2016 DHHS honorees

The Katie Battison Memorial Scholarship, presented by Madison Youth Services and managed by The Madison Foundation, was developed in 1998 in the fondest of memory of 17-year-old Katherine “Katie” Battison who lost her life tragically in a car accident in 1998, just two months after graduation. Katie was an honored DHHS scholar, athlete, violinist, accomplished hunter-jumper equestrian and active in Madison Youth Services as a peer advocate and Youth Services Safe Rides. The scholarship, in her memory is awarded to a college bound graduating senior member of Madison Youth Services’ Peer Advocates Program who has shown a significant level of caring for others and demonstrates those qualities Katie exemplified.

This year Alina Dess and Jennifer Bruciati were the recipients of this scholarship.

Dess was also the recipient of the Madison Police Union Scholarship, The Democratic Women Fund, DHHS Helping Hands, and the Exchange Club of Madison Excel Award. She has been involved in Peer advocates, Peer Helpers, the Interact Executive Committee, Perspectives, Life Choices, Excel Club, Stage Crew, varsity fencing, Hand Book Club, and Girl Scouting for the past 13 years. Dess will attend Northeastern University and will spend her first semester abroad in Dublin at the University College of Dublin.

Bruciati also was a recipient of the Katie Battison Scholarship Award has demonstrated continuity and responsibility as a Peer Helper in grades 7-8 and continued as a Peer Advocate throughout her four years at high school.

Bruciati has demonstrated service to her class and community through involvement with Madison Youth & Family Services programs and, in her words, “Service is not simply something you do for a day to put on my résumé. It is an essential part her life that brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment.”

She will attend the University of South Carolina.

Another memorial fund, also managed by The Madison Foundation, is the Jordan Kinscherf Memorial Scholarship Fund. At Senior Night on June 2, the award was presented by Kinscherf’s sister Meredith, who spoke of the meaning of this scholarship to her parents Keith and Sheila, her family, and the community. She shared words of Kinscherf’s animated character and his exceptional love of life. Her late brother, passed just months before his high school graduation in 2009. Meredith Kinscherf spoke proudly of her brother’s accomplishments on the fields as an accomplished soccer and lacrosse player, as an Explorer at the Fire Department, and as an extreme Giant’s fan.

A scholarship in his name is presented to a student who demonstrates growth, teamwork, and skills in varsity-level soccer and/or lacrosse with continued academic progress in the tenure of his high school career. This award was presented to Eric Lyons. Lyons is an accomplished varsity lacrosse goalie and referee for Madison Youth soccer; he demonstrates his athleticism and positive spirit on the field and in the community. Among his activities, Lyons has participated in tutoring at St. Martin dePorres, worked on the Shoreline Greenway Trail crew, and continues to share his positive character at home, at school and in the community.

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