Youth Commission scholarships announced

Each year, Kenosha Mayor’s Youth Commission Award winners at the junior, senior or college level are eligible for the scholarship selection process. At a reception hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Commission on Jan. 10, scholarships were awarded to the following finalists from the 2011 award winners:

Megan Jekot, a senior at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. She has been accepted by St. Olaf College where she will pursue a degree in Public Policy/Youth Advocacy beginning this fall. Megan initiated and led her school’s participation in the 2010 and 2011 Kenosha Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Awareness and Paint the Town Blue Campaigns. She helped to communicate the signs and effects of child abuse to over 450 middle school and high school students, as well as many other members of the community. She has been recognized for her continued and tireless dedication to Kenosha’s children, year after year.

David Capelli, a recent graduate of Bradford High School, was awarded an $850 scholarship. He is currently attending Creighton University while pursuing a degree in Business Management/Public Policy. While a student at Bradford, David was elected Vice-President of Student Government, captain of the varsity tennis team, co-editor of the school newspaper, member of Youth in Governance, and School Board Student Representative. He has been recognized for the numerous contributions he has made to Bradford and to the Kenosha community.

Alexandra Brems, a recent graduate of Harborside Academy, was the recipient of a $750 scholarship. She is currently pursuing a degree in Special Education with a minor in coaching from Lewis University. During Alexandra’s time at Harborside Academy, she led the efforts to raise money and awareness for those affected by the genocides in Darfur. She was instrumental in raising almost $5,000 to aid in the research of Alzheimer’s disease by coordinating a bingo night and a softball fundraiser, “Striking Out Alzheimer’s.”  She has been recognized for her constant willingness to go above and beyond to help those in need in our community, as well as around the world.

There were also four $600 scholarships awarded at the annual reception which were awarded to the following individuals for their hard work, dedication, and numerous achievements:

Taylor Baker is a graduate of Bradford High School and is currently attending University of Wisconsin-Parkside to complete her general education requirements. She intends to transfer to a school which offers a major in Video Production. Taylor consistently stood out as a great leader in activities such as Key Club and the Chamber Orchestra, as well as volunteering her time at various nursing homes throughout Kenosha. Taylor has been recognized for her leadership abilities, willingness to lend a hand, enthusiasm and motivation to succeed throughout her time at Bradford and Parkside.

Andrew McNair is a senior at Tremper High School and is planning to attend University of Texas at Austin for a degree in Music Education. He is active in Tremper Student government, has demonstrated the ability to maintain his high GPA while taking honors classes, and has achieved the highest honor of scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout, by building a meditation labyrinth at St. Anne’s Church. Andrew has been recognized for his strong leadership and communication skills, as well as his willingness to help others, his “can-do” attitude, and tremendous participation in choir, Madrigals, Science Club, and Sign Language Club.

Matthew Mleczko is a graduate of Bradford High School and is currently attending University of Notre Dame for a degree in Economics/Political Science. Throughout his time at Bradford, he successfully ran a productive student government association. He has been a positive leadership role model for many underclassmen, and has been the driving force to get students involved in many activities at Bradford. His positive attitude and willingness to be a leader even during times of adversity has molded Matt into a resilient, hard working, creative representative of not only his school, but the community as well.

Lindsey Schmitt is a graduate of Bradford High School who is currently attending University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for a degree in Special Education. During her first semester at Whitewater, Lindsey has already taken advantage of many opportunities such as becoming a member of the Future Teacher Program, the Student Wisconsin Educators Association, the Live and Learn Community, and attending an academic forum on technology in the classroom. Lindsey has shown excellence in her scholastic abilities at Whitewater and was recognized as a very positive role model for her peers at Bradford

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