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Show them the scholarships!

Kent ISD – Ten students from the Kent Career Tech Center’s Engineering and Architectural Design program earned more than $276,000 in scholarships.

The amounts for individual students range from $1,000 to $84,000 from schools the students plan to attend this fall.

Engineering and Architectural Design instructor Lawrence Ridley said he works with all of his students to help them set goals and determine what they hope to accomplish once out of high school. From there, students look at various upper educational opportunities and review scholarships for housing and tuition costs at those institutions. 

The highest earning scholarship recipient was Joshua Mayhue, from East Kentwood High School, who received about $84,000 in total scholarships for housing and tuition from Adrian College.

Other scholarship recipients were:

Destiny Anthon, from Sparta High School, who received $40,000 from Arizona State University plus $2,500 for the Grand Rapids Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute’s ACE Scholarship and $1,000 for the Tech Center Skutt Scholarship.

Kari Kroll, from Lowell Public Schools, $18,000 from Lawrence Technological University.

William Link, from Lowell High School, $1,000 from the Tech Center Skutt Scholarship.

Adam Calmo Pablo, from Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy, $7,000 from Grand Rapids Community College.

Ethan Schilling, from Forest Hills Eastern High School, who received a total of $40,000 from Lawrence Technological University.

Aerial Sober, from Grand River Preparatory High School, $14,000 from Ferris State University.

Celeny Tenorio, from Catholic Central High School, $40,000 from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Nathaniel Thomas, from Rockford Public Schools, $12,765 from Central Michigan University.

Nathaniel Wang, from Northview Public Schools, $16,000 from Michigan Technological University.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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