Duncan Aviation Announces Karen K. Duncan Scholarship Winners from Nebraska, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio

LINCOLN, NEB. — Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce the names of 20 recipients of Duncan Aviation's 2013 Karen K. Duncan Scholarship program.

Each winner will receive up to $4,000 with payments of $1,000 a semester for up to two years. These scholarships, totaling up to $80,000, were awarded based, in part, on essay scores determined by an independent selection committee comprised of  Mr. John Gibson of Latitude 45 Aviation Consulting Services, Mr. Pete Ginocchio and Mr. Gary Hay, both past members of Duncan Aviation’s Board of Advisors. In addition to the essay scores, the recipients were awarded points on academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, career goals and extracurricular activities.

The Karen K. Duncan Scholarship program was started in 1999 and is open to dependents of full-time Duncan Aviation team members. Up to 20 scholarships are awarded annually and can be used for tuition, fees, room, board or books. Since its inception, 181 scholarships totaling $1,240,000 have been awarded through the Karen K. Duncan Scholarship Program.

This year’s winners include the following students:

  • Atley Jo Cerveny, son of Mark and Roxie Cerveny of Wilber, Neb.
  • Max Cuppens, son of Joep and Valerie Cuppens of Lincoln, Neb.
  • Kayla David, daughter of Paul and Amy David of Otsego, Mich.
  • Christopher Elofson, son of Steve Elofson and Angela Nieman of Lincoln.
  • Makayla Rae Forsythe, daughter of Kevin and Sharol Forsythe of Garland, Neb.
  • Tyler Hayes, son of Greg and Jennifer Hayes of Raymond, Neb.
  • Jake Hergott, son Jeff and Heidi Hergott of Lincoln.
  • Dylan Kitchen, son of Jim and Dottie Kitchen of Lincoln.
  • Hayley Kouma, daughter of Dan and Dawn Kouma of Dwight, Neb.
  • Joshua Mertens. Son of Mike and Michelle Mertens of Lincoln.
  • Erin Miller, daughter of Robert and Amy Miller of Seward, Neb.
  • Krista Parks, daughter of Zane and Kathleen Parks of Lincoln.
  • Abigail Pope, daughter of Mark and Kelly Pope of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Mercedes Prochaska, daughter of Todd and Vickie Prochaska of Seward, Neb.
  • Melissa Svoboda, daughter of Jim and Marla Svoboda of Rising City, Neb.
  • Garrett Teel, son of Rich and Lisa Teel of Lincoln, Neb.
  • Scott VanderWeide, son of Chris and Tamara VanderWeide of Richland, Mich.
  • Amelia Walker, daughter of Tim and Lisa Walker of Richland, Mich.
  • Mark Wallace, son of Kim and Gail Wallace of Omaha, Neb.
  • Meagan Williams, daughter of Dean Williams and Rebecca Thomas of Sterling Heights, Mich.

Atley Jo Cerveny will graduate this spring from Wilber-Clatonia High School in Wilber. She is involved in many extracurricular activities including volunteering for the Red Cross and serving as a volunteer coach at summer camps for a variety of sports. She has also been involved in softball, basketball, track and field, Yearbook Club, band and contributed to the senior class play. After graduation, she will attend Doane College and major in Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in Special Education. She says she feels this degree will allow her make a difference in the world.

Max Cuppens will graduate in May from Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln. He is active in marching, jazz and symphonic band as well as performed at both the Kansas University and Greeley Jazz Festivals. He is also a volunteer for the Woods Tennis Center as an instructor, the Special Olympics, the Lighthouse, Lincoln Parks and Recreation and served as a Big Brother. Max says traveling overseas has impacted him profoundly and he wants to make his own personal mark in the world. At the time of the scholarship application, he was deciding between Savannah College of Art & Design and Arizona State University to further his education in Industrial Design.

Kayla David will graduate in May from Otsego High School in Otsego, Mich. She serves as the class treasurer and student council representative. David plays several sports, including track and field, swim and dive as well as cross country. She is a volunteer for Red Cross blood drives, Make-A-Wish Foundation, First Baptist Church of Otsego’s Vacation Bible School program and the Otsego Running as well as Swim clubs. David describes herself as an extremely dedicated person and says, “No matter what happens in life, I work hard and I am willing to go above and beyond to achieve success.” She is set to earn a bachelor’s degree in Marketing after obtaining prerequisites from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in the fall.

Christopher Elofson will graduate this spring from Lincoln East High School in Lincoln. His extracurricular activities include track and field, cross country and Boy Scouts. He is a volunteer for the Lincoln Action Program, First Lutheran Play Center and The Center for People in Need. Though Christopher says he’s apprehensive about choosing the right career, he says he knows he wants to help others. After graduation, he will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earn a bachelor’s degree in either Engineering or Physics. He intends on continuing on and completing a graduate degree as well.

Makayla Forsythe will graduate this spring from Seward High School in Seward. During her high school years, she was involved in jazz, marching and symphonic band we well as soccer, choir, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America and was president of the 4-H Club. This fall, she will attend the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb., to become a Veterinary Technician as she believes it “is a career I know I will excel at and enjoy for the rest of my life.”

Tyler Hayes will graduate this May from Lincoln High School in Lincoln. During high school, Hayes volunteered for summer baseball and tennis camp as a team leader. Has is also involved in many team sports including baseball, tennis, football and basketball. This fall, he will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he will major in Engineering, which he says is his passion.

Jake Hergott will graduate from Lincoln Southeast this spring. During high school, he has been involved in National Honor Society, Night of Knights and participated in wrestling. He has also served as a coach for the Lincoln Wrestling Club, a counselor for the Outdoor Challenge Camp and volunteered for the Alzheimer’s and Juvenile Diabetes walks. This fall, Hergott will attend Central College in Pella, Iowa, and major in Sports Science.

Dylan Kitchen will graduate from Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln in May. His extracurricular activities during high school include marching and show band, pit orchestra, student council as well as swim and dive team. He is also involved in National Honor Society and the Boy Scouts. He volunteers for the Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach and the Gathering Place. This fall, he will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and double major in Business Administration and Pre-dentistry. Kitchen’s words of wisdom are, “My future will all depend on how much effort I am willing to put forth in the coming years.”

Hayley Kouma will graduate this May from East Butler High School in Brainard, Neb. She has been involved in many extracurricular activities, including volleyball, basketball and spirit leading. She has also been active in Future Business Leaders of America and Future Farmers of America. Kouma volunteers at the Humane Society, Iowa High School Rodeo and 4-H. This fall she will attend Southeast Community College in Beatrice, Neb., and earn a degree in Animal Science or Agribusiness.

Joshua Mertens will graduate this May from Parkview Christian School in Lincoln, Neb. During high school, he has been active in football, basketball, band, track, yearbook and National Honor Society. He also served as a volunteer for a local nursing home and the Indian Hills Community Church Youth Group. In June, Mertens will attend Parachute Rigger and Airborne School as he is currently a member of the Army National Guard. When he returns in the fall, he will attend Southeast Community College and transfer to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to complete his bachelor’s degree in Business.

Erin Miller will graduate this spring from Seward High School in Seward. During high school, she has been active in cross country, soccer, Future Business Leaders of America, Skills USA, National Honor Society and marching band. She also volunteers as the crew leader for vacation bible school and camp leader for Junior Lady Jays soccer camp. This fall, she will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in Interior Design. She says success to her means “being a happy, healthy person whose desire for achievement and growth never dies.” 

Krista Parks will graduate this May from Lincoln East High School in Lincoln. Her extracurricular activities during high school have included volleyball, basketball, track as well as marching, pep and concert band. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered as a youth leader at her church and counselor at an elementary school band camp. After graduation, she will attend University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in Music Education.

Abigail Pope will graduate this June from Dublin Coffman High School in Columbus, Ohio. During her high school years, she was on the student council, interact club, concert orchestra, chamber orchestra and volunteered as an aide at the Columbus Zoo. Abigail will attend Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and major in Biology. “I would love to spend my life expanding my knowledge of animal behavior,” she says.

Mercedes Prochaska will graduate this May from Centennial Public High School in Utica, Neb. While attending high school, she has been active in softball, dance team, yearbook, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America and volunteered for many local organizations and events, including a dance clinic and softball camp. After graduation, Prochaska will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she will study Elementary Education to “make an impact on children and teach them the importance of education.” 

Melissa Svoboda will graduate this spring from David City High School in David City, Neb. While attending high school, Svoboda was active in school plays as well as cheerleading. This fall she will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and determine a major once she begins classes, because “when I pick a career, I want to make sure it is something I will enjoy for the rest of my life.”

Garrett Teel will graduate this May from Pius X High School in Lincoln. During his high school years, he has been active in football, basketball, cross country, track and field as well as a variety of school clubs. Garrett also volunteered as a mentor coach, Catholic News Radio and Brothers of the Beatitudes. After graduation, he will attend Nebraska Wesleyan University studying Pre-Medicine to set the foundation for a career as a Pediatrician because he says “for as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to become a doctor.”

Scott VanderWeide will graduate this spring. During high school, Scott participated in soccer, drama group and band. He also dedicated time to several church volunteer activities. This fall, he will study Engineering and attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Mich. He plans on transferring to Western Michigan University after completing some prerequisites.

Amelia Walker will graduate this May from Gull Lake High School in Richland, Mich. During high school, she was active in many extracurricular activities including track and field, Performing Arts Company, marching band and symphonic band. She was also active as a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and The Pittsburg Project. This fall, she will attend Alma College in Alma, Mich., and study Pre-Medicine. “From a young age, my parents instilled in me that I should set high goals for myself; they knew I was capable of doing anything I set my mind to,” says Walker.

Mark Wallace will graduate this spring from Omaha North High School in Omaha, Neb. He has been involved in several activities throughout high school, including soccer, Outdoor Club and the Engineering Program. Wallace has spent time volunteering for youth soccer and the Sienna Francis House. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. At the time of the application, Wallace had not decided on a program but will attend Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., and says he’s determined to find “a job that I am excited to wake up and do every day.”

Megan Williams will graduate this June from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. Her extracurricular activities during high school have included marching band, concert band, student council, student advisory board and several clubs. She also serves as a tutor, Troy Public Library volunteer and a member of the pit orchestra. After graduation, she will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she will major in Neuroscience and Linguistics to become a Geriatric Speech-Language Pathologist.

About Duncan Aviation

Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services, and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. We also have dozens of other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with regional support and the quickest response possible to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, call +1 402.475.2611 or visit www.DuncanAviation.aero

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