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story.lead_photo.caption SubmittedABOVE: Award winners Marty Kehoe, Nicole Kemp, Linus Rothermich and J.W. Vann display their plaques. LEFT: Marshall Stewart congratulates scholarship winners Anna Bonderer, left, and Parker Pitzen.

The Callaway County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association celebrated the 23rd anniversary of its chartering Thursday with an banquet.

Dr. J.W. Vann received the Outstanding Alumnus Award during the banquet, which was at Tacos & Tequila Restaurant & Cantina. Nicole Kemp, a Fulton Public Schools teacher received the Education Award and Linus Rothermich received the Agriculture Award. Marty Kehoe received the Callaway Tiger Pride Award.

In addition, four student scholarships were announced. The chapter presented a $1,000 Capstone scholarship, renewable for four years, to Parker Pitzen, a senior at New Bloomfield High School. A local alumni scholarship of $1,000 was given to Anna Bonderer, a Fulton High School senior.

Two Mizzou students will receive funds for their senior year in college. Jason Pae, a Fulton High School graduate, will receive the $2,000 Pinet Scholarship and Michael Pezold, a North Callaway High School graduate, will receive the Forward Callaway Scholarship.

Marshall Stewart, University of Missouri vice chancellor for extension and engagement and UM system chief engagement officer, was the featured speaker at the banquet. The Cunningham family of Millersburg played musical selections on violins and guitar during the social hour.

Chapter officers are Mike Boulware, president; Gary Cunningham, vice president; Ken Niemeyer, secretary; and Gina McLachlan, treasurer.

The Callaway County Alumni Chapter is one of only a few chapters nationally to achieve Capstone status — the highest level of achievement in the Mizzou Alumni Association's Chapter Recognition Program — every year since the award was established. This distinction allows the chapter to earn scholarships for local students, as well as funds for chapter activities.

For more information on any of the chapter's activities, contact President Mike Boulware, at 573-642-3322 or [email protected]

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