2004 Award Recipients

Summer Holman, of Riverside CA, will return as a junior this fall to the California State University, San Bernardino. Summer is majoring in biology and has set a goal to receive a master's degree and become a physicians assistant and work in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Her father, Brent Jenkins lost his life in the line of duty working for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Melissa Lehn, of Hanford CA, is returning as a senior this fall to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, working toward a degree in music history. Her father, William Lehn was killed in the line of duty serving in the Fresno Police Department.

Courtney Barker, from Florida, will return as a senior this fall to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, majoring in education. After graduation, she plans to start teaching and go to school at night to attain a masters in education management. She hopes to become an elementary school principal and to raise a family. Since the age of 3, “CC” has been involved in dancing. At Agnes Scott, she is part of its studio dance company and has worked on fundraisers for the organization. For the past two years, she has organized and taught dance classes to increase motivation and self-esteem in young girls. Her father, Jack Barker died in the line of duty while working for Tampa Fire/Rescue.

Kimberly Benge, of Fort Gratiot, MI, is in her third year of a five-year education degree program at Central Michigan University. When she graduates, she plans to teach at the elementary school level. While teaching, she plans to pursue a masters degree in administration so she can become an elementary school principal. Her father, Marc Benge, died in the line of duty working for the Orange County Fire Department in Florida.

Thomas Brooks, of Lumberton, NC, will begin his second year in college this Fall at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He plans to pursue a master's degree after graduation. Thomas says he loves to work with the public so he would like to pursue a management position in a company where he would have a lot of interaction such as Wal-Mart. He has worked for three years at a local supermarket in Lumberton. Thomas' father, Thomas Earl Brooks died in the line of duty while working for the Lumberton Fire Department.

Michael Fields, of Desoto, TX, says education is his first priority and will become the first male in his family to graduate from college. Michael, an Eagle Scout and member of the Future Farmers of America, will be attending the Texas State University at San Marcos, majoring in political science. His father, Gerald Fields lost his life in the line of duty while working for the Dallas Fire Department.

Anne McNamee, of Chicago, IL, completed her first and final year at the Barat Campus of DePaul University. DePaul has decided to close its Barat campus so Anne will transfer to Northwestern University to continue her studies in theatre arts. During the past year, Anne volunteered at a center for underprivileged children, donating her time as a tutor and mentor. As a freshman at Barat, she won a role in a college theatrical presentation and served on the wardrobe crews of two main stage shows. Her responsibilities included the construction, maintenance, and organization of costumes. Her father, Steven McNamee was killed in the line of duty working for the Chicago Fire Department

Kara Nadeau, of Somerset, MA, will start her senior year at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth pursuing a degree in nursing. She plans to go on so graduate school to become a nurse anesthetist. Kara played high school basketball but gave up the opportunity to play on the college team due to her demanding academic studies. She has already had many clinical experiences in the hospitals as part of her training. Kara's father, Gerald Nadeau died in the line of duty while working for the Fall River Fire Department.

Jessica Rivera, of Bristol, CT, is majoring in elementary education and psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. She will be the first of her family to graduate from college. Jessica wants to become an elementary school teacher and does volunteer work with a second grade class in New Haven. She says her heritage has helped her to relate to the minority students and gives them a connection. Her father, Heriberto Rivera died in the line of duty while working for the Waterbury Fire Department.

Richard Roberts, of Johnstown, PA, is pursuing a degree in criminology from Cambria County Area Community College. Rich began his education in 2002 after serving four years in the United States Army. After completing one semester, he received word that he would be deployed to Kosovo with the Pennsylvania National Guard. While serving overseas, Rich attended classes whenever possible and earned seven credits. Assigned to the largest sector of multinational brigades, he often worked 18 hours patrols and attended classes afterward. Now back in the United States, Rich plans on carrying a full course load while volunteering as a grade school football coach. His father, Richard Roberts died in the line of duty while working for the Johnstown Fire Department.

Laurie Taylor, of Jacksonville, FL, received her associates degree in interior design and entered Florida State University. She will graduate in May 2005 with a bachelor's degree in interior design. Then she plans to obtain a graduate degree in architecture and become a licensed interior designer, architect, or, perhaps, both. Currently, Laurie volunteers for the Special Olympics. In high school, she participated in programs to assist troubled children and their families. Her father, Roger Taylor died in the line of duty while working for Jacksonville Fire/Rescue.