n Maya Segal, a Traverse City high school student, has been awarded one of approximately 625 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships for 2013-2014. The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. The scholarship enables her to study Russian in Russia for the summer and covers all program costs.
n A team from Traverse City East Middle School recently claimed a $1,000 prize for a northwest Michigan competition to create a stroke awareness video. Value Health Partners, a group of seven Michigan health care organizations, including Munson Healthcare, sponsored the competition. Participants were asked to create a 60-second public service video that would help the public easily recall stroke symptoms and know what to do. Winners Chloe Ammond, Maisy Russell and Teal Sikorski are members of teacher Jody Mackey’s media class.
n The MSU Alumni Club of Benzie County recently announced the 2013 scholarship winners. They will be attending Michigan State University in the fall. The Terry Herban Scholarship was awarded to Kristin Smeltzer, of Frankfort-Elberta High School, daughter of Donald Smeltzer and Cindy Koop, of Frankfort. The Donald W. Nugent Scholarship was awarded to Mark A. Gomulinski, of Benzie Central High School, son of Mark and Gina Gomulinski, of Beulah.
n Principal Megan Glynn, of St. Mary School, Lake Leelanau, has selected three students to receive the 2013 Principal’s Awards. These young people were chosen for their active faith, kindness and charity, exemplary work ethic and for being outstanding representatives of their school and church. The students are: Leif Mohrman, 2013 graduate, son of Matt and Cindy Mohrman, of Cedar; Blaise Mork, eighth grade, son of Bill and Veronica Mork, of Suttons Bay; and Lindsey Somero, fifth grade, daughter of Daniel and Marita Somero, of Lake Leelanau.
n Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Chapter, recently initiated Ann Rogers as an honorary member and Vonnie Seidel as an active member. Rogers, a retired teacher, community activist, former city commissioner, environmentalist and world traveler was honored for her notable service to education and to women. Seidel is a retired administrative assistant from Kingsley Elementary School and a member of the Kingsley Friends of the Library. Also recognized were members Jan Updike, Chapter Woman of Distinction, Vickie Keegstra, Exemplary Yearbook Award from Alpha Iota State and Rita Sleeman, Exemplary Communicator for the Phi-Lings Newsletter from Alpha Iota State. Recognized for years of membership by Alpha Iota State were Gertrude Onker for 62 years and Marie Grassa for 50 years. DKG is an international society of women educators promoting professional and personal growth and community involvement.
n Baker College of Cadillac student Dan Good, of Kingsley, is one of 30 students nationwide to receive a 2013 Foundation for Surgical Technology scholarship. The $1,000 award is funded by the Michigan State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). The AST scholarship encourages and rewards educational excellence in the surgical technology field. Good plans to graduate August 2013 with an associate degree in surgical technology.