The hard work and academic achievement of Moraine Park Technical College students was recognized during the College’s annual Student Awards Banquet held May 8 at The Golf Club at Camelot in Lomira.
Denise Fitzsimmons, the 2015 Moraine Park Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, spoke to the attendees about tackling the challenge of change. Fitzsimmons graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from Moraine Park in 1981. After a 19-year tenure with Conley Publishing, she became a director of advertising. In 2004, she, along with another Moraine Park Distinguished Alumnus Mary Beth Bockhorst and sister-in-law Jill Huizenga, co-founded “InSpire,” a Dodge County monthly magazine sharing the successes of women. Fitzsimmons said her education at Moraine Park gave her “the foundation I needed to diversify and branch out into other areas of the business world.” She went on to add, “Don’t be afraid to travel the road that may not be familiar. You are equipped to face the challenges.”
The 2015-16 District Student Ambassador Award was presented to Kayla Ebert of Burnett. Ebert is enrolled in Moraine Park’s Human Resources program. She will assume her Ambassador role in fall, taking over for 2014-15 Student Ambassador, Kim Dickinson of Beaver Dam.
Moraine Park presented the 2015 Student of the Year Award to Ben Werner of West Bend. This honor was given to Werner, a student in the Electrical Power Distribution program, for exemplifying the College’s core abilities and excelling both in and outside of the classroom. He spoke about his experiences with leadership, classmates and faculty while attending the College. “Moraine Park encouraged me to step out and take on leadership roles that’ll help me succeed in my future career,” said Werner. “Whether the leadership role came in a classroom setting during a tactical activity or in the hallways, instructors always encouraged the student body and me to become involved and strive to better ourselves.” Werner found transitioning back into academics was initially a challenge but said adjusting to his new life as a student became easier with the help of his classmates. “I feel like Moraine Park works hard to develop the family feeling within their programs so students learn to work together and help each other throughout their college career.”
Technical Achievement Awards were presented to 12 students. To receive this award, recipients must be enrolled in a one-year technical diploma program and have maintained a 3.25 GPA. They are judged on classroom participation and other contributions and characteristics that exemplify an outstanding student. Recipients were: Nicolas Malchow of Allenton; Jeremiah Alderden of Beaver Dam; Jacob Beck, Matt Grady and Zach Lauterbach of Cedarburg; Kevin Boudwine of Germantown; Jason Diels of Horicon; Keith Rhinert of Milwaukee; Logan Scheel of Oshkosh; Jordan Wendlandt of Randolph; and Andrew Passmore and John Pocian of West Bend.
The Meritorious Service Award is granted to students who have served the College through their leadership and participation in co-curricular activities such as student clubs, student government or other volunteer opportunities. This year’s 62 recipients include: Lisa Gurley, Melissa Kuntz, Amy Surprise, Grace Bleiler and Sharon Vlach of Beaver Dam; Kristin Wadell of Brownsville; Kayla Ebert of Burnett; Travis Gibbons of Camp Douglas; Kelly Collins, Jessica Henning, Ashley Kaul and Cody Liesener of Campbellsport; Rebecca Powell and Matt Grady of Cedarburg; Cold Hansen of Deerfield; Kouta Benson, Nicole Holz, Angela McCrory, Tyler Soto, Matthew White, Richard Goetsch, Kia Goncalo and Heather Sprifke of Fond du Lac; Kristy Sparacio of Fox Lake; Kevin Boudwine of Germantown; Ashley Currier, Amalia Scherer and Brook Weiss of Hartford; Holly Muenchow of Horicon; Jen Kelm and Bryce Wentlandt of Jackson; Nikki Ricco of Juneau; Jessica Volesky of Kewaskum; Annette Moericke of Lomira; Zach Erickson of Madison; Michael Cole and Margaret Fuller of Malone; Jacob Featherson of Milwaukee; Noah Kearns of Montello; Robert Knox of Newburg; Danielle Dolinac of North Fond du Lac; Matthew Henning of Oakfield; Marki Henderson and Carissa Weina of Omro; Logan Scheel of Oshkosh; Jordan Wendlandt of Randolph; Michael Weyer of Richfield; Adam Blindauer of Sheboygan; Nick Duesterbeck of Waupun; Tricia Becker, Nichole Welzien, Michael Burns, Katie Duncan, Katie Dye, Naomi Gosse, Justin Groth, Tracie Hofbauer, Adam Krichoff, Leah Spieth and Ashley Walker of West Bend; Josh Marten of Wilton.
Twenty-Six Moraine Park students received the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Award. Who's Who Among Students is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. Students receive national recognition for achieving at least a 3.25 GPA as well as participating and showing leadership in academic and extracurricular activities. Those students include: Roxann Johnson, Robert Krist, Tina Smedema and Amy Surprise of Beaver Dam; Felicia Van Houten of Burnett; Jessica Henning of Campbellsport; Rikki Davis, Kia Goncalo, Nicole Holz, Christine Koenig and Trudy Vanness of Fond du Lac; Kristy Sparacio of Fox Lake; Kevin Boudwine and Madeline Greco of Germantown; Teresa Bates and Ashley Currier of Hartford; Catherine Tishler of Johnson Creek; Shawn Grimes of Lowell; Michelle Hoffman of Neenah; Marki Henderson of Omro; Susan Bauer and Marion Scott of Oshkosh; Jacob Fenton, Alan Nagorny, Katie Olson and Dawn Pauli of West Bend.
The Leadership and Service Awards were presented to 16 students. Recipients were: Jeremiah Alderden, Kim Dickinson and Robert Krist of Beaver Dam; Zach Lauterbach of Cedarburg; Rikki Davis, Robert Drehmel and Christine Koenig of Fond du Lac; Traci Lawrenz and Aaron Schlosser of Kewaskum; Annette Whyms of Oakfield; Austin Neis of Reeseville; Mike Kirchoff of Watertown; John Pocian, Joan Rider, DeWayne Sexton and Ben Werner of West Bend.
The Moraine Park Federation of Teachers sponsors a Community Stewardship, Activist and Leadership Award. This award is given based on a written application displaying the student’s understanding of and participation in community-based efforts. Recipients were: Amy Surprise of Beaver Dam; Rikki Davis and Nicole Holz of Fond du Lac; Graceanne Forsyth-Krajna of Menomonee Falls; John Pocian and DeWayne Sexton of West Bend.
Student government leadership recognition included Ben Werner, Beaver Dam Student Senate president; Christine Koenig, Fond du Lac Student Senate president; Robert Krist, West Bend Student Senate president; William Milbrot, District Student Government president; Jayson Gremminger, Wisconsin Student Government lt. governor; and DeWayne Sexton, Wisconsin Student Government governor.
Moraine Park Technical College’s student government leadership team. Pictured from left: Ben Werner, Beaver Dam Student Senate president; Robert Krist, West Bend Student Senate president; Christine Koenig, Fond du Lac Student Senate president; Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president.
In addition, nearly 100 students were inducted into Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society. To be eligible, students must achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in an associate of applied science degree program and complete a minimum of 12 associate degree credits. Moraine Park’s chapter officers include Lisa Gurley of Lowell, president; Jennelle Brown of Beaver Dam, vice president; and Heather Sprifke of Fond du Lac, secretary.
Moraine Park Technical College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter officers. Back row, left: Jennelle Brown of Beaver Dam, vice president; Heather Sprifke, secretary; Valerie Baumann, regional vice president of Phi Theta Kappa; Lisa Gurley, president. Front row, left: Iolanda Oliva, club advisor; Nicole Held, past president.
This year's inductees include:
Allenton: Dawn Woebbeking, Julie Wolf
Beaver Dam: Jennelle Brown, Kristina Giese, Tracy Guetzlaff, Victoria Hollenberg, Kelsey Kiehl, Sarah Kuhnz, Edith Leal, Cheryl Nummerdor, Michelle Stippich, Dawn Weber, Sierra Welch
Brookfield: Roberta Bero
Burnett: Kayla Ebert
Campbellsport: Bryan Hewitt, Ashley Kaul, Austin Tennies
Cedarburg: Scott Bancroft, Jennifer Cisco
Fond du Lac: Christopher Cleland, Hannah Dardis, Robert Drehmel, Carmen Greicar, Maira Gutierrez, Vickie Mally, Kera Margelofsky, Lucas McFarren, Michael Morgano, Jennifer Morse, Samantha Race, Baylee Radke, Hilary Schneider, Sarah Spang, Bethany Thronburg
Fox Lake: Vicki Haase, Scott Hawley, Lisa Koenig
Fredonia: Eliot Hess
Germantown: Penny Stephan
Hartford: Christine O’Callaghan, Lindsay Rutley, Amalia Scherer, Alyssa Simpson
Horicon: Samantha Cundy
Jackson: Jessica Walczak
Kenosha: Carey Michaud
Kewaskum: Debra Ebert, Brielle Legate, William Whitney
Lomira: Denis Ramos
Markesan: Sheila Schmidt
Mayville: Breanna Henninger, Sharon Hinz, James Mittlesteadt
Menomonee Falls: Tatum Thomas
Monticello: Tina Bidlingmaier
Neosho: Sabrina Hennes
New Holstein: Jamie Floeter
North Fond du Lac: Jesus Aguirre, Lellia Bavers, Stephanie Cheevers, Rachel McFarlane
Oakfield: Lexis Zitlow
Oconomowoc: Jessica Reitz
Oostburg: Jesse Meyer
Oregon: Bailey Brumeier
Oshkosh: Melissa Hildebrand, Erika Lloyd, Megan Prellwitz
Plymouth: Tyler Rezachek, Angela Schleh
Port Washington: Megan Lynch-Belzer
Princeton: Jasper Kallenbach
Randolph: James Bates
Saint Cloud: Megan Kapellen
Saukville: Caitlin Watson
Slinger: Susan Nagel
Stockbridge: Kati Zahringer
Theresa: Ashley Stratz
Waupun: Jennifer Sorenson
West Bend: Ashley Duckart, Amber Geier, April Johnson, Jori Kapla, Cynthia Koskey, James Littrell, Carmen Melstrand, Adam Parchim, Carol Peters, Gina Peters, Matthew Sorensen, Karen Werner, Ashley Wimer
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