Shelbyville Daily Union

May 20, 2014

LLC's Destination College honors middle, high school students

Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — 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.

The Academic Achievement Awards are presented to students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance for the 2013-2014 school year. This year, 188 students were honored. The Academic Achievement Awards were presented to the following area students:

Cowden-Herrick Junior High School: Ashley Bartels, Bianca Lawrence, Cameron Lawrence, Keegan Martin, Nicholas Miller, Hailey Persinger, Luke Senteney, Amanda Smith, Alayna Thompson, Royce Thompson, Dylan Webster

Cowden-Herrick High School: Kody Durbin, Sierra Jones, Heather Lawrence, Tianna May, Sky Lackey

Pana Junior High School: Destiny Benavides, Meghan Burrell, Camille Cole, Brailey Coulter, Marissa Cravens, Haleigh Cross, Chelsea Cunningham, Taylor Daily, Madison Eldridge, Sara Eldridge, Mallory Gordon, Kaylee Hubner, Emily Jones, Kyndall Jones, William Koontz, Abigail Lutz, Ricci Reed, Jospehine Semro, Lauren Stalets, Kailee Stewart, Christian Taylor, Tamra Thevenot, Rachel VanMeter, Eric Wakeland, Hadlie Wessel

Pana High School: Jeremy Adams, Chayli Blackwell, Jacelyn Blackwell, Kylee Strom, Megan Cothern, Abbregail Cunningham, Timothy Davis, Daylee Denton, Mackenzie Eilers, Tasha Ellithorpe, Brianna Garland, Nelainey Harris, Levi Howse, Michael Hrabak, Brooklyn Jewsbury, Clinton Jones, Sydney Jones, Taran Keifer, Brandon Kirkbride, Terra Palmer, Logan Plummer, Aubrey Puckett, Raegan Reed, Danielle Simpson, Susan Smart, Dana Stalets, Brooklyn Thompson, Rebecca VanMeter, Tristan Wooldridge

Two scholarships were awarded during the event. The Destination College Scholarship went to Kylon Weaver, Mattoon, who plans to attend Washington Harold University in Chicago. Likewise, the Lake Land College Foundation Scholarship went to Brandi Waterman, St. Elmo, who plans to attend Lake Land for cosmetology.

The Lake Land College Destination College program provides college, career, tutoring, financial aid activities, information and experiences to more than 600 students in 16 different middle schools and high schools in the LLC district each year.

Qualified students who show the potential for college enrollment are given the resources, skills and support to enroll in a program of postsecondary education after high school graduation. Destination College also provides students in 6th to 12th grade with new opportunities, career site observations and college visits to various locations at no cost to the student.

Destination College is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year for middle and high school students within its target schools. For more information, visit