Melissa Henry receives Saint Mary’s 2018 Outstanding Senior Award

first_imgDuring her four years at Saint Mary’s, senior Melissa Henry served the College community as a volunteer in Circle K International (CKI), a Resident Advisor and as co-president of the college’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).In April, Henry received a pleasant surprise in the mail — a letter informing her that she received the 2018 Outstanding Senior Award.The award, presented by the Saint Mary’s Alumnae Association, is given to a senior who “exemplifies the spirit and values of her school and is distinguished by scholarship, leadership, and outstanding dedication to Saint Mary’s,” according to a press release.Henry, who is also one of five co-valedictorians, was nominated by Jennifer Essig, clinical assistant director and professional specialist in the department of communicative sciences and disorders, and Lee Ann Moore, volunteer coordinator for the Sisters of the Holy Cross.“It was such an honor [to be nominated],” Henry said. “I was very surprised, but to know that both Lee Ann and Jen Essig both nominated me was an incredible feeling.”Henry volunteers at the Sisters of the Holy Cross convent through CKI and established “Dining Divas,” a program in which students can volunteer to feed the Sisters. In addition to attending social events at the convent, Henry works in the activity office there and assists individual Sisters.“It started out as going there once a week to spend time with the Sisters and forget the stresses of the day and they were always welcoming and kind,” Henry said. “I really found a community there in addition to the college community, and it helped me grow as an individual.”Henry was honored Monday at the alumnae champagne brunch for seniors with her family in attendance.“My parents were really, really excited,” she said. “This was an unexpected award.”Henry said she did not tell many of her friends about the award, as she believed that while she received the honor, the class of 2018 has many seniors who are worthy of praise.“It is an incredible honor, but there are so many amazing graduates this year that we as a class the heart of Saint Mary’s,” she said. “I don’t think of myself as the one individual outstanding senior.”Henry will give two speeches at Commencement, and one at the champagne brunch.“The champagne brunch is a great opportunity to speak in front of my classmates and get ready to become more comfortable with the speeches at graduation,” Henry said. “It’s a great learning experience to have this speech writing and public speaking experience.”Henry said that volunteering shaped her college career, and it is a way students can anchor themselves in a community to make connections.“When you come to a totally new place, and there’s this thing available to you that you can grab onto to have connections with people … While volunteering, I never felt like I don’t belong there,” Henry said. “It’s been a great way to connect. The college community is amazing, but we’re preparing to go into the real world, and volunteering allows you to work with a variety of people.”Henry also said she believes volunteering in college helped her learn more about the South Bend community.“Volunteering also helps you get into your local community,” she said. “In college, we have a great community here, but to branch out and get into all the opportunities South Bend has is a really good thing.”After graduation, Henry will pursue a doctorate of audiology degree at Vanderbilt University.“I knew I wanted to go into a profession where I serve others,” Henry said. “I’m bringing hearing to people who may otherwise not have it, and hearing, speaking and communicating is how we connect with people.”Henry said volunteer work inspired her to focus on impacting individuals and making a difference in her community.“Working in the convent as taught me that the elderly don’t always have the best hearing healthcare, and it can be isolating,” she said. “If you focus on impacting the lives of individual people, it can turn into more of a community impact. One person can’t do everything, but everyone can do something.”Tags: Commencement, melissa henry, outstanding senior 2018, Outstanding senior awardlast_img read more

From caddying to Colorado – Gower ready for America

first_img Ellie Gower is ready to start college in America boosted by her latest stint ‘inside the ropes’ as a teenage caddie on the Ladies’ European Tour.The 17-year-old England girls’ squad member is preparing to take the next step up the golfing ladder when she flies out next month to start her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.For Gower (now living just outside Perth, Scotland and a member of the foundation at Gleneagles), it’s a natural step to make.What is out of the ordinary, though, is how she has prepared for the January move.Gower has recently returned from the Spanish Open where she caddied for English pro Ellie Givens.The pair struck up an unlikely friendship purely by accident five years ago at a time when Gower – then living in France with her family – was relaxed about golf as a hobby let alone a career.The chance encounter with Givens at the 2014 Lacoste Ladies’ Open near Biarritz changed the youngster’s focus.In the space of the next four years, Gower was transformed from a 36 handicapper into an England international playing off a handicap of +2.Now she’s packing her bags in anticipation of her move to the States on 6 January.Gower’s route has been unconventional, but what it has done is given her a unique insight into the dream career she’s chasing once her college days and England Golf challenges are over.“I’m just back from Spain having caddied for Ellie in the Spanish Open and that was good fun,” admitted Gower, pictured below with her mentor and friend.“It’s good being inside the ropes and watching how they practice and how they do their course planners and all the things you wouldn’t normally see in any detail.“You also discover you’re not a million miles away at times. Myself and Ellie hit it the same distances now and so when she asked me in Spain what I thought – eight iron or nine iron –  I was able to say nine!“I can now help her read putts too which is great.“I didn’t know what I was going into at first. I was only 12 but everyone on tour has been great.“When I first started doing it, I was little Ellie and she was big Ellie.“Know I’m taller than her so it’s become a joke.“I realise it’s a privileged position to be in and so I’m trying to learn as much as I can and put it to good use in my game.“I only started watching Ellie at that first event because we had the same name.“At the end she came up and had a chat and I was like ‘wow’.“We kept in touch through Facebook and the next year she asked me to caddie for her at that event.“I was 12 when I first caddied. The first year I did she came 11th so I must have done alright.“I’ve caddied for five years running and it’s been amazing.“Moving to college in America now is a bit scary, but my mum is coming out with me for the first week.“I chose Colorado because got on really well with the coach and there was an instant connection.“There are also two girls there from past England squads – Issy Simpson and Sophie Johnson.“I know them both and they are really nice and that makes me feel more comfortable.“The ultimate dream is to play on the LPGA Tour so we’ll see how it goes.”Given that dad Brian is a qualified PGA pro and her parents moved the family to France when Ellie was a toddler to buy their own golf course, you would assume Ellie was destined for a career in the sport.However, Gower showed no real desire to play until the meeting with Givens proved a lightbulb moment.She added: “When I was three my parents bought a nine-hole course – Golf de Barthe near Bergerac – and I’ve always been around golf.“I wasn’t really that interested in it. My dad took me and my sister on the range and when he wasn’t looking we’d just throw the balls away to save us hitting them!“My dad saw I had potential, but I wasn’t that interested.“Then he took me to the event in Biarritz and it clicked.“We moved to Scotland a few years ago because my sister Hannah, who is now 22, goes to university in Glasgow.“I’m part of the foundation at Gleneagles and all the pros are lovely and they always try to help you. Gleneagles is such a great place to practise and I’m also getting brilliant coaching with the England squad.”The good news for the England coaches is that while Gower is off to America she will return in May and be available for selection for key team events over the summer.That’s a relief for Gower who is eager to play her part in the 2020 campaign.She added: “I’d love to represent England again. It’s an honour and a privilege.“I want to play in the Home Internationals and Europeans if I can.“I played in both of these in 2019 and I’ve also played against Ireland, Spain and Switzerland in the past.” 16 Dec 2019 From caddying to Colorado – Gower ready for America Insert photograph credit: LETlast_img read more

“Superman” Earns Fourth Northwest Extreme Late Model Victory at Grays Harbor…

first_imgFast Time: Collen Winebarger, 17.015Heat Race Winners: Greg Walters (1), Jerry Schram (2)Trophy Dash Winner: Jerry SchramA-Feature: 1. Collen Winebarger, 2.Greg Walters, 3. Joe German, 4. Jerry Schram, 5. Jason Johnson, 6. Eddie Day, 7. Jack Marontate, 8. John Gamell, 9. Brad Martin, 10. Justin Perkins, 11. Bob Trout, 12. Jacob Myers Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Ben DeatherageCollen Winebarger earned his fourth straight Northwest Extreme Late Model Series victory of the season. Photo courtesy of Fletcher Motorsports PhotographyElma, Washington- The phenom was back to his winning ways on the Friday June 28th event at the Grays Harbor Raceway.  Corbett, Oregon native Collen Winebarger collected another winner’s check to earn his fourth straight Northwest Extreme Late Model Series victory of the season.  The kid they call “Superman” would thrill the crowd in the thirty-lap non-stop main event which would see Winebarger come from the very back to earn the triumph.Two-time and defending IMCA Modified champion Joe German of Wishkah would lead the early circuits.  It was German’s first race with the Northwest Extreme Late Model Series as he hopped into Ozman Services Inc./CCS Industrial Services #75X Rayburn for car owner Phil Vinson.  German would lead the first four laps all while putting up a battle with the Smokercraft Boats #56 Rayburn of “Captain” Jack Marontate from Newberg, Oregon.Marontate and German would exchange the lead a handful of times before both would be overtaken by Jerry Schram from Vancouver.  Schram was the car to beat in his Schram Brothers Excavating/Century III Stables #16 MasterSbilt for much of the race and was seeking his first series win at GHR.  Schram would be the trailblazer until lap twenty when young Winebarger would take the lead.Winebarger, who started in the last row, would take off with the lead and cover the rest of the distance at the front of the field.  It marked the fourth straight series victory for the chauffeur of the Discount Race Car Parts/Hillsboro Vac & Sew/All In Property Investments #1 MasterSbilt starting all the way back in early May.  The series has visited three different tracks so far and he has won at least one feature at all three of them.Finishing in second place was two-time series champion Greg Walters from Banks, Oregon in his T&G Trucking/American Landscaping #97 Victory Circle while Joe German would finish third. Completing the top five finishers were Jerry Schram in fourth and the Jackhammer Trucking/T&G Trucking #76 Rayburn of Gresham, Oregon’s Jason Johnson.Collen Winebarger was the quick clocker in time trials at 17.015 seconds.  Heat race winners were Greg Walters and Jerry Schram while Schram would later on earn the trophy dash victory.The Northwest Extreme Late Models will back in action for night two at Grays Harbor Raceway on Saturday June 29th. The event will be presented by the Elma Chamber of Commerce organization.Race Summary:Northwest Extreme Late Model Series Race #6Friday June 28th, 2013Grays Harbor RacewayElma, Washington12 Entrieslast_img read more