Victory Electric Cooperation Assn. Inc. recognized 10 area students for their academic achievements and commitment to their communities and awarded them each a $1,000 Lightner Community Spirit Scholarship.

The scholarship recipients are:

• Clara Bartlett; senior at Cimarron High School, daughter of Brian and Stephanie Sonday.

• Samantha Woods; senior at Cimarron High School, daughter of Phillip and Laura Woods.

• Makenzie Birney; senior at Bucklin High School, daughter of Kevin and Bev Birney.

• Gabe Ellis; senior at Bucklin High School, son of Will and Laura Ellis.

• Kerry Garcia; senior at Dodge City High School, son of Maria Santos.

• Abby Harding; senior at Dodge City High School, daughter of Derrick and Jan Harding.

• Rileigh Heeke; senior at Dodge City High School, daughter of Justin and Sarah Heeke.

• Nathan Hornung-Heeke; sophomore at Kansas State University, son of Rick and Jill Heeke.

• Gage McDonald; senior at Kiowa County High School, son of Darren and Amy McDonald.

• Hailey Minet; senior at Ingalls High School, daughter of John and Toni Minet.

“We congratulate the 2020 scholarship winners and are proud to reward the students for their academic success and dedication to their community,” said Victory Electric CEO Shane Laws in a news release. “As a not-for-profit cooperative, one of our guiding principles is ‘Commitment to Community,’ and I can’t think of a better way than a scholarship program to give back to the communities we serve and encourage youth to be involved in their own community.”

The scholarship honors the legacy and families of Plymell natives Richard Lightner and his father, George Lightner, for their combined 67 years serving on the Victory Electric Board of Trustees.

Both were staunch supporters of the Victory Electric community and the youth programs it offered.

Applicants must be a member of or a dependent of a member of the cooperative in good standing, to merit eligibility for the scholarship, and must be a student with the commitment to enroll or already be enrolled in any accredited trade school, college or university.

For more information about Victory Electric and the Lightner Community Spirit Scholarship, visit its website at, contact its communications department at or visit its social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

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