Pratt High School held its 44th Annual Scholarship Recognition Banquet Monday April 16 at the Municipal Building.

Pratt High School held its 44th Annual Scholarship Recognition Banquet Monday April 16 at the Municipal Building. As usual, a nice crowd was in attendance to honor the top Greenback scholars in each class. The theme for the evening was “Greenback to Greatness”.

Following a welcome by master of ceremonies Heath Sharp, science teacher at PHS, and an invocation by senior Landen Studer, who is president of the Pratt High chapter of National Honor Society, a satisfying meal was served by Yur Place in Hardtner.

While they ate, attendees were treated to delightful dinner music by Pratt High music teacher Brandon Wade, performed at the piano. Following the meal, the crowd enjoyed a selection of tunes by the Pratt High Singers which they recently performed at State Contest, and for which they received high praise, according to director Brandon Wade.

Next up were the evening’s guest speakers, Jill (Parsons) Makuka PHS 2004 and sister Judy Parsons PHS 2007, who gave a tandem talk on choosing one’s career. Makuka is currently a Physician’s Assistant and Parsons is a Veterinarian.

Both girls had similar interests growing up in Pratt, both were 4-H members and valedictorians of their respective classes. However, they took different paths to their careers. While Judy always knew she wanted to be a vet, Jill went through numerous possibilities at different times in her life before deciding on being a PA.

Pointing out that studies show many of today’s college graduates are working in fields other than what they earned their degrees in, and acknowledging that not all careers require higher education, the speakers advised the current students to seek a career that will bring them joy, and choose something they can “see themselves doing”.

Both credited alma mater Bethany’s careers program and “experienced-based education” for helping them decide upon, or confirm, their choices of careers. They suggested that students should participate in various job-shadowing and internship type experiences to help them decide what they want to do.

Next up was the recognition of students in each class who had maintained a 3.8 GPA for the first three 9 weeks of this year. Also, seniors who had maintained a 3.7 throughout their entire PHS career were honored as well.

PHS had two seniors achieve 30+ on their ACT, Brooklyn Bourgeois and Elise Coykendall, for which they were honored.

USD 382 school board president next announced what for many is the highlight of the evening, the Class of 2018’s valedictorian and salutatorian. This year’s sal was Lindsey Bergner, who plans on attending K-State to major in English and Secondary Education, with an Ag Ed minor.

This year’s val was Brooklyn Bourgeois, who plans to attend Barton County and K-State, majoring in Architectural Engineering.

Concluding the evening was the presentation of the Benny and Eve Frantz Scholarships. This year’s recipients were Kamryn Brady and Brooklyn Bourgeois.

Congratulations and best wishes are offered to the top scholars graduating with the PHS Class of 2018, and to all the younger Greenbacks in their upcoming academic endeavors .