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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Charter Schools

Charlton Heston Academy

Mission Statement:

We promise families a school with a challenging academic program and a culture that values integrity, academic excellence, civic responsibility and accountability that centers on college and career readiness.

Charlton Heston Academy Location

Address:
1350 N. St. Helen Road
St. Helen, MI 48656
Telephone:
(989) 632-3390
Web Address:
www.charltonhestonacademy.com

Charlton Heston Academy Contact Information

Director
David Patterson
dpatterson@charltonhestonacademy.com
Management Company:
Midwest Management Group
President/Owner: Ralph Cunningham
ralph@midwest-mgt.com
Board of Directors:
President/Secretary: Jennifer Jarosz, jjarosz@charltonhestonacademy.com
Vice President/Treasurer: Dave Fultz, chadavef@gmail.com
Trustee: Tracy Cruz, , mrscruztlc@hotmail.com
Trustee: Robert Olschefski, bolinda4@charter.net
Trustee: Joseph Roush, jlroush30@yahoo.com
LSSU Oversight Officer:
Nick J. Oshelski
Executive Director Charter Schools
noshelski@lssu.edu

Charter Contract (pdf)

Highest Awards

Brittany Currie

Second Place
Lake Superior State University

2003 ASME Student Design Contest – Region V

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