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Six Shelby County High School seniors have been named as the finalists for a $20,000 college scholarship.
Whitney Jesse, Andrew Moffett, Tyler Daniel, John Blair, Kelly Hill and Elizabeth Shemo are in the running for the 2008 Pflughaupt scholarship.
The scholarship is given to one student from SCHS every year. The winning student will receive $5,000 every year, for four years.
The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement combined with community and civic involvement and other accomplishments.
The top ten percent of the senior class are invited to submit an essay of interest to the Pflughaupt Charitable Foundation Committee. After reviewing those essays, the committee then narrows the field down to 12 candidates. These 12 then submit a formal application and write four more essays. From this information, the field is then narrowed down to six. Those six are then invited to an interview with the scholarship committee. The final decision will be based on the candidate's application, essays and interview.
The Pflughaupt scholarship was founded by Eugene and Margery Pflughaupt. Although the couple has moved away from Shelby County, they still want to benefit the community. The winner of this year's Pflughaupt scholarship winner will be announced at the senior awards night on May 27.
This years finalists are:
John Blair, 5.15 GPA. Upon graduation, Blair plans to attend Centre College where he will pursue a pre-med degree. Along with medical studies, Blair hopes to major in French at Centre. Blair also hopes to attend medical school at Harvard or Stanford where he will specialize in neurosurgery.
Blair said after a career in neurosurgery, he hopes to do humanitarian work with Doctors Without Borders in North Africa or Southeast Asia. He would also like to write works of fiction. Blair can speak eight languages.
During his time at SCHS, Blair has participated in Beta Club and student leadership council. He was vice-president of the National Honors Society, vice-president of the French Club, and an Eagle Scout.
Tyler Daniel, 5.17 GPA. While Daniel will start his undergraduate course work next year at Georgetown College, he is hoping to end up in Oxford, England. Daniel said Georgetown offers a program in conjunction with Oxford University where students spend three years at Georgetown and then two more years at Oxford. At the end of the program, Daniel would receive a master's in Business Administration. After his studies, Daniel would like to return to the community and start a business chain or give oversight to other businesses.
During Daniel's time at SCHS, he took part in Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, teen court and student leadership council. He was also the co-captain of the academic team.
Kelly Hill, 4.6 GPA. Hill has decided to attend Miami (Ohio) University after she graduates from SCHS in May. She said she will major in either communications or journalism. Her desire is to one day write for a magazine that is focused on American Saddlebred horses. Hill said she wants to do everything she can to promote Saddlebreds.
During her time at SCHS, Hill was a copy editor for the Rocket Review, the vice-president of the newsmakers club, a member of the Harry Potter book club and active in community service. She has written articles for the American Saddlebred magazine.
Whitney Jesse, 5.096 GPA. After graduating from SCHS, Jesse plans to attend Centre College where she will pursue a Pre-med degree. Her desire is to attend medical school and become an oncologist.
Jesse has known that she wanted to work with cancer treatment since she was in the fifth grade. She said her ambition to help cancer patients is deeply personal because almost everyone in her family has battled cancer.
During her time at SCHS, Jesse has been a part of Beta Club and Big Brother/Big Sisters. She was also the co-captain for the girls' varsity volleyball team.
Andrew Moffett, 5.25 GPA. Next year Moffett will either attend school at Centre College or Middlebury College in Vermont. Whichever college he chooses, he will pursue a degree in history or possibly foreign languages. His dream is to further his studies at graduate school and become a college professor. His favorite period of history is ancient Greece.
During his time at SCHS, Moffett was a member of the varsity swim team, junior historical society, young Democrats, National Honors Society and the student leadership team. He was also the co-captain of the academic team and captain of the junior varsity academic team. He has also been named the co-valedictorian.
Elizabeth Shemo, 5.25. Shemo will continue her studies next year at the University of Kentucky. While Shemo has yet to select a major, she said there are several programs at UK that spark her interest.
During her time at SCHS, Shemo was a member of the Beta Club, National Honors Society, and class committee. She was also the class vice-president all four years and was the senior co-captain of the cheerleading team. Shemo has also been named co-valedictorian. Shemo was also heavily involved in the community by clocking in over 100 community service hours and volunteering with Big Brother/Big Sisters.