Elks award scholarship and Shootathon winners


by: Photo By Holly Gill - Elks member Jack Alley introduces Madras High scholarship winners Melissa Preston, left, and Kelsey Gill at the Ron DuRette pig roast fund-raiser.

   Ten-year-old Denton Schonneker of Culver was the top fund-raiser and winner of a new over and under 12-gauge shotgun in the recent Elks Lodge Shootathon.
   Denton raised $2,050 from his sponsors, and also shot 19 out of 25 clay targets at the event. Proceeds from the Shootathon went to the Ron DuRette Memorial Scholarship, given out to one Madras and one Culver senior each year.
   According to Gene Harrison, who organized the shoot, the DuRette Memorial Pig Roast dinner, Shootathon and silent auction raised a total of nearly $14,000 for the scholarship fund.
   Other Shootathon winners in the various age groups were: age 10 to 11, Collin Runge (shot 21 out of 25 targets); age 12 to 13, Cody Clugston (13 out of 25); age 14 to 15, Jake McDonald (23 out of 25); age 16 to 17, J.W. Moe who, in a three-way shoot-off, shot 22 out of 25 targets; and Angie Garren (17 out of 25).
   Each of the top-scoring youths won a Ruger .22 rifle.
   "One again the Madras community is to be commended for its support of our young shooters," Harrison said, thanking all those who sponsored the youths with pledges.
   Scholarship winners
   The scholarship committee has selected four students to receive awards this year.
   The Elks Most Valuable Student scholarships of $1,000 each went to Kelsey Gill of Madras and Michael Williams of Culver. The Ron DuRette fund helps supplement that scholarship. The students' applications were also sent to the district-level competition.
   Winners of the Ron DuRette Memorial Scholarship were Melissa Preston of Madras and Gabrielle Hawk of Culver. Each student received $500. After the DuRette fund builds for a few more years, the committee will be able to disperse scholarships using just the interest from the fund.