|2013 Seligman High School graduate Kyndra James, left, receives a $500 scholarship from Yavapai County Supv. Craig Brown and his wife Sandi Brown.|
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|Top photo: 2013 Chino Valley High School graduate Shawnee Smith, left, receives a $500 scholarship from Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Craig Smith, Dist. 4, and his wife, Sandi Brown on June 19 at the JTED board meeting.|
Bottom photo: 2013 Chino Valley High School graduate Kelsey Randal, left, receives a $500 scholarship from Yavapai County Supv. Craig Brown and his wife, Sandi Brown.
Yavapai County Supervisor Craig Brown and his wife, Sandi, have established the first scholarships for graduating seniors from Mountain Institute, Joint Technical Education District. Three students - one from Seligman and two from Chino Valley - accepted their awards June 19 at the JTED Governing Board meeting.
Brown represents District 4, which encompasses Seligman, Ash Fork, Paulden, Chino Valley, and parts of Prescott. He created the scholarships, each $500, on the basis of leadership skills, character and service to the community, recognizing that not all Mountain Institute students necessarily will continue on to college.
"There is a need for this program," Brown said. "It gives a lot of kids who live out in rural areas a chance to succeed."
The three students are Kyndra James, Seligman, and Shawnee Smith and Kelsey Randal, both from Chino Valley.
Kyndra James, a 2013 graduate from Seligman High School, participated in the Certified Nursing Assistant program her senior year, driving 150 miles round trip Monday through Friday. This meant she was up at 4 a.m. to take CNA morning classes, and back to Seligman for her regular afternoon classes at the high school, said Kristen Rex, Seligman Unified School District superintendent. Kyndra also participated in basketball and softball.
Kyndra will attend Yavapai College in the fall, then transfer to Gateway Community College in Phoenix to study for certification as an ultrasound technician.
Shawnee Smith graduated from Chino Valley High School where she was active in the FFA program. She has held the FFA chapter office of secretary and president, and has been involved in public speaking and two years in dairy judging.
She earned the FFA State Degree, the highest degree a high school student can earn, in which she had to complete rigorous assignments. She also won two proficiency awards for agri-business, and also worked in agriculture education, spending all four years in FFA. Team captain of her soccer team at CVHS, Shawnee is the first female in her school's history to receive the PE Citizen of the Year award.
She will enter the forestry program at Northern Arizona University in the fall with the goal of becoming a game warden. This summer, she is working at Tombstone Tactical, a gun store. She shoots and hunts.
"I would like to thank my teacher, Mr. Wellert, my parents, and the Browns," she said.
Kelsey Randal was unavailable for comment.