Allison Johnston

High School Scholarship Recipients

Allison Johnston is a graduate of Benzie Central High School. She currently lives in Thompsonville with her parents, Eric and Stephanie, her younger brother, and an exchange student from Germany. Allison plans on attending Michigan State University (MSU) this fall to pursue nursing. She hopes to become an emergency room nurse in an urban area with the goal of returning to school to become a nurse practitioner. She looks forward to participating in student theater and “something crazy” like Quidditch while at MSU.

Charlee Schaefer

Charlee Shaefer graduated from Brethren High School and plans to attend Central Michigan University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and a minor in business administration. After college, she wants to work as an event planner in either a hotel or resort. Charlee hopes to save up enough money to buy her own hotel or resort, which will ultimately bring happiness to visiting families and herself.

David Werner

David Werner is an 18-year-old Lake Ann resident and senior at Grand Traverse Academy. He works at the Stone Oven restaurant and hopes to advance his cooking career. David plans to attend the Great Lakes Culinary Institute in the fall, where he wishes to attain an associate in applied science degree in Culinary Arts (with a baking certificate) and in business. After school, he wishes to work in several different high-end restaurants and hotels in order to get a good feel for the industry and a better idea of the exact direction for his future.

Kelsey LaCross

Adult Scholarship Recipients

Kelsey LaCross is a Spanish teacher at Leland Public School. She will begin her Master of Arts in Spanish Language in Guanajuato, Mexico, with a goal of researching service-learning and trade-skill internships for high school students that integrate the study of Spanish. Kelsey believes that student motivation to continue language studies will increase and, in the long run, students will be better prepared to enter the global workforce with greater satisfaction throughout their adult careers. She has led student volunteer experiences in the rural communities of Costa Rica and Guatemala. Kelsey lives in Lake Leelanau with her husband, Ben, and children Keaton, 12, Lauren, 10, and Cameron, 6.

Allison Marvin

Allison Marvin is a second-year culinary student at Northwestern Michigan College. She is working toward an associate in applied science degree in the Culinary Arts with a baking certificate. Currently, Allison works three jobs: lead line cook at Red Lobster in Traverse City, line cook at Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City, and an intern at Crust—A Baking Company in Fenton. Her goals are to become a chef or pastry chef and to travel and experience food in other cultures.