McPherson College honors recent graduates


Each year, McPherson College recognizes the achievements of young graduates at convocation at Homecoming. This year, three alumni – Craig Henderson ’91, Jon Paden ’91 and Elizabeth Stover Lucore ’02 – received the Young Alumni Awards on October 1 at a ceremony at McPherson Stadium.

The Young Alumni Award aims to recognize the achievements and potential for achievement of young college graduates. The award is presented to alumni who face significant challenges in the pursuit of professional goals as well as involved in service to others and to the church, and who participate in alumni activities.

Craig henderson, Fruita, Colorado, graduated in history in 1991 and received his law degree in 1994 from Washburn University. He is a county court judge for the 21st Judicial district in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was called to the Kansas bar in 1994 and worked as a lawyer in Wichita, and in 1996 was called to the Colorado bar and worked as a lawyer in Denver. He served as an assistant attorney for Sterling, Hot Sulfur Springs and Grand Junction, Colorado. He is a member of the Colorado County Court Judges Association and has served as a volunteer mock trial judge for the Colorado Mesa University Criminal Law Course.

He enjoys spending time outside of work with his family enjoying the arts and the outdoors. He is an avid reader and enjoys music, but his real hobby is cross-country running. He has completed two 50km ultra-marathons in Colorado and Utah, three marathons, seven half-marathons and several other races of different distances.

Jon padenJon paden, Little River, Kansas, graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science, then a Masters of Educational Administration and Doctoral Hours from Kansas State University. He is currently starting his 26e year as principal of Windom Elementary School in the Little River School District. He started his career in education with $ 418 at McPherson as an elementary school teacher for grades one, two and five.

He is an active community volunteer. In 2015, he was named Little River Community Citizen of the Year. He served on the $ 444 Recreation Commission promoting activities for youth and adults, coached youth sports in Little River and Sterling, Kansas, and served as a youth group leader for several years. He served on the Little River City Council and currently sits on the board of directors of the Little River Community Foundation which determines grants to the community. He also sits on the board of directors of the Mutual Telephone Company. He is active in his church serving on numerous committees and is a past member of the McPherson College Alumni Council.

Elizabeth stover lucoreElizabeth Stover Lucore, DO, MPH, Monett, Missouri, graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology. She received her Masters in Public Health and Doctorate in Osteopathy from Des Moines University in 2008. Dr Lucore is currently Chief of Staff at Cox Monett Hospital and volunteers as Medical Director of the County Health Department. by Barry.

In addition to her family medicine clinic and delivery schedule, she is also involved in several volunteer projects and leadership roles in her community. More recently, she has been working to help develop a network of cycling and walking paths accessible to hospital visitors, employees and the community. She is the founder of the Alternative Gift Fair in Monett, which over the past seven years has raised over $ 10,000 for local nonprofit organizations. She also helped set up a volunteer chaplaincy program at the hospital. She is active in her church and is president of the Camp Colorado board of directors.

While a student at McPherson College, she ran cross country, performed in choir and orchestra, and became a member of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theater Honor Society. Today, with her husband and children, she enjoys playing, exploring, eating and laughing.


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