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April 8, 2012

A fine award

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Congratulations to high school seniors Glenda Hernandez, Savannah Jay, Michael Jones, Cole Shafer and Tana Simmons on winning a 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Hernandez, of Kokomo High School, plans to attend Purdue University and study electrical engineering, where the scholarship will cover all tuition expenses and a $900 annual stipend.

Electrical engineering is a bit of a passion for Hernandez. She’s a member Kokomo’s TechnKats robotics team. She’s also involved in the Future Business Leaders of America, Diversity Club, Mental Health America, National Honor Society and German and Spanish clubs, and won Kokomo’s Outstanding Student Award in college preparatory chemistry.

Jones, of Western High School, will attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute and study mechanical engineering. He’s a member of student council, National Honor Society and the math academic bowl team. He also mentored special needs students through Panther Pals.

Jay, of Lewis Cass Junior-Senior High School, also will attend Rose-Hulman. Her brother, William, was a finalist for the scholarship five years ago. He will graduate this spring from Ball State University with a degree in theoretical physics and has been accepted into a master’s program at Cambridge University.

Savannah Jay received the Rosemary Todd Memorial Award recognizing outstanding character at Cass. She ranks first in her class, plays three sports and serves as editor of the high school yearbook.

Simmons, of Tipton High School, will attend Purdue and study agricultural communications. She wants to pursue a career in broadcasting. She’s a member of 4-H, Future Farmers of America, student council and National Honor Society. She played varsity soccer, is class president and volunteers her time at the high school.

Shafer, of Maconaquah High School, aspires to becoming a medical doctor. He was captain of the varsity tennis and basketball teams, president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of student council and vice president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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