Alumni Board awards 5 scholarships

Alumni Board scholarship winners include, from left, Kathy Tran, Caleb Roth, Kaitlyn Zajkowski and Sonya Ritter.

Winners of the Alumni Board $1,000 scholarships include, from left, Kathy Tran, Caleb Roth, Kaitlyn Zajkowski and Sonya Ritter. Naomi DeVries' photo is below. 

The Quakertown Community High School Alumni Board has awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. The students are Naomi DeVries, Sonya Ritter, Caleb Roth, who also attends Upper Bucks County Technical School, Kathy Tran and Kaitlyn Zajkowski.

  • Naomi is headed to Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI to study Geology.
  • Sonya will attend Kutztown University. to major in Secondary Education - Math - and would love to come back to Quakertown to teach!
  • Caleb, an UBCTS Animal Science graduate, will study Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.
  • Kathy is headed to West Chester University’s Honors Program to major in Biology/Ecology.
  • Kaitlyn will attend Penn State University and study Materials Science and Engineering.

Naomi DeVries shows off her $1,000 scholarship.The students were honored at a breakfast sponsored by the Alumni Board where they received their scholarship awards. Also honored at the breakfast with an Honorary Diploma were Mary Ann Byatt, a former favorite QCHS Math teacher, and Robert Coleman, a retired Strayer Middle School social studies teacher and coach.

The student scholarship winners were interviewed online by Melea Rupert, President of the Alumni Association, and two Alumni Board members, Peter Jarrett, a retired Strayer science teacher and Larry Benner, a retired Strayer Administrative Assistant.

“All three of us were amazed by how poised and mature these students are, especially considering the difficult circumstances of the past 15 months,” Mrs. Rupert said. “It was evident that they spent a lot of time doing research into their career and college choices. They are passionate about environmental issues, which has led three of them to choose to major in that area - one in Geology, one in Biology/Ecology and one in Materials Engineering. Two other students will major in Animal Science and Secondary Education-Mathematics and they are equally passionate about their future careers.

“The students all commented how well Quakertown has prepared them for college level work and they expressed their appreciation for the teachers, guidance counselors, and all school staff members for what they have done to help them through the years. Suffice it to say that we have no doubt that these students will do whatever is necessary to find success in the future and we wish them all the best as they move on to this next chapter.”

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