AMHS alum graduates from Butler University
ALEXANDRIA — Lance Rinker, a 2009 graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School, graduated from Butler University on May 11 with a bachelor of science degree in electronic media and a minor in journalism.
While at Butler, he served as the sports editor of the award-winning student newspaper, The Butler Collegian. Rinker received a first place from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association in 2012 for his sports column titled, “Butler’s Clean Slate Draws Athletes.” He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and served as the philanthropic co-chairman his sophomore year.
For his interfraternity contributions, he was selected for membership into the Greek honor society, Order of Omega. In 2012, he was named the “Outstanding Junior in Electronic Journalism” and this spring received the Teresa K. Weinberg award for “Exceptional Promise in Journalism” from the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. In addition, he was awarded the James Phillippe Scholarship in 2011 and the Howard Caldwell Scholarship in 2012.
Butler University has afforded Rinker several internship opportunities. He was a play-by-play commentator for ButlerTV, covering the Butler University women’s basketball team. In addition, Rinker completed internships with the Indianapolis Indians and with HoopsAddict.com, where he covered the Indiana Pacers as a beat writer. He recently completed a two-year stint as a media relations intern with the Butler University Sports Information Department.
He has accepted a full-ride graduate assistantship at East Tennessee State University and will pursue a master of arts degree in kinesiology and sport studies, with a sport management concentration.
He is the son of John and Lisa Rinker of Alexandria.
Johnson graduates from Southern Illinois
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Vivian Kathleen Johnson graduated from Southern Illinois University on May 11 with a bachelor of science degree in business marketing cum laude grade point average, 3.50-3.749.
She is the daughter of Eugene and Mattie Johnson of St. Louis, Mo., and the granddaughter of the late Vivian Johnson and Nat Johnson, Anderson.
Red Gold announces scholarship winner
ELWOOD — Stephanie Beck has been named the 2013 Red Gold Food Science Scholarship Award recipient.
She is the daughter of Steve and Donna Beck of Wabash. Beck is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, majoring in food science and double minoring in food and nutrition, and organizational leadership supervision. She is expected to graduate in May 2015. She participates in Purdue University Food Science Club, Tomahawk Leadership Honor Society and a food science mentoring program.
She is currently working as product development intern at the Red Gold Corporate Headquarters, located in Elwood.
The Red Gold-Purdue Food Science Scholarship is awarded to a Purdue University student, with a strong aptitude for a career in food science. Along with the scholarship, Red Gold rewards the recipient with a paid internship at one of its state-of-the-art food processing facilities, and hands-on experience in its product development lab.
Fettig graduates from William Woods
FULTON, Mo. — Elwood resident Caroline Fettig graduated May 11 from William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., with a bachelor of science degree.
Dewitt earns degree from Manchester
NORTH MANCHESTER — Kaity DeWitt of Anderson received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Manchester University. She earned this degree in three years and has been accepted into the master’s program at the University of Arkansas where she will begin her studies in the fall.
DeWitt is a 2010 graduate of Pendleton Heights High School and is the daughter of Wendell and Pam DeWitt of Pendleton.
AFT awards five scholarships
ANDERSON — The Anderson Federation of Teachers recently awarded scholarships to the following students.
Sydney Marie Hunt of Anderson High School received the $1,500 AFT Education Scholarship. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Gregory Hunt.
Stephen Dowers of Anderson High School, and the son of Teresa and Jeffrey Dowers, received the $1,500 AFT AFL/CIO Scholarship.
Jason Cramer of Anderson High School received the $1,500 Bill Pyle Scholarship. He is the son of Michelle and Marshall Cramer.
Jeri Ann Smith of Anderson High School received the $1,500 AFT Legacy Scholarship. She is the daughter of Laura and J. Douglas Smith.
In honor of Keith Millikan and his dedication to education, the Anderson Federation of Teachers has added a new scholarship and is awarding it to an area senior upon the successful completion of his/her high school career. The Keith Millikan Legacy scholarship was established by the AFT through the governing body, the Executive Board. The award is $1,500 and the applicant must be a senior in high school and attend the non-charter public high school in the district where he/she resides or attend Anderson High School.
This year’s recipient is Abigail Maxey of Lapel High School. She is the daughter of Leah and Tom Maxey.
Thompson receives Hutton Award
PENDLETON — On May 30, Pendleton Elementary School-Intermediate held its Awards Program. Each year, one student is recognized as the recipient of the Bill Hutton Character Award. This award was created to honor Hutton’s retirement after 34 years of service to South Madison. The criteria for the award include leadership, initiative, selflessness, a good friend and role model, and someone that “does the right thing.”
This year’s award went to Hunter Thompson, son of Jason and Amy Thompson.