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Alpha Phi awards scholarships to three local students

Alpha Phi is the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for teachers.

The branch announced on Monday that Julia Johnson, Jason Haas and Penelope Van Batavia will each receive $500 to use in continuing their education career.

Johnson, the daughter of Mike Johnson, Susie and Kenny Barr, graduated in 2019 from PRAHS. She is currently studying at Mayville State University in Mayville, ND and is working towards her degree in Elementary Education with a major in Special Education. Her dream is to study from the third grade to the fifth grade.

In the future, the statement states that Johnson would like to pursue a master’s degree and possibly take a management position in education. One of her teachers praised her “commitment to working with children through her kindness, organization and effective communication”.


Johnson’s volunteering experiences speak to her strong work ethic and dedication to serving young people in the community.

Haas, son of Nick and Debbie Haas, a 2018 PRAHS graduate. He is currently a student at Minnesota State University in Morehead, pursuing degrees in physical education, health education, and developmental physical education.

He is interested in teaching at the middle school level, which he describes as “a very important time in a student’s life as they discover who the theta are and who they want to be.”

An opportunity to work in a special learning environment sparked his interest in working with students with special needs as well. He also wants to train.

Besides his educational goals, Haas has also set several personal, travel, family, and adventure goals. One of his professors described him as “a thoughtful, inquisitive, and knowledgeable seeker who brings insight, practical knowledge, and natural leadership skills into his educational goals.”

Van Batavia, daughter of Randy and Trevor Van Batavia, is also a 2018 graduate of PRAHS, currently attending Minnesota State University, Morehead and double majoring in ESL and Social Studies Education.

The statement says she is interested in teaching at a low-income school, as she has a passion for helping those in need. She said the teachers were called in to “help students realize the skills and interests they have and teach them citizenship in our ever-changing world.”

One of the Van Batavia professors said she’s always ahead, “taking responsibility for team-based collaboration, speaking up, leadership and problem-solving,” and praised her belief that education should be just and accessible to all.

Alpha Phi Scholarships are awarded annually to one or more district students who are preparing to enter the teaching profession. Graduates from Park Rapids Area, Nevis, Menahga, and Sebeka high schools who have been accepted into the Teacher Preparation Program are eligible to apply.

So far, the Alpha Phi sisters have awarded $22,000 in scholarships to area students. For more information, contact Brianne Morris at 651-387-9397.

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