McKenna Murphy has distinguished herself as an outstanding student and leader in school and community activities. McKenna has always excelled in mathematics and had planned to pursue a career in accounting or other related fields. Recently, however, she has discovered a love for teaching and now hopes to combine her interests as a business or[…..]
McKenna Murphy has distinguished herself as an outstanding student and leader in school and community activities. McKenna has always excelled in mathematics and had planned to pursue a career in accounting or other related fields. Recently, however, she has discovered a love for teaching and now hopes to combine her interests as a business or accounting educator. While McKenna has been instrumental in the organization of many community activities, her participation in the annual Memorial Day commemoration in Friesland is particularly noteworthy. Every year, she tirelessly works with family and friends to meticulously unfold the casket flag from each veteran, hang each on a separate pole and arrange the poles to construct the “Avenue of Flags.” Each veteran is honored by name as their flag is raised, and also as a flag is placed at their grave. For McKenna, the event serves as a personal reminder of the sacrifice of others and her personal patriotism, and she is committed to providing this opportunity for her generation to remember, respect and honor those who fought our freedoms. McKenna will be attending the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and we are honored to support her college career.
Updates from McKenna:
I hope that you are staying safe and healthy during this crazy time. I cannot believe that I have completed my 5th semester and am now over halfway through my college career. Time really has been flying by! This last semester was really interesting as my classes went from hybrid (somewhat in person, but mostly online), to completely online, and then back to hybrid. Although, I was really dreading having a majority of my classes online, it ended up being a very good semester! My favorite classes were Educational Psychology and Literacy Methods. Normally with the Literacy Methods class, we would go into local schools and be paired up with a student as a “Reading Buddy.” However, this semester we worked with UW-Milwaukee to do it over Zoom! I met with a student every week and got to read a story to them and teach a mini lesson. It was so much fun and am happy that I was given the opportunity! My Reading Buddy and I plan to continue in the next semester as well!
This semester, I continued to be on leadership with Cru. I am the main leader of a Dorm Bible Study and it has been such a fun and challenging experience. We met through Zoom for the entirety of the semester and have been having a regular turn out of about 8-12 people! I have become close with some of the freshman girls that attend and it has been nice to support them in the challenging and confusing transition into college, but especially with the tricky semester that we went through.
Overall, it was a different semester, but I managed to have a very joyful time! I had the chance to spend a lot of time with my four roommates in our house improving my cooking skills and having lots of laughs! This winter break I will be studying for the Foundation of Reading Test, which I will be taking in the upcoming weeks. I am looking forward to continuing my journey toward becoming an educator in this next semester as I begin my first field experience at Northside Elementary School in La Crosse! It will most likely be virtual, but it will still be an incredible opportunity to gain experience!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, for all of the support you have given me throughout my college career thus far. I could never truly express my gratitude!
My third semester at UW- La Crosse zoomed by! Though I was very busy this semester, I loved all of my classes. My favorite classes were Math for Elementary Teachers and Musical Classroom. This semester I got accepted into the School of Education! It’s been so much fun to further my way on the path to becoming an educator. I am excited to get into more classrooms and start my field work this upcoming fall. I began leading a Bible study through the organization, Cru. It has been so much fun to meet every week and get to meet new people. Over this winter break, I plan on being a substitute para-professional at C-F. I have kept myself busy so far by going to a conference in Minneapolis with Cru and another conference as a leader with the middle school youth group at Friesland First Reformed Church.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support over the last three semesters. I cannot thank you enough.
My second semester at UW-La Crosse went by so fast! I took many interesting classes this semester, my favorites being Calculus, Dystopian Literature and History of Gender in Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Though I have enjoyed taking these different general education courses, I am excited to take more classes focused on education this upcoming fall. This semester, I was pleased to reach my goal of being on Dean’s List. I felt much more comfortable this semester academically and hope this feeling continues this next school year.
This semester, I became more involved in Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) and am pleased that I was selected to be on the leadership team with them next year. I will be leading a Bible Study in one of the freshmen dorms on campus and can’t wait to become more involved! I also was apart of Aspiring Educators of Wisconsin, which was a great platform to learn more about the education field and meet other future educators.
I have been so blessed to have your support in this chapter of my life. I cannot wait to see how this next year goes! From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
My first semester at UW-La Crosse went very well. I enjoyed meeting new people and adjusting to college life. Coming from a small school, I was expecting to be extremely overwhelmed. However, the classes at UWL are smaller in size and the professors are personable so the transition was easier than I thought. My favorite class was an education class called School, Society, and Teachers. This class helped me realize education is something I am passionate about and helped with my decision to change my major to middle childhood through early adolescence education. Over the winter break, I will be job shadowing a few elementary and middle school classrooms as well as working at Seneca Foods in Cambria.
Again, thank you for selecting me as a recipient. I am very humbled and honored to receive your generous scholarship.