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23 President's Scholars selected

April 23, 2010

Indiana State University has awarded President's Scholarships to 23 incoming freshmen for fall 2010.

The President's Scholarship is Indiana State's most prestigious financial award and is valued at $15,000 per year. Selection is highly competitive and is based on both academic and personal accomplishments and interviews.

This year's President's Scholars boast an average high school grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. About 75 percent of the scholars have been involved in band, choir, National Honor society and various volunteer activities in high school. Half have played high school sports and are involved in student government. Many are also involved with other forms of artistic expression such as art and dance and are active in various academic teams and clubs.

"Each year I am impressed by our top scholars, not only because of their exemplary academic performance while in high school, but because they are able to achieve academic success while being active in their schools and communities," said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing, and communications." We're proud to help these students realize their educational goals as they prepare to take their places across the nation as community and business leaders."

Indiana State welcomes the following President's Scholars for fall 2010:

Sean Carey, son of Carol Hassellof and Glen Carey of Munster, is a senior at Munster High School and plans to major in music education. During high school he was involved in the orchestra, giving violin lessons, concert master of Camerata, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, National Honor Society and KUMON, a math and reading tutoring center. He was the recipient of the Principal's Award for Excellence, the Most Improved Award for orchestra and multiple Indiana Secondary School Music Association solo and ensemble gold medals.

John Evanich, son of John and Lori Evanich of Griffith, is a senior at Griffith High School and plans to major in athletic training. During high school, he played varsity baseball and basketball and was involved in National Honor Society and choir. Evanich has received numerous awards, including an academic letter and All-Area Honorable Mention for baseball and basketball.

Kristin Egloff, daughter of Jerry and Andrea Egloff of Huntingburg, is a senior at Forest Park Jr.-Sr. High School. She plans to major in criminology and criminal justice. During high school, Egloff participated in band, 4-H, Key Club, tennis, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Spirit Club, Peers Educating Peers, Business Professionals of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Youth Relay for Life committee.

Clifford Franklin, son of Virgil and Debra Franklin of Linton, is a senior at Linton-Stockton High School and plans to major in chemistry. In high school, he was involved in band, choir, chess club, his church youth group and music ministry, Junior Civitan, National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Business Club. He received the Director's Award for band and various Indiana Secondary School Music Association awards.

Kelsey Hamilton, daughter of Dave and Pam Hamilton of Terre Haute, is a senior at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. She plans to major in music education. During high school, she was involved with Counterpoints, the dance team, Thespians, Interact, Student Council, Principal's Advisory Committee and National Honor Society. She has received numerous awards, including Most Improved Member of Patriot Singers and Most Improved Member of Counterpoints.

Tionna Harris, daughter of Thomas and Vanessa Harris of Matteson, Ill., is a senior at Rich South High School and plans to major in pre-law. In high school, she participated in marching and concert band, gospel and concert choir, Student Council, Girl Scouts and Aspiring Angels. She served as vice president for National Honor Society.

Nathaniel Hewitt, son of Jim and Tracie Hewitt of Paris, Ill., is a senior at Paris High School. He plans to major in communication, music or biochemistry. During high school, he played baseball and golf. He participated in 4-H, Student Council, Scholastic Bowl, Drama Club, band, FFA, choir, National Honor Society. He served as class president as a volunteer for the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, Red Cross Blood Drive and Holiday in the Park.

Amy Krupa, daughter of Diane Wisz of Wheatfield, is a senior at Kankakee Valley High School. She plans to major in English. In high school, she participated in National Honor Society, band, Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra and winter guard. Her honors and awards include Band Member of the Year, Outstanding Soloist Award at Disney Studios and Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra's Edith Root scholarship.

Payton Kuhnle, daughter of Craig and Michelle Kuhnle of Valparaiso, is a senior at Chesterton High School. She plans to major in pre-medicine in hopes of becoming a physician's assistant in cardiovascular surgery. During high school, she was a physical therapist's assistant in Mercy Health Partners' hippotherapy program, a Sunday School volunteer and a member of Interact Club, the Greater Toledo Broomball League, Art Club and National Honor Society. Her poetry has been published in MUSE magazine.

Ellen Lamb, daughter of Chad and Fran Lamb of Pendleton, is a senior at Liberty Christian School and plans to major in finance. During high school, she was involved in the Youth Leadership Academy of Madison County, Summer Scholars Program at Taylor University, international trips, cheerleading and drama. She served as vice president of National Honor Society and as a math tutor. She is the recipient of the Who's Who in Leadership Award and the Who's Who among All-American Scholars Award.

Michael Laub, son of Joseph and Valerie Laub of Cary, Ill., is a senior at Cary-Grove High School and plans to major in physics. In high school, he was involved with the math team, yearbook, speech team, band, French club, the school newspaper, karate and Boy Scouts.

Alicia Lindsey, daughter of Tad and Midori Lindsey of Centerville, Utah, is a senior at Viewmont High School and plans to major in elementary education. During high school, she served as secretary of her junior class and a peer tutor, played soccer, was on the cross-country team and participated in National Honor Society.

Kelsey Marvin, daughter of Joe and Kimberly Marvin of Woodstock, Ill., is a senior at Woodstock High School and plans to major in clinical laboratory science. In high school, she served as vice president of Thespian Troupe #991, president of choir and student liaison for the local Crime Stoppers. She also founded Tri-M Music Honor Society at Woodstock.

Hannah McKnight, daughter of Tom and Denise McKnight of McCordsville, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and plans to major in criminology and criminal justice. During high school, she participated in track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, swimming, cross country, mentoring, National Honor Society and church activities.

Mallory Metheny, daughter of Steve and Paula Metheny of Terre Haute, is a senior at Terre Haute South Vigo High School and plans to major in communication. In high school, she participated in the Memorial United Methodist Church youth group, Interact Club, Senate and National Honor Society. She served as captain of the yearbook staff and played tennis, achieving the Best Doubles Record, All-Conference Award, All-District Award and 1st team All-State Award.

Daniel Montgomery, son of Andrew and Kelli Montgomery of South Elgin, Ill., is a senior at Saint Charles North High School. He plans to major in biology in hopes of finding a cure for autoimmune diseases and deadly viruses. In high school, he was captain of Chess Club and co-captain for Mock Trial. He was also involved with National Honor Society, band, orchestra and Fox Valley Presbyterian Church. He earned a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Lauren Morgan, daughter of Pamela Wilson and David Morgan of Advance, is a senior at Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School. She plans to major in management. In high school, she was secretary of National Honor Society and president of Foreign Interest Club. She participated in choir, musicals, Sunshine Society and Quiz Bowl.

Katherine Richárd, daughter of Pamala Richárd and Gerald Richárd of Kokomo, is a senior at Western High School and plans to major in music performance. During high school, she was involved in 4-H, FFA, piano and oboe lessons, band, National Honor Society, Indiana Haflinger Horse Assocation, Kokomo Mayor's Youth Council, student council and church activities.

Jacob Sapp, son of Don and Carolyn Sapp of Evansville, is a senior at North Posey Senior High School and plans to major in business. During high school, he was a varsity letter winner in football and served as captain of the team. He participated in track, church youth group, German Club, Varsity Club and National Honor Society. He received the All-Conference Defensive Back Award, All-State Honorable Mention Running Back Award and the Academic Scholar Athlete Award.

Melanie Trammell, daughter of Shelley Knoll and Jeff Trammell of Greensburg, is a senior at Greensburg Community High School. During high school, she was involved with Greensburg Teen Facilitators, Student Council, National Honor Society, basketball, Big Brother Big Sister program, tennis and church youth group. She served as vice president of her class, secretary of Jr. Optimist and captain of the dance team.

Robert Watkins, son of Julie Kassis and Jeff Watkins of Terre Haute, is a senior at Terre Haute South Vigo High School and plans to major in pre-law. During high school, he participated in marching band, the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate Team, Indiana State University College Challenge in anatomy, Junior Senate, Spell Bowl, band and Link Crew.

Randa Wells, daughter of Randall and Shannon Wells of Hutsonville, Ill., is a senior at Hutsonville High School and plans to major in psychology. During high school, she was president of National Honor Society, yearbook editor and Book Club treasurer. She participated in choir and drama club. Her honors and awards include being named an Illinois State Scholar and receiving the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

Shannon Winklepleck, daughter of Fred and Theresa Winklepleck of Odon, is a senior at North Daviess Jr.-Sr. High School and plans to major in speech-language pathology. During high school, she was involved in the church youth group, Drama Club, choir, band, tennis, Student Council, Beta Club, show choir, color guard, piano, sewing and JUMP Club (a student-led Bible study). Her honors and awards include the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and Academic Top 10 awards.

More information: Find photos of the President's Scholars and links to information about scholarships at Indiana State at http://www.indstate.edu/scholarships/president/2010.htm

Contact: Sarah Wurtz, associate director and scholarship coordinator, Office of Admissions, Indiana State University, 812-237-3935 or sarah.wurtz@indstate.edu

 

Story Highlights

ISU has awarded President's Scholarships, the university's most prestigious financial award, to 23 incoming students for fall 2010. This year's scholars have an average GPA of 3.75.

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