>CCHS senior Trinity Welch is awarded the prestigious ShopKo scholarship.
A local Crook County High School student has been awarded one of the prestigious ShopKo scholarships. Trinity Welch is one of the 100 young men and women who have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from among nearly 4,000 applicants across the country. Welch plans to study secondary education (math and science) at Central Oregon Community College in the fall. Welch, the daughter of Gary and Jimeva Welch, says she ultimately wants to teach high school. “And I’d like to coach cross-country track. Definitely, in the central Oregon region — I don’t want to be anywhere else,” she said adamantly. Coaching track would come natural to Welch, she has been part of the CCHS varsity cross-country track team since she was a freshman. Track is only one of the many activities this student is involved with. The list includes drama, student council and, she added, “a bunch of different clubs; Spanish Club, the Key Club, OSSOM and STARS” and others. ShopKo Stores, Inc. operates 370 retail stores in 23 states. The ShopKo Scholar program is administered by Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc.. The latest awards are the third class of ShopKo Scholars selected to receive college scholarships for the 2001-2002 school year. With educational dreams as diverse as their backgrounds, and career plans ranging from education and engineering to landscape architecture and culinary arts, ShopKo Scholars are already making a difference. “These are very special young men and women,” William Poday, Chairman and CEO fo ShopKo, Inc. said. “Not only have they achieved academically, they are contributing to the well-being of their communities and have work records that set them apart.”