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31 selected for University Honors Scholarships

July 12, 2016

Indiana State University has awarded the University Honors Scholarship to 31 outstanding freshmen set to begin their studies this fall.

The students chosen for these competitive scholarships demonstrated high levels of academic achievement throughout high school and during an on-campus interview process. Specifically, students are required to have at least two of the following: a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale, a score of 1200 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT and a ranking within the top 10 percent of their high school class.

"The University Honors Scholars are invariably among of the finest students enrolled at Indiana State University," said Greg Bierly, the executive director of the University Honors Program. "As the largest cohort of competitive scholarship recipients participating in the Honors curriculum, they are the core of the program's membership. Many of our strongest students academically, as well as the dedicated leaders of campus organizations, come from this class of scholars. I am excited to meet and work with this talented cohort of students in the fall semester."

The scholarship is worth full in-state tuition for four years.

Recipients are as follows:

Alyssa Bush of Plainfield, Ind., is the daughter of Lisa Bush. In high school, Bush was the president of her school's Octagon Club, a member of show choir, Spanish Club and National Honor Society. She plans to study nursing at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maleyke' Owens of Terre Haute is the daughter of Wesley and Malissa Owens. While in high school, Owens played basketball and volleyball. She was a member of DECA, the Girls Choir and was involved with Calvary Temple Church. She plans to major in nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chandler Ramey of Effingham, Ill., is the daughter of Troy and Kristina Ramey. While in high school, Ramey was captain of the varsity volleyball team. She was a member of the Math Club and a camp counselor. She plans to major in nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Froehlich of Cannelton, Ind., is the son of John and Sheri Froehlich. In high school, he was member of the cross-country team and captain of the soccer team. Froehlich was also involved with the Hometown Collaboration Initiative. He plans to major in architectural engineering tech at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reagan Gambill of Sullivan, Ind., is the daughter of Scott and Angella Gambill. While in high school, Gambill was involved in National Honor Society, Beta Club and Spanish Club. She was captain of the tennis team and was an active member of her church youth group. She plans to pursue a nursing major at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marissa Carter of Fairfield, Ill., is the daughter of Harry and Kim Carter. In high school, Carter was a member of Power and Grace, Fairfield Area Swim Team and a student athletic trainer. She was also involved with FFA and was the vice president of National Honor Society. Carter plans to major in athletic training at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bianca Sloan of Peru, Ind., is the daughter of Nelson Sloan. Sloan was a drum major, a member of color guard, swing choir and drama club. She was involved with National Honor Society, Key Club and Tiger Leadership. She will be pursuing a degree in English teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jocelyn Brink of Terre Haute is the daughter of Christopher Brink and Lynette Isbell-Purnell. In high school, Brink was the captain of the color guard and winter guard. She was involved in National Honor Society, Model UN and a member of Keep Terre Haute Beautiful. Brink plans to major in earth and environmental science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madison Igleheart of Washington, Ind., is the daughter of Robert and Michelle Igleheart. She participated on the track and cheerleading teams while in high school. Igleheart was also a member of student council, Community Foundation Youth Council and vice president of her class. She plans to pursue a degree in speech-language pathology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac Eash of Lakeville, Ind., is the son of Christopher and Karman Eash. In high school, Eash played football, basketball and ran track. He was a member of National Honor Society and was a founder of the Community Service Project his senior year. He plans to major in engineering technology at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Watson of Kingston, Ill., is the daughter of John and Linda Watson. While in high school, Watson played volleyball, basketball and softball. She also participated in the FFA, band and National Honor Society. She was also a member of 4-H and was the president of the County Progressors Group of the Boone County Region. She plans to major in music business while at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

Eli Cooksey of Linton, Ind., is the son of Andrew and Alicia Cooksey. In high school, Cooksey was involved in National Honor Society, band, Switz City Christian Church Youth Group and the Linton Stockton High School Junior Civitan. At Indiana State, Cooksey plans to pursue a degree in biology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Barton of West Terre Haute is the daughter of John and Mary Barton. In high school, Barton was involved with DECA, National Honor Society and Kids Hope. She also played volleyball and basketball. She was a member of 4-H and volunteered with her church. Barton will pursue a degree in athletic training at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Dial of Le Roy, Ill., is the daughter of Kevin and Susan Dial. While in high school, Dial was involved in basketball and softball. She was also a member of student council, Key Club and EDGE Youth Group. Dial plans to major in accounting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payton Prechtel of Huntingburg, Ind., is the daughter of Scott and Pamela Prechtel. In high school, she was involved with National Honor Society, Beta Club and Key Club. She also was a member of the cheerleading team and her church choir. She was also involved in 4-H and Peers Educating Peers. Prechtel will be majoring in speech-language pathology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Kesselring of Chesterfield, Mo., is the daughter of Frank and Ruth Kesselring. In high school, Kesselring was the captain of her soccer team. She was also involved in National Honor Society and DECA. She volunteered with SPENSA and at St. Louis Children's Hospital. She plans to pursue a nursing degree at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsten Campbell of Saint Joseph, Ill., is the daughter of Brian and Denise Campbell. In high school, Campbell was involved in choir and band. She was also a participated in the National Honor Society and her school's Rube Goldberg Machine Construction Team. She plans to major in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Wermert of Tipton, Ind., is the daughter of Cory and Vicki Wermert. In high school, Wermert was a member of the dance team and president of the Varsity Club. She represented her class as an officer in the National Honor Society. She plans to pursue a degree in interior architecture design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Yates of Ashkum, Ill., is the daughter of Bruce and Kimberly and Yates. In high school, Yates participated in FFA, student council, FCCLA and National Honor Society. She was also a member of the band, the softball and basketball teams, all while running her own gardening business. She will major in business administration at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Crowe of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is the daughter of Jeremiah and Belinda Crowe. In high school, Crowe was a member of the Key Club and the National Honor Society. She also participated in her school's plays and musicals. Crowe plans on pursuing a pre-medicine major.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Reckelhoff of Jasper, Ind., is the daughter of Allen and Toni Reckelhoff. While in high school, Reckelhoff played basketball and softball. She also participated in Key Club, FCA, National Honor Society, 4-H and volunteered at her church. She plans to major in athletic training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Theisz from Terre Haute is the son of Andrew and Suzanne Marie Theisz. He was involved in numerous activities in high school, including National Honor Society, band, Key Club and Big Brother Big Sister. He was also the captain of the soccer team. At Indiana State, Theisz plans to major in physical education exercise science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Albrecht of Woodhull, Ill., is the daughter of James and Mary Beth Albrecht. In high school, Albrecht was involved with National Honor Society, Speech Team, band and student council. She plans to major in speech-language pathology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer James of Thorntown, Ind., is daughter of Brent and Amy James. In high school, James played soccer, was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, the Sunshine Society, her church's youth group and spent time volunteering with her church on mission trips. She plans to pursue a biology degree with a specialization in medical lab science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cassandra Skyer of Peotone, Ill., is the daughter of Timothy and Emily Skyer. In high school, Skyer was involved with the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and band. She also was a member of the soccer and dance teams. She will pursue a degree in dietetics at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Dircks of Freeburg, Ill., is the daughter of Lon and Kim Dircks. In high school, Dircks was the vice president of student council and was member of the Drama Club, National Honor Society, the swim team, the track team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She plans to major in biology at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Morris of Indianapolis is the daughter of Randy and Marilyn Morris. While in high school, Morris was a part of the Blue Crew Spirit Club, National Honor Society and Key Club. She also was involved with the school musicals and plays where she assisted as student director and stage manager. Additionally, she played the violin in the orchestra. She plans on majoring in finance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josie Rakes of Terre Haute is the daughter of Preston and Lisa Rakes. Rakes was a member of the volleyball and track teams in high school. She was also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. In addition, she volunteered with several organizations including Interact, the Children's Museum and her church's youth group. She plans on majoring in mathematics at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

Maleah Huser of Parker City, Ind., is the daughter of Chiper and Melissa Huser. She played softball while in high school and participated in FCCLA, Key Club, National Honor Society, the Swing Choir and Future Teachers of America. Huser plans to major in speech-language pathology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsey Cowan of Big Rock, Ill., is the daughter of Ed and Juli Cowan. In high school, Cowan was the vice president of National Honor Society, a member of the cheer team, the Spanish club and involved with several volunteer organizations. She plans to major in pre-medicine at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mackenzie Latta of Terre Haute is the daughter of William and Bonita Latta. In high school, Latta played basketball and soccer. She also participated in LINK Crew, student council, National Honor Society, Counterpoints choir and school musicals. She plans to major in speech-language pathology at Indiana State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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