Allison M. Haake Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2008, the Allison M. Haake Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a deserving SSD student who has an interest in working with children. The scholarship was established in memory of Allison Marie Haake, a former SSD teacher assistant. Allison was an inspirational teacher who, at an early age, knew she wanted to make a career of working with children. The scholarship is given to a student who has experience working with children.
Kaden Constantz’s integrity and perseverance have helped him get to where he is today. Now a graduating senior at Parkway South High School, Kaden’s journey through school has not always been particularly easy as he’s received several services including speech therapy and other academic supports. But his hard work has paid off as he maintains a high GPA in his classes.
Kaden plans to study occupational therapy in college. Having benefitted from occupational therapy himself, he hopes to take some of the things he has learned and pass them on to others.
“As an occupational therapist, I can help people overcome disabilities or simply help them lead a more normal life,” Kaden said in his scholarship essay. “I’m excited to help people make progress and I am a great cheerleader for other people’s victories.”
Another reason he plans to study occupational therapy is so he can work with students with autism. As the sibling of someone with autism, it is an issue that hits home for him. “I can be part of the autism solution,” he said.
Outside of school, Kaden gives much of his time to helping others. He has worked at a local elementary school since turning 16 and works with younger students at Spark and Adventure Club. He also volunteers at the local animal sanctuary. Kaden plans to attend Maryville University in the fall.