Eleven community-minded Gratiot County students are the recipients of full tuition scholarships to attend Alma College in fall 2018.
The Alma College Community Engagement (ACE) Scholarship Program rewards students for their active volunteer service and involvement in their schools and local communities. Graduating seniors from Gratiot County or Gratiot County high schools were eligible to apply.
“We are excited to welcome our first group of ACE scholars onto campus this fall,” says Amanda Slenski, associate vice president for admissions. “This year’s recipients are leaders in their schools and communities and will become leaders on Alma’s campus as they serve as an illustration of our commitment to strengthening our campus and community connections. We look forward to seeing them grow and thrive on campus and in the community in the coming years.”
Community service is a major component of the ACE Scholars Program. It not only rewards community involvement that students demonstrated in high school, it also supports continuing community service and leadership roles.
During their four years at Alma College, the scholars will volunteer with local agencies, serve as community engagement ambassadors, attend workshops and professional development conferences and participate in service/leadership student organizations.
The 2018 ACE Scholars
Abigail Case, Fulton High School senior, is president of the Student Council and Students Against Destructive Decisions and is a member of the National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America and her church youth group. She also is a Super Student awardee with academic interests in interior design and art. She is the daughter of Robbi and Amy Case of Perrinton.
Kasey Conn, Breckenridge High School senior, is secretary of the National Honor Society and journalism style editor and was the freshman student-of-the-year, freshman homecoming representative and the 2017 homecoming queen. Her career goal after college graduation is to become a pediatrician. She is the daughter of Geoff and Kari Conn of St. Louis.
Katie Good, Fulton High School senior, is active with the Adopt a Family Committee, canned food drives and cancer awareness week. She also is president of the National Honor Society, a four-year Super Student recipient and 2018 class valedictorian. Her goal after college is to open her own dentist’s office in Gratiot County. She is the daughter of Zachary and Shawn Good of Maple Rapids.
Morgan Johnson, Alma High School senior, has served as a volunteer at the Everyone Together Camp and with Child Advocacy of Gratiot County and Alma Highland Festival. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and Peace Lutheran Church. She has an academic interest in speech language pathology. She is the daughter of Daren and Carolyn Johnson of Alma.
Jayce Kuehnlein, St. Louis High School senior, is involved with the National Honor Society and the Students of Influence Leadership group and has been recognized on the all A honor roll. His career interest after college is to become a certified public accountant and join in a partnership or start his own company. He is the son of Jeff and Cheryl Kuehnlein of St. Louis.
Ellen Laurenz, Breckenridge High School senior, is National Honor Society historian, FFA vice president and Student Council president and is active in the Zion Lutheran Church youth group. She is a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and has an academic interest in marketing. She is the daughter of Rusty and Linda Laurenz of Wheeler.
Adam Lawhorne, St. Louis High School senior, is involved with the Student Council, Business Professionals of America and student life and worship arts ministries at his church. He has participated on the TVC Tech and Website design teams, and his academic interest is in becoming a systems or network administrator using his computer science abilities. He is the son of Stephen and Heidi Lawhorne of St. Louis.
Gracie May Lloyd, Alma High School senior, is a senior leader for the Youth Advisory Council and senior representative for the Student Council. Her service activities with these groups have included volunteer work for Masonic Pathways, Commission on Aging and food pantry. She has an academic interest in theatre and the performing arts. She is the daughter of Teresa Lloyd of Alma.
Dylan Macha, Ithaca High School senior, is involved in volunteer activities associated with 4-H, National Honor Society, Commission on Aging and his church youth group. He has received 4-H Leadership and Most Deserving 4-H Youth awards and the Gleaners Harmony Arbor Youth Community Service Award. Following college graduation, he plans a career in civil engineering. He is the son of Dan and Patty Macha of St. Louis.
Haley Willman, Breckenridge High School senior, is active in Odyssey of the Mind, National Honor Society, Youth Advisory Council of Gratiot County, Travel Club and Student Council and was named student-of-the-year as a junior. Her after-college career interests are undecided. She is the daughter of Tyler and Laurie Willman of Hemlock.
Lillian Windsor, St. Louis High School senior, has volunteered with the St. Louis Farmers Market and Toys for Tots Christmas outreach while also serving as the band drum major. In addition, she participated in the “Make it Cool to Be Kind” group, which allowed her to tutor other students. Her academic interest is in music education. She is the daughter of Jamie VanHorn of St. Louis and Dave Windsor of Elkhart, Ind.