MU bound Heying receives $500 Rotary scholarship May 8

Friday, May 16, 2008
From left, Marshall High School Principal Carol Smith; Marshall Rotary Club President Greg Nolting; Kylie Heying, scholarship recipient; and Shannon Gotmer, 11th and 12th grade counselor. (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)

Marshall Rotary Club awarded the annual $500 scholarship to Kylie Heying at their regular meeting Thursday, May 8.

Carol Smith, Marshall high school principal, said she has known Heying several years on both the personal level and through school.

"She is very, very active," Smith said. Heying participates in cheerleading, basketball, soccer and volleyball and maintains above a 4.0 grade point average. She is taking weighted classes in high school and dual credit classes through Missouri Valley College.

"I feel very good about your selection," Smith said.

She plans to study pre-medicine at University of Missouri, according to Smith.

"I really want to be a pediatrician with emphasis in pulmonary," Heying said.

Smith said Heying displays many characteristics beyond her years, such as maturity, commitment and knowledge.

"She has set really high standards for her siblings," Smith said.

Heying is the daughter of Mike and Christy Heying of Marshall.

The scholarship funds come in part from the annual Rotary BBQ dinner, which is the biggest fundraiser of the year.

Partnering with Wal-Mart, Rotary also donates $2,500 to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. A $1,000 from the fundraiser goes to the annual Rotary Farmer's Luncheon. Veteran's Day Breakfast takes $600 of the funds.

"The best part is the funds raised all stay home to do what we want it to do," said Rotarian Larry Askins.

The club generated about $6,000 in ticket sales and sponsorships during the barbecue.

"The door prizes went well," Askins said. "And the entertainment was awesome."

After the barbecue, the leftovers were used to feed 30 to 40 people in the Circles of Saline County program.

Askins said he heard several requests for desserts and the Rotary club member's spouses have offered to make cookies and cakes.

"We're having desserts next year," he said.

The club does a few other smaller fundraisers to help generate funds for programs and events within the Rotary club.

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  • Woo hoo. Let's mention the fact that she joined track and QUIT!

    -- Posted by get a clue on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 4:27 PM
  • When I was in high school I joined the basketball team and eventually quit. I wasn't really very good and I wasn't having much fun. I went out for track instead and lettered in it. I always figure it's good to try different things in order to find what fits.

    -- Posted by Eric Crump on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 4:41 PM
  • She just wuit because she was no good at it. Same with XC. With Freshman runners going to state it was upsetting to come in last.

    -- Posted by get a clue on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 9:25 PM
  • Sounds like a smart move to quit, then.

    -- Posted by Eric Crump on Sun, May 18, 2008, at 8:49 AM
  • Did you ever think that maybe she just didn't like track? I'm sure she played other sports that she wasn't number one at, but she kept playing. What does her quiting track have to do with her winning this scholarship? My daughter was great at volleyball and track (cortni Ervin), but she tried wrestling and did not like it. Kids try new things and just don't like it.

    -- Posted by volleyballmom on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 2:01 PM
  • Sorry forgot to add that maybe she was just to busy with other things in her life to commit to track the way you need to if you're going to win.

    -- Posted by volleyballmom on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 2:03 PM
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