Class of 2017 honored with scholarships, special awards

Matt Carlson hands an FFA award to Sydney Batz Sunday during senior awards night. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO/ERIN SOMMERS

About 72 percent of the Class of 2017 – 44 students out of 61 – received scholarships at the Senion Awards program Sunday night at SCC High School. Among the new awards this year was the Justin Scott Martin scholarship, awarded to Jesse Casey and Jordan Feldhans, and named in honor of Principal Randy Martin’s son, Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin. Also new was the Todd Irwin Memorial Scholarship, awarded by his family through the SCC Education Foundation.

Seven graduating and former SCC FFA members were each awarded $7,000 Dean Carlson scholarships, among the highest dollar-amount awards given during the program.

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Feldhans presented the Sgt. Evelyn Covington Scholarship, awarded through the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association to 10 students across the state, to his son, Jordan Feldhans. Jeff Feldhans read from his son’s short essay for the scholarship.

“Like my father, I will be a member of the thin, blue line,” Jordan Feldhans wrote.

Scott Matter of New York City presented a scholarship in honor of his mother, Mary Matter, who died in February.