Menke recipient of Scheer Scholarship

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Abby Menke delivers valedictorian speech at New Haven's High School Graduation ceremony.

New Haven, Mo - New Haven High School senior Abigail Menke is this year's recipient of New Haven High School’s oldest privately endowed scholarship:  the Scheer Memorial Scholarship.

Abby, the daughter of Kirby and Brenda Menke, received the scholarship worth $5,000 at the school's 106th annual commencement exercise last Friday night. The Scholarship is payable during a four year period.  This is the 22nd year for the scholarship honoring the memory of the late Clara and Milford F. Scheer and is funded by the Milford F. Scheer Charitable Trust.

The family owned and operated Scheer Transfer Company, a New Haven based trucking firm until the company ceased operation in 1984.  The firm was in business for nearly 55 years during which time they were active in many civic projects.  Clara Scheer died on Dec. 20, 1976, and Milford Scheer died on Dec. 31, 1989.

Representatives of the trust, along with a committee of faculty and school board members, selected Abby for the award based on academic performance and potential, interest in continuation of her education, character, and leadership.

Abby was a member of the student council and President her senior year.  She was the FBLA vice president this year.  Abby was also a member of the National Honor Society, where she was President, Spanish Club and FCA.  She played basketball and softball all four years of high school.  Abby also volunteered at Mercy Hospital in Washington in the summer.

Abby will attend the University of Missouri – Kansas City next fall.