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Scholar Updates: Highland area students earn academic accolades

Highland High School Top 1% Award winners for April 2017 were, front row from left, Mae Riffel (foreign language), Skylan Carroll (business), Emma Moos (family and consumer science), Kylee DeLuca (chorus) and Britney Lackey (social studies); back row, Not shown is Ben Thomae (math). Tristan Maslar (English), Eric Powell (physical education), Cole Becker (science), Sarah Frank (vocational), and Claire Pabst (art). These students all show outstanding attitude, character, and work performance. The teachers in each department select one student each month that best represents these qualities.
Highland High School Top 1% Award winners for April 2017 were, front row from left, Mae Riffel (foreign language), Skylan Carroll (business), Emma Moos (family and consumer science), Kylee DeLuca (chorus) and Britney Lackey (social studies); back row, Not shown is Ben Thomae (math). Tristan Maslar (English), Eric Powell (physical education), Cole Becker (science), Sarah Frank (vocational), and Claire Pabst (art). These students all show outstanding attitude, character, and work performance. The teachers in each department select one student each month that best represents these qualities.

Western Illinois University

Highland student wins broadcast journalism awards

Students in Western Illinois University’s Department of Broadcasting and Journalism won three Student Television Awards and four honorable mentions in the 2017 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Student Awards competition.

The student winners will receive a Crystal Pillar award at the 41st Mid-America Emmy gala in St. Louis on Sept. 9.

Senior broadcasting majors Emily Manley of Highland; Megan Sanchez, of Bettendorf, Iowa; and Dan White of La Grange Highlands, Illilnois, won for outstanding newscast for their work on the student-produced newscast, NEWS3 “Live at 4” from Nov. 17, 2016. The 30-minute live production contained live reports from Canton, Illinois, one day after a major gas explosion downtown. Manley worked as the reporter in Canton, while Sanchez served as producer, and White directed the production.

Manley also won for outstanding general assignment reporting in serious news.

Students on the NEWS3 staff were also awarded honorable mention in the newscast category for the “Live at Four,” which aired Oct. 4, 2016. Manley, Sanchez and Kenney are named in that award.

Manley was awarded honorable mention for outstanding general assignment reporting in light news.

For outstanding sports program, “Local Sports Focus,” a program created in fall 2016 by Manley, Frey and Terry was awarded honorable mention.

The purpose of the Mid-America Student Awards competition is to recognize outstanding student achievements in television production. Students compete in the Mid-America region which includes television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and surrounding DMAs.

SIUE

Nursing grad from Troy gets job at Mayo Clinic

After walking across the commencement platform and accepting their degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, three students from the School of Nursing, including Courtney Levo of Troy, will move on to fulfill their dreams, having already attained positions at the esteemed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Levo accepted a position as a nurse in the medical surgical transplant ICU. Mayo Clinic holds a special place in her heart.

“Mayo gave my family hope for my brother’s disabilities when all other options failed,” Levo recalled. “This opportunity is a dream come true. I am passionate about critical care nursing. It is my hope that Mayo Clinic will provide me with the resources and support to be the best possible caregiver for patients and their families, from all over the world. Stepping into someone’s life at some of the toughest times and making a difference is a true privilege.”

She credits the incredible support she has received from her parents along with the knowledge she has gained from School of Nursing faculty and administrators, who she greatly respects, for their role in her achievements.

“Nursing school has provided me with some of the most intimate and lasting friendships I will ever have,” Levo said. “It has laid the foundation for me and my classmates to reach for greatness and make an impact.”

The other two students were Effingham native Madisson Haake and Bradley Marcum of Salem.

SIUE

Highland student receives pharmacy pin

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy year three students marked their transition toward becoming pharmacists at the School’s Pinning Ceremony, held Thursday, April 20 in the Meridian Ballroom.

Pins were presented to 76 students, including Kaitlin Miles of Highland, signifying their transition to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

The special ceremony was sponsored by CVS. It concluded with the students reciting the Oath of a Pharmacist, in which they promise to devote themselves to a lifetime of service through the profession of pharmacy.

Local students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Veronica Powers of Greenville and Matthew McDermott of New Douglas were initiated at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Fort Hays State University

Highland student inducted into honor society

William Hocker, of Highland, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hocker was initiated at Fort Hays State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Hocker is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann, who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

Knox College

Highland student performs in France with college choir

Knox College student Samuel Fredericksen of Highland recently performed in France with the Knox College Choir as a of the member of Knox College Chamber Singers.

Fredericksen, who is studying international business, is a graduate of Highland High School.

The choir spent spring break 2017 traveling and performing six concerts in southern France. The tour included concerts from March 15 through March 22 in Cannes, Nice, Menton Aix en Provence, Avignon, and Marseilles.

The Knox College Choir regularly tours throughout the United States during the college’s spring break, and embarks on a European tour every four years. Prior European tours have taken the Choir to Spain, England, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

The Knox College Choir concluded its 2016-2017 season with a performance of Brahms’ Requiem on May 6.

Founded in 1837, Knox College is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Ill.

Belmont University

Local students make dean’s list

Nicole Beaubien of Highland and Taylor Embry of Greenville were named to the dean’s list at Belmont University, located in Nashville, Tennesse, for the spring 2017 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 30 percent of Belmont’s 7,700 students qualified for the spring 2017 dean’s list.

Harding University

Highland student makes dean’s list

Mary Austin, communication sciences and disorders major at Harding University from Highland, is among more than 1,300 Harding students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the spring 2017 semester. The dean’s list honors students who carry 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes. Harding University is a private Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas.

McKendree University

Local students named to honor society

McKendree University students Anna Wells of St. Jacob, David Junge of St. Jacob, Emily Morton-Weiss of Highland, and Greg Lumsden of Highland were all initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

MCAHCE

Local students earn scholarships

Ethan Jones, a student at Father McGivney Catholic High School, and Jacob Plocher, a student at Highland High School, each won a $500 scholarships from Madison County Association for Home and Community Education.

Jones is the grandson of Maureen Betts, of Edwardsville, and will be attending McKendree University in Lebanon.

Plocher is the grandson of Priscilla Plocher of Highland and will be attending William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Missippi.

MCAHCE offers the scholarship opportunity to HCE members, children or grandchildren who have been with the organization more than three years. If you would like to find an HCE organization in your area, call Priscilla at 618-654-3627.

SIUC

Local student earns geography award

Students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources at Southern Illinois University Carbondale received year-end awards in early during a pre-finals reception. The scholarships and honors are the most prestigious the department awards. Jordan Henss, senior from Trenton, was a Geography Outstanding Student Award winner.

Southeast Missouri

Local students make dean’s list

The following students have been named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri: Eric Bassett of Marine, Ciara Ciani of Highland, Kellie Hanser of Marine, and Isaac Strole of Marine.

Students named to the list earned at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, completed at least 12 hours of standard graded credit, achieved no grade below a B and received no failing grades in enrolled courses, including credit/no credit or pass/fail courses.

Illinois Wesleyan

Highland student makes dean’s list

Cameron Loyet of Highland was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2016-17 academic year at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. The 743 students from 28 states and 15 countries. To be on the dean’s list, a student must have a grade-point average of 3.50 or better during the semester, based on 4.0.

University of Evansville

Local residents earn doctorates

Kyleigh Lewis of Highland and Alexandria Robben of Aviston, both a physical therapy majors, also both received a doctor of physical therapy degrees from the University of Evansville. Both graduated during UE’s 159th Commencement, held Saturday, May 6, at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

University of Central Missouri

Local student makes dean’s list

Nolan Q. Johnson of St. Jacob earned a spot on the University of Central Missouri dean’s list. Each semester, the dean’s List is divided into two parts. The first list includes the names of students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and the second list includes the names of students who attained a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99. Johnson made the second list. UCM is located in Warrensburg, Mo.

Carthage College

Highland student graduates

Christopher Weis of Highland graduated in May with a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Carthage College, a four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition in Kenosha, Wis. Weis was among more than 550 students who graduated from Carthage during the last academic year. The 2017 Commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 21, in the N.E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center Field House.

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