Westar Energy is 'Powering' next generation

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TOPEKA (WIBW)-- A local company helped "Power" the future plans of several area graduates.

Westar Energy honored two dozen high school students, winners of their Haines/Weber Scholarships.

Recipients were chosen for their academics, activities, community service and leadership.

"My mom has a friend, her husband works with Westar Energy and he told me I should try coming on a ride with him and he showed me a lot of different things and it was great!" Scholarship Recipient Aden Lee said.

While 14 of the students are entering a range of careers, ten were chosen especially for their plans to work in the energy industry.

Scholarship recipients are:
Josh Begnoche
•Clay Center Community High School
•Attending Cloud County Community College
•Seeking a degree in wind energy technology

Caden Churchman
•Graduate of Rock Creek High School
•Attending Kansas State University
•Seeking a degree in computer science

Evan Fox
•Graduate of Jackson Heights High School
•Attending Kansas State University
•Seeking a degree in engineering

Nate Gainer
•Graduate of Anderson County High School
•Attending the University of Kansas
•Seeing a degree in mechanical engineering

Victoria Harper
•Graduate of Prairie View High School
•Attending Johnson Co. Community College, Kansas State University
•Seeking a degree in accounting

Columba Herrera-Gonzalez
•Graduate of Topeka West High School
•Attending Kansas State University
•Seeking a degree in computer science

Huy Thai Vinh Ho
•Graduate of Wichita East High School
•Attending Wichita Area Technical College
•Seeking a degree in computer science

Kyle Krehbiel
•Graduate of Central Christian High School
•Attending Cloud County Community College
•Seeking a degree in wind energy technology

Elliott Kobiskie
•Graduate of Abilene High School
•Attending Emporia State University
•Seeking a degree in accounting

Aden Lee
•Graduate of Maize High School
•Attending Pratt Community College
•Seeking a degree in electrical power technology

Hunter Metcalf
•Graduate of Parsons High School
•Attending Pratt Community College
•Seeking a degree in electrical power technology

Luke Nichols
•Graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School
•Attending Flint Hills Technical College
•Seeking a degree in power plant technology

Caleb Perry
•Graduate of St. Marys High School
•Attending Cloud County Community College
•Seeking a degree in wind energy technology

Jacob Quick
•Graduate of Wichita Northwest High School
•Attending Pratt Community College
•Seeking a degree in electrical power technology

Parker Ramirez
•Graduate of Hayden High School
•Attending the University of Kansas
•Seeking a degree in mechanical engineering

Derek Martinez Reynaga
•Graduate of Highland Park High School
•Attending Washburn University
•Seeking a degree in business and finance

Kathy Martinez Reynaga
•Graduate of Highland Park High School
•Attending the University of Kansas
•Seeking a degree in chemical engineering

Derek Shaheen
•Rock Creek High School
•Attending Kansas State University
•Seeking a degree in business and finance

Korbin Smith
•Graduate of Marmaton Valley High School
•Attending Pratt Community College
•Seeking a degree in electrical power technology

Caleb Stephens
•Graduate of Colony-Crest High School
•Attending Pratt Community College
•Seeking a degree in electrical power technology

Joshua Villanueva
•Topeka West High School
•Attending Wichita State University
•Seeking a degree in engineering

Morgan Wright
•Lawrence Free State High School
•Attending the University of Kansas
•Seeking a degree in computer science

Raisa YapMoreno
•Graduate of Fort Scott High School
•Attending Pittsburg State University
•Seeking a degree in computer science

Wynter Ziegler
•Graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School
•Attending Flint Hills Technical College
•Seeking a degree in power plant technology