posted September 5, 2000

Project TEACH Participants

 Project TEACH, an incentive scholarship
program at Hope College geared toward helping minority
students become teachers, has chosen a fifth group of
participating high school students.

Justine Campos, Allison Cuellar and Yadira
Martinez, all of the Holland area, have joined the program
beginning with the new 2000-01 school year. They will be
recognized during a reception at the college's Maas Center
auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

The public is invited. Admission is free.
"It's going to be a thrill working with our three
new students," said Barbara Albers, director of Project
TEACH. "They all come with good recommendations, and they
all come with people believing in them. They all seem very
committed to staying in the Holland area and sharing their
gifts once they become teachers."

"It's going to be the beginning of an adventure
for them," she said. "They certainly are going to find
like-minded people in the group of Project TEACH students
and mentors--kindred spirits--because they're all committed
to teaching."

Project TEACH (Teachers Entering a Career Through
Hope) provides mentoring and instructional support for the
high schoolers, who begin as sophomores or juniors. The
program also provides scholarship aid for the participants
as Hope students. The program's goal is to help local
students while increasing the number of minorities who
become teachers locally.

The program enrolled its first high school
students in the fall of 1996. A total of 15 are now
participating, including six who have become students at
Hope.

Justine Campos (left) is a sophomore at Holland High School, and
the daughter of Roland and Christine Campos of Holland. Her
activities include volleyball, softball and band. She is
interested in teaching second or third grade.

Allison Cuellar (center) is a junior at West Ottawa High School,
and the daughter of Armando and Marjorie Cuellar of Holland.
Her activities include softball through school and church,
and teaching Sunday school. She is interested in teaching
second grade.

Yadira Martinez (right) is a sophomore at Holland High School,
and the daughter of Martin and Maria Martinez of Holland.
Her activities include participating in the Hope College
Upward Bound program. She is still deciding which grade
level she would like to teach.

In addition to Campos, Cuellar and Martinez, the
program's participants are: Kristine Brandt, a junior at
West Ottawa High School; Kristina Kyles, a freshman at Hope;
Marisol Lemus, a freshman at Hope; Kristina Martinez, a
freshman at Hope; Ericka Morales, a junior at Holland High
School; Dinah Rios, a senior at Holland High School; Adam
Rodriguez, a senior at Holland High School; Pannha Sann, a
senior at West Ottawa High School; Meyly Sew, a junior at
Hope; Sonia Soto, a sophomore at Hope; Dina Vathanaphone, a
freshman at Hope; and Antoine Williams, a junior at Holland
High School.