Kalamazoo-area seniors honored for ‘Excellence in Education,’ receive $1K scholarships

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KALAMAZOO, MI — Excellence in Education awarded 46 of Kalamazoo-area’s top-achieving high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships.

The seniors will be honored Wednesday, April 17, at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center, according to a press release from the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency.

Among the recipients are six seniors from Kalamazoo Central High School and six seniors from Loy Norrix High School, the release said.

Seniors from Portage, Gull Lake, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Parchment, Schoolcraft and Vicksburg high schools are also among those awarded scholarships.

2019 Student Scholarship winners:

  • Jake Lane, Climax-Scotts High School
  • Audrey Rabick, Comstock High School
  • Branden Willis, Comstock High School
  • Jonah Fleck, Galesburg-Augusta High School
  • Caleb Collard, Gull Lake High School
  • Rylee Meints, Gull Lake High School
  • MiaFlora Tucci, Gull Lake High School
  • Justin Walker, Gull Lake High School
  • Makenzie Wank, Gull Lake High School
  • Molly Harding, Hackett Catholic Prep
  • Austin Strahan, Heritage Christian Academy
  • Rachel Pease, Kalamazoo Christian High School
  • Allie Al-Faraj, Kalamazoo Central High School
  • Hannah Glass-Chapman, Kalamazoo Central High School
  • Mei Lanting, Kalamazoo Central High School
  • Kevin Mehta, Kalamazoo Central High School
  • William Shaw, Kalamazoo Central High School
  • Suja Thakali, Kalamazoo Central High School
  • Tess Cowles, Loy Norrix High School
  • Carter Eisenbach, Loy Norrix High School
  • Robert Isacksen, Loy Norrix High School
  • Will Keller, Loy Norrix High School
  • Thomas Outinen, Loy Norrix High School
  • Christian Zehner, Loy Norrix High School
  • Jordan Leh, Parchment High School
  • Christina Miller, Parchment High School
  • Caleb Crooks, Portage Central High School
  • Suyash Dixit, Portage Central High School
  • Jack Liu, Portage Central High School
  • Saaketh Medepalli, Portage Central High School
  • Owen Miller, Portage Central High School
  • Kaoru Murai, Portage Central High School
  • Hrishikesh Vaddineni, Portage Central High School
  • Issac Bagley, Portage Northern High School
  • Carter Briggs, Portage Northern High School
  • Emma Fischell, Portage Northern High School
  • Nicholas Ghosh, Portage Northern High School
  • Issac Huffman, Portage Northern High School
  • Sharon Shaw, Portage Northern High School
  • Elizabeth Wang, Portage Northern High School
  • Connor Nutt, Schoolcraft High School
  • Joshua Wujkowski, Schoolcraft High School
  • Jacob Cleaver, Vicksburg High School
  • Casey Hall, Vicksburg High School
  • Madeline Ritter, Vicksburg High School
  • Tyler Vallier, Vicksburg High School

The program also awarded eight Educator Incentive Grants, which provide funding for teachers and administrators in Kalamazoo County schools, the release said.

Excellence in Education grant winners:

  • Adam Brush, Vicksburg Community Schools
  • Rick Place, Vicksburg Community Schools
  • Nora Snead, Parchment School District

The Excellence in Education program is the result of collaboration among all Kalamazoo County public and non-public schools and local foundations, education groups and the business community. The program is supported by a permanent endowment established at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the release said.

2019 Multi-Educator/Building-Wide Grant winners:

  • Ruth Hook and her building leadership team, Vicksburg Community Schools
  • Jessica Poke and Stephanie Brown-Bayer, Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency
  • Amie McCaw and her building team, Vicksburg Community Schools
  • Kate Overheul and Taylor Cronk, Portage Public Schools

2019 District Grant winners:

  • Elizabeth DeBoer, Nicole Price, Glenn Woodley, Jamie Korinek, Nicole Berish and Jennifer Chiechi from Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools

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