The Rising Star Award is given to a MOACAC member who has been in the college admission profession less than three years and has contributed to helping students by enthusiastic and professional involvement in the college admission profession.  More than one award may be given each year.


Created in 2005, this award recognizes MOACAC members with more than five years’ service who have provided strong and consistent leadership to MOACAC. The recipients are individuals who have dedicated much time to the association. More than one award may be given each year. The recipients will be decided by the three Presidents (President, President-Elect, and Past President) with the President having final approval.


Peggy Clinton epitomized the role of the true admission professional. Some of those qualities include being detail-focused and caring for the well being of the students with whom she worked; she had a sense of humor and style. She was an active member of MOACAC and worked during the 60’s and 70’s for William Woods College. Peggy was respected, admired and loved by all.

In 1981, she was stricken by a stroke before a national fair and died soon afterward. In her memory, the Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award was created. This award is bestowed upon an admission professional who exemplifies the qualities that made Peggy so special. The following names represent those admission professionals who met those unique qualities and were recognized at the MOACAC spring conference by receiving the Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award.


The Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) is pleased to offer the Braxton Rethwisch scholarship to high school seniors who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated leadership skills and community service involvement. Each scholarship is worth $1,000.


The Rising Star Award

2024 Kealin McLean - Columbia College; Russell Brannen - College Bound STL

2023 Blake Huster - Maryville University; Phil Layfield - Washington University in St. Louis

2022 Katie Jansen - Drury University

2021 Sami Thomas - Kansas State University

2020 Julianna Graf - Monmouth College; Mark Nothum - Saint Louis University

2019 Crystal Everett - Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley; Phillicia Hampton - Raytown High School; Jessen Miller - Missouri State University; Gwen Tohill-Macam - Marian University-Indianapolis

2018 Ashley Beck - University of Kentucky; Kennedy Tipton - Missouri College Advising Corps

2017 Rachel Meuser - William Jewell College

2016 Katie Foley - Columbia College

2015 D’Angelo Taylor - Western Illinois University; Kyle Strothmann - Saint Louis University

2014 Meredith Rauscher - St. Louis Community College-Meramec

2013 Courtney Musial - Fontbonne University

2012 Tina McNeil - Columbia College

2011 Erica VanBuren - Affton High School

2010 Nicole Buesse - Rockwood Summit High School; Kyle Johnson - Maryville University

2009 Teresa Haney - Southeast Missouri State University; Christy Wills - University of Missouri-St. Louis

2008 Erin Stein - William Jewell College

2007 Courtney Wallace - Missouri University of Science and Technology

2006 Andy Cole - University of Missouri; Chad Sisk - Missouri State University

2005 Mark Giesman - Kirkwood High School; Alpachino Hogue - University of Missouri-Columbia

2004 Clint Chapman - University of Missouri-Columbia

2003 Jeff Buckman - Saint Louis University

2002 Alan Byrd - Southeast Missouri State University; Pete Belk - Maple Woods Community College

2000 Kelly Burnley - William Jewell College

1999 Dawn Medley - Southeast Missouri State University


President's Service Recognition Award

2024 Mark Steinlage - Rockhurst University

2023 Michelle Luraschi - Pattonville High School

2022 Mark Nothum - Saint Louis University

2021 Erin Stein - Notre Dame de Sion High School

2019 Peggy FitzGibbon - Visitation Academy; Drew Griffin - University of Central Missouri

2018 Todd Burell - Southern University Illinois-Edwardsville; Karen Verstraste - Webster Groves High School

2017 Joann Elliott - MOACAC Executive Assistant

2016 Charlie Hungerford - Southwest Baptist University

2015 Rob Lundien - Staley High School

2014 Mark Clynes - McKendree University

2013 Andrew Wright - Missouri State University

2012 Jamie Staggs - Western Illinois University

2011 Heather Henning - University of Missouri

2010 Ramon Blakley - Saint Louis University

2009 Whitney Carr - Drury University

2008 Katherine Louthan - Maryville University

2007 Scott Hill - The Barstow School; Julie Kampschroeder - Pattonville High School

2006 Beth Brasel - Lafayette High School

2005 Stephanie Thomeczek - Westminster College


The Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award

2024 Kate Kindbom - St. Louis University High

2023 Meredith Buschmann - Jefferson College

2022 Dawn Michel - Chaminade College Preparatory School

2021 Nanette Tarbouni - John Burroughs School

2020 Rob Lundien - Park Hill South High School

2019 Diane Drilling - Drury University

2018 Mary Alice Hennessy - St. Joseph’s Academy

2017 Chuck May - University of Missouri-Columbia

2016 Beth Brasel - Chaminade College Preparatory School

2015 Alan Byrd - University of Missouri-St. Louis

2014 Jay Goff - Saint Louis University

2013 Mary Carpenter - Affton High School

2012 Julie Kampschroeder - Pattonville High School

2011 Barbara Sams - Saint Louis Priory

2010 Regina Morin - Truman State University

2009 Dave Mouldon - St. Louis University High School

2008 Mel Tyler - University of Missouri-Kansas City

2007 Lane Ramey - Rockhurst University

2006 Teresa Wheeler - Brentwood High School

2005 Debi Hudson - Rockhurst High School

2004 Chip Parker - Drury University

2003 Georgeanne Porter - University of Missouri

2002 Chat Leonard - Clayton High School

2001 Tom Arni - Rock Bridge High School

2000 Howard McCauley - Missouri Western State College

1999 Anne Clifford - St. Joseph’s Academy

1998 Peggy Musen - Fontbonne University

1997 Mary Crowder - Clayton High School

1996 James Sinner - Ladue Horton Watkins High School

1995 Michael G. Thomas - Drury University

1994 Mimi J. La Marca - University of Missouri-St. Louis

1993 Mary Colaw - Parkway North High School

1992 Robert Sortland - John Burroughs School

1991 Robert B. Lewis - University of Missouri-Rolla

1988 Bonnie Butler - The Principia Upper School

1987 Braxton Rethwisch - Central Methodist College

1986 John Corporon - Washington University

1985 Larry Stone - William Jewell College

1984 Bonnie Wallace - Ladue Horton Watkins High School


Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship


Olivia Huff - Attending Missouri Baptist University

Sarah Pieper - Attending Washington University in St. Louis

Anna Budnik - Attending St. Charles Community College

Beckett Grabner - Attending Washington University in St. Louis

Aiden Bryan - Attending Missouri State University


PurityPeace Muiruri - Attending Saint Louis University

Lucia Umbreit - Attending Washington University in St. Louis

Reiley Heffern - Attending University of Missouri (Columbia)

Leilani Smith - Attending Southeast Missouri State University

Jonas Wall - Attending University of Missouri (Columbia)


Halle Theno - Attending University of Missouri (Columbia)

Julie Tovar - Attending University of Central Missouri

Greenlee Rigby - Attending Truman State University

Sarvani Kunapareddy - Attending University of Illinois at Chicago


Marneisha Pardos - Attending University of Missouri (Columbia)

Cydney Perkins - Attending University of Missouri (Columbia)

Melanie Lyons - Attending Truman State University

Maria Mai - Attending Saint Louis University

Patricia Lewis - Attending Missouri Valley College


Alex Gambill – Troy Buchanan High School

Amela Sijecic – Lindbergh High School

Jasmine Richardson – Jennings High School

Jesse Wren – Arcadia Valley High School

Julio Gracida– Belton High School

Kristian Watson – Lawson High School


Madelyn Hubbs – Pattonville High School; Attending Maryville University 

Trey Johnson – Monett High School; Attending Missouri State University

Hailey Herrell – Ava High School; Attending Missouri State University 

Alexandra Casazza – Marquette High School; Attending Washington University


Amina Krdzic – Bayless High School; Attending Missouri State University

Ashley Stehle – Villa Duchesne; Attending Fontbonne University


Taylor Nelson – North Kansas City High School; Attending Truman State University


Brooke Lucas – Festus High School; Attending St. Louis College of Pharmacy