Student recognitions

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2003

Four students awarded scholarships

Ryia Waldern, Michelle Palmer, Lauren Brooks and Michael Rolf recently received University of Alaska Southeast scholarships.

Waldern was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club as well as the $1,750 Bill and Nell Biggs Scholarship. She is an incoming freshman at University of Alaska Southeast where she plans to major in general biology. In her spare time, Waldern volunteers at the Juneau Pioneers Home and keeps active playing volleyball and participating in her church's youth group. She plans to stay in Alaska and become a biology teacher.

Palmer was awarded a $500 scholarship from Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club and a $1,000 talent grant. She is an incoming freshman at the University of Alaska Southeast where she will study art. She volunteers as a youth group leader at Chapel by the Lake and a Sunday school teacher at Douglas Island Bible Church. Palmer plans to become an art therapist and hopes to work with children as they fight serious illness.

Brooks was awarded the $1,750 Vera Carrigan scholarship and a $500 Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club Scholarship. She is an incoming freshman at the University of Alaska Southeast where she plans to study communications and theater. Brooks said, her passion lies in the art of the written and spoken word. She plans to get master's degree and hopes to build a career in print or broadcast media.

Rolf of Brooking, Ore., was awarded a $500 Scholarship from the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club. He is a sophomore at University of Alaska Southeast, working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in power technology with an emphasis in diesel mechanics. Rolf plans on staying in Alaska after earning his degree.

Chapman attends Chapter Chair Institute

Beth Chapman attended the Chapter Chair Institute at American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C., from June 19-21.

Serving as the senior volunteer of the American Red Cross of Alaska, Chapman presided at all meetings of the board of directors, supported chapter fundraising, oversaw planning for service delivery and more.

For more information about the American Red Cross of Alaska, call (907) 463-5713 or visit the website at

Dougherty receives divinity degree

Britta Toleman Dougherty received her Master of Divinity degree from the Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education on June 1.

Dougherty, among 74 students to receive degrees from Union-PSCE this year, also holds a degree from Davidson College. The daughter of Bonnie Toleman and Carl Byers, Dougherty is a member of All Soul's Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va.

Vick enlists in Army delayed program

Donovan K. Vick, a 2003 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, has enlisted in the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program (DEP) as an Armor Crewman. He will leave for basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., on July 9.

DEP will allow Vick to join the U.S. Army, secure his guarantee and delay his actual departure date for up to 365 days.

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