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Starion Bank awards scholarships

May 30, 2017

Starion Bank awarded $1,000 in scholarships to area high school seniors. This year’s recipients are Amanda Maddock, Shelby Roney, Hannah Scheffert and Makenzie Wertz.

Each student earned a $250 scholarship to help in her pursuit of higher education. Applications were evaluated on a variety of areas including leadership, community involvement, and future career goals and plans.

Amanda Maddock, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Maddock, plans to attend North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, and Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, and major in radiology technology. During high school, Maddock was very active in the music department, playing in the concert, jazz and pep bands as well as band ensembles. She was a three-year member of DECA and volunteered through DECA and her church. After college, Maddock hopes to remain in North Dakota, preferably in the Oakes area.

Shelby Roney is the daughter of Paul and ReNae Roney. She plans to attend Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., to earn a degree in biology and then attend dental school to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After college, Roney hopes to return to Oakes to pursue her dental career and be involved in the beef industry. During all four years at Oakes High School, she was a member of the basketball, volleyball and track teams as well as concert, jazz and pep bands and student council. Roney has received numerous accolades for her academic, athletic and musical accomplishments.

Hannah Scheffert, the daughter of Harold and Gail Scheffert, plans to attend Minot State University in order to pursue a career in early childhood education/paraprofessional educator. Scheffert has been a four-year member of the choir and ELOE, and has held office in FCCLA for two years. She is active in the community, volunteering at the Good Samaritan Center, Guelph Community Center, and at her church teaching Sunday school and with the youth group. After college, Scheffert hopes to return to the Oakes area.

Makenzie Wertz is the daughter of Kevin and Shelli Wertz. She plans to attend University of Jamestown to earn a degree in fine arts and then attend graduate school with a goal of being a curator at a large art museum or growing the arts in a rural community. Active in theatre at Oakes High School, Wertz served as team captain her senior year and was a member of teams earning state and regional recognition. She is also an active volunteer with her church, National Honor Society and elsewhere in the community.

For more than 20 years, Starion Bank in Oakes has awarded scholarships to support local students in their pursuit of higher education.

“Starion Bank is proud to offer scholarships that help students achieve their goals of higher education,” says John Zetocha, Starion market president for Oakes. “I know that these young women will make us proud. All of them hope to return home after college to build their lives and they will certainly help make Oakes an even better place to live and work.”

amanda maddock
Amanda Maddock
shelby roney
Shelby Roney
Hannah Scheffert
Hannah Scheffert
Mckenzie Wertz
Mackenzie Wertz


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