East-Central Iowa REC is proud to announce it has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 graduating seniors who plan to further their education as noted below following their names. Congratulations to these deserving students!
Benton Community High School
Cameron Haerther, son of Pamela and William Haerther – Iowa State University
Cameron plans to major in mechanical engineering and minor in business. To help him prepare for his future career, he hopes to intern at Rockwell Collins during the summer months. Following college, Cameron hopes to secure a mechanical engineer position at John Deere in Waterloo. In the long term, Cameron aspires to start his own engineering business.
Anna Hagen, daughter of Scott Hagen – Concordia University Wisconsin
Anna’s goal is to double major in psychology and social work. Upon attaining her bachelor’s degree, she will study to receive a master’s degree in social work. She plans to become a play therapist and make a positive difference in the lives of children. Eventually, she would love to teach at the collegiate level.
Center Point-Urbana High School
Emmalee Jacobs, daughter of Ann and Bradley Jacobs – Iowa State University
With her sights set on an engineering degree, Emmalee plans to seek a career that challenges her mentally, allows her to work collaboratively to find solutions, and is rewarding. She believes a career in engineering will help her to develop skills, such as creativity and logical reasoning, which will enhance her abilities to help make important advances.
East Buchanan High School
Alyssa Riniker, daughter of Jeanette and Bruce Riniker – Cornell College
Alyssa plans to double major in mathematics and chemistry at Cornell, then attend the University of Iowa to complete her pharmacy degree. She would love to work in a hospital to help people in as many ways as possible.
Independence High School
Chase Straw, son of Barb and Brent Straw – Iowa State University
Chase plans to major in biology, with the hopes of becoming a dentist. This summer, he will participate in the Summer Bridge Program, which helps student athletes prepare for classes. Chase has a personal goal to carry at least a 3.8 GPA. In addition to academics, Chase has signed on to be a Cyclone wrestler, and with hard work he hopes to become a national champion. Chase knows that to obtain big goals it will require him to set smaller goals along the way, and he believes that with hard work, determination, and a positive attitude, he can succeed.
Oelwein High School
Celia da Silva, daughter of Ernane da Silva – Loras College
Celia is looking forward to the experiences she will obtain through interning, as well as the relationships she will build with the professionals at Loras as she works towards a business degree. She believes these experiences will help her succeed with her international business objectives and goals. Celia has a love for travel and envisions a career in management or marketing that will allow her to make a difference internationally in the business world.
Starmont High School
Heather Anfinson, daughter of Sheryl and Jeff Anfinson – University of Northern Iowa
Heather’s goal is to acquire a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an endorsement in reading. She hopes to eventually work in a high-need area—she has seen firsthand the impact an educator can have on a student’s life. Heather aspires to enhance children’s classroom learning experiences while helping them to grow into responsible and respectful adults. With Heather’s career choice, she hopes to give back to the community and future generations.
Union High School
Abigail Ollendieck, daughter of Katherine and Douglas Ollendieck – University of Northern Iowa
Abigail’s goal is to major in social sciences education. She wants to make a difference in the lives of students by teaching subjects such as psychology, government, and economics, which can help them learn important lessons about how they fit into our society and what students’ roles are as citizens. American and world history classes are two others she would like to teach, as she believes understanding the history of previous generations is an import part of becoming a contributing citizen in our society. Abigail has a passion for learning and great desire to connect with people.
Vinton-Shellsburg High School
John Eden, son of Tina and Dennis Eden – Iowa State University
John’s goal is to major in ag studies and minor in agronomy. Following college, John hopes to find a job at a local Pioneer plant or a similar organization, with the goal of becoming a plant manager.
Olivia Oltrogge, daughter of Pam and Al Oltrogge – University of Northern Iowa
Following a recent trip to a third-world country, where she saw others in an overwhelming need for medical attention, Olivia’s passion to obtain a medical degree was rekindled. Initially after obtaining her degree, she would like to work at a local hospital with an emphasis on giving back to the community. Eventually, Olivia’s goal is to move to a third-world country where there is such a great need for those with medical degrees. Helping others is important to Olivia.