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Project TEACH Names
New Student Participants

Posted September 5, 2000

HOLLAND -- 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.

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