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Heritage Days Dignitaries' Biographies

2017 Heritage Days Grand Marshal was born in 1986, home-grown in McCook and  graduated from McCook High School. He attended college at University of Nebraska-Kearney.  During his college career he took the 2008 Fall Semester off to work on Senator Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign in Omaha, NE. In the fall of 2009 he pursued a career in the White House. He Re-enrolled in UNK the summer of 2015, completing the final 24 credit hours online (while employed full-time at The White House) and with a 4.00 cumulative GPA, he graduated  the Summer of 2016. He currently resides with his fiance, Megan, and their 2-year old Springer Spaniel Frankie, in San Francisco's Mission District. Congratulations to Mr. Harrison Ford.


2017 Heritage Days Parade Marshal this year is a very deserving couple. They volunteer at places like the McCook Art Guild, Bargain Bazaar, Meals on Wheels, McCook Food Pantry and St Patrick's Altar Society.  A comment was made about them that "they volunteer more hours a week than the next 5 people combined.” Judy sits on the Heritage Days committee at the Chamber of Commerce and is our Park Vendor coordinator. We are so pleased that they chose to move back to McCook and serve our community....Congratulatios to Parade Marshals John and Judy Anderson. 


2017 Heritage Days Honor Family has deep roots in Southwest Nebraska with parents here since the 1920's.  They were an active family in the community throughout their lives and inspired their children to high academic efforts in pursuing education and careers with a great work ethic. They raised 7 children in McCook all of whom graduated from McCook High School and enjoyed participation in basketball, horse shows, cross country, swim meets and 4-H.  All their children felt fortunate to attend or graduate from McCook Community College before finishing degrees at the University of Nebraska. Congratulations to the Dick and Mary Lou Drake family.