K&M announces scholarship winners

CASSOPOLIS — K&M recently announced the winners of its Earl G. Marhanka Scholarship.

The scholarship program was established in 2001 in recognition of K&M’s 50th anniversary and in honor of the entrepreneurial spirit of its founder, Mr. Earl G. Marhanka. To date, more than $235,000 has been awarded to over 55 students of K & M employees.  This year’s scholarship winners will receive $2,000.  They are:

  • Cliff Holmes – Holmes is a graduate of Decatur High School and will be attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Once at KVCC, he plans to major in automotive diesel.  During high school, Holmes obtained many Automotive Service Excellence certifications through Van Buren Tech Center while also working at Sunray Restorations in Dowagiac. He is the son of David Holmes, CNC machinist.
  • Caitlin Stanner – Stanner is a graduate of Brandywine High School and will be attending Lake Michigan College where she plans to focus on photography. During high school, Stanner was part of a tennis doubles team that went to state every year finishing in fifth place her junior year.  She is the daughter of Rick Antisdel, CNC machinist.
  • Anna Stevens – Stevens is a graduate of Decatur High School and will be attending Southwestern Michigan College. Once at SMC, she plans to major in health services with one day becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. She was involved in the school theater and also received her medical assistant certification while in high school.  She is the daughter of Pam Stevens and Tom Stevens, CNC machinists.

In addition to the new recipients, six scholarship winners from previous years are eligible to renew their $2,000 scholarships.  They are:

  • Maggie Baert (Butler University, by way of Penn High School) — daughter of Patrick Baert
  • Zoe Laubach (Bethel College, by way of Edwardsburg High School) — daughter of William Green
  • Caroline McLoughlin (Loyola University Chicago, by way of Lake Michigan Catholic) — daughter of Derek McLoughlin
  • Jackson McLoughlin (Marquette University, by way of Lake Michigan Catholic High School) — son of Derek McLoughlin
  • Skyler McKee (Olivet College by way of Cassopolis High School) — son of Edward McKee
  • Haily Shibinski (Southwestern Michigan College, by way of Brandywine High School) — daughter of Dave Shibinski.