• SEEDS awards scholarship to essay contest winner
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    SEEDS awards scholarship to essay contest winner

    SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania (SEEDS) recently awarded a $1,000 Sustainability Scholarship and a Certificate to Jacob Mohring, a 2021 graduate of Stroudsburg High School, for the best sustainability essay addressing the issue of resiliency of Pennsylvania’s small businesses. The essay was recently read by Jacob and can be watched on SEEDS YouTube Channel. It can also be read in full at seedsgroup.net/news/2021essay/.

    This scholarship is made to honor the memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015, who worked with SEEDS as a high school student. He was attending Keystone College majoring in wildlife biology when he was a passenger in a fatal car accident.

    SEEDS Scholarship Committee member David Ford, Jacob, his father Andrew Mohring, and SEEDS Board Chair Kathy Dodge were at the award presentation ceremony at Promised Land State Park on Aug. 9. Jacob plans to attend the University of Scranton this fall to major in Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology.

    He has enjoyed being involved in Science Olympiad (President), Future Business Leader of America (National First Place Winner), Stroudsburg High School Cross Country, Health Science Club, Stroudsburg High School Marching Band (Section Leader), Stroudsburg Jazz Band, Boy Scouts of America (Patrol Leader & Eagle Scout), Church Altar Server, Future Health Professionals (Vice President), and Math Club. He has also volunteered for the National Honor Society, Key Club, Hospital Volunteering, and Church Soup Kitchen.

    “I am very grateful and honored to have been selected as this year’s scholarship recipient,” Jacob said.

    This scholarship is fully supported by donations from the Burkhardt family and SEEDS ongoing crowdfunding campaign.

    SEEDS (Sustainable Energy and Education Development Support) of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit environmental education organization based in Honesdale,

  • Ohio Autism Scholarship funding upped to help families pay for school
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    Ohio Autism Scholarship funding upped to help families pay for school

    Ohio Autism Scholarship funding upped to help families pay for school

    Mikey Heine wasn’t going to be able to keep attending Bridgeway Academy, a school that has helped him grow and develop his own sense of self.

    “We were looking at withdrawing Mikey from school because I didn’t make enough (money),” his mom Melissa Peppercorn said. 

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    Mikey, 8, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, and the following year he started attending Bridgeway, a nonprofit school on the East Side that serves students with the disorder and other special needs. In addition to schooling, Bridgeway offers life skills training and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

    “They give him access to services that we would have to find ourselves or we would have had minimal access to other places,” said Peppercorn, 35.

  • Johnson Creek High School scholarship recipients named | Around Town
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    Johnson Creek High School scholarship recipients named | Around Town

    JOHNSON CREEK — Scholarship recipients from Johnson Creek High School have been named.

    Heading the list of local scholarships, three Max Alberts Scholarships for $11,333 each were awarded. The recipients were Maryanna Hintz, Abigail Windl, and Anna Yezzi. Throughout high school, each student has made positive contributions to the school and community.

    Maryanna participated in Future Business Leaders of America and was a strong leader as FBLA president. She also advanced to the Wisconsin State Leadership Conference.

    Additionally, Maryanna was involved in Student Council, Math Club, Band, Esports team, volleyball, and was a wrestling manager. Maryanna will continue her education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she will pursue an Education degree to teach computer science. She also was awarded the Red Cross Scholarship ($250), the Johnson Creek Booster Club Scholarship ($500) and the Francis F. Carnes Scholarship ($3,000).

    Abigail participated in Math Club, Mock Trial, Forensics, FFA and musicals. She plans to attend Illinois Institute of Technology to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering. She is proud to be a woman in this field as there aren’t many.

    Abigail also was awarded the Arthur Albertz Scholarship Award ($500), the Francis F. Carnes Scholarship ($4,000) and the Johnson Creek Education Foundation University Scholarship ($6,000). Through Illinois Institute of Technology, Abigail also received the Heald Scholarship ($25,000), a housing scholarship ($10,000) and a STEM scholarship ($10,650).

    Anna participated in FBLA, Mock Trial, NHS, band/jazz band, musicals, Solo and Ensemble, Honors Band, Culture Club, Math Club, Academic Bowl, Science Olympiad, cross country and Forensics. She will be attending University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She plans on pursuing a career in Psychology to become a mental health counselor.

    Anna also was awarded the Arthur Albertz Scholarship Award ($500) and the Johnson Creek Education Foundation University Scholarship ($6,000).

    Additional scholarshipsMaiya Benner-Sarnow Family Scholarship ($1,000) and a volleyball scholarship from Waldorf University ($13,500).

    Allison Erdmann-Falcon Soar Scholarship ($1,000) and Fly Higher Scholarship ($1,000), both from UW-River Falls

    Daisy Gonzales-UW-Whitewater Scholarship ($1,000).

    Dylan Gruss-Jim Mueller Scholarship ($5,000) and Merit Scholarship ($1,000) from UW-Platteville.

    Isabella Herman-Red Cross Scholarship ($500).

    Kenadie La Sage-Marine Corp Scholarship ($25,000) and a volleyball scholarship from the University of Antelope Valley in California ($20,000).

    Recognition of Cum Laude students: Natalie Grenz, Jack Dotzler, Allison Erdmann, Jayden Solberg, Kaiyli Thompson and Nevaeh Hehr.

    Recognition of Magna Cum Laude students: Lindsey Beech and Maiya Benner.

    Recognition of Summa Cum Laude students: Abigail Windl, Anna Yezzi, Isabella Herman, Dylan Gruss and Samuel Toebe.