The Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce has announced Blaise Snabes, Emma Wachler, Benjamin Lentz, Anna Johnson, and Jack Wicker as the recipients of the 2020 Chamber Scholarships.
“The number of applicants proved our community is full of exceptional students, and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be able to have a part in furthering the paths of those selected,” said Sarah Hagan, chamber president.
“Great appreciation goes to the businesses sponsoring the 2020 Scholarship fund: Boat Works of Charlevoix, Grey Gables Inn Restaurant & Catering, Mark Snyder of Pat O’Brien & Associates, Hoffman McLane CPA Firm, PLC, and The Clothing Company.”
Snabes, who graduated from Charlevoix High School, will receive a $1,000 scholarship to apply towards his studies at Western Illinois University. He is the son of Christopher and Maura Snabes. He is known as a leader on and off the soccer field, in his essay writing that he remains “determined to help others and to make sure they are the happiest they can be”.
Wachler, Lentz, Johnson, and Wicker will each receive a $500 scholarship. Wachler and Lentz graduated from Charlevoix High School, and Johnson and Wicker graduated from Boyne City High School.
Wachler, the daughter of Glenn and Ellen Wachler, will be pursuing nursing at the University of Michigan. In describing her nursing goals, she plans to “leave a positive impact on future patients’ lives.”
Lentz, the son of James and Diana Lentz, will be attending Hope College in the fall, with plans to pursue a degree in civil, environmental, or aerospace engineering. He has spent his time leading academically, athletically, and philanthropically, and hopes to lend those passions into his professional life.
Johnson, the daughter of Johnny and Jody Johnson, will be attending Grand Valley State University to pursue dermatology. “Helping people through the deepest insecurities with their medical problems,” Johnson said, is her inspiration.
Wicker, the son of Obie and Amy Wicker, is described as a heavily determined individual. He will attend Aquinas College and has already completed his Certificate of Development in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology through dual enrollment at North Central Michigan College.
“The 2020 School Year has concluded in a way that was far from how these students imagined it, with all graduating seniors having shown a true strength and commitment to their futures. The Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce extends congratulations to all area graduates, and is proud to serve the community alongside these students who have dedicated their time, skills, and passions in their high school careers and beyond,” said Hagen.