P.E.O. awards scholarships to two HHS graduates

Posted: Jul. 15, 2020 3:36 pm Updated: Jul. 15, 2020 3:39 pm

HANNIBAL | Two Hannibal High School graduates will receive 2020 scholarships from Chapter BR, P.E.O. of Hannibal.

To be considered for the scholarship, students had to meet requirements of academic scholar, school and community involvement, leadership and submit an essay describing the importance of education in today's society. P.E.O. is an organization that values the advancement of women and helps women get an education through scholarships, grants and loans. Chapter BR annually contributes to these international projects as well as providing the two $500 scholarships locally.

Emma Deien, daughter of Sarah and Rich Deien, graduated sixth in her class at HHS while being heavily involved in school, the community and her church. She is a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club, Skills USA and was a delegate to Girl's State. Deien also lettered in volleyball and basketball and made second team all-district in volleyball and first team all district in basketball.

Deien volunteered with Right to Life, Special Olympics, American Red Cross, Loaves and Fishes and the Hannibal Nutrition Center. As a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, she was actively involved with her youth group and the Holy Family Auction. During the summer, Deien is employed as a life guard at the Hannibal Country Club.

Deien will be attending the University of Missouri in the fall.

Elizabeth Stilley, daughter of Stephanie and Rich Stilley, graduated ninth in her class at Hannibal High School. She was actively involved as a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, FBLA and Key Club. Her vocal talent led her to win many state awards as a member of River City Review, All District Choir and be a part of the high school musicals for three years. She was chosen to attend the Missouri Scholar's Academy and Girl's State.

Stilley also played varsity tennis for four years. Her volunteer activities include the D.A.R.E program, Early Childhood Center Summer School, Douglas Community Service and working with Kiwanis Fourth of July events. As a member of the Saverton-Ilasco United Methodist Church, she volunteered for Vacation Bible School for four years.

Stilley currently works at Wade, Stables P.C. and plans to attend Maryville University in St. Louis in the fall.


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