Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 27, 2011

Newsmakers: 09/27/2011


-- — • The Have It Your Way Foundation awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to a total of 1,258 deserving students nationwide as part of the 11th annual Burger King Scholars Program. Melissa Kocefas, of Grayling, was among the 114 winning students from Michigan who received scholarship awards in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, along with other academic and community involvement criteria.

• Becky L. Stimak, Baker College of Cadillac and Baker College System therapeutic massage program coordinator, has been selected by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as government relations committee representative. In this role, Stimak is the Michigan liaison to the National Certification Board. Stimak has been program coordinator at Baker's Cadillac campus for three years. She was appointed Baker College System massage therapy program coordinator in 2010. A member of NCBTMB since 1992, Stimak has been a certified massage therapist for 23 years. In addition to instructing and training other therapists, she is a mentor and owns a private practice in downtown Cadillac.

• The YMCA Teen Impact Collaborative Team received a grant of $5,500 from the Cadillac and Kellogg for Youth Committee, an advisory committee to the Cadillac Area Community Foundation. Funds will be used to launch a yearlong free program for youth 14-17 in Wexford and Missaukee counties that combines the full use of the Teen Center and the Cadillac Area YMCA. The program features structured training to teach life and career skills beyond what is learned in school, such as life mapping, time management, core values, communication, public speaking, conflict resolution, leadership and reconciliation.

• The following Traverse City Area Public Schools students have been named as semi-finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program: Ellie Dupler and Elizabeth Sigworth, Traverse City Central High School; and Eric Fegan and Trey Hines, Traverse City West Senior High School.

Each of these students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will be presented to each student.