CCU honors student mentors

(Source: Coastal Carolina University)
(Source: Coastal Carolina University)

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University is honoring three of its students for outstanding service and performance as mentors for the 2009-2010 school year, according to university spokeswoman Mona Prufer.

Coastal Carolina's 2010 Mentor Awards were presented to Kelly Muench, Kevin Helmer and Brittany Hite by the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program at a recent ceremony.

Muench, a senior marine science major from Marlton, NJ, received the university's Mentor of the Year Award. Muench, who began mentoring at Waccamaw Elementary in 2008, has devoted more than 40 hours in four semesters to the program.

Helmer, a junior elementary education major from Nyrtle Beach, received the Best New Mentor Award. Helmer, who began mentoring in 2009 at Palmetto Bays Elementary, devoted nearly 15 hours to the program in 12 weekly visits.

The Junior created a flash card game called "Timber Wolf Wilderness," named for the mascot of Palmetto Bays Elementary, while serving as a mentor. The game presents a variety of academic challenges designed to encourage his mentee.

Helmer also mentored another student and has spent more than 40 hours with him and his class. Helmer also volunteered to assist with Mentor Month activities and was a presenter at the Mentor Roundtable at the 2010 Celebration of Inquiry conference.

Hite, a business management and marketing major from Conway, received the Long-Term Mentor Award. Hite, who recently graduated from Coastal, began as a volunteer mentor at Waccamaw Elementary in 2007.

Hite is the organization's longest serving mentor, devoting more than 50 hours in six semesters in weekly visits with her mentee.

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