Scholarships, award winners, graduates; Southern Utah boasts outstanding students

SOUTHERN UTAH – From scholarships to awards and graduations, Southern Utah is home to some of the state’s finest students, demonstrated by a series of academic achievements at the end of this recent school year.

Cedar City Women in Business

After a year of fundraising, Cedar City Women in Business has chosen eight scholarship recipients to receive between $250 to $750 each towards tuition expenses at an Iron County college or university.

Cedar City Women in Business is a service arm of the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce that is committed to providing business networking and continuing education opportunities for women in Iron County. This year, they were able to increase the number of scholarships awarded after a successful year of fundraising events including, the annual Pumpkin Festival and inaugural Women’s Expo.

Women in Business is all about encouraging women to pursue their educational and career dreams,” Cedar City Women in Business President Rachelle Hughes said. “We are excited to introduce our scholarship recipients to the community. They all have big career dreams and have already shown their commitment to this community and their field of study.”

The scholarship recipients are Kalli Tyler, Megan Culler, Alell Swanson and Jessica Chamberlin of Canyon View High School, Aubree Little of Parowan High School, Kirsten Bernhardi of Success Academy, Doranely Garcia of Cedar High School and Johna Andreason, a non-traditional adult education student from Kanarraville. They will pursue education in radiology, nursing, biology, pharmacy and biochemistry. For more information about Cedar City Women in Business, call 435-586-4484 or visit the organization website.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

On June 29, Samuel McKnight of Leeds (along with 42 other students from across the country) graduated from the Law Enforcement Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minn. A commencement ceremony was held at the college with more than 300 people in attendance.

McKnight also received the 2013 Les Northrup Award, which is presented to a student who demonstrates wisdom, vision and leadership in the ongoing quest to improve themselves and the community. He was selected by the program staff for his display of leadership ability, setting a good example to other students, surpassing standards and expectations and his willingness to accept and complete extra tasks.

By completing the program, McKnight and his fellow students participated in the 500 hours of skill and classroom training required of all individuals seeking careers as peace officers in Minnesota.

Students are trained in accident investigation, bombs and explosives, civil disturbance calls, mobile field force, crimes in progress response, domestic violence investigation and intervention, drug interdiction, DUI detection and standardized field sobriety testing, emergency vehicle operations, radar enforcement, traffic stops, crime scene investigation, gang education, drug and controlled substance investigations, report writing, aerosol chemical weapons and chemical agents, pressure point control tactics and firearm training. The Law Enforcement Program has an enrollment of more than 250 students each year, making it one of the most popular programs offered at the college and one of the largest law enforcement training programs in Minnesota.

After classroom and skills training, students are required to pass the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and training board exam to become eligible for employment as a peace officer in Minnesota. More about Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College can be found here.


Students from various Utah high school and college technical education programs received some of the nation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. June 24-28. Industry leaders representing over 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 98 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, including robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking; all contests are designed, run and judged using industry standards.

Winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions, along with prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. Additionally, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates.

Southern Utah University student Robert Bonds, of Washington City, was awarded the college/post-secondary silver medal in cabinetmaking and is also Skill Point Certificate recipient.

“Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships this week,” SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence said. “This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students, instructors and industries are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that
career and technical education expands opportunities.”

The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event strengthening America’s future workforce since 1967. More information on the SkillsUSA program can be found here.

Southwest Applied Technology College

Southwest Applied Technology College, a division of the Utah College of Applied Technology in Cedar City, awarded scholarships for the 2013-14 school year to eight Southern Utah students in a variety of fields. The students are Bret Brooks (welding) of Escalante High School, Trevor Forsyth (IT network administrator) and Charles Jett (EMT) of Cedar High School, Miranda Munford (medical assistant) of Southwest Education Academy and Tyler Bench (IT network administator,) Taylor Hulet (apprenticeship plumbing,) Nicholas Lloyd (automotive) and Racheal Palmer (medical assistant) of Canyon View High School.

More information on SWATC can be found here.

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