Students Pursue Higher Education
Northern Lights awards educational and lineworker scholarships
NLI congratulates this year’s recipients of the NLI educational and lineworker scholarships. Students were presented their scholarship certificates at the NLI 88th Annual Membership Meeting April 3 at NLI’s Sagle Headquarters.
Kelsey Cessna will graduate from Sandpoint High School and plans to attend North Idaho College.
“My educational goal is to major in business and marketing, with a focus on entrepreneurship,” Kelsey says. “I want to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully start and run my own business, such as financial management, market research and branding.”
Madelyn Williamson completed home school and will attend North Idaho College.
“This coming fall, I am attending North Idaho College in the hospitality management program. It is a 2-year program, and afterward, I will have an associate degree,” she says.
Madelyn’s cousin graduated from this program last year, and both are excited to start a wedding planning business together
Erika Edmundson will graduate from Sandpoint High School. Erika’s goals include attending a 4-year college and graduating with an undergraduate degree in engineering.
“I want to have an engineering career that has to do with the environment because it is something that is very important to me,” Erika says. “Engineering is something that I plan to pursue because I like creating things and solutions to problems.”
Lance Hendricks will graduate from Sandpoint High School. Lance plans to attend Northeastern University in Boston to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Lance says a bachelor’s degree in computer science is not just to connect but to do more: “to determine the greatest technical issues and solutions with the pandemics and organized struggles of today and to forever provide greater convenience to the world—convenience that allows us to focus more on what really matters.”
Hayden Stockton will graduate from Priest River Lamanna High School as valedictorian of his class and will also graduate with an associate degree in political science at the same time he receives his high school diploma.
“I enrolled in dual credit college classes at North Idaho Community College as a sophomore and junior,” Hayden says. He will attend Montana State University in the fall to earn a degree in business marketing.
“I hope to pursue a career in entrepreneurship after college.”
Luke Butler will graduate from Priest River Lamanna High School.
“After completing high school in June, I will begin to get ready for college at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington,” Luke says. “Here I will pursue a business degree with a concentration on finance. During my time at PLU, I will be playing on their golf team.”
Maddox Kurtz will graduate from Clark Fork High School this month. Maddox will attend Volta Lineman School in Warrenton, Oregon. He looks forward to a career as a lineworker and expanding his knowledge in a profession he loves.
“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity, especially because of all I went through to get here and the experience and knowledge I have gained along the way,” Maddox says.
Addisen Kingery will graduate from Priest River Lamanna High School this month. Addison will attend Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan.
“My goal is to eventually enter the chiropractic field,” Addisen says. “My future goal would be to eventually work with not only the standard patient but particularly athletes.”
Brycen Cowin will graduate from Bonners Ferry High School this month. Brycen plans to attend Northwest Lineman College in Meridian, Idaho.
“After finishing up schooling at Northwest Lineman College, I am going to begin my apprenticeship in line working and eventually become a journeyman lineman,” he says. “I wish to provide power to homes and establishments in order to help people’s lives. Perhaps one day, I will return to my hometown to work as a lineman and serve my community.”
Paxton Fisher will graduate from Troy High School this month. Paxton will attend Highlands College in Butte, Montana, where he plans to graduate from the lineworker program.
“My future goals are to head to Butte, Montana, for a 6-month lineman program at Montana Tech,” he says. “My family and friends live in Montana, so working close to home would be an advantage. Ultimately, I would like to work for an electric cooperative.”
Colin Roos, will graduate from Sandpoint High School and attend the University of Utah this fall. “I will be majoring in business, marketing and entrepreneurship,” Colin says. “After earning my degree, I will pursue my dream of being a professional baseball player or becoming a CEO of a large company.”