• Yaicha Ocampo

CCU students win state tourism

Kara Mari Funk, of Conway, received the Tourism Student Award from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) and the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition. 

Students first had to be nominated by a faculty member for their exceptional work in hospitality and tourism, and/or culinary arts in South Carolina.

The ceremony was held Nov. 1 at the Lace House in Columbia. Each student was rewarded a plaque, sponsored by the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition and a $1,500 scholarship provided through the PRT’s Fred Brinkman Memorial Fund.

Funk is a senior majoring in hospitality, resort and tourism management major. According to the press release, Funk is an active member of CCU’s campus.

“During her four years at Coastal, Funk has blended academics, extracurricular clubs and work experience to prepare for her future career in the hospitality industry,” the release stated.

She works as a housekeeping supervisor and a management trainee at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront and is also a rider for the CCU Equestrian Club.

Funk is honored by this recognition.

“I have wonderful support from the management team at my workplace,” said Funk, who hopes to continue with the company after graduation in May. “Receiving this award reminded me that always trying to give 100 percent to both my academics and to my job is paying off. I am honored to have been chosen.”

Eight others were recognized at the ceremony, including Christopher King from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

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