Upcoming Events And Past Involvement In Our Communities
Upcoming Events And Past Involvement In Our Communities
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Oakley High School's Dane Scheetz accepts Ag Future Scholarship
Colby Banking Center President J.L. Evins and American Implement Manager Jason Pfeifer present Oakley High School's Dane Scheetz with an Ag Future Scholarship certificate at his high school's awards assembly. Scheetz was one of ten scholarship recipients across western Kansas.
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Ag Future Scholarship Recipients Announced
Together with American Implement, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Ag Future Scholarship Program.

The Ag Future Scholarship Program provides a total of 10, $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who intend to pursue an Ag-related program or degree at a university, community college or technical school.

Applicants from 16 western Kansas counties applied, and the following students were chosen as recipients:

Blakely Aldridge, Weskan High School; Garin Cooper, Saint Francis Community High School; Kayler Getz, Quinter High School; Cole Lehman, Ingalls High School; Rilee McGraw, Garden City High School; Matthew Morgan, Lakin High School; Halle Robinson, Dodge City High School; Dane Scheetz, Oakley Senior High; Aaron Skidmore, South Gray High School; and Landon Trout, Scott Community High School

 To qualify for the scholarship, students were required to have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average, reside in a qualifying western Kansas or eastern Colorado county, and plan to pursue an Ag-related program. Additional factors such as grades, letters of recommendation, community involvement and participation in extracurricular activities were also considered. 

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Dodge City team attends inaugural Western Kansas Spring Fling

Our Dodge City team recently attended the first-ever Western Kansas Spring Fling at the Village Square Mall. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit with Sonya, Martha and Justine, and congratulations to our gift basket winner, Chasity Gonser. 

Special thanks to Southwind Broadcasting for organizing a successful show.

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Garden City staff spreads awareness on Wear Blue Day
Several Garden City staff members recently participated in Wear Blue Day to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
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Garden City team presents donation to Garden City Arts
Western State Bank New Accounts Representative Janet Villatoro presents a donation to Garden City Arts Director Katy Guthrie. The donation was made possible by the employee-driven Casual for a Cause program. The program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Garden City team presents donation to Miles of Smiles
Western State Bank employees David Mongeau, Sarah Waller, and Gaby Sanchez present a donation to Carrie Anne Ellison from Miles of Smiles. The donation was made possible by the employee-driven Casual for a Cause program. The program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Leoti team raises $1,300 for local Jr-Sr High School Athletic Department

Our Leoti banking center organized a drive-thru hamburger and hot dog feed to help raise money for the Wichita County Junior Senior High School athletic department. 
The WCJSHS athletic department normally raises 100% of its funds from sporting event concession stands; unfortunately, concession stands cannot open this year. The Leoti banking center's drive-thru event brought in nearly $1,300.  Special thanks to the City of Leoti for shutting down J Street on such short notice, and to the event volunteers for all your work putting on this fundraiser. Your time and efforts made a difference.

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Garden City team donates gaiter-style masks to local middle school

Our Garden City team provided custom, gaiter-style masks for nearly 500 students and staff members at Kenneth Henderson Middle School. Garden City schools are requiring masks for all students and staff until the expiration of the governor's mask order. Our Garden City banking center is matched with Kenneth Henderson Middle School through the Partners in Education program, and we were happy to help KH students and staff meet this requirement. 

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Garden City banking center supports 13th Annual Banner Art Walk
Our Garden City banking center was proud to sponsor the 13th Annual Banner Art Walk on Saturday, Aug. 8. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Art Walk featured a revised format allowing for more social distancing. Western State Bank Relationship Development Manager Cassie Gonzales volunteered at the event, serving complimentary bottled water to all attendees.
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Dodge City team presents at Homebuyer Education Class
Dodge City Mortgage Loan Officers, Martha Reynoso and Justine Kruger recently presented at the Community Housing Association of Dodge City's Homebuyer Education class.
The class was designed to educate home buyers on various topics including financing requirements, understanding credit scores, home inspections, loan types, and radon mitigation.
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