More awards, scholastic honors won by local students

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I just learned that Friday, June 15, is being noted as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.” I’m sure we all agree that older members of our communities deserve the same respect and dignity as everyone else. But unfortunately, they do not all get the care, support and protection that they should. We can help by keeping them active, be alert to their situations and needs and visit those you know are alone or possibly being abused.



The Treasure Valley Family YMCA President and CEO David Duro announced the recipients of its 2018 YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarships: Acelynn (Acey) Norris from Boise High School, luwabukola (Bukky) Ogunrinola from Ridgevue High School in Nampa, Colette Raptosh from Capital High School in Boise, and Alyssa Wainaina from Renaissance High School in Meridian.

“This year we were able to award $20,000 from the scholarship fund,” Duro said. Dottie and Ed Stimpson, longtime community volunteers, endowed the YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship have made significant contributions to their communities, Duro said.

According to Marketing and Communications Director Robyn Hayes, from the Family YMCA, Acey Norris volunteers for several activities, including Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP), and Wild Hearts Idaho youth programs. She plans to attend the University of Idaho.

Bukky Ogunrinola has displayed her commitment to creating safe spaces and opportunities for youth to grow and thrive, engaging students in dialogues and activism through debate club, poetry slams and national summits for positive impact in the community. She is considering either Boise State University or Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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Colette Raptosh has demonstrated strong leadership skills, promoting “equity and inclusivity for women and other minority groups.” She has been recognized nationally for her work with the Idaho Women’s Marches in 2017 and 2018. She intends to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Alyssa Wainaina has shown leadership through her development of the Key Club in high school and her work at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She plans to attend Boise State University.

The Y’s goals say “We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”


Cedarville University reports that the following students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester: Janessa Bartlow of Nampa; Abigail Piper of Kuna; and Marcus Waterman of Caldwell. They all maintained a 3.5 GPA while taking at least 12 credit hours. The university is located between and Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, and is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its Christian community, rigorous academic programs and accredited professional and health science offerings.

Hesston College announced that Curtis Oesch of Caldwell graduated with an associate of science degree. Oesch was also named to the Dean’s List, with spring 2018 semester grades of 3.90 to 4.00. Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is a liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA, and there were 131 graduates in the May commencement.

Marie Galyean writes the Front Porch column for the Idaho Press-Tribune. Email your local news, club activities, honors and other “tidbits” to community@idahopress.com.


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