Json Rangel – $500

Json Rangel plans to attend Iowa State. He has a fascination with technology and will major in Engineering. He is a 4.1 GPA Honor Roll student.

He operated the soundboard and managed the microphones for the high school orchestra. He helps with set up and tear down for concerts as well playing an instrument. He is on the tennis team and active in his church.

His Math teacher states: “He is a very kind and caring individual with quite a sense of humor! He has an engaging personality and effective study and work habits.”

Austin Braud – $500

Austin Braud plans to attend Clark University in Dubuque and will study in Education and would like to teach in high school. He is a 3.2 GPA Honor Roll student.

He played 4 years of varsity golf and 3 years varsity baseball; and was captain of the Golf team for 2 years. He plans to play golf for Clarke University.

Austin is described by his physics teacher as “… a hard working young man who is not afraid to push himself to be the best student and athlete that he is capable of becoming.”

Alyssa Butler – $500

Alyssa Butler will be attending a community junior college in Fall 2016 taking general education classes. Her GPA at Rocky is 3.1.

She states, “I do not know what the future holds for me, but I am aware that I have to see the “bigger picture” of what steps I have to take towards achieving a bright future for myself. I just have to believe in myself, and in fact I do.”

Allyssa’s Physiology teacher states: “Alyssa asks insightful questions, has well thought out answers, and has a curiosity to learn that is unmatched.”

Austin DeSmet – $500

Austin DeSmet plans to attend Iowa State University and to major in Theater and minor in Management. He is a 3.4 GPA Honor Roll student.

He participates in Drama Club, Environmental Action Club, French Club, Book Club and founded the schools’ Diversity Club.

He volunteered as a costume character for the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees. He had the lead role in a play as a first time actor and is now learning to sing and dance for his first musical.

Dominique Holland – $500

Dominique Holland plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa with a focus on engineering or science education. She is a 3.3 GPA Honor Roll student.

One of six children, the fourth eldest, she will be the first to pursue advanced education. She was on the bowling team, softball team and chess club. Since the age of 16 she has worked at Ultimate Chocolates. At church she sings in the choir and often teaches children’s classes.

Her physiology teacher speaks highly of her work ethic, even demeanor and constant smile.

Haley Sigel – $500

Haley Sigel plans to attend Linwood University in St Charles, Missouri to study Athletic Training. She is a 4.1 GPA Honor Roll student. She will have a partial volleyball scholarship. She dreams of becoming an athletic trainer in a Big Ten school.

She is also considering a second degree from Palmer School of Chiropractic. She sees this as an occupation that will allow for more family time.

She is a three year member of the Honor Society, four year member of the Student Senate, and editor of the yearbook. She is also a selected member of the Student Ambassadors, which are leaders of the school who advocate for student rights at RIHS.

Sae Tun – $500

Sae Tun is a refugee from Burma. He has lived in the United States for 7 years and is now a U.S. resident. He is a 3.3 GPA Honor Roll student. He is interested in a degree in architecture.

Sae remembers days of struggle, hard work and little schooling while living in Burma and Thailand. Even in his grade school years in Rockford, IL he silently coped with bullying.

He was vice-president of the Environmental Action Club his senior year. He participated in community projects: X-Stream Cleanup, Bald Eagle Days and the Outdoor Show. Sae is also active in church activities.

His Global Biology teacher states: “He is a hard working and serious student who takes advantage of every opportunity given him.”

Ndikumwenimama Isabella – $500

Ndikumwenimama Isabella aspires to a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. She is a 3.2 GPA Honor Roll student.

“I would like to become a social worker. I am also going to expand the organization “All Nations in One” which I started in November 2015.” “… my most important goal is to open a homeless shelter, preferably by the time I’m 25 years old.”

She is a student in the Black Hawk College dual credit English courses, dual credit CNA and medical terminology classes and is two year French student. Her English teacher states: “Isabella is a conscientious, caring person with a spirit of justice and a desire to do good in the world.”

Nicole Tyulpa – $500

Nicole Tyulpa plans to attend Black Hawk College. She will enter the nursing program and minor in psychology. She is a 3.9 GPA Honor Roll student and a member of the National Honor Society at RIHS.

“I have grown up seeing my parents struggle to make ends meet. They always talked about how they came to America from Europe with nothing but a dream.”

When considering college she states: “I soon realized that paying schools out of state tuition would be a definite way to get me into a lot of student debt.” “The more I looked into Black Hawk, the more it made sense to go there.”

Nicole is four time state qualifier for tennis and is one of the top singles players in Illinois. Her Biology teacher states: “… she has always been a dedicated and passionate student. She is not afraid to ask questions and truly shows a passion for learning.”

Travarai Angel plans to attend the University of Iowa and major in pre-dentistry.  He is an Honor Roll student who has achieved a 3.6 GPA and is in the top 25% of his class.

He has participated in Frisbee Club, Key Club, Drama Club and manager of the Girls’ Soccer team.

Travaria is described by his chemistry teacher as having “… a great head on his shoulder but even a bigger heart.” He has raised over $150 in the school’s dance marathon for the Iowa Children’s Hospital.