Blanche Martin Scholarships awarded

Three 2013 Blanche J. Martin Scholarship recipients each received $2,000 and were honored at the June 20 Winnebago County Retired Teachers Association (WCRTA) Awards luncheon at Stockholm Inn. These scholarships through the college bursar will assist these teachers in supplementing school expenses toward their elementary education certification.

WCRTA had many fine applicants, but funding was limited to three this year.

Sarah Sodko graduated from Rockford Guilford High School in 2010. She then received her associate’s degree in one-and-a-half years from Rock Valley College. She is now at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, where she has been featured on the Dean’s and Chancellor’s list. Sarah plans to complete Early Childhood student teaching at Keith Country Day this summer. She has also been working with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Organization for six years. She graduates college in spring 2014.

Tresor Bitangalo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a graduating senior attend Kishwaukee College this fall. He plays with the Tokoto FC Soccer Club, Chicago, in the Northern Illinois Soccer League. He plans to take his teaching skills back to Africa to work with the underprivileged.

Britton Solverson received her associate’s degree from Rock Valley College after high school. In 2012, she entered Rockford College as a part-time student to spend time with her young son. She continued to work along with attending college until the birth of her daughter. Now, she is a full-time student and looking forward to student teaching in spring 2014.

From the June 26-July 2, 2013, issue

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