On 5-10-2016, Sheriff John Merchant presented the Kansas Association of Counties / Sheriff John D. Merchant Scholarship to Conner De Los Santos during the annual Horton High School awards night.
Conner is a senior at Horton High School who was active in football, basketball, Scholars Bowl, FFA, a member of the National Honor Society as well as a member of the Student Council all for years of high school. Conner’s Parents are, Tyler and Cara Christian of Everest.
The $500.00 scholarship was made possible by the Kansas Association of Counties. A quasi-public agency, which seeks to advance the public interest by promoting effective, responsive county government in Kansas. Founded in 1975, as an instrumentality of its member counties, the association serves county government through: Legislative representation, Technical assistance, Leadership, and Professional education. The Association’s mission is grounded in state law and shaped by the leadership of its thirteen member Governing Board.
Sheriff Merchant was awarded the Kansas Association Counties’ “2015 County Official of the Year” award on November 4th, 2015. Sheriff Merchant was given the honor of selecting a deserving Horton high School senior to receive the $500.00 scholarship on behalf of the Kansas Association of Counties as part of his award.
Sheriff Merchant said, “It was a difficult task to choose only one senior from the list of students who applied for the scholarship. It was a true honor to be able to present this scholarship on behalf of the Kansas Association of Counties as the recipient of their prestigious County Official of the Year award.” “This scholarship will assist Conner as he seeks his Behavioral psychology degree from the University of Kansas this fall.”
Sheriff Merchant receiving the “2015 County Official of the Year” award.