Lake Land College’s Destination College Program recently held its annual awards ceremony honoring students for their outstanding participation and achievements for the 2013-2014 school year.
Destination College is a program that assists students by providing them with resources to help them reach their college and career goals. The program serves students enrolled in grades six through 12 at schools within the Lake Land College district. Schools districts included in the program are: Brownstown Junior High School, Brownstown High School, Casey-Westfield Junior High School, Casey-Westfield High School, Herrick Grade School, Cowden-Herrick High School, Mattoon Middle School, Mattoon High School, Mayo Middle School, Pana High School, Pana Junior High School, St. Elmo Junior High School, St. Elmo Senior High School, Paris High School, Ramsey Grade School and Ramsey High School.
Lori Ohnesorge, director of Destination College, welcomed students and parents and spoke about how the program has developed and grown over the past eight years. Additionally philanthropist Frank Brummer, Teutopolis, was the celebrity guest speaker.
“As a team we’ve witnessed sixth graders grow into successful young adults,” said Ohnesorge. We are so proud of the work you do! This event is our way to give back to you, the dedicated and hardworking students, and your supportive families.”
Several awards were presented during the ceremony. These area students received the following awards:
Pana High School: Kylee Buerk, College Ready Award; Kelsey Etchison, College Ready Award; Sandra Burrus, College Ready Award; Megan Cothern, College Ready Award; Brandon Kirkbride, College Ready Award; Susan Smart, College Ready Award; and Tabitha Eilers, Excellence and Leadership Award
Cowden Herrick High SchoolL Heather Lawrence, College Ready Award and Excellence and Leadership Award; and Kody Durbin, College Ready Award
Cowden Herrick Junior High: Luke Senteny, Excellence and Leadership Award.
The College Ready Award is for seniors who have met high school graduation requirements and prepared for post-secondary education. The Leadership Award recognizes and honors participants who demonstrate the spirit of excellence and leadership. The recipients of this award exhibits commitment to leadership in school and community and promote a positive attitude, turning challenges into opportunities.