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Juneau students earn academic honors, awards

Recognitions for the week of July 4, 2021.

Juneau student graduates from University of Utah

Cahal Morehouse of Juneau recently graduated from University of Utah, the university announced.

Morehouse graduated with a Bachelor of Science in quantitative analysis and organizations, according the university.

Local students make Oregon State honor roll

Oregon State University recently announced its spring 2021 honor roll.

Several students from Juneau were among those who maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better for the semester, according to Oregon State University.

The honor roll students are Emily Dietz, senior, fisheries & wildlife sciences; Alicia J. Duncan, senior, anthropology; Kaelin E. Quigley, freshman, renewable materials; Allyson N. Strong, senior, animal sciences; and Kyong Rim Yi, senior, civil engineering.

UAS student earns American Association of Medical Assistants Scholarship

The American Association of Medical Assistants announced Petrea Ashmore has received a national scholarship.

Ashmore is a student in the UAS Medical Assisting Program at the University of Alaska Southeast, UAS said in a news release. The scholarship is only for students enrolled in medical assisting programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. To be considered for the scholarship, Petrea was required to submit her academic transcript, write an essay and secure two letters of support, one for the director of the program.

“I really admire how Petrea fully engaged with material and was very motivated to learn even difficult concepts,” said Amy Samuel, associate professor of health sciences and UAS medical assisting program director, in the release. She has demonstrated attentiveness, thoroughness, time management and adherence to classroom policies. Petrea has demonstrate”d multiple instances of extreme professionalism and highly effective communication skills when interacting with other students. She is a role model for her classmates, an excellent student and person who fully embraces the spirit of Medical Assisting, and we are very proud of this national recognition award.”

There is a growing demand for medical assistants, who work alongside healthcare practitioners performing both administrative and clinical procedures, according to UAS.

Doctoral candidate in Alaska Native studies wins Judson Brown Scholarship

Sealaska Heritage Institute announced it has chosen Ph.D. candidate Eldri Waid Westmoreland, who is Tlingit, as the recipient of the 2021 Judson L. Brown Leadership Award.

The $5,000 awards go to students who have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership skills, said SHI President Rosita Worl in a news release.

“Eldri stood out as a top candidate because of the multiple leadership positions she has held and her passion for weaving Native cultures into classrooms. She, and others like her, are forging the path toward incorporating the Native world view into schools for the benefit of all students,” Worl said in the release.

Chris and Mary McNeil established the scholarship fund in 2006 in honor of Chris’ uncle, Tlingit leader Judson Lawrence Brown, according to SHI. Brown was the first Chair of the Sealaska Heritage Foundation, now known as the Sealaska Heritage Institute, and a forceful advocate for education and leadership development. It is administered by SHI.

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