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 width=The Lake Land College TRiO Educational Talent Search program recently held its first annual awards ceremony for Mattoon middle and high school participants in the college's theatre.

Lori Ohnesorge, director of TRiO ETS, welcomed the students and parents who shared the development and growth of the program over the past five years. Tina Stovall, Lake Land College vice president for student services, was the guest speaker. She discussed her personal keys to success and how she has applied them in reaching her educational goals.

The students were then recognized for their achievements. Hannah Bell, Shavon Francis and Shelby Hubbart all received the TRiO Achiever Award, which recognizes and honors students who demonstrate the spirit of excellence and achievement. The recipients of the award exhibit commitment to academic achievement, leadership in school and community and promote a positive attitude, as well as the ability to turn challenges into opportunities.

Samantha Cooley, Javiera Green and Paige Paris all received the TRiO Spirit Award, which is presented to students who demonstrate the "spirit" of the program by presenting positive attitudes and a desire to work towards, academic, college and career goals.

Bell and Hubbart also received the College-Ready Award, which is for seniors who have met high school graduation requirements, prepared for post-secondary education and provided required ETS documentation.

Alaina McCormick, Patrick Baxter and Samantha Wheeler, along with Bell, Cooley, Francis, Green, Hubbart and Paris, all received academic achievement honors and the TRiO ETS Participation in recognition of student support and participation.

The Lake Land College TRiO Talent Search program provides free college, career and financial aid activities, information and experiences to more than 600 students in 23 different middle and high schools in the LLC district each year.

Qualified students who show the potential for college enrollment are given the resources, skills and support to enroll in a program of postsecondary education after high school graduation. TRiO Educational Talent Search provides students in 6th to 12th grades with services and activities at designated schools and trips to various locations at no cost to the student.

For more information, visit http://www.lakelandcollege.edu/triotalentsearch/index.cfm.

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