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W-P Graduate Desiree Washum among students recognized by Gov. Heineman PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 December 2012 18:27

Four graphic design students from McCook Community College were honored by Governor Dave Heineman last week at the State Capitol Building.

Trisha Rickel, Kasha Messersmith, Veronica Waddell and Desiree Washum were among those honored by the governor and Nebraska Education Commissioner Dr. Roger Breed.

“It was exciting to see our students recognized for their outstanding performance at the National level,” said Lorrie Mowry, PBL Chapter co-adviser.

In June, she took 10 students to San Antonio for national competition, and they brought home ten, top-10 finishes.

“I’m proud of our students and the excellent education they are receiving at McCook Community College,” Mowry said.

The two-member team of Trisha Rickel and Kasha Messersmith were recognized for placing first in the national Phi Beta Lambda desktop publishing competition while the team of Veronica Waddell and Desiree Washum, placed third in the nation in the same category. They are all graphic design students of Becky Meyers at MCC.

“I’m very proud of these students, it was a great opportunity for them to compete in this event,” said Meyers. “It’s more impressive what they accomplished when you consider they were competing against students from both four-year and two-year schools.”

Last week’s ceremony recognized students from Nebraska career student organizations who placed in the top three at the national level. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Governor Heineman’s residence.

The national PBL competition took place in June in San Antonio. In addition to Mowry, the other PBL co-advisor is Janet Stalder.

Washum is the daughter of Misty and Richard Gilliam, Palisade.