Eileen Beltz from College of Court Reporting honored with 2017 CASE Award

Jeff Moody, president of the College of Court Reporting, accepted the award on Beltz's behalf.

Jeff Moody, president of the College of Court Reporting, accepted the award on Beltz’s behalf.

Eileen Beltz, CRI, CPE, an instructor at the College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ind., was honored with the 2017 Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) Award of Excellence. The announcement was made at a special awards luncheon held during the NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., Aug. 10-13. Beltz is from Avon, Ohio.

NCRA’s CASE Award of Excellence recognizes the important role student education plays in the court reporting profession and honors educators for their dedication, outstanding achievement, and leadership. Recipients are nominated by an NCRA member.

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NCRA announces the winners of the 2017 CASE scholarships

Lisa Erickson

Lisa Erickson

The Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) has selected Lisa Erickson, a student at Prince Institute in Elmhurst, Ill., as the first-place winner of the 2017 CASE Scholarship. Maggie DeRocher, of Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, Ia., earned second place, and Meredith Seymour of Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wis. earned third place. The first-place winner will receive $1,500; second place, $1,000; and third place, $500.

“Words fail to adequately express just how blessed I am to have received this award,” says Erickson. “As a double-duty parent, so many odds are constantly stacked against me. What this means to me is a bright start to the future I dream for my family. Thank you to all who helped make this possible.”

“I’m so honored to be a recipient of the CASE scholarship,” DeRocher tells Up-to-Speed. “It’s great motivation to continue to constantly learn and grow in this great profession.”

Meredith Seymour, who has worked as an American Sign Language interpreter, says she is “humbled and thankful to be granted this scholarship, yet also honored to be given this opportunity to spread awareness on behalf of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.”

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Maggie DeRocher

As part of the application process, students submitted an original essay on the topic “Describe what the professions of court reporting and captioning are like today from your perspective. What do you think those professions will be like in the next ten years?”

All three winning essays focused on the growing demand for reporters and captioners as well as a positive outlook for the future. “I conclude that in ten years and beyond,” Erickson writes, “this remarkable field will continue to turn heads and strengthen the backbone of the community.” Erickson’s instructors rated her as “exceptional” and used words such as “stupendous,” “persistent,” and “committed” to describe her.

Meredith Seymour

Meredith Seymour

Another common theme among the essays was the effect that technology will play in the future of the court reporting and captioning professions. Seymour points out the shortcomings of digital audio recordings in courtroom settings: “Although once thought as a convenient and inexpensive route, [technology] has been continuing to prove how inadequate and untrustworthy it is a reporting device for the court system.”

DeRocher, on the other hand, sees social media as a way to share information within the community: “There is camaraderie, punctuation and grammar advice, suggestions how to handle different situations that arise in the profession, discussions of the newest technologies, and everything in between.”

Applicants were also required to be current students at an NCRA-approved court reporting program, hold student membership with NCRA, write between 140-180 wpm, and submit three recommendation forms, among other criteria.

Scholarship recipients will be formally announced at the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. Visit the Student Resources page for more information about the CASE Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities.

CASE Scholarship winners recognized during NCRA Convention & Expo

Three court reporting students were recognized for receiving CASE Scholarships during the Awards Luncheon at the NCRA Convention & Expo based on their winning entries in an essay-writing contest. The essays were to be written on the theme, “How do you achieve professionalism and ethical conduct in the social media/technological age?” A total of 18 nominations were received, and all were said to be thoughtfully written.

The 2015 recipients included:

$1,500 scholarship
Tracey Tracy
Green River Community College – Auburn, Wash.

$1,000 scholarship
Angeli English
Sheridan Technical College – Hollywood, Fla.

$500 scholarship
Josephine Nosker
StenoTech Career Institute – Piscataway, N.J.

NCRA’s Council on Approved Student Education is responsible for the certification and development of court reporter student training and education programs and, as such, supports students on their path to becoming court reporting and captioning professionals.

Three students write their way to CASE scholarships

Three court reporting students were recognized for receiving CASE Scholarships during the Awards Luncheon at the NCRA Convention & Expo based on their winning entries in an essay writing contest entitled “The Probable Secret of Success in Court Reporting School.” A total of 12 nominations were received and were cited as all being thoughtfully written. Recipients included:

Elisa Greenwood, a student at the Business Informatics Center in Valley Steam, N.Y., who received a $1,500 scholarship;

Robert Leifer, a student at the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., who received a $1,000 scholarship; and

Joan Yeatts, a student at the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., who received a $500 scholarship.

NCRA’s Council on Approved Student Education is responsible for the certification and development of court reporter student training and education programs and, as such, supports students on their path to becoming court reporting and captioning professionals.

CASE Award of Excellence honors Mary Beth Johnson

Mary Beth Johnson, CRI, a professor of court reporting at the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa., was named 2014 Educator of the Year during a special awards luncheon at NCRA’s Convention & Expo on Saturday.

Johnson has taught court reporting for 38 years. She established and funded a $10,000 scholarship for court reporting students at CCAC, and she is currently developing a realtime re-training course. In addition, all of her students are members of both NCRA and the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association, the state association.

She attributes the success of her court reporting program to the fact that she is surrounded by local court reporters who are always willing to mentor, consult, teach, offer internships, and employ CCAC graduates. She said she also believes the support of the faculty and staff at CCAC, as well as the hard work of her students, has fueled the longevity of the program. She is particularly grateful to NCRA for offering a lifetime of encouragement to generations of court reporters.

The Award of Excellence, which is given by NCRA’s Council on Approved Student Education, recognizes the important role student education plays in the court reporting profession, and honors educators for their dedication and outstanding achievement and leadership. Recipients are nominated by an NCRA member.