STRIDE Honors Successful Freshmen at Convocation
The Students Taking Responsibility in Development and Education (STRIDE) Program at Wayne State College held “Freshmen Convocation” on Jan. 30 to honor the current freshman class. STRIDE is a federally funded TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education designed to offer student support services at WSC.
The program serves 60 freshmen and honored 33 of those students for their outstanding academic achievements in their first semester of college. Twenty freshmen signed the STRIDE Freshman Honor Roll book and received framed certificates for earning a 3.0 grade point average or above last semester.
Those in attendance who were recognized for their achievement: Carl Tiller, Norfolk; Katrina Leader, Norfolk; Zach Kalina, Elkhorn; Andre Armstrong, Norfolk; Brandon Gunnink, Leota, Minn.; Haley Hanson, Scotia; Justin Holub, Dodge; Ryan Janke, Winside; Amanda Powell, Tilden; Travis Schemmel, Sioux City, Iowa; Trenton Brichacek, Pender; Seth Johnson, Gothenburg; Erica Brenner, Wayne; Lauren Terveen, Bennington; Josh York, York; Kelsey Witte, Valentine; and Leanne Lill, LeMars, Iowa.
Thirteen freshmen also received Honorable Mention Certificates for earning a 2.5 – 2.999 grade point average their first semester. Those students in attendance who were honored: Maya Bowers, Springfield; Ashley Byers, David City; Sierra Depledge, Hartington; Kenia Herrera, South Sioux City; and Katie Wimmer, O’ Neill.
The convocation featured speaker was Greg VanderWeil, assistant professor of technology and applied science. The event student speaker was Tamara Nash, a STRIDE peer mentor and tutor. Curt Frye, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students; Dr. Jeff Carstens, Associate Dean of Student Life; members of the STRIDE program staff; and STRIDE Peer Mentors attended the convocation ceremony.