Endowment awards scholarships

Northeast Dubois Endowment scholarships were awarded to Lydia Burke, Brooklyn Dodd, Molly Lueken, Paige Knies, Gabriela Sander and Delaney Rasche. The scholarships were in the amount of $500.

Burke, daughter of Rod and Wanda Burke of St. Anthony, was sixth in her class and earned the academic and technical honors diplomas. While attending Northeast Dubois, Burke was a member of the soccer team, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta and Spanish clubs, FFA and Natural Helpers. Among the awards she received were a varsity letter, high honors, Biology II and Golden Boot. She placed third in advertising design. She was named queen of Celestine. She was a member of the St. Celestine Catholic Church, St. Anne Sodality and 4-H. She is employed by Fischer Farms. Burke will major in nursing at Vincennes University Jasper Campus. 



Dodd, daughter of Steve and Brandi Dodd of Dubois, was named salutatorian. During high school, she earned varsity letters all four years on played on the softball and volleyball teams and was a member of the Lutheran Youth Organization and Ruritan Club, as well as, completed several volunteer projects outside of school. Throughout her high school academic career, she has been awarded with two math awards, three foreign language awards, and several honor roll awards. She is president of the Student Council, treasurer of the National Beta Club, editor-in-chief for the yearbook, treasurer of the senior class, member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Natural Helpers and Friends of Rachel. She was a member of the Spanish Club for three years, being treasurer two years, and holds an office in Spirit Club. She won the Indiana Coaches of Girls’ Sports Association’s Academic All-State awards for volleyball and softball, the Blue Chip Conference awards for volleyball and softball, three defensive awards for her sports and three math department awards. She also received the defensive award, most RBIs, and selected to participate in the Indiana Elite North vs. South showcase multiple times. She has been awarded the St. Paul Lutheran Church Scholarship, the Lincolnland Ruritan District Scholarship, the Dubois Ruritan Build Your Dollars Scholarship, the Northeast Dubois School Corporation Endowment Scholarship, the Steven M. Seger Memorial Scholarship and the Dexter Royer Memorial Scholarship. Dodd plans to study business marketing at the University of Evansville.


Lueken, valedictorian of her class, is the daughter of Pam Block and Wayne Lueken. In high school, she served as captain of the volleyball team, manager of the basketball team, class secretary and vice president, and secretary of the Beta and Spanish clubs. She also was a member of the Natural Helpers, Friends of Rachel, FCA and Student Council. Among the awards she earned were in 2D Art, precalculus trignometry and varsity letters in volleyball. She was awarded the blocking award, the Kathy Bauer Mental Attitude Award, the Blue Chip All Conference Award and the Academic All-State Award. She also coached fifth grade volleyball. She received the 2D art academic award her freshman year, the precalculus and trigonometry award her junior year and the four-year social studies department award her senior year. She is a eucharistic minister for St. Isidore Parish. She is employed by Brookside Village Senior Living Community. Lueken plans to study special and elementary education at the school at Indiana University Southeast.


Knies is the daughter of Joni Knies and the late Scott Knies. While attending high school, Knies was a member of the FFA, FCA, French and Beta clubs, Student Council and Friends of Rachel. While cheerleading, she served as co-captain and received the best tumbling award three years, cheer state finalist two years and lettered four years. She lettered four years in tennis and was named most valuable player and received the most improved award. She was awarded the defense award in volleyball. She mentored at Dubois Middle School and was on the high honor roll. She was a 10-year member 4-H, participated in the FFA Patoka trash clean-up, volunteered at egg hunts and fish fries, and the fests at Celestine and Dubois. She was a member of the St. Isidore Youth Group and played piano in church. She attended Gymnastics Hodgini, Royers, Fullout (Tumble and Cheer). She visits at Brookside Village Senior Living Community. She has been employed by Kimball Logistics Services for two years. Knies will attend the University of Southern Indiana while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.


Sander is the daughter of Christopher and Christine Sander of Jasper. She was a member of the marching and pep bands, winter winds and winter percussion while serving as section leader and drum major. Other activities while a student in high school were treasurer of the French Club and captain of the English and Interdisciplinary academic bowls. She was a member of the Beta Club and French clubs, Natural Helpers and Friends of Rachel. Outside of school, she was a member of the Leaders of Tomorrow 4-H Club and St. Anne’s Sodality. The awards she received included the John Phillip Sousa, Semper Fidelis, director’s choice, mental attitude, Integrated Chemical Physics and French I, II and III awards. She was nominated for Hoosier Girls State. She performed at school activities and programs and participated in highway trash pickup. Sander will major in geography at Ball State University.



Rasche was named valedictorian of her class and is the daughter of Duane and Julie Rasche of Dubois. During high school, she played soccer and tennis. She served as team captain of the soccer team, president of the FCA and French club, vice president of the Beta Club and Student Council and a class president. She also was a member of Natural Helpers, Friends of Rachel, Spirit Club and intramural basketball. As part of the Youth Group, she attended the Catholic Heart Work Camp. She played on this year’s sectional-winning tennis team and won individual Blue Chip Conference titles in tennis. She also was on the high honor roll and won the four-year language arts department award. She is a member of the St. Isidore Parish and the Evansville Courier and Press Star Student Silver Award. She was a Hoosier Girls State delegate. She is employed and volunteers at Northwood Retirement Community. Rasche plans to study French education at the University of Evansville.


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