Scholar of the Week Recipients Recognized

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Honors College at WKU and WBKO-TV hosted a reception on April 16 to honor the spring 2013 semester’s Scholar of the Week recipients. The Scholar of the Week program recognizes young scholars in southcentral Kentucky and the WBKO viewing area for their academic and extracurricular activities. The Honors College at WKU has been partnering with WBKO since 2010 on the Scholar of the Week Program.

Out of more than 250 applicants, 70 students were chosen as Scholars of the Week for the 2012-2013 academic school year and have their name, high school and accomplishments aired on segments on WBKO’s “10 PM News” on Tuesdays and “AM Kentucky” on Wednesdays. Each student is invited to a reception to celebrate their achievements, recognize them individually, and reward one Scholar of the Week with a $1,000 scholarship for WKU.

This semester's scholarship winner is Jennifer King, a junior at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green. King has a 4.0 GPA and is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including the art club, volunteering at the Salvation Army and local animal shelters, and playing the violin. While she is still exploring her collegiate options, a recently discovered passion for photography has her considering WKU: “I really like photography. I got a camera over Christmas break, I’ve really been snapping away. And WKU has a very good photojournalism program that I will definitely be looking into.”

Upon learning she had won the scholarship drawing, King’s initial reaction was “Surprise, definitely; and then I was excited.” While her academic pedigree will have her competing for very prestigious scholarships, King was very grateful for the award. “It helps. Every little bit helps. I'm happy about it,” she said.

Dr. Craig T. Cobane, Executive Director of the Honors College at WKU, believes the Scholar of the Week program provides a wonderful showcase of the quality of our local school systems and it reaffirms the mission of WKU and the Honors College to propel our scholars to even greater academic and professional heights.

“These scholars represent a fantastic group of young adults who are seeking out opportunities to succeed in the classroom, on the field, in the workplace, and in many other settings,” Dr. Cobane said. “They deserve to be recognized for their achievements.”

The following students were recognized as Scholars of the Week for the 2013 Spring Semester:
Allen-County Scottsville High: Joshua Blankenship, Hannah Erwin and Joshua Steele
Barren County High School: Rilee Mathews
Bowling Green High School: Sarah Parks, Erin Bardin, Abigail Potter, Victoria Dillard, Suzanne Moore and Rachel Wulff
Butler County High School: Sierra Fields
Clinton County High School: Ryan Beard, Lamon Hubbs and Jacob Williams
Edmonson County High School: Carly Raymer and Andrea Carnes
Glasgow Christian Academy: Madison Short
Glasgow High School: Sydney Norman
Greenwood High School: Shelley Owens, Jessica Agro, Megan Lee, Nathaniel Powers, Catherine Rice, Megan Locke, Kristina Shaffer, Hira Arshad, Jennifer King, Ross Basham, Holly Boddeker, Jessica Moore, Kari Bertram, Uyen Thoai Do, Jenika Soni and Rachel Sunderlin
Metcalfe County High School: Tayler McMurtrey and Philip “Bryson” Keltner
Ohio County High School: Katie Cantu
South Warren High School: Alexandria Colovos, Jordan Upton, Mallory Vaughn, Abigail Watkins and Carter Jackson
Warren Central High School: Chasity Beckner
Warren East High School: Allie Young

About the Honors College at WKU: WKU is home to the only Honors College in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Created in 2007, the Honors College at WKU provides an intimate, highly selective learning environment where college-age gifted and high-achieving students can develop the skills to prepare them for success in the nation’s top academic and career opportunities.