June 19, 2002

Contact:      Jennifer Kurczek
      Community Relations Director

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



Community Health Network awards $6,500 in scholarships

to area high school graduates


Each year, Community Health Network (CHN) rewards graduating high school seniors in the Green Lake, Waushara, Marquette county region with CHN Healthcare Award scholarships.


Given in various denominations, the scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a solid track record of achievement – obtaining a high grade point average, participating in extra curricular and community activities, and being of moral and compassionate character. Students honored must intend to pursue secondary education in a medical-related field.


This year, CHN awarded $6,500 in Healthcare Awards to area high school graduates, who exemplify the very fiber of which the CHN Healthcare Awards were established.


Berlin -- CHN Pauline Wahlers Healthcare Award

Honoring a long-time beloved CHN volunteer and selected by a committee including Pauline’s husband, Jack Wahlers, this $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating Berlin High School student. The 2002 Award has been given to Erik Mork, son of Lynn and Pam Mork of Berlin.


Erik will be pursuing a career in athletic training when he begins studies at the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse this fall. During his high school career, he participated in a magnitude of extra curricular activities, including football and track for four years; musical, swing choir and madrigals; Student Government; Tobacco Coalition; Badger Boys State and LINC Crew.


Green Lake County

In addition to Berlin High School, CHN awards scholarships to students at three other Green Lake County High Schools: Green Lake, Markesan and Princeton High Schools.


In Princeton, the $1,000 CHN Healthcare Award for 2002 was awarded to Kimberly Wianecki, who will pursue a career in optometry when she begins her undergraduate studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere this fall. At Princeton High School, Wianecki was active in Student Government for four years, was a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in the school’s Peers Reaching Others program. She was a Badger Girls State delegate and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.


Lauren Welsh, a Green Lake High School graduate, was honored with a $500 CHN Healthcare Award in her community. While at Green Lake High School, Welsh participated in student government, Spanish Club, youth tutoring, Green Lake County Tobacco Coalition, volleyball, basketball and track while maintaining a near-perfect GPA. This fall, she will attend Lawrence University majoring in pre-medicine.


In Markesan, the $500 CHN Healthcare Award was presented to Ross Miller, who will begin the pre-medicine undergraduate program at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse this fall. During his high school tenure, Miller participated in basketball, wrestling, and football, and was a member of the school’s Academic Bowl team.


Marquette County

The $500 CHN Healthcare Award in Montello was given to Sara Beth Smalley. Active in band, cheerleading, music and the National Honor Society while attending Montello High School, Smalley will begin studies for a career in occupational therapy when she attends the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo this fall.


Waushara County

In Wautoma, Kameron Peterson was honored with a $1,000 CHN Healthcare Award. During his high school tenure, Peterson participated in soccer, choir, band, National Honor Society and student government. This fall, he will begin studies in pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Wild Rose High School graduate Amy Daniels, who will major in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall, was awarded a $500 CHN Healthcare scholarship. While attending Wild Rose High School, Daniels served as a four-year member of the soccer team and band program and participated in forensics.


Tri-County High School graduate Stephanie Robinson received a $500 CHN Healthcare Award scholarship. Pursuing a degree in biology when she attends the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall, Robinson was a member of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams, the National Honor Society and yearbook staff.


Students honored with the CHN Healthcare Awards receive their scholarship disbursements in two increments: the first following registration for first semester, and the second after the start of the second semester having achieved a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the first semester