Bonhomme Lions Scholarships

  • The Bonhomme Lions, longtime supporters of education in the St. Louis area, have been providing scholarships to graduating SSD students for many years.

    2020 Bonhomme Lions Scholarship Recipients

    Cydney Algee
    Hazelwood West High School, Hazelwood School District

    Cydney Algee Cydney Algee’s persistence and positive attitude have helped her become a successful student, and well-deserved of the Bonhomme Lions Scholarship.

    Initially a shy student, Cydney has gradually grown into a leader and dedicated community member. Although Cydney continuously deals with a serious medical issue that affects her strength, alertness and memory, she always pushes forward in whatever she does.

    Along with being a strong student in the classroom, Cydney is very active in Girl Scouts and received the Silver Award—one of the highest achievements of the organization. She was also named a 2019 Rosemary Zander Award winner from Special School District—the District’s highest student honor. Cydney plans to attend Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

    Cydney Algee’s scholarship is in memory of CB Bonhomme, past president of Bonhomme Lions.

    Justin Coulter
    Hazelwood Central High School, Hazelwood School District

    Justin Coulter Justin Coulter is an academic superstar. As a perpetual member of the honor roll, he carries a 3.8 GPA in his classes—including several advanced placement classes. He’s a member of not one, but two honor societies—National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society, which is an organization for elite high school musicians.

    Although Justin has a hearing impairment, he’s had tremendous success as a musician. He was awarded the Best Performer Award twice in marching band and was a section leader in both marching and symphonic concert bands as an alto saxophone player. He also participates in the winter drumline.

    Justin also served as a mechanic on the school’s robotics team and is a math tutor for fellow students. He plans to attend Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

    Haley Meyer
    Marquette High School, Rockwood School District

    Haley Meyer Haley Meyer is an extremely well-rounded and successful student and has the honors to prove it.

    Along with a 3.5 GPA, Haley has earned the Marvelous Mustang Award, the Renaissance Winner’s Circle Award, was named a scholar-athlete all four years of high school and is a regular on the honor roll. On top of all that, she has nearly perfect attendance of better than 99 percent.

    At Marquette High School, she has participated in field hockey, soccer, and track and field—where she earned her team points at the district level in the long jump.

    She plans to attend Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas.

    Raymond Soto
    Lindbergh High School, Lindbergh Schools

    Raymond Soto With a list of academic achievements, Raymond Soto is graduating high school with many honors and hopes to take things to a higher level when he goes to college. While at Lindbergh High School, Raymond earned a 4.1 GPA and a score of 30 on his ACT. Not surprising, he also earned several awards, including the Teacher Choice Award, the LHS Renaissance Award and Student of the Month.

    Despite his hearing loss, Raymond is a standout violin player, earning first chair in the Lindbergh orchestra. He also was selected for the All Suburban High School Orchestra, earning a superior gold medal on his violin solo performance at the St. Louis District Solo and Ensemble Festival. Raymond volunteers his time as a tutor with a youth group, and with panels and organizations in which he’s able to share his experiences of being deaf. He also works part time. In the future, Raymond’s goal is to work in the aviation or space industry with a focus on cybersecurity, unmanned aircraft systems or artificial intelligence.

    Ethan Wood
    Parkway West High School, Parkway Schools

    Ethan Wood Ethan Wood has shown that hard work can make all the difference. Despite having four learning disabilities, his continued persistence has helped him become successful in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the arts. Now, with the help of the Bonhomme Lions Scholarship, he plans to attend his dream school of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

    Ethan has had challenges with his academics since he started school. He felt that even though he worked harder than his peers, he was not seeing the results in his grades. But over time, he learned strategies and received the help he needed to succeed. Through his hard work, Ethan has gone on to earn a 3.0 GPA in school.

    Ethan also believes that participating in athletics helps him sharpen his thinking skills. Along with being a strong tennis player, he has competed at the national level in racquetball—winning countless tournaments throughout his career. But he’s also able to appreciate the finer arts, as well, having taken art classes his whole life. Ceramics, glasswork, guitar and theater have helped him succeed. “I can see the benefit of art and how it helps me to think outside the box,” he said.