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Foundation adds youth board members

The 2021-2022 Sheridan County Community Foundation’s Youth Ambassador Program (SCCF-YAP) high school board members are Molly Foote, Haley Heskett, and Hailee Scheetz.

The Sheridan County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Molly Foote and Haley Heskett of Hoxie, along with Hailee Scheetz of New Almelo, to its board of directors as part of the inaugural class of Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) high school board members.

The three students, who will be seniors at Hoxie High School during the 2021-2022 academic school year, will serve on the foundation board sharing one vote among them.

“We were so pleased with the applications we received from these young ladies and, as an organization, we are very excited about bringing the youth perspective to our board and the decisions we make regarding grants and other programming, so we decided to bring all three onto the board in our first year of the youth program,” said Karl Pratt, board liaison.

The YAP board members will attend monthly meetings, help steer the course of the foundation’s programming, assist with foundation events and activities, and learn about philanthropy and community betterment. They were officially appointed to the board during the May 12, 2021, meeting, and will serve their one-year term throughout their senior year from June 2021 until their graduation in May 2022.

“I want to be on the [SCCF] board to help better our community. I love this community and want to be 'in on the action' and be a voice for our youth. I believe that my perspective could bring fresh ideas to Sheridan County that may not have been heard before,” said Foote in her application. She is the daughter of Scott and Michelle Foote.

In her application, Heskett stated, “...I would like to be a youth ambassador board member to learn more about philanthropy and how to improve community along with developing my leadership skills for the future. As a [YAP] board member, I would be able to add a teen’s view on how to improve our community and quality of life for all citizens.” She is the daughter of Jade and Leah Heskett.

Scheetz, who is the daughter of Jared and Stacy Scheetz, stated in her application that “... [She] would like to be more present in the community and be able to help out in any way possible. Being able to have an opinion and say what will or what might not happen in our community and schools would be an amazing experience to have.”

The three student board members join Michelle Foote, chair; Jodi Rogers, secretary/treasurer; and fellow members, Mike Mense; Teri Moss; Harry Joe Pratt; Danielle Schiltz; and William Slipke.

To view contact information for the YAP board members and all SCCF board members, visit www.growsheridancounty.ord/bod.

SCCF is an affiliate of the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation based in Bird City. The foundation seeks to encourage, prudently manage, and distribute charitable contributions to improve the quality of life in Sheridan County residents, now and in the future. To learn more, contact Pratt at 785-675-1240,, visit Connect with SCCF at

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