2011-12 Keith Kirkdorfer Memorial Scholarship Recipients
Alison Goldsmith plans to attend Central Michigan University to pursue a career in the area of the environment and clean energy. She’d like to be instrumental in contributing to the transition from fossil fuels to more eco-friendly sources of energy. Alison was a member of student council and Students Against Destructive Decisions and she participated in varsity soccer. She is employed by the Notre Dame Food Services-Colby Hall where she works as a server/waitress.
Seth Hanstra plans to attend Calvin College to major in some form of environmental biology and minor in media communications. He would like to have a job that researches different environments around the world. His love for science and wildlife studies directed him to study biology. Seth has been involved in many extracurricular activities from Students Against Destructive Decisions, jazz, marching and pep band, the school musicals and National Honor Society. Outside of school, Seth has volunteered at the Food Pantry and the youth activities at his church. He has worked at a Christmas tree farm for three years and for the past two summers has worked in the mail room and book labeler at the Hesburgh Libraries at the University Of Notre Dame.
Paige Mueller plans to attend Michigan State University to study veterinary medicine. She is also interested in environmental engineering as a secondary major and plans to use this degree to design animal habitats for zoos. Paige currently works at the Peg Palace, a boarding and grooming facility which has helped her gain hands on experience working with animals and their families. She was involved in the volleyball program all four years of high school and was also a member of the National Honor Society. Paige has been in two musical productions at the school and completed 150 hours of community service during her high school career.
Caitlin Reese is enrolled at Grand Valley State University and plans to pursue a degree in education with a teaching certificate to teach special education at both the elementary and high school levels. Caitlin would like to ultimately work as an alternative learning specialist. She believes teaching children with physical and learning disabilities one-on-one allows the children to focus on their strong areas and improve in their weaker ones. Caitlin has participated in virtually all theatre productions. She was also a member of Education Talent Search, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Varsity Chorale Choir, National Honor Society and served as a student ambassador and a coach for “Girls on the Run”. She has received many awards and has volunteered countless hours through her church and community including mission trips and service projects. Caitlin has worked at Crystal Springs United Methodist Church camp as part of the kitchen staff.
Lena Richmond plans to attend Hope College with a goal of becoming a midwife. A midwife is a registered nurse who specialized in delivery of babies and taking care of the mother and baby after birth to ensure they are both healthy. Lena has served as a student ambassador and mentor. She has also been involved in Helping Other People and the Environment (HOPE) and Educational Talent Search. She has also volunteered at the homeless shelters and for the humane society. Lena also participated in track.
Macy Stevenson is enrolled at Eastern Michigan University to pursue a career in the medical field She is currently exploring the areas of athletic training and pediatric nursing. During her high school years, Macy played varsity soccer for four years. She also managed the boys’ soccer team and coached youth soccer. She was a volunteer for Relay for Life and served as a member of student council. She has been involved in 4H for nine years showing swine. She still exhibits at the Cass County Fair. Macy has been a child caregiver for the past four summers.
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