Friday, July 10, 2009

People and Places

Proud graduate Amber Acker with her father, Dr. Randy Acker. Photo by

Amber Acker of Ketchum, a 1998 Wood River High School graduate, on June 14 received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine during commencement ceremonies at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

The daughter of veterinarian Randy Acker and his wife Susan Acker is a graduate of the St. George's School of Veterinary Medicine. Amber's mother attended the special graduation ceremony.

Recent Principia College graduate Rachael Richards of Bellevue is the co-winner of this year's Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Post-Graduate Scholarship for academic and athletic accomplishments. It is the first time that a Principia athlete has received this scholarship from SLIAC. Richards received a financial stipend toward the first two years of her graduate study. Having obtained a degree in political science and achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.75, she plans to attend law school. Richards, a 2005 Wood River High School graduate, is interested in learning more about international, immigration and environmental law.

During her athletic career at the Elsah, Ill., college near St. Louis, Richards was a four-year starting setter for the Principia Panthers volleyball team. She was a three-year All-Conference Honoree and team MVP her senior year. Richards now holds the records at Principia for career assists, assists per game, and service aces. She also lettered for four years in track and field. She leaves Principia holding the school records in the 3,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase, and is second in the school's annals in the 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m distance runs. She is a daughter of Tim and Kim Richards.

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