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KRESA 2021 Outstanding Seniors

The Kalamazoo RESA Outstanding Senior Awards honor outstanding students in Career & Technical Education, Education For the Arts, and Early/Middle College in Kalamazoo County. 

Career & Technical Education, formerly known as Education for Employment (EFE), equips students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in well-paying, high-demand careers. Education for the Arts strives to enhance arts education for all students in Kalamazoo County, making dance, music, theater, literary, media and visual arts an essential part of a comprehensive education. Early/ Middle College is an innovative program which gives students the opportunity to earn an associate degree or certificate with an additional year of high school. 

Instructors nominate students for the honor and a scholarship committee selects the scholarship winners based on each student’s academic achievements, community involvement, extracurricular activities and goals for the future. This year 50 donors provided $58,500 in scholarships for 62 students. 

Read more about the awards.

Aliyah Adams 

Kalamazoo Central High School 

Parents: Heather and Kevin Adams 

Career: Health Science 

Next Steps: Kalamazoo College 

Program: CTE Professional Health Science 

Instructor: Kathleen Nyberg 

Scholarship: $500 | Kalamazoo RESA Foundation; Bronson Methodist Hospital and Kalamazoo RESA Gayl F. Werme 

Morgan Brown

 Kalamazoo Central High School 

Parent: Amber Walker 

Career: International Business and Dance 

Next Steps: Howard Univ. 

Program: EFA Dance 

Instructor: Francesca Pileci 

Scholarship: $500 | Kalamazoo RESA Education for the Arts Outstanding Senior

Ashley Garcia 

Loy Norrix High School 

Parents: Cristina Nonato Cruz and Jose Garcia 

Career: Undecided 

Next Steps: Western Michigan Univ. 

Program: CTE Business Administration Management & Operations 

Instructor: Atiba Ward 

Scholarship: $500 | Kalamazoo RESA Foundation; Kalamazoo Rotary – DQ Hunter Memorial 

Aiden Goerge 

Kalamazoo Central High School 

Parents: Rebecca and Brian Goerge 

Career: Social Work 

Next Steps: Grand Valley State Univ. 

Program: EFA Dance Instructor: Francesca Pileci 

Scholarship: $500 | Kalamazoo RESA Education for the Arts Outstanding Senior 

Owen Hoover 

Kalamazoo Central High School 

Parents: Lisa and Douglas Hoover 

Career: Aerospace Engineering 

Next Steps: Undecided 

Program: CTE Electronics & Robotics 

Instructor: Kenneth Briggs 

Scholarship: $1,500 | Kalamazoo Area Retired School Personnel 

 

Damarion Johnson

Loy Norrix High School 

Parent: Stacey Johnson 

Career: Fashion Design and Dance 

Next Steps: Western Michigan Univ. 

Program: EFA Dance Instructor: Heather Mitchell Scholarship: $500 | Kalamazoo RESA Foundation; Irving S. Gilmore Foundation in memory of Gayle Werme 

Ava Loc 

Loy Norrix High School 

Parents: Colleen and Cau Loc 

Career: Biology Next Steps: Michigan State Univ. Program: CTE Veterinary Science Instructor: Dr. Noreen Heikes Scholarship: $1,500 | Kalamazoo Area Retired School Personnel

Darian Moubray

Loy Norrix High School 

Parents: Jennifer Moubray and Matthew Jakubowski

Career: Biomedical Engineering

Next Steps: Michigan State Univ. 

Program: CTE Conservation Biology 

Instructor: Fahimeh Baziari 

Scholarship: $1,000 | Burdick-Thorne Foundation 

Connor Ott 

Loy Norrix High School 

Parents: Angel and Eric Ott 

Career: Culinary Arts 

Next Steps: Grand Rapids Com. College 

Program: CTE Culinary Arts 

Instructor: Kharen Shelton 

Scholarship: $1,000 | Sue Lignell 

McKenzie Ott 

Loy Norrix High School 

Parents: Angel and Eric Ott 

Career: Environmental Studies and Sustainability Next 

Steps: Grand Valley State Univ. 

Program: CTE Conservation Biology 

Instructor: Fahimeh Baziari 

Scholarship: $1,500 | Kalamazoo Area Retired School Personnel 

Felix Owinga 

Kalamazoo Central High School 

Parents: Rose and Bonfas Owinga 

Career: Neuroscience Next Steps: Michigan State Univ. Program: CTE Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Robert Roy Scholarship: $1,500 | Kalamazoo Area Retired School Personnel 

Sebastian Pratt

Kalamazoo Central High School 

Parents: Alyson Defir and Leland Pratt 

Career: Barbering N

ext Steps: Directly into the workforce. 

Program: CTE Barbering 

Instructor: Jackie Rush Scholarship: $500 | World of Work 

Trenton Snell 

Loy Norrix High School 

Parents: Tana Burns and Chad Snell 

Career: Sociology 

Next Steps: Western Michigan Univ. 

Program: CTE Law Enforcement 

Instructor: Brian Brusach 

Scholarship: $1,000 | Sue Lignell 

Sierra Ward 

Loy Norrix High School 

Parents: Cherise and Atiba Ward Careers

Public Health Next Steps: Western Michigan Univ. 

Program: CTE Emergency Medical Technology 

Instructor: Moriya Hurst 

Scholarship: $1,500 | Kalamazoo Area Retired School Personnel