline County high schools (Salina Central, Salina South, Sacred Heart, Southeast of Saline and Ell-Saline) and Abilene High School each nominated three senior student-athletes for the honor for their school.
Winners were Salina Central’s Jetta Greene, Salina South’s Jacob Yarochowicz, Sacred Heart’s Makenzie Kack, Southeast of Saline’s Allison Stutterheim, Ell-Saline’s Dakota Came, and Abilene’s Andrew Schwarting.
The night also included a keynote address from former Salina Central Mustang and KU Jayhawk Jake Sharp.
All of the scholarship winners are awarded a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship to the institution they will be attending.
The KSAL / Alpha Media Sportscasters Club is comprised of area businesses which sponsor game broadcasts and fund the scholarship.
KSAL has been awarding Sportscaster Scholarships yearly since the 1959 – 1960 school year.
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Jetta Greene: Track (4), Cross Country (3), Basketball (1), Volleyball (1)
Jetta was an Academic All-State honoree in cross country, and a two-time first-team All-AVCTL runner. She is a three time state finalist in track. Jetta is a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee. She received the Superintendent’s Excellence Award for qualifying for state cross country twice. Jetta is a member of the National Honor Society, a Student Council Representative, the senior class vice president, on the school climate committee, and a scholars’ bowl member. She is a Kansas Honor Scholar and four-time recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Jetta has volunteered with Relay for Life, United Way, Monkey In My Chair, and is a book club member. Jetta plans to attend the University of Kansas and major in biological sciences. Jetta is the daughter of Michell Hoffpauir and Marcus Greene.
Jacob Yarochowicz: Football (4), Basketball (4), Baseball (4)
Jacob was an All-AVCTL first team selection at designated hitter and a second team selection at pitcher in 2015. He was an honorable mention All-AVCTL selection as a utility player and pitcher in 2014. In football, Jacob was an All-State honorable mention selection and All-AVCTL second team selection at quarterback in 2015. In basketball, he was a second team All-AVCTL selection in 2016, and an honorable mention selection in 2015. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Link Leaders. He is a four-year Academic Letter recipient, a 2012 recipient of the Citizenship Award, was on the honor roll, and a Renaissance Student. He volunteered with the Polar Plunge, Frosty 5K, coached summer sports camps in basketball and baseball, has helped with the Fourth of July Golf Course Cleanup, and is a tutor at Stewart Elementary. Jacob plans to attend Kansas State University and major in Architecture. He is the son of Jay and Cathy Yarochowicz.
Andrew Schwarting: Cross Country (4), Basketball (4), Track and Field (4), Golf (1)
Andrew is a four-time state medalist in track, placing in the 400 meters, 800 meters, the 4×400 relay and the 4×800 relay. He also owns the Abilene school record for free throw percentage. Andrew was on the honor roll and an honorable mention All-NCKL selection. He has volunteered with SLAM ball, a kids basketball program. He has also helped as a referee for 3 on 3 basketball, has served as a liturgist at church, distributed race tags on the 4th of July Run, volunteered with the Salina Rescue Mission, helped work on lawns and rake leaves of the elderly women in his church, helped with the Optimist Youth Track Meet and Middle School track meets. Andrew plans to attend Pittsburg State University and run track for the Gorillas while majoring in Business Management. He is the son of John and Ann Marie Schwarting.
Southeast of Saline
Allison Stutterheim: Cross Country (4), Basketball (4), Track and Field (4)
Allison is a four-time state qualifier in cross country and track. She won the individual NCAA cross country championship all four years, and was part of back-to-back state championship teams. She has the record for the fastest course times in school history in both the 4K and 5K. In track, she owns the school record in the 800 meters, 1600 meters, and 3200 meters. Allison is also a four-time USATF Junior Olympic national placer. She was an All-NCAA honorable mention selection in basketball two years. She has participated in National Honor Society and Student Council, serving as President one year in both. She is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Science Club. She is a Kansas Honors Scholar, 2016 Big Sister of the Year, Wendy’s Heisman State Finalist, All-State Cross Country Academic Award winner, Citizenship Award winner, George Eastman Young Leaders Award winner, participated in Bowl for Kids Sake, and completed Junior Leadership course. She has volunteered with her church, is a Salina Regional Youth Volunteer, and has helped with Trojans Helping Trojans, Vacation Bible School, Drive For Your School, SES Fun Night, Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive, Toys for Tots, and Honor Flight for World War II Veterans. Allison plans to attend Kansas State University and major in Pre-Nursing. She is the daughter of Dan and Jennifer Stutterheim.
Makenzie Kack: Volleyball (4), Basketball (4), Softball (4)
Makenzie was an All-NCAA selection in volleyball, basketball and softball. She is on the yearbook staff and is an editior. Makenzie is a member of Junior Civitan, National Honor Society, and CLASH. She has been on the High Honor Roll. Makenzie has completed over 100 hours of community service. She is a big for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a member of Relay for Life. Makenzie plans to attend Kansas State University to major in Kinesiology and Gerontology. She is the daughter of Dennis and Jackie Kack.
Dakota Came: Football (4), Powerlifting (3), Wrestling (1), Track (4)
Dakota was an All-State selection in football at both running back and linebacker. He was a two-time state track qualifier. He is a fourth place finisher at the state powerlifting meet. He has served as FFA President, Student Council President, National Honor Society Vice President, and Business Professionals of America Vice President. He has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brookville Rodeo, Brookville Easter Egg Hunt, and DVACK. He is a Hansen Scholarship Recipient, Kansas Honor Student, Kansas State Scholar, and a National FFA Scholarship Recipient. Dakota plans to attend Kansas State University and major in Agribusiness. He is the son of Bill and Laurie Came.