Scholarship memorializes Barry County deputy
September 26, 2006


JOPLIN - The scope of the Christopher Lee Castetter Memorial Scholarship benefiting a criminal justice student at Missouri Southern State University has changed. According to an announcement by Christine Castetter-Speno and her husband, Angelo, Christine and her family's wishes are that this memorial be a tribute to the life of Deputy Christopher Castetter rather than a remembrance of his death and the sad days that followed.

Criteria for the scholarship made possible through the contributions of Christine and her family are that the recipient currently is making progress toward a four-degree in criminal justice at MSSU, be at the junior or senior level enrolled full time (minimum of 12 credit hours), and is maintaining a GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Recipients for the award are chosen by administrators of the criminal justice department.

Katrina Buchholz, a senior criminal justice major currently living in Webb City, is the beneficiary of this year's scholarship. Buchholz is preparing for a career as an inspector with the United States Postal Service and its division dedicated to fighting criminals who attack the nation's postal system.

Deputy Castetter, who was a graduate of the Missouri Southern Police Academy, died in the line of duty in 1996 serving in the Barry County Sheriff's Office. Christine graduated from Missouri Southern in 1999.

Outside contributions to the scholarship fund are being accepted by the Missouri Southern Foundation. For further information, please contact Christine's email or the foundation executive director, Curt Betebenner's email.

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