Faces of the Future
Area students earn college scholarships
Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) awarded 10 $1,500 scholarships this year to area students planning to attend college in the fall. These scholarship winners were announced at NLI’s first virtual annual meeting May 12, 2021. Congratulations to the following students.
Jessica Klein is working toward a bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Idaho, with a minor in history.
“In the future, I hope to earn a master’s degree in architecture and eventually open my own architectural firm specializing in unique design, historical preservation, and advanced design principle utilizing methods of green building materials in sustainable architecture,” says Jessica.
Sage Saccomanno is a student at Bard College in Hudson, New York.
“The future I envision has been nourished at Bard College, one that includes my passions for social justice, environment, and political science. I want to be involved in political campaigns to gain experience and run for a position myself one day. I want to be a direct part of making positive and unitary changes to our country,” Sage says.
Kianna Higgins is attending the University of Idaho and working toward a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
“As I have worked at numerous children’s centers and volunteered in multiple classrooms, I have found that working with children is something that truly fills me with joy,” says Kianna. “I have always adored working with children and am beyond excited to work with and teach children for my career.
“I love the fact that my future students will learn from me every day, and I will also learn from them. I am so eager to become a professional educator and create an engaging, fun and positive learning environment for my students.”
Victoria Rae is attending the University of Idaho and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences, focusing on an advanced degree in occupational therapy.
“My long-term career goal is to become an occupational therapist and work with children in a school setting,” Victoria says. “I enjoy working with children, but I am also very fascinated with therapy and human anatomy. Knowing that I will be able to work in therapy, but also work with children in a school, is so appealing to me and I can’t wait until I’m able to get out there and change the lives of patients.”
Daniel Walker is a graduate of Bonners Ferry High School and will attend Liberty University in Virginia in the fall.
“My future goals include college (culminating in a master’s degree in business), and a desire to start my own gym,” says Daniel. “I have chosen Liberty University, the alma mater of my dad and now my sister. I have always loved going to the gym and working out, and I hope to be able to help others find that same love that I have found. I have been inspired by Mike Davis, who owns Iron Mike’s Gym in Bonners Ferry, to help draw families and communities together through healthy lifestyles at any age and any level of fitness training.”
Robert Anselmo is a student at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Robert’s goal is to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in education and continue to play football.
“I always have the goal of working my hardest and never having to look back and have regrets,” Robert says. “I can always know I gave it my best. My goals are to continue working hard, earn my degree and have a very bright future.”
Halie Moore is a graduate of Priest River Lamanna High School.
“My educational goals are to go to Boise State University and pursue an education in their computer science program,” Halie says. “My occupational goals are to obtain a job that I love that will include working with technology. I have heavily considered becoming an information technician with computer software.”
Madelynn Rusho is attending North Idaho College.
“I am working toward an associate degree in wildlife and forestry management,” Madelynn says. “My ultimate goal is to achieve a bachelor’s degree in fisheries resources. To get this, I will transfer to the University of Idaho once I graduate from NIC. I am hoping that I will get into a career that will use my degree efficiently. I am particularly looking for a career with the Idaho Fish and Game. For them, I want to become a fisheries biologist or work for one of their many fish hatcheries.”
Faith Frields graduated from Thompson Falls High School and plans to attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall.
“My plans for the future are straightforward,” Faith says. “I am pursuing the goal of getting my bachelor’s degree in pre-med at Seattle Pacific University. After achieving my bachelor’s, I will continue into nursing school in hopes of becoming a physician’s assistant. I have always loved working with kids and hope to work in the pediatrics field as a physician’s assistant.”
Josey Neesvig is also a graduate of Thompson Falls High School. Josey plans to attend Carroll College in Helena, Montana, this fall.
“The medical field has always sparked my interest, thus creating an ambitious job goal to help those in medical need,” Josey says. “Focusing on the jobs that will make a positive impact in this world is one of the biggest components of my drive to become a nurse.”
Josey has a busy college life ahead as a prospective nursing student—and a collegiate athlete in cross country and track and field.