Student-Athletes from Liberty, Missouri Receive #MyKCFord College Scholarships

Gary Crossley Ford
Two Liberty high school students came to visit Todd Crossley this week at Gary Crossley Ford, and walked away with more money than they walked in with.

Two local high school students came to visit Todd Crossley this week at Gary Crossley Ford, and walked away with more money than they walked in with. 

$1,000 bucks more. Each.

Easton Hilton from Liberty High School and Ainsley Dillon from Liberty North were recently awarded the 2022 Gary Crossley Ford #MyKCFord Student-Athlete of the Month Senior Scholarships for their achievements on the field and off throughout their high school careers.

Each year’s winners of the $1,000 scholarships are chosen from among all seniors who have been recognized at any time during their high school careers as a #MyKCFord Student-Athlete of the Month. The winner is then chosen anonymously based purely on an application listing their achievements

Easton Hilton, Liberty High School
Easton Hilton with his family

Easton Hilton, Liberty High School

All-American wrestler Easton Hilton will be taking his athletic and academic talents to the classrooms and locker rooms of the University of Missouri this fall.

Easton is a Missouri State Champion, four-time District Champion, and a team captain. His coaches say Easton was always the hardest working athlete in the room and that tenacity was integral to the Blue Jays winning three State Wrestling Team Championships during his career.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.96 GPA, Easton is also a four-time Academic All-State recipient who relishes his role as a mentor to other student-athletes encouraging them to push themselves to higher achievements in all areas of their life.

Ainsley Dillon, Liberty North High School 
Ainsley Dillon with her Liberty North High School swimming coach and mother.

Ainsley Dillon, Liberty North High School 

Two-time Kansas Citywide record-holding swimmer Ainsley Dillon will be headed to Lawrence and the University of Kansas this fall.

Ainsley is the current holder of the city records for the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events and is the Liberty North High School record holder in six of the eight individual events.

Athletes can only enter two individual events each year, and she is an eight-time conference champion, an eight-time state medalist, and a state champion. Ainsley was recognized as All-Conference and All-State in each of her four years swimming for the Eagles.

Ainsley is also an Academic American, a member of the National Honor Society, and the Valedictorian of Liberty North High School’s Class of 2022. She tutors gifted students preparing to enter high school, preps high school students for the ACT exam, and volunteers with many organizations including the local Harvesters food bank and the Hope House shelter.

The Gary Crossley Ford Difference

Gary Crossley Ford has been awarding the Student-Athlete of The Month Senior Scholarship for more than a decade as part of their long-time support of athletic and academic excellence in Liberty, Missouri. 

“Todd Crossly is always a huge advocate for education,” says Frankie Petty, Community Relations Champion at the dealership.

“He loves helping all communities, but he particularly enjoys supporting kids, their education, and their well-being.”

The Crossley family, the dealership management team, and every one of the dozens and dozens of employees are tightly woven into the Liberty community. Many either attended Liberty or Liberty North, and many more have children or grandchildren attending now.

Go Eagles! Go Blue Jays!

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