Alpha Phi awards scholarships to three local students

Alpha Phi is the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for educators.

The chapter announced Monday that Julia Johnson, Jason Haas and Penelope Van Batavia will each receive $ 500 to use towards furthering their educational careers.

Johnson, the daughter of Mike Johnson and Suzie and Kenny Barr, graduated in 2019 from PRAHS. She is currently attending Mayville State University in Mayville, North Dakota and is studying for her elementary education degree with a specialization in special education. Her dream is to teach from third to fifth grade.

Going forward, the release said, Johnson would like to earn a master’s degree and possibly take up an administrative role in education. One of his teachers praised his “commitment to working with children through his kindness, organization and effective communication.”

Johnson’s volunteer and work experiences are a testament to his strong work ethic and dedication to serving the youth of the community.

Haas, son of Nick and Debbie Haas, graduated from PRAHS 2018. He is currently a student at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, pursuing degrees in physical education, health education, and developmental physical education.

He is interested in middle school education, which he describes as “a very important moment in a student’s life because he discovers who he wants to be and who he wants to be”.

The opportunity to work in a special education environment also piqued her interest in working with students with special needs. He also wants to train.

In addition to her educational goals, Haas has also set many personal, travel, family, and adventure goals for herself. One of his teachers described him as “thoughtful, curious and a knowledge seeker who brings insight, practical knowledge and natural leadership skills into his educational goals.”

Van Batavia, the daughter of Randy and Trevor Van Batavia, also graduated from PRAHS in 2018 and is currently attending Minnesota State University, Moorhead, with a dual major in ESL teaching and social science.

She is interested in teaching in a low-income school, the release said, because she has a passion to help those in need. She said teachers are called to “help students realize their skills and interests and teach them about citizenship in our ever-changing world.”

One of Van Batavia’s professors said she always engages by “taking responsibility for team collaboration, speaking, leadership and problem solving”, and praised her belief that education must be equitable and accessible to all.

The Alpha Phi scholarships are awarded annually to one or more students in the region who are preparing to enter the teaching profession. Graduates of Park Rapids Area, Nevis, Menahga, and Sebeka high schools who have been accepted into a teacher preparation program are eligible to apply.

To date, the Alpha Phi sisters have awarded $ 22,000 in scholarships to students in the region. For more information, call Brianne Morris at 651-387-9397.

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