News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 30, 2013

Goals, Pride & Achievements


News Release

TERRE HAUTE — Laci Pethtel of Oblong is the 2013 recipient of the Lincoln Trail College Professional Assistants Group scholarship.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be presently enrolled full- or part-time in the Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician or Electronic Medical Records certificate program of study at LTC.

Pethtel is enrolled in the medical assistant program.

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The Indiana Football Hall of Fame has named Austin Karazsia, from Linton-Stockton High School, as a 2013 class football scholarship winner.

Karazsia, a three-sport athlete, is the son of Charlie and Kathy Karazsia of Linton. He was nominated for the award by football coach Steve Weber and principal Nathan Moore.

In football, he was a three-year starting quarterback with a record of 37-5. Top 2012 honors include team co-captain and Linton’s offensive player of the year; offensive player of the year for Southwest 7 Football Conference and first-team quarterback; offensive player of the year for Herald Times All-Area Team and first-team quarterback; AP first-team All-State Class A; Indiana Football Coaches Association first-team All-State Class A; Class 1A Griddy Football player of the year; and Indiana Football Coaches Association Academic All-State. He has 9,253 career passing yards and 111 career touchdown passes and now holds several Linton school records.

Karazsia was also a four-year basketball letterman and co-captain. He is a member of the 1,000-point club, holding the school record for blocked shots and being named first-team All-Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference in 2010 and 2011. He won the Trester Award at the 2013 State Basketball Finals. As a four-year track letterman, he was named to the 2011 first-team Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference.

Academically, Karazsia is ranked sixth in his class with a 3.79 GPA. He is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, serving as president in 2012-2013, and a four-year member of the Academic Honors Club and the Knowledge Masters Open academic team.

He is active in his school as a four-year member of the Spanish Club, Letterman Club, Student Assistance Team and Band, serving as band president in 2012-2013. He is also active in both school and community volunteer groups, including canned food drives, Thanksgiving meal deliveries to shut-ins, nursing home visitations and stocking shelves and making deliveries for the local food distribution center. He is a youth group leader at his church and is involved with mission trips, including going to Hungary on a mission trip in the spring of 2013.

He intends to study math at the college level, but he is undecided about his college choice and which athletics he will pursue.

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The Wabash Valley Road Runners have named Anne Mullican and Justin Clapp as the recipients of 2013 scholarships. Mullican and Clapp are both seniors at Terre Haute North Vigo High School.

As scholarship winners, they will each receive $1,000 and be recognized at the Wabash Valley Road Runners’ Fast Track Mile race on July 4. The WVRR scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their efforts in academics, community involvement and running.

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The Alpha Iota Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society conducted its Lincoln Trail College induction ceremony on April 24 in the Zwermann Arts Center Theater.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarships for two-year college students. An invitation for membership is available to full-time students with a 3.5 GPA or higher.

New members of the honor organization include: Tanner Seitzinger of Bridgeport; Elizabeth Stucker of Flat Rock; Danielle Stuller of Lawrenceville; Jacob Duncan of Marshall; Caleb Haley of Martinsville; Amy Judy, James Patterson and Harlei Postlewait, all of Oblong; Chrystal Cafin, Tara Mills, Kenzie Richards-Bantican, Jace Taylor and Lauren Wagoner, all of Palestine; Melissa Applegate, Carri Briley, Alex Chan, Charles Hall, Marcy Ledbetter, Nicohl Lopez, Teresa Waggoner and Jingyou Wang, all of Robinson; Kayla Burner of Sims; Courtney Maddox of West York; Jacob Weaver of Rockville, Ind.; Diamyn Hall of Dayton, Ohio; Eric Stapleton of Defiance, Ohio; Timothy Hawkins-Hodgson of South Euclid, Ohio; and Connor Robinson of Grayson, Ky.