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Highland student wins Racial Harmony scholarship

Ally Becker
Ally Becker

Ally Becker, a 2017 Highland High School graduate, was the recipient of the third Mary McHugh $1,000 Scholarship offered by the Center for Racial Harmony in Belleville.

Racial Harmony is a third-party, neutral organization dedicated to promoting understanding, cooperation, and communication among all races and ethnic groups. Racial Harmony partners with other community organizations that share a similar mission, vision and goals. The organization also co–sponsors annual events with several partners.

The award was presented to Becker at a recent Racial Harmony meeting, with members of the McHugh family present.

Becker as been involved in dance for most of her life. She has received numerous local and national awards and is now a member of the dance team at Iowa State University.

The essay Becker submitted for the Mary McHugh Scholarship illustrated how her love for dance connects to cultural diversity and the mission of Racial Harmony. She examined the art of dance within the context of different cultures. In doing so, she connected dance to academic disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, psychology and philosophy. Based on the core belief that dance is much more than a form of entertainment or artistic expression, she described how dance also has the power to provoke intellectual thought, promote the communion of people from all social classes and walks of life, and reveal the undeniable commonalities of the human experience, while also serving as a valuable tool for expressing cultural diversity.

Highland student earns Farm Credit Scholarship at KC

Six Kaskaskia College agriculture students recently received scholarships from Farm Credit Illinois, including Jakob Koch of Highland.

“Farm Credit is proud to lend support and provide opportunities to Kaskaskia College students with a passion for agriculture,” says Don Henrichs, Farm Credit lending vice president. “These scholars will pursue careers which will make a positive impact on Rural America, in turn Helping Farm Families Succeed.”

Koch's scholarship was for $500.

“We are very appreciative for Farm Credit’s continued support of agricultural education and of the Kaskaskia College Agriculture program and students. It is always great to see industry step up to support the education of their future workforce,” KC Agriculture Professor Aaron Heinzmann says of the scholarships.