Galva High School’s top students were celebrated Sunday afternoon at the Galva Rotary Club’s annual Honors and Scholarship program.

Galva High School’s top students were celebrated Sunday afternoon at the Galva Rotary Club’s annual Honors and Scholarship program.

Rotary Club president Pete VanDeVelde started the festivities with some welcoming words for the students and their families, and GHS counselor Victoria Conner followed with senior awards and honors.

Several special awards were handed out Sunday, including the newly-established Bates and King Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship has been established in the memory of Carl Bates and Steve King, two well-known Galva farmers that both lost battles with cancer.

Pam Bates and Pam King handed out the inaugural scholarship awards to Cameron Meyer and Kristen VanDeVelde.

The talents and accomplishments of Galva High School’s Class of 2018 were on full display at the program.

Twenty-seven of the forty-three students in the Class of 2018 were honored for achieving at least a 3.0 grade point average for their entire high school careers — Laural Almquist, Hannah Anderson, Nick Anderson, Josie Berry, Sophie Corkill, Jerrod Cortes, Kyra Dulla, Emery Hartman, Lauren Hawes, Rosemary Howell, Joshua Jeffries, Mason Kaiser, Spencer Kemp, Kayla Kendall, Tanner Klein, Jacob Kocan, Lauren Landis, Knute Larson, Emily McGowan, Cameron Meyer, Carey Meyer, Matt Nordstrom, Megan Nordstrom, Kara Peed, Nathan Percifield, Ethan Peterson and Kristen VanDeVelde.

Six seniors were recognized as Illinois State Scholars — Josie Berry, Lauren Hawes, Mason Kaiser, Tanner Klein, Lauren Landis and Megan Nordstrom.

Fifteen members of the senior class received Presidential Educational Excellence and Achievement Awards — Laural Almquist, Hannah Anderson, Josie Berry, Sophie Corkill, Lauren Hawes, Joshua Jeffries, Mason Kaiser, Kayla Kendall, Tanner Klein, Jacob Kocan, Lauren Landis, Emily McGowan, Carey Meyer, Megan Nordstrom and Kristen VanDeVelde.

The featured speaker at the program was Katelyn Klein, valedictorian from the Galva High School Class of 2014. 

Klein is a graduate of Illinois State University. She landed an internship with John Deere, and is now employed by the company. 

She encouraged the students in attendance to “take advantage of what is offered at Galva High School” and get involved in a number of school activities.

Klein said she was very active during her GHS career and advised students to volunteer their time to a cause they’re passionate about. Klein noted she still volunteers through her job at John Deere.