JCCC Scholarship Winners Press Conference

March 16, 2015

Students of the Year

Adam Kozuszek – Waltonville High School

Adam plans on attending the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. His interest is in Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Off-Road Equipment Engineering. Helping his family with their farm at a young age was the inspiration for Adam’s educational path. With his Ag Engineering Degree, Adam says his goal is to “work for a farm equipment manufacturer and help in the design of parts and machines that will power farming in the future.”

While attending high school, Adam has been involved in many community service activities. Through the 4-H program, he has served food at a local homeless shelter and volunteered in fairground cleanup and improvement days. He is a member of the CYM (Catholic Youth Ministry) and has helped served Thanksgiving dinner in the community. He has been the Chapter Treasurer and President for the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and is a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes.)

Andrew Capps – MTVHS

Andrew plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University in the fall. He expects to major in Business Management with a special interest in Human Resources. After graduation, Andrew hopes to find a job in the Mt Vernon area.

While attending high school, Andrew has been involved in many activities. These include, but are not limited to Student Council, FFA, Drama Club, Scholar Bowl, and volunteering with the Special Olympics. He has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years and has been on the Jefferson County Youth Accountability Panel for four years.

Rend Lake College Scholarship Recipient

Dalton McGowan– MVTHS

Dalton is excited to attend Rend Lake College in the fall of 2015. After receiving his Associate Degree, he plans to attend a university to receive his Bachelor’s Degree. While he is undecided on a major, he wishes to pursue a career in which he would be able to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of others. He states ” I cannot measure the amount of compassion for others that I learned while working with the homeless on a mission trip last summer. I want to bring those life lessons back to Jefferson County and make a difference in my own community.”

While attending high school, Dalton has stayed busy with both school and community activities. While on the varsity soccer team, he was named Team Captain and also Team MVP in 2014. In 2013 he was Rookie of the Year for the tennis team. He has been a YMCA Youth Soccer Coach, Soccer Referee, and a Youth Basketball Assistant Coach.


Ben Teriet -Mt. Vernon Primary Center (Kindergarten)

Grant funds will be used to support the literacy program at the Primary Center. Daily 5 is a program for organizing literacy time so students develop a love of reading, writing, and working independently. In order to implement the Daily 5, a series of learning stations are required. Each station has a variety of learning activities for students to choice from. Three of the stations: Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Listen to Reading, require a significant amount of age appropriate literature that students can select according to their reading level. The grant funds will be used to purchase books that are available with audio CDs for the Listening Center, books that students can read independently, and books that the teacher can read aloud to students in order to model fluency.

Charlie Simer – Woodlawn Grade School (Grade 6-8)

Funding will be used to purchase “Lego Mindstorms EV3.” Students will participate in a hands on robotics program using the Lego Mindstorms set. Topics will include designing and building programmable robots, using motors, sensors, gears, wheels and axels, and troubleshooting designs for robot performance while communicating effectively utilizing scientific and technical language. Technology like this will help to meet the new STEM initiative while allowing students to explore and develop their own thoughts and opinions.

Janet Sinks – Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center (Grade K-3)

Grant funds will be used to purchase a Beamz interactive music system to be used in music classes and in special education classes. While the Beamz system plays music, it is not dependent on the children having any music ability. It can help students to develop academic skills like sequencing, counting, following directions, and learning sight words. Because special needs students are mainstreamed with the general population for music class, this instrument will allow all ages and abilities to participate successfully.

April Hertenstein – J.L. Buford Intermediate Center (Pre-K -5))

Funds will be used to support and expand the School Social Work/ School Counseling Library. This will allow for greater access to resources that can be used to aid students who need support dealing with adversities. Topics that are addressed include anger management, impulse control, staying on task, anxiety, abuse, conflict resolution, depression, divorce, and bullying.

Megan Pierce – Farrington Grade School (Grad K)

Grant funds will be used to purchase the “Community Helper’s” program. This program will teach students how their community works, as well as, how each person and job plays a part in that community. Megan says “Learning about how communities work broadens the world they live in.” In addition, the Community Helper’s program will teach students about working together and being reliable, honest, trustworthy, and good citizens.

Allyson Heitmeyer – Rome Grade School (Grade K-8)

Grant funds will be used to purchase a portion of a full music curriculum package called “Quaver’s Beyond Marvelous General Music Curriculum.” The portion purchased will be entitled “Instruments and Ensembles” and “Composers and Music History.” The Quaver curriculum is a comprehensive, fully digital program for the 21st century music classroom. Lessons are packed full of interactive whiteboard activities and assessments, as well as creative movement, music composition, and hands-on classroom activities.