Seniors STRIVE toward Rotary scholarship awards
Fifteen seniors at New Richmond High School were awarded $5,800 in scholarships from New Richmond Rotary Club for bettering their GPAs this year.
Normally the club gives out about $3,000 in scholarship money, said Paula Gretzlock, high school counselor.
The scholarships are part of the STRIVE program, a program designed to encourage students to improve their grade point average by at least half a letter grade. To qualify, seniors needed to start with a GPA at or below 3.5.
STRIVE, which stands for Seniors Taking Responsibility Improving Virtually Everything, awards scholarships ranging from $100 to $1,000 depending on the increase in GPA. It's sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond
Rotary member Mike Montello said the program is designed for kids who might not have taken their high school career seriously at first.
"We're trying to reinforce the idea that each day is a new day and that you can start over," he said. "It's never too late to start moving in a positive direction."
Of the 83 seniors that participated in STRIVE meetings, 52 were able to increase their GPAs, said Gretzlock.
Bettering their grades isn't the only requirement of the STRIVE participants.
Qualifying students (those with a GPA of 3.5 or below) were required to improve their GPA by at least a half letter grade, maintain at least 90 percent attendance through the entire year, attend five STRIVE meetings, attend a Rotary Club lunch meeting, complete four hours of "empowerment" activities, maintain full-time status and pass all courses during the school year.
Following is a list of the scholarship winners, the amount of which they increased their GPA and the total dollar amount won:
Alyssa Fahsling -- 1.544; $1,000
Chauntel Schultz -- 1.229; $800
Patrick Hailey -- 1.174; $700
Trish Braun -- .884; $500
Kristin Mishler -- .880; $500
Stephanie Schwan -- .781; $400
Scott Anderson -- .723; $400
Jenny Kieckhoefer -- .638; $300
Jessica Hesselink -- .620; $300
Darian Veenendahl -- .552; $250
Rachel Kerlin -- .523; $250
Kelsey Dahlquist -- .068; $100
Charlie Gartner -- .061; $100
Lacey Laughan -- .417; $100
Anthony Mara -- .300; $100
"This is a huge testament to our community's support of our kids, along with the hard work our kids put forward to earn this incredible amount of scholarship money," Gretzlock said.