July 7th, 2003

Contact:      Jennifer Kurczek
      Community Relations Director

      (920)361-5481 or jkurczek@partnershealth.org



CHN Volunteer Services names 2003 scholarship winners


Community Health Network’s (CHN) volunteers have selected their 2003 scholarship winners, awarding four area students with monies to apply toward their higher education efforts.


Using proceeds from fundraisers held throughout the year, CHN Volunteer Services awarded $750 continuing education scholarships to Valerie Buchholz of Wautoma and Elyse Feinhals of Berlin and $750 flexible scholarships to Stacey Fralish of Berlin and Michelle Bahn of Ripon.


Valerie Buchholz

A graduate of Wautoma High School, Buchholz, was ranked 8th in her class with a grade point average exceeding 4.1. During her high school tenure, she was highly involved in student activities, including National Honor Society, Physics and Spanish Clubs, Student Council and yearbook staff. A member of the National Band Association All-State Band and East Central Conference Honors Band, she also volunteered at Berlin Memorial Hospital, Juliette Manor nursing home, Habitat for Humanity and church endeavors. She will major in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall.


Elyse Feinhals

Berlin High School graduate Feinhals will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this fall, where she will major in psychology. During her high school tenure, she was an accomplished swimmer, winning sectionals and proceeding to state level competitions. She was also a member of the concert band and choir, in which she achieved firsts at the state level of Solo and Ensemble. Outside of school, Feinhals is involved with her church youth group program.


Stacey Fralish

Awarded a CHN Volunteer Services flexible scholarship for the second consecutive year, Fralish is pursuing a major in social work and a minor in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Following graduation, she intends to continue graduate studies in pursuing a career in Education Counseling. In addition to her scholastic endeavors, Fralish is involved with a variety of community organizations including the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Center, Families and Schools Together program, Relay for Life and her church.


Michelle Bahn

As a third year biology student at Ripon College this fall, Bahn achieved a 4.0 collegiate grade point average during her first two years of undergraduate studies at Carroll College. She spends her time outside of the classroom by volunteering with the Green Lake County Special Olympics program, Fox River Industries program and tutoring. With her sights set on a career as a physician, Bahn is currently studying for the Medical College Admission Test with the intention of beginning medical school in the fall of 2004.


Students honored with the CHN Volunteer Services scholarships receive their monies in two increments: the first following completion of the first semester with a grade point average of at least 3.0, and the second upon completion of the second semester with a grade point average of at least 3.0.