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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Walkin' the Talk: Green sisters have enjoyed much success since scholarships

  • Two quotes come to mind when highlighting the journeys of past Les Novelettes scholarship recipients: "Education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel," and "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of  others."  


     


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  • Two quotes come to mind when highlighting the journeys of past Les Novelettes scholarship recipients: "Education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel," and "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of  others."  
     
    And such is the legacy of Marion and Stella Green whose guidance and inspiration became the catalyst for the educational and professional successes of their three girls, Harriet, Heather Hillary and son, Harrison.
     
    Harriet Green was a graduate of Lansing High School and a recipient of a Les Novelettes scholarship in 1999. She went on to earn a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University in 2003, an M.A. in Humanities/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2010 and currently serves as its English and Digital Humanities Librarian.
     
    Harriet states that prior to her library career, she served as a promotions manager at the University Press for five years and comments that her professional career thus far has primarily revolved around books and scholarship. She credits her family as a critical source of support throughout her adult life and her enduring love of learning. Her Christian faith has also been foundational to her life and career and has guided her decisions.
    In the immediate future, Harriet is working toward tenure at the University of Illinois and hopes to be awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in three years.
     
    Further down the road, she plans to pursue a PhD in education or history of science. She hopes to have a long career in academia as a librarian and/or higher administrative positions, but her primary goal is to work hard and do her best with what she is given at the moment. She hopes that her successes will inspire other young peple to always shoot for the stars and never settle for less than the best.
     
    Heather ( Green ) Epps was a graduate of Lansing High School and a Les Novelettes scholarship recipient in 2001. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where she received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2007. After graduation, she worked as a staff pharmacist for a Wal-Mart pharmacy in the Kansas City area and currently works as a clinical management pharmacist for optumRX in Overland Park, Kan.
     
    In this position, Heather continually gives back to the community by providing useful health information that improves the overall quality of life.
    Heather says " I am glad to be in a profession where I am able to be a direct healthcare resource to many people and act as a liason with the rest of  the healthcare team."  
    Heather goes on to say that her parents have always been a source of inspiration by example:  Working hard and keeping God at the center of their lives.
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    Hillary Green was a graduate of Lansing High School and received a Les Novelettes scholarship in 2004. She studied at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois and graduated with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008.
     
    She began her career in Washington, D.C. working for the award-winning PBS News Hour and MacNeil-Lehrer Productions' the News. Hillary went on to work for the Veterans Health Administration as a web writer/editor for their website. She currently works as a communications specialist for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and plans on beginning graduate school for a Masters in Public  Administration in the winter of 2013.
    Hillary says that "When I graduated college, I didn't have a clear view of the drive and humility necessary to make a career a reality, let alone one in a recession...
     
    “And perhaps nothing but experience could have shaped me to be ready for the position I am in now... God has blessed me abundantly with opportunities to learn in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. But the most important blessing of all has been my family – my parents, sisters and brother (Harrison). They show me what it means to be dedicated to my passion and not limit myself by 'what-ifs' and to act rather than just talk.
     
    “If my success has had any effect, I hope its been that people see that God continues to bring it together perfectly in His own time and to keep being passionate and open to change, even when you can't see how it fits in the bigger picture. The chances that I would move to Chicago and be in a career that daily challenges me and helps  me pursue my passion seemed nil. Yet, here I am.
     
    “I also hope that I can just pay forward the same generosity of the many people  who were so willing to offer me career advice and support. In recent years, I've been abe to travel and blog about it at http:/hpschronicles.blogspot.com/,  but no matter where I go, I'm always proud to call Kansas home.”
    Cathy Lang has been a member of Les Novelettes since 1994. She is the non-profit manager for the club.
     

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