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Annual candlelighting ceremony raises funds for KCKCC students
Students were urged to “stretch” a little and donate funds to scholarships at Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 94th annual candlelighting ceremony on Wednesday.
The annual candlelighting ceremony is considered to be the longest-standing tradition for the college as well as for Wyandotte County, KCKCC President Greg Mosier told students.
The event started in 1924 as a candle sale to raise funds for the college’s student loan fund, and continues today to raise funds for scholarships for KCKCC students, he said.
Dr. Mosier asked those who were gathered at the candlelighting ceremony to think about those who had helped them in their lives, and to help others in the same way.
More than 100 persons attended the event in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center.
Mary Ricketts, a KCKCC Foundation board member who is a speaker and coach in the financial industry, was the keynote speaker at the event.
“It’s all about leaving a legacy,” Ricketts said. She urged those in attendance to “stretch out and reach the next person,” by giving a donation for student scholarships.
Aliyah Shaw, Student Senate president and a second-year student, said this is one of the highlights of the year for the students. At the ceremony, a candle is passed from one of this year’s student leaders to next year’s student leader.
Shaw said the Student Senate and college plan events to help students, and one of the things she has learned as student president was to meet students where they are. Being the student president has “really made me think about who I am as a student, and it helps me to be a leader,” she said.
Shaw announced a $600 donation from students through the Student Senate to the KCKCC scholarship fund.
Other highlights of the event were performances by the KCKCC Instrumental Ensembles, KCKCC’s The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Intercultural Center students, KCKCC Chamber Choir and students in the KCKCC Theater Department.
Donations to the KCKCC Foundation scholarships for students are being accepted at www.kckcc.edu/foundation.