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  Project TEACH Names New Student Participants
  
          HOLLAND -- Project TEACH, an incentive scholarship
  program at Hope College geared toward helping minority
  students become teachers, has announced the selection of its
  second group of three participating high school students.
          Kristina Kyles, Kristina Martinez and Dina
  Vathanaphone have each joined the the program beginning with
  the new 1997-98 school year.  Their appointment was formally
  announced during a reception in the college's Maas Center
  conference room on Thursday, Sept. 4.
          They join Meyly Sew, Sonia Soto and Amanda
  Vazquez, who were named Project TEACH's inaugural
  participants last fall.
          Kyles and Martinez are both sophomores at Holland
  High School, and Vathanaphone is a sophomore at West Ottawa
  High School.  Each has had a variety of leadership
  experiences through activities in school.
          Kyles is the daughter of Ruth and Edward Wayne
  Coleman of Holland, Martinez is the daughter of Aurora
  Martinez of Holland and Vidal Martinez of Holland, and
  Vathanaphone is the daughter of Khammanh and Phayboun
  Vathanaphone of Holland.
          Barbara Albers, director of Project TEACH
  (Teachers Entering a Career Through Hope), applauded the
  three students for their commitment to a career goal while
  still early in their high school experiences.
          "They're very young, yet they know what they want
  to do--and they each very definitely want to be a teacher,"
  she said.  "Each of them talked about making a difference in
  students' lives."
          Albers also complimented the students for their
  academic qualities and character.  She added that while she
  believes that the three new participants are outstanding,
  the selection process wasn't easy.
          "It was hard to choose this year because so many
  of the applicants were extremely well qualified," she said.
          Project TEACH will be adding three high school
  students per year until a total of 21 students are involved.
  The program provides instructional and mentoring support for
  the high schoolers, who begin as sophomores and juniors, and
  will add scholarship aid for them as Hope students.
          The program's goal is to help local students while
  increasing the number of minorities who become teachers
  locally.  Approximately 39 percent of the 5,644 students in
  the Holland Public Schools during 1996-97 were non-white,
  while about six percent of the teachers were.  In the West
  Ottawa Public Schools, the percentages were 14 and five
  respectively.
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