Trinity senior receives two scholarships from West Dakota Chevy dealerships – The Dickinson Press | SehndeWeb

DICKINSON — A Trinity Catholic Schools senior has been named the recipient of two scholarships, one local and one regional, that will help him complete high school and continue his studies at the University of Mary at Bismarck.

Brooklyn Berger won the $5,000 West Dakota Chevy Major Scholarship, as well as the $500 Sax Motor Co. Scholarship through the Dickinson Chamber Leadership Program. She received both scholarships on Monday at Sax Motor Co. in Dickinson.

About a month ago, Berger found out she would be receiving both scholarships. When she heard the news, she was brought back.

“It’s fantastic. I’m really honored to have been selected for the scholarships,” she said, adding that it would help ease the burden of going to college financially.

Brooklyn Berger, a senior at Trinity Catholic Schools, enjoys playing music, being involved in speaking and other extracurricular activities.

Contributed / Brooklyn Berger

Berger, an honors student at Trinity, noted that winning those scholarships was a good day to be a Titan.

“So I’m really grateful to represent my school in this way. I attended Trinity from kindergarten to graduation in two weeks. Both of my parents attended Trinity, so I’m especially grateful for the support of the school community over the years,” Berger said. “My teachers, coaches, parents, counselors and friends have supported me throughout my career, especially throughout my increased involvement in high school activities.”

Throughout her time at Trinity Catholic Schools, Berger was particularly motivated to get involved in various organizations and clubs. This year, she has participated in over 13 extracurricular activities while managing all of her schoolwork and working part-time on the side.

Being involved in everything from acting to drumming, Berger admitted it’s hard to name one extracurricular activity as her favorite. However, since she was in seventh grade, she has always looked forward to speaking – an activity sponsored by Trinity.

Playing the roles of Katherine Plumber and Jack Kelley, Trinity seniors Brooklyn Berger, left, and Dominic Tibor sing "something to believe in" on the set of "News" at Trinity High School Auditorium in November 2021.

Playing the roles of Katherine Plumber and Jack Kelley, Trinity seniors Brooklyn Berger, left, and Dominic Tibor sing “Something to Believe In” on the set of “Newsies” at Trinity High School Auditorium.

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“I was really shy when I was younger…I don’t really know why I joined in the first place,” she says, with a chuckle. “But since then I’ve really gained confidence and I developed a love for public speaking and for research. And I would say that of all the activities that I am involved in, it is also the one that has helped me the most academically, and that gave me a broader perspective on the issues that are happening in the world.

During her speech, Berger has been able to captain for the past two years and has placed in national and regional competitions.

“I would say in speaking I’ve had tremendous success… But I think overall I’ve developed really positive relationships in the business, both with the students inside our school and outside our school. So I would say that while each of the many extracurricular programs I’m in has really shaped me into the person I am today and I probably love them all equally, but I think the floor has been a really impactful activity,” she said. “And hopefully when I get into college I can help judging or coaching speech because…it’s an activity that I think everyone people can learn valuable skills.”

Winning these scholarships is a way to show that hard work and determination can go a long way, she said.

“It really means a lot to me to be able to represent the school that meant so much to me and helped me succeed. And I guess what I take away is that hard work really pays off and you can’t not get this far in life on your own… You always need a good support system,” she said, noting, “I’m grateful that both my parents have supported me in all my activities and always made sure that I worked hard on my school work.

While being studious is important, having a good support system and being supportive of others around you is key, she added.

“What really helped me was making connections within the community and the school. Meeting different local leaders or business owners – things like that – it’s super important for bonding because you’ll go a lot further in life with the help of other people,” she said. note.

Speaking to his young students, Berger noted that while students should focus on their school work, they should also pursue other opportunities.

“I would say get involved in as many activities as possible because that’s where you’ll probably learn some of the most valuable skills that a classroom can’t always teach you,” she said. declared. “…Obviously prioritize your academics, because that should come first. But also (don’t forget) to do some things outside of the classroom for fun and to develop your own skills.

Trinity senior Brooklyn Berger, center, speaks to nuns at a nuns race she helped organize earlier in 2022.

Trinity senior Brooklyn Berger, center, speaks to nuns at a nuns race she helped organize earlier in 2022.

Contributed / Brooklyn Berger

Another piece of advice offered by Berger is to befriend more than just your own class.

“It’s really important to have good examples and role models. And I was very lucky to have him when I was younger, and he’s someone I expect to be a good leader and a good role model for the underclasses,” he said. -she adds.

For more than seven years, West Dakota Chevy Dealerships – which includes 10 Chevy dealerships in western North Dakota and eastern Montana – have contributed funds to the West Dakota Chevy Scholarship Fund to reward students attending college. or a four-year university, or two college or vocational/trade school.

As part of his extracurricular activities, Trinity senior Brooklyn Berger cheers on his fellow Titans during a football game.

As part of his extracurricular activities, Trinity senior Brooklyn Berger cheers on his fellow Titans during a football game.

Contributed / Brooklyn Berger

Each year, five individuals receive $500 scholarships and one outstanding student receives a $5,000 grand prize scholarship. In 2022, the West Dakota Chevy Scholarship Committee received 144 applications from students in western North Dakota. These contestants were then narrowed down to a top 15, and then the six winners were announced in early April.

Applicants submitted written or video entries and were judged on academics, community involvement, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, and the content of their essays. Sax Motors Co. senior dealer Christian Kostelecky was one of the judges who chose Berger as the recipient of both scholarships.

“For me, as a judge, she just stood out. His video was fantastic,” Kostelecky said. “The top 10 were all very close, but (she) just had something special that stood out and obviously the other judges agreed.”

After graduating from high school on May 15, Berger plans to attend the University of Mary at Bismarck. About two weeks ago, she decided to switch from business communication to psychology.

Although she’s still pondering the idea of ​​psychology, she said she’s always wanted to attend the University of Mary. After earning her master’s degree, she plans to pursue her doctorate in psychology in hopes of one day becoming a psychologist and opening her own practice in North Dakota. From there, she dreams of starting a non-profit organization because she knows how impactful they can be.

“Regardless of my background, I definitely plan to stay in North Dakota because my whole family is here. And I love the different opportunities our state has to offer,” she said.

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