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TRIO-SSS recognizes students' achievements

May 9, 2017

TRIO-SSS students were invited to the annual TRIO-SSS Recognition Night on Thursday, April 27. This was a time for students to celebrate and reflect upon the great accomplishments over the past school year.

The evening started off with a warm welcome from the TRIO Director, Trudy Ahrens. She gave a short overview of the program, its history and highlighted some successes from the year. 

During the event, awards were given out to students as well as faculty and staff. Students were asked to nominate a staff and faculty member who helped them throughout the year for one of the TRIO-SSS Excellence Awards.

Students from TRIO-SSS pose with Advisor. (From left to right): George Farmah, Danielle Breaman, Jovan Ignacio, Tiffany Neavin (TRIO-SSS Advisor), Leticia Paulsen, Lamont Wilson and Garret Dean-Foster.Students from TRIO-SSS pose with Advisor. (From left to right): George Farmah, Danielle Breaman, Jovan Ignacio, Tiffany Neavin (TRIO-SSS Advisor), Leticia Paulsen, Lamont Wilson and Garret Dean-Foster.

Staff Excellence Awards were presented to Stacey Geerdes, Deb Weston and Jeremy Ward.

One of the Faculty Excellence Awards was presented to Lecia Berven. Tony Stubbs was also recognized as a recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award; however, he was unable to attend. 

In addition to the staff and faculty awards, TRIO-SSS students were also presented with awards and recognition in the following categories:

  • Completion of the TRIO-SSS Bridge Program: Aleshia Te Slaa, Rock Valley; Colten Christensen, Ringsted; George Farmah, Eagan, Minn.; Jennifer Rodriquez, Saint James, Minn.; Joe Tonderum, Ayrshire; Katherine Harrison, Swea City; Leigh Chinn, Spencer; Leticia Paulsen, Estherville; Travis Meyer, Estherville; Ty Harson, Emmetsburg; Zach Pedersen, Milford.

  • Completion of the TRIO-SSS STEP Program: Danielle Breaman, Estherville; George Farmah, Eagan, Minn.; Joe Tonderum, Ayrshire; Kylie Weisbrod, Emmetsburg; Leticia Paulsen, Estherville; Ty Harson, Emmetsburg.

  • Above and Beyond Participation: Aleshia Te Slaa, Rock Valley; Ashlyn Reimers, Bancroft; Danielle Breaman, Estherville; Derrick Feldhans, Spirit Lake; Devin Meier, Forest City; Garret Dean-Foster, Garner; George Farmah, Eagan, Minn.; Ivy Gonnerman, Spirit Lake; Joe Tonderum, Ayrshire; Kylie Weisbrod, Emmetsburg; Lamont Wilson, St. Louis, Mo.; Lauren Flaharty, Dickens; Leigh Chinn, Spencer; Leticia Paulsen, Estherville; Lincoln Larsen, Sioux City; Nate Benson, Ruthven; Ty Harson, Emmetsburg; Zach Pedersen, Milford.

  • Women in STEM: Alyssa Johnson, Okoboji; Jackie Tonderum, Ayrshire; Jennifer Rodriguez, Saint James, Minn.; Michelle Moen, Armstrong; Paula Griese, Armstrong; Sarah Alexander, Ruthven.

  • New to TRIO: Paula Griese, Armstrong.

  • TRIO-SSS Peer Tutors: Ivy Gonnerman, Spirit Lake; Zach Pedersen, Milford.

  • TRIO-SSS Grant Aid Awardees: Alyssa Johnson, Okoboji; Charli Miller, Spirit Lake; Jackie Tonderum, Ayrshire; Joe Tonderum, Ayrshire; Jordyn Moyes, Grinnell; Sarah Alexander, Ruthven.

  • TRIO-SSS Fall and Spring Scholarship Awardees: Ashlyn Reimers, Bancroft; George Farmah, Eagan, Minn.; Joe Tonderum, Ayrshire; Lauren Flaharty, Dickens; Ty Harson, Emmetsburg.

  • Sidekick Award: Joe Tonderum, Ayrshire; Lamont Wilson, St. Louis, Mo.

  • 2016-2017 Graduates: Alyssa Johnson, Okoboji; Colten Christensen, Ringsted; Danielle Breaman, Estherville; George Farmah, Eagan, Minn.; Ivy Gonnerman, Spirit Lake; Joe Tonderum, Ayrshire; Jovan Ignacio, Yigo, Guam; Jordyn Moyes, Grinnell; Katherine Harrison, Swea City; Lauren Flaharty, Dickens; Zach Pedersen, Milford. 

After all the awards were presented, the students were asked to share their favorite memories of the past year with TRIO-SSS. Campus visits, cultural enrichments trips and meeting new friends seemed to be the highlight of the year for the students. The evening closed with photo opportunities of the students and staff. 

For More Information:

Trudy Ahrens, TRIO Director, at 712-362-5302, or tahrens@iowalakes.edu

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