Using the theme Lifelong Learners, the Pratt High School Scholarship Recognition Committee held their 39th annual banquet on Monday night at the Municipal Building.
The invocation was given by senior Corbyn Crump after which attendees enjoyed a meal catered by Yur Place (Hardtner). Entertainment was provided by the PHS clarinet quartet under the direction of Don Buhler and the Pratt High Singers under the direction of Brandon Wade.
Keynote speaker was Nick Krehbiel, PHS class of ’97, who went on to earn a Ph.D. in history, and is a published author. Currently residing in Hutchinson, Krehbiel is the author of General Lewis B. Hershey and Conscientious Objection during World War II, available from major online retailers and from the University of Missouri Press.
Referring to the evening’s theme of Lifelong Learners, Krehbiel stressed to the assembled scholars that they must be willing to continue to learn and grow and adapt throughout their lifetimes in order to succeed.
He also stressed that education is more than just information contained in books. Krehbiel said that the skills and values one develops while acquiring information is probably as important as the information itself. “An educated person is never satisfied, but is always curious to learn new things,” he continued.
Using himself as an example, he illustrated how an educated person will be able to adapt to change in the future. When his job teaching in higher education fell victim to Great Recession budget cuts, Krehbiel said he was able to apply the skill set he had developed as a historian to learning his new job as Safety Director for Ag Services LLC.
Martha Wade of the Scholarship Recognition Committee and Steve Blankenship then students in each class who had maintained a 3.8 GPA throughout the year, and special recognition was given to seniors who had maintained at least a 3.7 throughout their high school careers.
To culminate the evening, the Class of 2013 valedictorians and salutatorian were announced. Valedictorians were Alexus Bishop, Samuel Eastes, Connor Reh and Emily Stryker. Jonathan Schotte was salutatorian.
Thus ended the 2013 PHS Scholarship Banquet.