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2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Link Crew Scholarship winners! This year we received nearly 300 applications. It's tough to choose, but here they are, our 2013 Link Crew Scholarship Winners:


2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Annie Fuelte


Annie Fuelte
Saline High School
Saline, WI

Post-Graduation Plans: Annie plans to Oakland University in Michigan to train to be a Physician’s Assistant.

 

 

“Before joining Link Crew, I would not have considered myself a real leader. I did not possess any of the leadership skills that I learned from Link Crew, such as patience, determination, and self-confidence. Now that I have been a Link Crew Leader, I am much more confident in my own capabilities and I know what it takes to be a true leader.”


2017 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Jaime Jimenez
Jaime Jimenez
Westminster High School
Westminster, CA

Post-Graduation Plans: Jaime plans to attend Cal State University in Long Beach, CA.

 

“Link Crew is an amazing program. No matter who you are Link Crew has a place for you. This program makes sure that every freshmen has someone there for them. Freshmen are all different, so we need different types of people that they can relate to. Link Crew can do so much for a person. It will not only improve your leader and communication skills, but it will make you a better person over all.”


2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner,  Ashely Steffens


Ashley Steffens
Mauston High School
Mauston, WI

Post-Graduation Plans: Ashley plans to study anthropology at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

“I would tell other students to become Link Leaders because not only is it a chance for them to shine in a place that they may not think that they can but it helps shape the population of their high school.”



2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner,  Adrian Rodrigueq
Adrian Rodriguez
San Pedro High School
San Pedro, CA

Post-Graduation Plans: Adrian plans to attend Cal State University in Long Beach, California where he will study graphic design and environmental studies. 

 

“With the support of Link crew I was encouraged to become a leader. I began to feel like it was okay. Putting myself out there or being the first to do something positive has only been good. There is truly an art to leadership. It requires a balance so that you don't become forceful or to passive. Link Crew really made me realize this and it’s a skill I’m glad to be able to carry beyond my high school.”


2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner,  Marissa Portelli
Marissa Portelli
Hatboro-Horsham High School
Horsham, PA

Post-Graduation Plans: Marissa plans to Cabrini College where she will study exercise science.

 

“I am one of 6 kids, and I have 3 older siblings that really helped to guide me in my transition to the high school. However, I realize that a lot of other people do not have the advantage that I had. I wanted to be that role model and that guide for them throughout the course of their high school career. Also, I love giving back and helping out in our community, and to me, Link Crew was the perfect way to do just that."

 

 


2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Craig Glassbrenner
Craig Glassbrenner
Eau Claire Memorial High School
Eau Claire, WI

Post-Graduation Plans: Craig plans to attend University of Wisconsin, where he will play lacrosse and study engineering.

 

 “I wanted to be a link leader because I really enjoy the clubs that Memorial has to offer students and I don’t think some students take advantage of these opportunities as much as they should. So I chose to become a Link Leader to maybe encourage and get a few kids, that otherwise wouldn’t, to try something new through a school program. Something where they can meet other people who share similar interests, help them get the idea through their head about being more independent and progressing towards making their own decisions like they will be forced to in a few years."



2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Kelsey Grace
Kelsey Grace 
Cococino High School
Flagstaff, AZ

Post-Graduation Plans: Kelsey plans to attend NAU where she will pursue a degree in either criminal justice or psychology.

 

“I would definitely recommend becoming a Link Crew Leader because there so many things that the upper classmen have learned through high school that would benefit the freshmen, because little tips can go a long way. Not only did being a Link Crew Leader help the freshmen but it also helped me become a better person overall. I have learned so much and this program has prepared me to be a leader for the rest of my life.”

 

 

 

 


2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner,  Cristina McQuillen


Cristina McQuillen
Valhalla High School
El Cajon, CA

Post-Graduation Plans: Cristina plans to attend California Lutheran University where she will major in exercise science.

 

"I joined Link Crew because the program helped me when I was a freshman. Going to high school can be scary, but the Link Crew program at my school helped me feel welcome, erasing my fears. I wanted to be able to do the same for others, and help make their high school experience as great as mine."

 

 



 

2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Taylor Wegner
Taylor Wegner
Northwest High School
Cedar Hill, MO

Post-Graduation Plans: Taylor plans to attend Rockhurst University where she will  study nursing.

 

““The most valuable lesson I have learned as a Link Crew Leader is to be yourself no matter who is watching. Being yourself and impressing others means a lot more than putting on a show just to complete the task asked to do. When I had to go in front of a large group of people I was not nervous after I learned that being yourself is what people want and it becomes contagious. When people see you are comfortable being who you are, they will begin to act naturally as well.”

 




2016 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Taylor Hertlein
Taylor Hertlein
Stonington High School
Pawcatuck, CT

Post-Graduation Plans: Taylor plans to attend University of Rhode Island where she will study nursing.

"I wanted to be a Link Crew Leader because it was such an amazing experience for me as a freshman. After an overpowering amount of positivity, kindness, leadership, and engaging activities that made me feel welcome by the leaders, I knew that I wanted to be a part of Link Crew in my future to come. I think not only is a fun program, but it is a very beneficial way to help incoming freshman transition to high school and great role models for them to be around right off the bat."