The Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month award recognizes outstanding students who are members of the organization. Each month, a participating student is selected for the award based upon her or his work in Project Strive/TRiO and other activities on campus or in the community. These students hold great leadership roles in the program and should be recognized for their efforts. Award winners will receive a plaque from Project Strive and have their photo placed in the “Project Strive/TRiO 2011-12 Student of the Month” Achievement Recognition board located in the Strive Learning Center.
This year’s theme is The Essence of Character. Your true character is revealed by the clarity of your convictions, the choices you make, and the promises you keep. Hold Strongly to your principles and refuse to follow the currents of convenience. What you say and do defines who you are, and who you are…you are forever.
Project Strive/TRiO nominated Kellie Katelman as the April 2012 Strive Student of the Month. Kellie is from Omaha, Nebraska and loves the city life. She is enthusiastic about children and picked the perfect major at Chadron State College: Special Education K-12. In addition to her studies, she works at the Child Development Center and babysits for many families in the community. In her busy schedule, she still finds time to remain an extremely active member of Project Strive and is a very familiar face in the Strive Learning Center. It is Kellie’s second year in the program and she definitely leads the way in developing a strong commitment to the program and her studies. Outside of Project Strive, Kellie has been named on the dean’s list and was newly inducted into Sigma Delta Du, a professional co-educational fraternity in education.
We are so proud of all of her accomplishments and look forward in seeing what she will accomplish in the future!
Project Strive/TRiO nominated M. Brigham Huish as the March 2012 Strive Student of the Month. Brigham is originally from University Place, WA and now studies Business Administration with an Accounting option here at Chadron State College. Project Strive is proud to announce that he will be graduating at this upcoming May 2012 commencement. Outside of Project Strive, he is a member of the Blue Key Honors Society. Other honors Brigham has under his belt include: Eagle Scout Award, Nebraska Society of CPA’s Foundation Scholarship, and FAA Airframe and power plant license.
Brigham already utilizes his studies in the workplace while working at H&R Block, which keeps him extra busy during the busy tax season. He also is employed at Angela’s Eatery. Brigham is happily married to Shelby, the resident director of High Rise and enjoys being a proud father of two busy children with another on the way in June.
Brigham is a prime example of a Project Strive student who is dedicated to school, work, and family. This challenging course of study proves to other Strivers that with a little work anything can be accomplished. We are so proud of all of his accomplishments and look forward to see what he will accomplish in the future!
Project Strive/TRiO nominated Kortney Arkfeld as the February 2012 Strive Student of the Month. Kortney is from Neligh, Nebraska. This senior transferred to Chadron State College with an Associate of Arts and is currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. For her internship, she is currently working at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center. She is a dedicated member and participant of the Newman House and International Club, but her involvement does not stop there. She engages in the community by helping with the CCD program and the annual town Easter egg hunt. In Project Strive, Kortney is a very familiar face at many of our events. Her activities and leadership roles prove her to be a great role model for our younger participants.
Kortney is an excellent example of a Project Strive student who goes above and beyond to provide assistance to the organizations she is involved in and shows great commitment to the community and campus. We are so proud of all of her accomplishments and look forward to seeing what she will accomplish in the future!
Project Strive/TRiO nominated Alicia Conquering Bear as the January 2012 Strive Student of the Month. Alicia is from Gordon, Nebraska and majors in Criminal Justice. She was first active in the Upward Bound program for three years and transitioned into the Project Strive Program. In Upward Bound, Alicia excelled academically and socially where she worked well independently, but was excelled in a team environment. She was always on time for meetings, displayed a positive attitude, and was fun to be around. Alicia was Student of the Month for the Upward Bound program. Her positive and ambitious attitude transferred to Project where she is very active in all of our programs and sets the bar for other students. This young lady works at the front desk of Brooks Hall and is an active member of Chi-Alpha. Among her list of honors, Alicia made the President’s list in fall 2011, CSC Scholastic Day Contest 2nd Eagle Cook-off in April 2011, and an Academic Excellence Award in 2009-2010.
Alicia is extremely dedicated to her studies and can be seen in the Strive Learning Center very often. Her efforts paid off with achieving a 4.0 GPA in her first semester of college. We are so proud of all of her accomplishments and look forward in seeing what she will accomplish in the future, because it will definitely be great things!
Project Strive/TRiO nominated Daniel King as the December 2011 Strive Student of the Month. Daniel is from Manville, Wyoming, and majors in Art with a graphic design option. On campus, Daniel is a very visible person. He is an active member of Campus Activities Board and the Newman House and attends as many events on campus as he can. This artist also supports area shows and loves to attend sporting events. Along with his campus involvement, Daniel maintains a positive role outside of school. As an Eagle Scout, he refurbished a nature trail on the Fort File Military Base in Kansas. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. In Lusk, he helped repaint an old church with his fellow Newman House members.
Among his many accomplishments, Daniel has a few that stand out among the rest, including: Eagle Scout Award, 1st Place Strive Award, Senior Patrol for his Boy Scout troop, and Senior Patrol Leader for Sea Base.
Daniel shows great commitment to Project Strive, thus making him an excellent candidate for student of the month. We are so proud of all of his accomplishments and look forward to see what he will accomplish in the future
Project Strive/TRiO nominated Ryan Ackerman as the November 2011 Strive Student of the Month. Ryan is the son of Polly Ackerman and Ray Hashman. He is from Alliance, Nebraska. He is currently a Human Biology major with future plans to attend school to be a Physical Therapist. This is a challenging major, but Ryan is diligent with this coursework and is a very familiar face in the Strive Learning Center. In the spring of 2011, Ryan made the Dean’s List. His dedication to fulfilling his career goals is a unique trait. Outside of his studies, Ryan can be seen working in the library and running for the men’s CSC Track Team. He also enjoys soccer and video games in his free time.
Ryan is a prime example of a Project Strive student who is dedicated to school, work, and sports. He finds the rare balance to succeed. We are so proud of all of his accomplishments and look forward to see what he will accomplish in the future!
Project Strive/TRiO nominated Tiffani Roelle as the October 2011 Strive Student of the Month. Tiffani is from Columbus, Nebraska. She is a transfer student from Central Community College majoring in Literature with a minor in Comparative Philosophy. Her involvement in TRiO started at CCC, where she holds a student leader award. She has shown her dedication to CSC’s program by attending every Project Strive event held this year. On campus, Tiffani is involved in Sigma Tau Delta and Student Senate as the Junior Liberal Arts Representative and the time capsule student coordinator committee. In her free time, she finds time to be involved in the community with Shoto Kan Karate, Civil Air Patrol as a senior member flight officer, and volunteers at the Crestview Senior Center. A favorite quote of Tiffani’s is: “The secret to fortune is joy in our hands.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tiffani is a prime example of a Project Strive student who goes above and beyond. We are so proud of all of her accomplishments and look forward to see what she will accomplish in the future!
Project Strive/TRiO nominated Afaue Italia Tualaulelei as the September 2011 Strive Student of the Month. Afa is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He is majoring in Sports and Recreation Management with an Exercise Science option. Around campus Afa is involved in Chi Alpha and intramurals including: flag football, volleyball, and rugby. He is extremely active in Project Strive and took a leadership role in creating and designing the bed sheet for homecoming. His dedication and amazing artistic abilities are greatly appreciated. Afa was selected as the CEO of his marketing class, flag football MVP, and has made the dean’s list. A native from Hawaii, Afa remains current in his culture and enjoys playing the drums and body boarding.
Afa is a great example of a Project Strive student who is Excelling! This familiar face is a regular at the Project Strive offices.
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