And the Winner is...

by Patty Slaby

Congratulations go to our ACB scholarship winners for the 2012-2013 school year!

The Floyd Qualls Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to several people.  In the vocational/technical category, the winner is Anna Havig, who is attending Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz., majoring in assistive technology.  She hopes to work with visually impaired people. The entering freshman winner is Alex Tettenhorst, who will begin his career at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He will be majoring in economics. Valeria Paradiso continues her undergraduate work at Hunter College in New York City, majoring in psychology with a goal of med school. Bianca Knight, the graduate winner, is in her second year of law school at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Kristen Boyle has been awarded the William G. Corey Scholarship. She will begin her freshman year at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, majoring in psychology and a possible minor in business. The Arnold Sadler Scholarship is awarded to Caitlin Lynch. She is completing her second year in a master's program in social work. She is attending Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. Tyler Littlefield will be a freshman at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo., majoring in computer science with an emphasis in security. He has received the Kellie Cannon Scholarship.

The Dr. S. Bradley Burson Science Scholarship is awarded to Shawn Berg. He will be a freshman at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., where his major will be mechanical engineering.  Minh Ha is the Bay State Council of the Blind scholarship winner. She will be a freshman at Boston College in Chestnut Hills, Mass., majoring in environmental science. The John Hebner Scholarship goes to Kaylyn Kasun, who is working full-time and taking a significant amount of course work. She is enrolled at Sullivan University in Louisville, majoring in human resources with an emphasis in leadership.

Brianna Jeffre has received the Eunice Fiorito Scholarship. She is majoring in vision rehabilitation therapy at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Dr. Duane Buckley Scholarship is awarded to Rob Blachowicz, who is an undergraduate at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, N.Y. He is majoring in elementary and special education. Kae Seth, a long-time ACB member, is awarded the ACB of Oregon scholarship. She is attending George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. She is working toward a M.A. in divinity.

Chandler Whittington has received the James R. Olsen Memorial Scholarship. He will continue his undergraduate work in finance and is attending Harding University in Searcy, Ark. The last 2 winners have been awarded the Ross & Patricia Pangere Foundation for the Visually Impaired Scholarship. Cody Bair is an undergraduate at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., majoring in accounting with a minor in economics. Our final winner is also a long-time ACB person. Paulette Monthei is a graduate student at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb. She will complete her master's degree in public administration.


The 2012 scholarship winners and committee members.  Top row, standing, left to right: Valorie Stanard, Gillie Presley, Mitch Pomerantz, Michael Garrett, Kristen Boyle, Alexander Tettenhorst, Chandler Whittington, Edward Aloi, Cody Bair, Shawn Berg, Bianca Knight, Paulette Monthei, Alan Bentson, Sharon Strzalkowski, Don Koors, Linda Jacobson.  Bottom row, seated: Chelle Hart, Minh Ha, Tyler Littlefield, Anna Havig, Cathy Schmitt Whitaker, Patty Slaby, Caitlin Lynch, Kaylyn Kasun, Rob Blachowicz, and Allison Riley.