She goes from Bantam to Cougar | North West

Washington State University welcomed another Bantam into the Cougar family on Tuesday.

Jenna Frei received the Delbert J. Hayes Accounting Scholarship in a surprise ceremony Tuesday at the Clarkston High School Library. About 10 people were present at the ceremony to congratulate Frei on his award

The high school student said she was very happy and relieved to know that she got the scholarship, which she learned in her second year. The scholarship deadline is in February, but Frei didn’t wait and applied in October, said principal Doug LaMunyan, who wrote Frei a letter of recommendation for the award.

LaMunyan and Frei’s parents, Eric and Melissa Frei, knew Jenna had received the scholarship about two weeks before the ceremony, when spring break began for Clarkston students. “The longest spring break ever,” Melissa Frei said, as it was hard to keep the news quiet, especially because Jenna was stressed out about the outcome. Tishara Day, coordinator of the WSU Carson College of Business scholarship program, also had to keep the news to herself, despite emails from Frei asking for the decision. The day has come to attend the awarding of the scholarship.

Jenna Frei’s parents said they were proud of her determination. “She did it all on her own,” Melissa Frei said.

Unknowingly, Jenna Frei prepared for the event by wearing her WSU shirt to school. When LaMunyan asked her to accompany him to the library for “leadership activities,” she knew something was wrong.

“The lying wasn’t really relevant,” she said, and when she got to the library, “that’s when my heart rate started to go up.”

Even though she had her suspicions, she still seemed surprised to see all the participants in the library, including her parents; school trustee Janet Beitelspacher-Auer; Charann ​​Triplett, who has served as Frei’s adviser for the past three years; WSU Faculty; and past award recipients WSU freshman Molly Williams and WSU sophomore Owen Boreson.

Bernie Wong-On-Wing, chair of the accounting department at Carson College, presented Frei with the scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Delbert J. Hayes, who graduated from Clarkston High School in 1953 and studied accounting at WSU. This is a full-tuition scholarship for CHS students attending WSU majoring in accounting.

Wong-On-Wing thanked the Hayes family and CHS staff.

“We appreciate the support from counsellors, teachers and the principal at Clarkston High School,” he said. “That’s what makes it happen, everyone works together.”

Frei also received a WSU swag bag, including a sweatshirt, flag and pom poms to make his Cougar debut. Williams and Boreson then led Frei in a rousing rendition of the WSU fight song with encouragement from Carson College accounting relations manager Marla Meyer Moss Adams.

Frei said Williams helped her figure out what she wanted to do in the accounting program. Knowing a few former bantams on campus will also make the transition to WSU easier, Frei said. However, Williams and Boreson said feeling welcome to WSU’s accounting program wouldn’t be a problem.

“It’s such a community and such a family,” Williams said. “It makes your college smaller. Everyone cares about you and wants you to do well.

Boreson agreed and said the atmosphere was open, friendly and supportive. “They’re really energetic,” he said of the staff.

Miguel Inzunza, a business student recruiter at Carson College, was also there to welcome Frei and his parents to the Cougar family. “It’s absolutely exciting to bring the Clarkston Bantams to WSU,” he said. “It’s an amazing school for amazing students.”

Although Frei was congratulated by all in attendance, her smile and enthusiasm did not dissipate. “I’m really grateful for this opportunity,” the future Cougar said. Brewster can be reached at [email protected] or (208) 848-2297.

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