Eel River Valley students receive Women in Timber scholarships

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

More than $6,000 in scholarships were recently awarded to six local high school students and four college students by the North Coast Chapter of California Women in Timber. Students were honored at a luncheon held May 8 at Roy's Club in Eureka.

Fortuna High School student Colton Ross received a $1,000 American Ag Credit scholarship. Ross plans to attend Butte Junior College in the Fall and plans on pursuing a career as an agriculture teacher.

Ferndale High School student Steven Jensen, Arcata High School student Forrest Lewis, McKinleyville High School student Antoinette "TJ" Highsmith, and McKinleyville High School student Jace Jackson (receiving the David Kinsey Memorial Scholarship) were presented with $500 scholarships. Eureka High School student Kristian Mohorovich was awarded a $250 scholarship

Humboldt State University students Ashley Disney and Rachelle Raines, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students Kerilyn Ambrosini and Sara Hylton were also awarded $500 scholarships.

WIT chapter Chairwoman Ruthann Schulte said, "We celebrate these fabulous students in our community, and support the natural resources industry through our scholarships."

The local chapter of WIT holds an annual fundraiser to help pay for scholarships and other educational programs including the Forest Institute for Teachers and the Talk About Trees program.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Scholarship recipients pictured are: (Right, top to bottom) Steven Jensen (Ferndale High School), Colton Ross (Fortuna High School), Rachelle Raines (HSU), and Antoinette "TJ" Highsmith (McKinleyville High School). (Left, top to bottom) Kristian Mohorovich (Eureka High School), Ashley Disney (HSU), and Forest Lewis (Arcata High School). Not pictured: Jace Jackson (McKinleyville High School), Kerilyn Ambrosini, and Sara Hylton (both Cal Poly).