AmeriCorps honors, rewards graduates of program
09/14/2000

HAYS, KS -- Seven members of ProjectSERV AmeriCorps at Fort Hays State University were honored at a graduation ceremony Aug. 28 in the Memorial Union and all received an education award for the coming academic year. All completed 900 hours or 1,700 hours of community service this past year.

The recipients are listed in alphabetical order.

Erika Barrett, Mankato graduate student, completed 900 working with academically at-risk youths at Felten Middle School and Wilson Elementary School. She also coordinated the "Backpacks for Kids" program through First Call for Help in Hays. She will receive a $2,362 educational award for her ProjectSERV AmeriCorps service. Barrett, daughter of Don and Charli Barrett, Randall, obtained a bachelor of arts degree in sociology in May from FHSU. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling. She is a 1996 graduate of Jewell High School.

Gabrielle Becker, Downs senior, completed 900 hours of community service working with academically at-risk youth in programs held at the Hays Public Library and Lincoln Elementary School. She also coordinated the successful Hays Service Challenge Week. Becker will receive a $2,362 education award.

She is the daughter of Dennis and Judy Rominger, Pratt. She is a senior at FHSU majoring in elementary education. She is a 1997 graduate of Downs High School.

Ryan Carpenter, Dodge City senior, completed 1,700 hours of community service working as service learning coordinator at Hays High School. In this capacity, he raised student awareness of both current and future community service opportunities. Under his guidance, 75 high school students contributed more than 2,700 hours to various community projects. Carpenter will receive a $2,362 educational award. Ryan, son of Kent and Marie Carpenter, Dodge City, is majoring in political science and justice studies. He is a 1993 graduate of Dodge City High School.

Laura Denny, Ellis, completed 900 hours of community working with academically at-risk youth in the Read Hays! program. Her responsibilities included program coordination, tutor training, and providing tutoring in reading. She will receive a $2,362 education award. She earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from FHSU in May 1998.

Angela Moore, Brewster senior, completed 900 hours of community service working at the Ellis County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Her projects included working with Red Cross service clubs in the Hays Public Schools and the promotion of health and safety fairs. She will receive a $2,362 education award. She is the daughter of LeAnne Ensign and granddaughter of Wanda Fulwider, Brewster, and is majoring in elementary education.

Jennifer Tokoi, Leoti junior, completed 900 hours of community service working with academically at-risk youths. At Washington Elementary School, she coordinated their new HOST tutoring program. HOST is Helping One Student at a Time. She also served in the kindergarten program at Roosevelt Elementary School working one-on-one with at-risk kindergarten students. She is a two-year AmeriCorps member and received special recognition at the ceremony for completing her hours in only 10 months. She will receive a $2,362 educational award. Tokoi, daughter of Hilton and Shirley Tokoi, Leoti, is majoring in elementary education. She is a 1998 graduate of Wichita County High School.

Jessica Wagner, Kensington senior, completed 900 hours of community service assisting with the Head Start program at Washington and Lincoln Elementary Schools, Hays. She also participated in several events helping people in need. She will receive a $2,362 education award. She is the daughter of Bart and Cindy Wagner, Kensington, and is majoring in elementary education and early childhood development. She is a 1997 graduate of West Smith County High School.


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