2014 MDTA Scholarship Awarded

The Missouri Dump Truckers Association has awarded three $1,000 scholarships for the 2014-2015 collegiate year.  The three recipients are Luke Hasenjaeger, son of Darrell and Linda Hasenjaeger of Marthasville; Kaitlyn Willing, daughter of Kerri (Silvey) Willing, and Abbey Cooper, daughter of Brian & Stephanie Cooper.

Abbey Cooper is a 2014 graduate of New Franklin High School.  In the fall, Abbey plans to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma seeking a major in Animal Science specializing in Genetics.  Abbey is attending a college out of state in order to pursue her interest in rodeo and equine science.  While in college, Abbey will be competing on the rodeo team. 

Luke Hasenjaeger is a 2013 graduate of Washington High School.  Since fall of 2013, he has attended Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a possible minor in engineering management. 

Kaitlyn Willing is a 2014 graduate of Hannibal High School.  In the fall, Kaitlyn plans to attend Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri pursuing a B.S. or B.A. in Psychology.  She plans to earn a Masters and eventually a Doctorate in Psychology and becoming a psychologist at a public or private school to help make a difference in children’s lives.

Abbey Cooper
While attending New Franklin High School, Abbey achieved a 3.57/4.0 GPA throughout high school by working hard and challenging herself with high level courses.

While in high school, Abbey’s extracurricular activities included:

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Future Business Leaders of America (10-11)
  • 4-H (9-12)
  • National High School Rodeo Association (9-12)
  • Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association (9-12)
  • Youth Group (9-11)
  • United Rodeo Association
  • National Honor Society (10-12)

Honors and Awards:

  • A-Honor Roll (9-10)
  • B-Honor Roll (11)
  • 2011 Reserve Champion Breakaway Roping Champion
  • 2012 Champion Breakaway Roper

Community and Other Activities:

  • Food Bank
  • Flower Planting in Downtown New Franklin
  • Riley Equine Therapy Center
  • National Honor Society Thanksgiving Dinner
  • National Honor Society Blood Drive

Work Activity:
Abbey is currently not employed.

The high school counselor stated Abbey has an important trait for young people.  Abbey is a leader when she needs to be and a follower when she needs to be.  She is still very willing to learn.  Abbey is a well-rounded young person who has committed a great deal of time and energy to her future education and career.


Luke Hasenjaeger

Luke HasenjaegerLuke has a 3.826/4.0 GPA attending Missouri University of Science and Technology.  While balancing studies and baseball, Luke’s goal is to graduate with at least a 3.5 GPA and be placed into a job he is excited to begin following graduation.

Since entering college and while in high school, Luke’s extracurricular activities included:

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Missouri S&T Varsity Baseball Team (Freshman)
  • Athletic Director’s Council (12)
  • Football, Basketball, Baseball (9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Student Council (11, 12)
  • Leadership Class (11, 12)
  • DECA (11)
  • Student Council State Convention (12)
  • Renaissance Member (9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Mu Alpha Theta (12)

Honors and Awards Received:

  • Dean’s List: Fall 2013
  • A Honor Roll (9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Football MFCA All-State Quarterback (12)
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award (12)
  • National Football Foundation, St. Louis-Tom Lombardo Chapter Scholar Athlete Award (12)
  • Football Class 5 District 4 All-District (12)
  • Football East Central All-District (12)
  • Football First Team All-Conference (GAC Central) (12)
  • Football Academic All-Conference (10, 11, 12)
  • Washington High School Football Team Offensive Player of the Year (12)
  • Basketball Academic All-Conference (11, 12)
  • Baseball Academic All-Conference (9, 10, 11)
  • Football Academic All-State (10, 11, 12)
  • International Leadership Network-Missouri Valley Young Achiever Medallion Award Recipient (10)
  • Academic Booster Club “Academic Achiever Award” (April) (11)
  • Basketball Team Captain (11, 12)
  • Football Team Captain (12)
  • Football Second Team All-Conference (10)
  • Football Second Team All-All-Area (10)
  • Honorable Mention All-Conference (11)
  • Honorable Mention All-Area (11)
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch Athlete of the Week (11)
  • KLPW Athlete of the Week (10, 11, 12)
  • Washington Rotary Club Student of the Month (December 2012) (12)

Community and Other Activities:

  • Children’s Relay for Life Co-Chair (11, 12)
  • Meals on Wheels (11)
  • Student Council State Convention Publicity Chairman (12)
  • Dig for a Difference (10) Chaired (11, 12)
  • Senior Citizens Prom (11, 12)
  • Special Olympics Bowling (11, 12)
  • Red Ribbon Week Speaker (11, 12)
  • Family Reading Night (11, 12)
  • Boy Scout Football Night (12)
  • Youth Baseball Camp (11, 12)
  • Youth Football Camp (10, 11, 12)

Work Activity:

  • Hasenjaeger Trucking, Inc. - 2011-Present:  Truck maintenance, detailing trucks.
  • Lawn Care - 2008-2013:  cut grass and provide various lawn care services.
  • Hay Rake Acres (farm) – 2012:  paint fences, general maintenance

Luke wanted to receive the MDTA scholarship because it would be extremely helpful in paying for college expenses and a great honor for his family’s business.  Luke will be mostly self-supportive in paying for college.


Kaitlyn Willing
While attending Hannibal High School, Kaitlyn achieved a 3.94/4.0 Weighted GPA.

While in high school, Abbey’s extracurricular activities included:

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Future Business Leaders of America (10-12), Vice President (11), President (12)
  • National Technical Honors Society (11, 12)
  • National Honors Society (11, 12)
  • Espancais (9-12)

Honors and Awards:

  • Future Business Leaders of America Districts-1st Place in Business Law (10)
  • Future Business Leaders of America Districts-1st Place in Banking and Financial Systems (12)
  • National Student Leadership Conference (11)

Community and Other Activities:

  • Youth Group
  • Deacon
  • Children’s Worship Leader
  • Hannibal Arts Council-Children’s Workshop.

Work Activity:
Kaitlyn is currently employed 10-15 hours a week hostessing and bussing tables.

The high school counselor stated commitment, initiative, communicative, mature, and responsible as her leadership qualities.