Becca Ryan was recently awarded the R. Paul Nelson full tuition scholarship offered by Aquinas College. Based on high school grade point average and ACT scores, Becca was invited to the Aquinas campus to participate in the Spectrum Scholarship competition along with roughly 250 other students. The testing consisted of multiple choice, team dynamics and essay components. Becca finished fourth overall. “I have had many positive experiences while meeting with future professors and admissions counselors,” Becca said. “The small size of the college creates a personable atmosphere that I want to be a part of. I know that the academics will challenge me and push me to become the best version of myself.” Becca currently keeps herself busy as an active member of the Our Lady of Consolation Peer Ministry team, participating in many charitable causes, including working at North Kent Service Center, God’s Kitchen North, and a mission trip to New Orleans. Her other hobbies are running/exercise, spending more time with family, and being goofy with friends. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She looks forward to life on the Aquinas campus, particularly meeting new people and finding her niche in the work force. She currently plans to work toward a degree in psychology. Becca’s proud parents are Mike and Patty Ryan of Rockford. Her siblings are Mike, Christopher and Jessica.
God’s Kitchen North
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, two events will take place: one based upon social networking and the other based upon helping Rockford families who have fallen on tough times. The latter is the 2009 Ultimate Turkey Bowl to benefit God’s Kitchen North, which will take place from 7 to 11 p.m., at The Score Restaurant and Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Individuals will be making contributions to earn the right to become Top Turkey Bowler or earn the title of Top Hen Tosser while enjoying the sounds and videos of the infamous Jimmy Buffett on the large screens throughout The Score. There will also be a donation barrel so folks can drop off food items. All food items and funds raised will be donated the next day, Thanksgiving Day, to God’s Kitchen North in Rockford. The former is the inaugural event of the newly established Parrot Head Club of Grand Rapids, an organization founded by Kelly Henrickson of Belmont. “There are so many needs in our area. Why not host events that center around having fun while doing good for our neighbors at the same time?” Henrickson stated. There are over 200 Parrot Head clubs throughout the country, Canada and Australia. The Grand Rapids club is the 210th. God’s Kitchen North, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, serves hot meals to those in need in northern Kent County. Every Thursday evening, meals are served from 6 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Parish’s family center, 4865 Eleven Mile, Rockford. This no-cost dinner is served to anyone who visits. For more information, contact Kelly Henrickson at (616) 447-1980, or e-mail her at email@example.com.