Project TEACH Names New Student Participants
Posted September 10, 2001
HOLLAND -- Project TEACH, an incentive scholarship
program at Hope College geared toward helping minority
students become teachers, has chosen a sixth group of
participating high school students.
Tiffani Delaney, Jessica Nykamp-Schwander and Pong
Somprasong, all of the Holland area, have joined the program
beginning with the new 2001-02 school year. They will be
recognized during a reception at the college's Maas Center
auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
"I am very excited about the young women who are
about to join our program," said Barbara Albers, director of
Project TEACH. "Each brings very unique gifts into the
already very talented group of students that make up Project
TEACH. Each will make an excellent teacher, and it will be
fun watching them grow into this."
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 18 are now
participating, including nine who have become students at
Delaney is a sophomore at Holland High School, and
the daughter of James and Mitra Delaney of Holland. Her
activities have included orchestra and competing in swimming
and soccer. This summer she participated in a mission trip
to Minnesota through Cavalry Reformed Church. She is
interested in teaching third or fourth grade.
Nykamp-Schwander is a sophomore at West Ottawa
High School, and the daughter of Richard and Elisabeth
Schwander of Holland. Past activities include band, editing
the school paper and student council; she is on her school
golf team and active at Fellowship Reformed Church. She is
considering teaching eighth- or ninth-grade social studies.
Somprasong a sophomore at Holland High School, and
the daughter of Khamvilay Thavongsa and MaLaythong
Somprasong of Holland. She has been active in her church,
Landmark Baptist Church, and its young people's group. She
is still deciding which grade level she would like to teach.
In addition to Delaney, Nykamp-Schwander and
Somprasong, the program's participants are: Kristine
Brandt, a senior at West Ottawa High School; Justine Campos,
a junior at Holland High School; Allison Cuellar, a senior
at West Ottawa High School; Kristina Kyles, a sophomore at
Hope; Marisol Lemus, a sophomore at Hope; Kristina Martinez,
a sophomore at Hope; Yadira Martinez, a junior at Holland
High School; Ericka Morales, a senior at Holland High
School; Dinah Rios, a freshman at Hope; Adam Rodriguez, a
freshman at Hope; Pannha Sann, a freshman at Hope; Meyly
Sew, a senior at Hope; Sonia Soto, a junior at Hope; Dina
Vathanaphone, a sophomore at Hope; and Antoine Williams, a
senior at Holland High School.