First American Credit Union awards scholarships

First American Credit Union recently awarded four stateline area high school graduates with $1,000 scholarships. Each student’s nominated teacher also received a $250 “Class of Excellence Award” to enhance their educational enrichment programs or purchase classroom supplies.

Scholarship criteria included academic merit, college acceptance, and current enrollment in either a trade school or college program for the 2011 fall semester. The students were challenged to show strong community involvement, as well as be an actively participating member of the credit union. Emphasis was placed on a strong essay. While essays were to be based around future academic and career goals, the students were encouraged to include a few words about their greatest achievement, lifelong dreams, and how this scholarship will help fulfill their goals and aspirations. Recipients are as follows:

Shaina Mathey, a graduate of Hononegah High School in Rockton, will be attending Judson University near Chicago to pursue a career in art. She is writing several books complete with her own illustrations, and is interested in writing movie scripts. She hopes to experience art history by studying in Europe.

Hayden Sherwood, also a Hononegah graduate, will attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is pursing a career in psychiatry. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and psychology at Coe, he plans to go to medical school. Along with extracurricular activities such as student council, theater and National Honor Society, he also holds down two part-time jobs to help pay for college.

Danielle Willborn-Johnson was valedictorian at Craig High School in Janesville, Wis. She will attend St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Danielle was involved in multiple volunteer and mentor activities throughout high school, and plans to continue volunteering during and after college.

Kaelyb Lokrantz graduated from Beloit Memorial High School, Beloit, Wis., as the senior class president. He will attend UW-Rock County to complete his generals, transferring to UW-Whitewater to pursue a degree in secondary education. Kaelyb hopes to be a high school government or history teacher. He believes the only way we can progress as a nation is if our children have passionate and hard-working educators.

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