2011-12 Scholarship Recipients

Joshua Funkhouser
Joshua Funkhouser is enrolled at the University of Northwestern Ohio and is planning to pursue a career in automotive high performance.  Joshua plans to use this degree to open his own business and ultimately use his skills to become a member of a race team to combine work and travel.  Joshua was enrolled at the Elkhart Area Career Center during his high school career and participated in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge.

Emily Getz
Emily Getz is enrolled at St. Mary’s College and after graduation plans to attend medical school to become a doctor. She spent last summer shadowing Dr. Mark Lavaliee of Memorial Sports Medical Institute.  That experience cemented her resolve to enter the field of medicine.   Emily has spent much of her high school career participating in school activities including student council, National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Business and Professionals of America, volleyball and track.  Emily has also served as a mentor, a student ambassador, camp counselor, retreat leader and member of a youth group.  She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and gone on a mission trip to Appalachia.

Amanda Higley
Amanda Higley is enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College in the nursing program.   Her goal is to work in Obstetrics and follow her passion for helping others.  Amanda has been active in high school participating in cheerleading and softball and serving as manager of the wrestling team.  She has been in Students Against Destructive Decisions and has volunteered extensively with Relay for Life.  Amanda also works part time at Gordon Food Service Marketplace and plans to continue working while carrying a full academic load.

Tim Maret
Tim Maret is enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College pursuing an Associate Degree in anticipation of earning a Bachelors degree in Architecture at Ball State University.  Tim’s extracurricular activities include wrestling and Drama Club.  He has worked for Pioneer Seed the last three summers detasseling corn.   He has also volunteered in the Feed the Children program at Granger Community Church.

Rebecca Moore
Rebecca Moore plans to attend Western Michigan University with the goal of becoming a teacher.  She wants to be instrumental in the lives of young people and believes the teaching profession will offer that opportunity.  Rebecca has been involved in high school activities that include student council for four years, three plays and two musicals as well as being a member of the women’s choir.  She has been a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and has worked as a summer camp counselor.

Dylan Nylund
Dylan Nylund is planning to attend Central Michigan University to major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and Pre-Physical Therapy.  He further plans to participate in Central’s six year program to obtain his doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and one day own a clinic.  His high school career included participating in soccer and football as well as Students Against Destructive Decisions.  He has been a  church volunteer on two mission trips and has been a long time member of the Boy Scouts.  Dylan has also worked at Ace Hardware performing many duties relative to the retail business.

Emily Steinbarger
Emily Steinbarger is enrolled at Saint Mary’s College with plans to become a high school teacher.  Her goal is to make every student leave her class with a love of learning.  Emily has been involved in several high school activities including student council, and Students Against Destructive Decisions where she served as president her senior year.  She was also involved in Business Professionals of America, Education Talent Search and National Honor Society, in which she was present during her senior year.  Emily was a caregiver for two children the last two years.  She says they are a blessing and have taught her many wonderful things.

Justin Steinke
Justin Steinke is enrolled at Western Michigan University with plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering or a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  His ultimate goal is to be a designer for the military,  helping our armed forces to defend and protect our country.  Justin has participated in football and wrestling all four years of his high school career and played baseball for one year.  He has spent the last six summers detasseling corn for Rodewald’s Farms.

Nickolas Thomas
Nickolas Thomas plans to enroll at Alma College with a pre-med major, focusing on bio-chemistry.   His goal is to pursue an educational path that allows him to participate in the development of treatments or medications that help others overcome their adversities.  Nickolas was in the marching band all four years, achieving many honors and participating in various musical venues.  He was also a member of the track team all four years and played football for two years.  He attended an Alma College High School Leadership Academy Program and produced a documentary commercial on water conservation.  Nickolas worked for two summers at the Garver Lake Golf Course and for two years at the local Dairy Queen.


Brekelle Wiedenmannott
Brekelle Wiedenmannott plans to attend Michigan State University to major in anthropology and to continue her education in forensic pathology with the end career goal of becoming a coroner. Brekelle has been a member of the German Club, Yearbook Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions.  She was also a four year varsity letter winner in soccer and a student scholar athletic award winner outside of school.  She participated in the Miss Edwardsburg program and was second runner-up in 2011 and she also was part of the Youth and Scholarship Program.  She works at Coconut Tan in Edwardsburg which has provided many learning opportunities.