Shelbyville Daily Union

May 25, 2013

LLC Destination College honors middle, high schoolers at awards ceremony


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 2012-2013 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, Ramsey High School and South Central 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 seven years. Additionally, Adam Fifield, CEO and Founder of Improvement Catches Excellence (ICE) was the celebrity guest speaker. Entertainment was provided by the band Break Away, whose members are area middle and high school students.

“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.

Participation Awards were presented to each student involved in the program. This includes 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, Ramsey High School and South Central High School.

The College-Ready Award is for seniors who have met high school graduation requirements and prepared for post-secondary education. The College-Ready Award recipients were: Krissy Connell, Brownstown High School; Sue Dufaux, Brownstown High School; Brittany Kistler, Brownstown High School; Shelby Rine, Brownstown High School; Sarah Swain, Brownstown High School; Kaitlin Yorde, Brownstown High School; Jacob Daugherty, Casey-Westfield High School; Matthew Davidson, Casey-Westfield High School; Taylor Edwards, Cowden-Herrick High School; Destinee Anderson, Mattoon High School; Ginny Compton, Mattoon High School;

Skye Donnell, Mattoon High School; Emily Harl, Mattoon High School; Zayna Hester, Mattoon High School; Alaina McCormick, Mattoon High School; Natasha Stingley, Mattoon High School; Pagan Baylis, Pana High School; Mercedes Bryson, Pana High School; Lacee Hile, Pana High School; Alisha Reider, Pana High School; Lucy Weddle, Pana High School; Cayla Hoffman, Paris High School; Amanda Jernigan, Paris High School; Hannah Jernigan, Paris High School; Andreanna Smith, Paris High School; Geoffrey Swinford, Paris High School; Megan Temples, Paris High School; Seaton Breanna, Ramsey High School; Elizabeth Hortenstine, Ramsey High School; Taylor Knisley, Ramsey High School; Nicole Whetstone, Ramsey High School; Samantha Strobel, Ramsey High School; Brittany Beard, South Central High School; Kale Black, South Central High School; Breanna Hester, South Central High School; Chelsie Gentry, South Central High School; Shayna Hall, South Central High School; Hannah Kleinik, South Central High School; Maria Hoard South Central High School; Taylor Keen, South Central High School; Shana Dial, St. Elmo High School; Caitlyn Durbin, St. Elmo High School; and Jennifer Swarms, St. Elmo High School.

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. This award went to: Kaitlin Yorde, Brownstown High School; Courtney Zasada, Brownstown Junior High School; Kylee Cown, Casey-Westfield High School; Morgan Scott, Casey-Westfield Junior High School; Julie Davis, Cowden-Herrick High School; Angel Pease, Herrick Grade School; Bailey Anderson, Mattoon High School; Samantha Cooley, Mattoon Middle School; Hayley Fudge, Mayo Middle School; Adam Cloe, Pana High School; Brianna Garland, Pana Junior High School; Kacey Shields, Paris High School; Taylor Knisley, Ramsey High School; Trevor Keen, South Central High School; Jennifer Swarms, St. Elmo High School; and Morgan Walker, St. Elmo Junior High School.

The Academic Achievement Awards are presented to students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance for the 2012-2013 school year. This year, 219 students were honored. The Academic Achievement Awards were presented to the following area students:

Herrick Grade School:

Ashley Bartels, Lanie Elder, Nicholas Miller, Luke Senteney, Alayna Thompson, Royce Thompson,

Cowden-Herrick High School:

Angelica Beck, Carrie Dilley, Taylor Edwards, Alyssa Finley, Heather Lawrence, Hannah Senteney

Pana Junior High School:

Jeremy Adams, Kaitlynn Clutter, Haleigh Cross, Daylee Denton, Tabitha Eilers, Brianna Garland, Mallory Gordon, Michael Hrabak, Brooklyn Jewsbury, Emily Jones, Kyndall Jones, Kathryn Keller, Raegan Reed, Danielle Simpson, Brooklyn Thompson, Tristan Wooldridge

The Lake Land College Destination College program provides college, career, financial aid activities, information and experiences to more than 600 students in 17 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 2013-2014 school year for middle and high school students within its target schools. For more information, visit www.lakelandcollege.edu/triodc