Don’s Auto Clinic and 9&10 News award scholarships to 2019 Future Leaders

2019 Future Leaders ceremony honors three Northern Michigan high school seniors

Don’s Auto Clinic and 9&10 News awarded scholarships to three Northern Michigan high school seniors on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Out of 125 entries, the top three were selected for their active roles in their communities and embodying the true meaning of being a leader.

“I suspect that we are going to be in good shape with these three young people,” said Tracy Winkle, Owner of Don’s Auto Clinic. “I expect that you guys will make a difference and we love being a part of that,” he continued.

Kamryn Cushway, a Big Rapids High School senior, took home the first place prize of $2,000 from Don’s Auto Clinic. She is headed to Central Michigan University in the fall to study occupational therapy. Cushman spent her time in high school with positions in student government, key club, 4-H, marching band, quiz bowl, soccer, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, to name a few. “I work hard and give my full effort in the activities I pursue,” Cushman said.

Aplena High School senior, Garrett Beaulieu received second place with a $1,000 scholarship. In high school, Beaulieu kept busy with being the President of National Honor Society, running track and playing basketball as well as volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. Beaulieu is starting school at Aplena Community College in the fall to study concrete technology and then hopes to transfer to Ferris State University. “My hope and dream is to find stability. I want to be able to provide for my family the way [my mom] did,” Beaulieu said.

Third place was awarded to Forest Area High School senior, Audrey Bergey. She received a $500 scholarship. Bergey plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University in the fall to pursue music education. She participates in band, choir, National Honor Society, student council and is her Class President. “With music, I feel like I’m making a difference in [kids’] lives. There’s a lot of opportunity for kids to be leaders and it’s very rewarding to teach students and help them along the way.”

The leaders said the scholarships will help with their higher education costs.