Students vie for scholarship votes

GENOA – Twenty-six Genoa-Kingston High School seniors have thrown their hats into the ring, seeking votes to capture the $1,000 scholarship offered by Genoa Main Street, Inc. The scholarship is funded through donations from 17 Genoa businesses.  

The scholarship program is designed to encourage local residents to shop and conduct business in Genoa while assisting graduating seniors with the cost of higher education. The scholarship is named in memory of Main Street volunteer Char Miller. This is the seventh year it has been offered.

The winner of the scholarship is chosen by popular vote. Votes can be cast at any one of 15 local polling places. Shoppers vote by making purchases at participating businesses; in general, each dollar spent equals one vote.

Posters with the applicants' names, photos and other information are posted at participating businesses.

The polls are now open, and will close at noon on May 15. The scholarship winner will be announced at Genoa-Kingston High School graduation ceremonies that evening.  

Shoppers can vote for the candidate they would like to see receive the scholarship each time they make a purchase at a participating business. There is a maximum of 200 votes per transaction. 

Individuals and families who donate to Genoa Main Street Inc. will receive five votes for each dollar donated. In addition, every two hours of volunteer time donated to Genoa Main Street activities will count as 100 votes. The time may be donated by the applicant or anyone else in their name. The volunteer activity must occur before the end of the voting period.  

For additional information, visit the Genoa Main Street, Inc. office at 327 W. Main St., call 815-784-6961, or visit www.genoamainstreet.com.

Where to Vote  


Assured Appliance

Awe Insurance Agency

Book of Numbers

Corner Grill on Main

Cutters & Co. Family Hair Care

Embroidery Sew Into It

Genoa Cafe

Heartland Bank and Trust Company

J’Studio/Zumba Fitness

Kingston Mutual Insurance

Pete’s Castle/Marathon

Poppy Seed Primitives

Speciality Gifts

State Farm Insurance/Jack Godde

Victoria’s Crossing


Scholarship Candidates


Lane Bankson, College of Redwoods, biology/business

Logan Bankson, Illinois State University, construction management

Melissa Baus, Kishwaukee College, general education

Tim Benvenuti, University of Iowa, health and wellness

Morgan Bollech, Northern Illinois University, biochemistry

Alaina Chester, undecided, music

Danielle Engel, Parkland College, biological sciences

Jessica Farace, Kishwaukee College, undecided

Samantha Fisher, Columbia College Chicago, acting

Katie Gahlbeck, Drake University, pre-pharmacy

Erica Guzy, undecided, veterinary medicine/biology

Charlie Koeppen, Kishwaukee College, horticulture

Max Kruse, University of Illinois, accounting

Renae Kurpius, University of Iowa, chemical engineering

Zane LaCasse, University of Chicago, microbiology/education

Mason Lucca, Northern Illinois University, nursing

Danielle Neisendorf, Black Hawk East College, pre-medicine

Andrea Ortega, Kishwaukee College, pharmacy

Ben Rabe, North Central College, exercise science

Carly Ruehl, Indiana State University, nursing

Shannon Schumacher, Southern Illinois University, radiology

Cal Thompson, Rock Valley College, fire science/paramedic

Haleigh Thrun, Rockford Career College, veterinary technician

Eric Tucker, Illinois State University, business administration

Ixtel Viramontes, Aurora University/Elmhurst College, bilingual special education

Emily Wakeley, Lewis University, clinical laboratory science

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