Jacquelyn Lewis, a Hope College senior from Rockford, received the American Institute of Chemists Award during the college’s annual honors convocation held on Thursday, April 23, 2009. The award establishes statewide recognition of the senior student who, in the estimation of the chemistry faculty, has exhibited diligence in study and research projects, helpfulness in the instructional laboratories and interest in chemistry for his or her four years at Hope College. The award is a certificate and membership for a year in the Institute of Chemists.
Camille Riddering, a Hope College junior from Belmont, received the Cancer Federation Award at the Hope honors convocation on Thursday, April 23, 2009. The award is in recognition of superior achievements and dedicated commitment to standards of excellence in the advancement of cancer research. Riddering also was inducted into Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes students for scholarship, leadership and service. This recognition also took place during the college’s annual honors convocation.
Central Michigan University (CMU) junior Danielle Schmutz of Rockford recently participated in CMU’s Alternative Winter Break volunteer program. Schmutz, a Rockford High School graduate and daughter of George and Tina Schmutz of Rockford, was among more than 120 CMU students who took part in the week of service travel organized by the university’s Volunteer Center. During Alternative Winter Break, 11 teams of CMU students volunteered around the world with organizations that address such social issues as at-risk youth, disaster relief, sexual abuse, hunger and homelessness, terminal illness, care for the elderly, and civil rights. Schmutz was a volunteer at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City, Mo., working in classrooms and conducting activities for the nearly 700 children served by the center, who are among Kansas City’s poorest-about 25 percent of whom are homeless. She is majoring in child development and sociology and minoring in global justice at CMU. Created in 1994, Alternative Breaks is a program that provides CMU students with opportunities to travel domestically or abroad to experience meaningful service projects. Teams led by trained CMU student site leaders engage in public service and social issue-based education on the trips, which take place during winter, spring and summer breaks, as well as on weekends during the academic year.
Student quick to welcome newcomers, offer friendship Lynsey Bettig is the daughter of Jeff and Vicki Bettig and sister to Lexi. Lynsey shows over and over her caring nature in and out of school. Teachers say it is a privilege to work with Lynsey, who demonstrates positive leadership among classmates, teammates, teachers and her coaches. This conscientious student holds a 3.6 grade-point average, is a talented athlete and served as her school team’s varsity softball team manager. Lynsey is very involved in her church and often befriends incoming students before school starts and helps them feel comfortable in the new environment. As a team manager, Lynsey was fired up and ready to go. She came to every practice and her dedication and school spirit set a powerful example to other young ladies on the team. The players came to know, love and admire Lynsey for her passionate and positive words of encouragement. It was obvious she truly believed in them as individuals. From sitting with a new student during lunch period to volunteering in vacation Bible school, Lynsey is the type of person who shows true leadership as well as the kindness to go out of her way for others. Lynsey is hardworking, motivated and always gives her best. She is also quick to offer a hand to help others succeed and share a smile as well. She faces life with a joy that spreads to others around her. The eighth-grade student has been nominated as Student of the Month, is a member of the Junior National Honor Society and has repeatedly earned academic honors. Lynsey is in the accelerated reading program. She also is a talented athlete with many trophies in basketball, softball as well as trophies for participating in Awana at church. Lynsey has played on the Rockford Little League and hopes to play as a freshman in high school sports. In addition to her passion for sports, especially softball where she is a pitcher, she enjoys art, reading and listening to music. As an Example in Excellence at East Rockford Middle School, Lynsey is known as an all-around neat kid with a strong sense of right and wrong.
Emma Crosby of Rockford was one of several students inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at Wittenberg University’s annual Honors Convocation on April 17, 2009. Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that seeks to recognize and encourage scholarship among first-year college women. Selection is based entirely on achieving a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average for the fall semester of their first year. Wittenberg University is located in Springfield, Ohio.