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Excellence in Education 2019

A Dozen KPS Students Honored for Academic Achievements

Dr. L. Marshall Washington, President of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, was the guest speaker at the Excellence in Education program held April 17 at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center.

Excellence in Education recognizes the top-achieving high school seniors from Kalamazoo County’s public and nonpublic high schools. This year, 46 seniors were selected for the honor, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Each student also named an educator who significantly impacted their K-12 education.

“The Kalamazoo area has a long history of educational excellence and innovation, so it is fitting that we continue the tradition of honoring those practices through the Excellence in Education program,” said committee chair Keevin O’Neill, superintendent of Vicksburg Community Schools.

The Excellence in Education program is the result of collaboration among all Kalamazoo County public and nonpublic schools and local foundations, education groups and the business community. Using a model developed in Battle Creek under the leadership of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the program was designed in 1986 to focus community attention on the academic and professional excellence of graduating high school seniors and educators within Kalamazoo area schools.

The Excellence in Education program is supported by a permanent endowment established at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Funding for the endowment was raised through the leadership of the Monroe Brown Foundation, with strong support from local foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals.

For more information, please visit the Excellence in Education webpage at https://www.kresa.org/page/306. Here are the 2019 Excellence in Education Student Scholarship Winners from Kalamazoo Public Schools:

Allie Al-Faraj

Kalamazoo Central High School

Parents: Christine and Ali Al-Faraj

College: University of Michigan

Major: Chemistry

Significant Educator: Mark Cardwell

Tess Cowles

Loy Norrix High School

Parents: Julie Renner and Greg Cowles

College: Undecided

Major: Film

Significant Educator: Jameeka Johnson

Carter Eisenbach

Loy Norrix High School

Parents: Elizabeth Eisenbach and Jim Escamilla

College: Kalamazoo College

Major: Chemistry

Significant Educator: Matthew Porco

Hannah Glass-Chapman

Kalamazoo Central High School

Parents: Amy Glass and Ross Chapman

College: Undecided

Major: Comparative Literature and East Asian Language & Culture

Significant Educator: Colleen Chapoton

Robert Isacksen

Loy Norrix High School

Parents: Sue Ellen and Bob Isacksen

College: University of Michigan

Major: Computer Science

Significant Educator: Colleen Chapoton

Will Keller

Loy Norrix High School

Parents: Donna and Robert Keller

College: Kalamazoo College

Major: Biology

Significant Educator: Patrick Greeley

Rachel Mei Lanting

Kalamazoo Central High School

Parents: Ashley and Steven Lanting

College: Kalamazoo College

Major: Computer Science

Significant Educator: Linda Lee

Kevin Mehta

Kalamazoo Central High School

Parents: Alpa and Sandeep Mehta

College: Michigan State University

Major: Pre-Medicine

Significant Educator: Tia Hohler

Thomas Outinen

Loy Norrix High School

Parents: Mary and Mark Outinen

College: University of Michigan

Major: Engineering

Significant Educator: Anne Lewis

William Shaw

Kalamazoo Central High School

Parents: Susie and Brandon Shaw

College: Kalamazoo College

Major: Computer Science

Significant Educator: Rex Hafer

Suja Thakali

Kalamazoo Central High School

Parents: Surendra and Binu Thakali

College: Undecided

Major: Chemistry

Significant Educator: Valerie Krzewski

Christian Zehner

Loy Norrix High School

Parents: Monica and William Zehner

College: University of Michigan

Major: Computer Science

Significant Educator: Matthew Porco

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