HCC Recognizes Outstanding 2008 Graduates
Highland Community College awarded 341 degrees and certificates at its annual commencement ceremony. “Graduation day is obviously the culmination of our year,” said HCC president Dr. Joe Kanosky. “Our faculty and staff dedicate every day to helping students succeed, so it is extremely rewarding to watch that happen.”
Highland has over 11,000 graduates and has touched the lives of thousands more through adult and community education programs. Success stories abound, and the College enjoys recognizing the students who achieved academically and those who overcame the odds to achieve their dream of earning a college degree. A graduation breakfast is traditionally held the Friday preceding graduation at which faculty members present awards to outstanding students. The 2008 recipients demonstrate the diversity of goals and interests pursued by Highland students.
Lindsay Williams of Freeport received the Liberal Arts Award and Citizenship Award. While enrolled at Highland, Lindsay was a student ambassador, member of Phi Theta Kappa, student worker, member of the Royal Scots and HCC Chorale. She plans to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign in the fall.
Nicole Strautz of Freeport was awarded the Fine Arts Award. In addition to academics, Nicole was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and worked on campus as a work study. Nicole also served her local community as a Sunday school teacher. In the fall, Nicole plans to attend Rockford College to pursue her BFA in graphic design with a minor in business management.
Susan Sellen of Freeport was presented the Business Administration Award. During her tenure at Highland Community College, Susan earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting. Susan volunteered at FACC. In the future she plans to get a degree in forensic accounting and earn a CPA.
Florence Lorraine Spearman of Freeport received the Early Childhood Education Award. In addition to being a Highland student, Florence worked at Head Start as a teacher and pursued extra online classes. She is actively involved in the community as a choir member and head usher at Mount Calvary.
Andrew North of Freeport was presented the Life Science Award. Andrew majored in pre-pharmacy and intends to become a pharmacist. Andrew served as the Student Senate treasurer this year and as public relations officer for Phi Theta Kappa. He was co-president of the Physical Science Club, a member of the Environmental Awareness Club, member of the concert band, and an All-Illinois Academic Scholar. Andrew also served the community as an Auxiliary Police Officer. He works as a pharmacy technician and computer technician.
Megan Klipp of Freeport received the Nursing Award. Megan provided her classmates with additional assistance as a tutor and study guide coordinator. She was a member of the fundraising and pinning ceremony committees and worked as a student nurse intern at Rockford Memorial Hospital. She is a member of the Elk’s Club. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Megan gave birth to a daughter between the first and second year of nursing school. Megan plans to begin a BSN program in August 2008. Her long term goal is to work in critical care. She starts a new job with FHN in June.
Elizabeth Wohlers of Cedarville received the Physical Science Award. She has worked as a chemistry lab assistant and was a member of the Physical Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa in addition to majoring in mechanical engineering. Elizabeth will attend the University of Illinois in the fall pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Elizabeth has already obtained a baccalaureate degree and master’s degree from University of Wisconsin Madison.
Frederick Hagen of Winslow received the Vocational Technology Award. Frederick actively assisted Highland in creating a pick and place robot used to demonstrate to prospective students touring the campus. He also enjoyed working in the electronics lab building games. In addition to earning his degree, Frederick serves the Winslow Park District and Martintown Community Church as financial secretary. Frederick has already started a new career related to his field of study.
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