Archive for Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Ministerial alliance scholarship to honor teen killed in wreck

Award criteria to include Christian character

March 21, 2007

Members of Tonganoxie Ministerial Alliance have started a scholarship in memory of a Tonganoxie teen killed in a recent traffic accident.

Amanda Bixby, 19, died Valentine's Day in a three-car highway collision in Basehor. Amanda's parents are Dennis and Denise Bixby.

In the past year before her death, Amanda, a 2005 Tonganoxie High School graduate, had focused her life on living for the Lord, said Eli Jones, one of her high school friends. Three days before Amanda died, she sang during all three worship services at Tonganoxie Christian Church. At her funeral service, guests saw Amanda sing one last time -- through a DVD recorded from the prior Sunday's church services.

The Rev. Ron Swaim said the ministerial alliance plans to give two scholarships to Tonganoxie High School seniors.

"We will do a $250 scholarship for a guy and a $250 scholarship for a girl," Swaim said.

Primary criteria for the scholarship, Swaim said, are Christian character, church involvement and Christian witness.

He said high school students could nominate students, and the ministerial alliance would select each year's scholarship recipients.

Swaim said the ministerial alliance plans for the scholarship to continue each year.

"There is a possibility that the scholarship will grow," Swaim said, "because I think that people from the churches would like to be able to contribute to a scholarship fund like this."

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