Crystal Falls Lions Club awards scholarships to Forest Park, West Iron and North Dickinson grads
CRYSTAL FALLS — The Crystal Falls Lions Club has awarded $3,000 in scholarships to six local graduates.
This year’s winners of the $500 scholarships are West Iron County High School graduates Brandon Henschel and Megan Strom, North Dickinson High School graduates Andrea Gerstner and Toriana Christian, and Forest Park High School graduates Tejai Kernats and Avery Sommers.
Henschel, son of Angela Esbrook, will study pre-physical therapy at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.
Strom, daughter of Lorie and Blaine Strom, will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to pursue a graphic design degree.
Gerstner, daughter of Linda and Randy Gerstner of Sagola, will study at Baker College toward becoming a vet technician.
Christian, daughter of Anna and Mike Christian of Felch, will study nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Kernats, daughter of Sherry and Mike Kernats of Amasa, will study speech, language and hearing sciences at Bay College.
Sommers, daughter of Christine and Pat Sommers of Crystal Falls, will pursue a degree in graphic design and marketing at Northern Michigan University.
The Crystal Falls Lions Club has conducted its scholarship program for many years.
These students are selected with help from the school’s guidance counselors — Megan Nyberg of West Iron County School, Angie Jungworth of North Dickinson School and Harold Payne of the Forest Park School.
The selection is made based not only on grades but on other qualities the students have displayed while in high school.
To be considered for the scholarships, students may plan to pursue a four-year or two-year degree in college or at a trade school.
The counselors and high schools make referrals for the two members of the Lions Club scholarship committee to review. The Lions Club committee then makes the selections.
Members of the Lions Club scholarship committee are chairman Gene Fredericksen and member Don Conners.