Happy July! This week we heard from our 2014 Rotary Scholarship winners and Louisburg High School graduates - a $1000 investment in their future. Brandi Feehan and Jessica Brummel will both attend Kansas State University in the fall in Manhattan, Kansas. 
Brandi Feehan will major in Animal Science with the intent to graduate from the School of Veterinary Medicine. She plans to stay in the Alpha of Clovia (a 4-H Scholarship House) with 60 other ladies interested in agriculture. After she completes her freshman year, Brandi also hopes to study abroad in London. She just returned from a family vacation touring London and Ireland and was equally fascinated and energized to return.
She became interested in K-State as a result of her high school involvement in FFA. The group competes there every year and she loves the atmosphere, the campus and the people she has met along the way. Add to that the emphasis on agriculture, and there is no better fit anywhere else for Miss Feehan.
Her mom Vicki is a nurse, so Brandi always knew she would go into medicine. She has also always enjoyed animals, volunteering at the Louisburg Animal Clinic and shadowing Aaron Stohs at the Drexel Veterinarian Clinic. Her passion may be focused on research, but she isn't sure just yet how she will put her education to use. 
Guest Brian Biermann encouraged her to explain one of her many volunteer projects - the one she chose to share was that she has sent more than $60K in coupons to an Army base in Italy where soldiers can use expired coupons at their full value.
When Collyn asked what her most valuable experience in high school was, she immediately named her time in FFA. Between the travel and competitions and the busy schedule, Brandi appreciated the steady opportunities for growth, "We are always learning something new," she said.
Jessica Brummel will take a different route at K-State - she will major in Chemical Engineering and will take the music department by storm along with 350 of her new best friends in the marching band. She plays the picolo and is currently splitting her time between learning the music and lifeguarding at the Lousiburg Aquatic Center. 
As the first person in her family to go to college, Jessica spent a lot of time figuring out what her focus would be. She shadowed her LHS band teacher John Cisetti when she thought she wanted to be a band teacher and decided that she really didn't want to do the same thing day after day. She, too, interned with Aaron Stohs and decided she liked being clean more than she liked being with animals when she thought about becoming a veterinarian. Since she liked chemistry (she and Brandi set the curve in the class) she researched different career choices, talked to her family and acquaintances who are engineers and decided that chemical engineering might give her the best options and variety for the future. 
She will live in Haymaker Hall and spend two hours a day on T, U and F practicing and Saturdays performing for the half-time shows at the home Wildcat football games. Although she'd really like to be doing the Wabash Cannonball, she is content to be on the field playing it...for now. 
Her response to Collyn was music - she was in the musicals in high school, a drum major her senior year and the section captain for the sopranos in the chorale department. "Music has given me a lot of opportunities for leadership," she said. 
Good luck, ladies!
In Other News:
  • The Annual Golf Tournament is MONDAY - it is our one and only fundraiser, so please participate! We need hole spotters there NLT 12:30. Tee time is 1pm.
  • Marvin has a new grandson - Theodore Atwood joins older sister Eleanor...embracing some Roosevelt love
  • Julie was fined for missing her first meeting as President last week. She has taken on a new role and will not be managing the Louisburg branch, instead overseeing 14 other sites...
  • Liz Anne was happy to announce that the Sunset Club's float trip was full with 32 attendees and they were able to donate more than $1K to the Ali Kemp foundation
  • Bowes is just glad the golf tournament is almost over
  • Mustang Sally made Tom give a Happy Do$$ar for her completing the paint and power washing project at their house
  • Tom gave another dollar since hearing from Denise German about the new Hospice House inspired them to donate a week at their Raphael's Retreat to the silent auction and fundraiser
  • Craig bought a house instead of building, so he's glad to have some direction
Guest List:
  • Janet brought the new USD 416 Superintendent Brian Biermann