The 80th annual Sophomore Pilgrimage will be giving several Jefferson City area students an inside look at state government and the Capital City.
The pilgrimage, which is sponsored by General Federation of Women's Clubs of Missouri (GFWC), will be held April 8.
The event is designed to allow students to observe the Legislature in session, meet legislators and tour the Capitol, Governor's Mansion and Supreme Court. A luncheon is also scheduled at First United Methodist Church.
Five sophomores from each high school are nominated by faculty, and the student body votes on one representative to attend.
Local GFWC of Missouri Dianas Club organizes the event. Kathy Bish is coordinator and committee members include: Joan Solomon, Donna Evert, Bernice Lilley, Jan Sonnenberg, Anne Vogel, Ginny Persinger, June Landrum and Ann Maxwell. State officers will serve as hostesses, and Dianas and Capital City Woman's Club will serve as guides.
Local students attending are:
• Kara Bernskoetter, daughter of Greg and Janell Bernskoetter. She is a student at Calvery Lutheran High School, where she is president of SADD, is a member of Key Club, Future Teachers of America, is in National Honor Society and is in choir. She plays volleyball and manages the boys' basketball team. Her sponsor is Capital City Woman's Club.
• Halie Dampf, daughter of Danny and Jennifer Dampf. She is a student at Russellville High School, where she is on the honor roll, was Student of the Month, is in FFA and the church group, plays volleyball and basketball. Her sponsor is Dianas Club.
• Jessica Daro, daughter of Tim and Cathy Daro. She is a student at New Bloomfield High School, where she is class vice president, Student Council representative for FBLA, is on the cheerleading squad and a member of Smokebusters and is on the honor roll. Her sponsor is Dianas Club.
• Luke Dyer, son of Mike and April Dyer. He is a student at Blair Oaks High School, where he is on Student Council, in FBLA, FCCLA and the Drama Club. He participates in musicals through the Parks and Recreation Department. His sponsor is Dianas Club.
• T.J. (Tim) Hagenhoff, son of Tim and Georgia Hagenhoff. He is a student at Helias Catholic High School, where he plays football and tennis and was Student of the Month. His sponsor is Capital City Woman's Club.
• Rachel Kimminau, daughter of Gregory and Donna Kimminau. She is a student at South Callaway R-2 in Mokane, where she is class president and a member of FBLA, FCCLA, FTA, CSIP, French Club, Trend/Smokebusters, Math Relays and the Athletic Association. She is on the honor roll and is a cheerleader. Her sponsor is Capital City Womans' Club.
• Scotty Montgomery, son of Scotty Montgomery and Brandy Winfield. He is a student at Osage County R-2 in Linn, where he is interested in science, reading and playing video games. His sponsor is Dianas Club.
• Margaret Morris, daughter of Jim and Carla Morris. She is a student at Eugene High School, where she is in Science Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drama Club and Academic Bowl. She plays volleyball and is on the cheerleading squad. Her sponsor is Capital City Woman's Club.
• Haiven Scott, daughter of Joe and Dana Scott. She is a student at Fatima High School, where she is in Chess Club, Spanish Club, Pep Club, Random Acts of Kindness and is in honors choir. She participates in drama and attended Mid-Missouri Music Festival. She is active in Memorial Baptist Youth Group. Her sponsor is Capital City Woman's Club.
• Ellie Severance, daughter of Michael and Gail Severence. She is a student at Jefferson City High School, where she plays golf, is class treasurer for Student Council, served as Relay for Life team captain and a member of Destination Imagination Team. Her sponsor is Dianas Club.
• Brooke Weed, daughter of Clifford and Michele Weed. She is a student at Osage R-1 High School in Chamois, where she is basketball manager, plays in the band and participates in the A+ program. Her sponsor is Capital City Woman's Club.