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Shelby County Public Schools have announced the six finalists for the prestigious Pflughaupt Scholarship.
This year's finalists are Lindsey Anderson, Nick Hamblen, Landri Tripp, Anne Bowersox, Kayla Pilcher and Chris Obermeyer.
The winner will receive $5,000 every year for four years. The award is based on academic achievement, community involvement and other achievements. The winner will be named at the school's awards night on June 2.
The Pflughaupt scholarship is funded by Eugene and Margery Pflughaupt, who were on hand to interview the six finalists at the high school last week.
Lindsey is the daughter of Deborah and Steve Anderson. She is president of Future Business Leaders of America; a member of BETA and Interact clubs. Anderson has been on the Rockets' swim team for four years and this year was team captain.
She signed a grant-in-aid to swim at Transylvania University, where she plans to study political science. She hopes someday to become a lawyer and enter politics.
“My favorite politician is Theodore Roosevelt,” she said. “I like his foreign policy, 'speak softly and carry a big stick' approach.”
Nick is the son of Russ and Donna Hamblen. At SCHS, Hamblen played varsity baseball for three years and was team captain this year. Other activities include reporter for Future Business Leaders of America, BETA Club and National Honor Society.
Hamblen is still choosing a college but has narrowed the search down to the University of Louisville, Hanover and Transylvania. He plans to study political science and may go into law and foreign policy.
But Hamblen said his dream job “would be to be a pilot, a Navy pilot.”
Landri is the daughter of Phil and Beth Tripp. She plans to attend Furman University, where she hopes to major in Spanish and Communications.
“I'll wait and see where college takes me,” Tripp said. “Law school is an option, but I'm not set on it.”
Tripp works at Max Performance Physical Therapy and does staff parish relations at Centenary United Methodist Church.
At SCHS, she is president of BETA club and co-president of the student YMCA. She also is a member of Interact club and was captain of the school's Future Problem Solving team.
Anne is the daughter of Dan Bowersox and Mary Mayrose. She is the president of the SCHS National Honors Society and Young Democrats. She is also a member of BETA and Interact clubs and a member of the swim team.
Bowersox works at Smith-McKenney and serves on the Youth Ministry Council at First Christian Church.
She plans to attend Butler University and major in political science and business. Bowersox said she may go to law school. She hopes someday to work in the field of human rights.
A fan of old movies, Bowersox's favorite actress is Audrey Hepburn and her favorite film is Sabrina.
Kayla is the daughter of Paula and Larry Pilcher. She is a 5-year member of the Rockets' varsity tennis team and was captain this year. She is the vice president of National Honors Society and a member of BETA and Interact clubs.
Pilcher plans to attend the University of Louisville's Speed School of Engineering, where she said she hopes to study biomedical engineering. She may attend medical school someday and is interested in pediatric oncology.
“I'm good with kids,” she said.
She also said she is not afraid of needles but admitted to fearing bugs.
Chris Obermeyer Chris is the son of Mark Obermeyer and Ellazane Miller.
Chris is a member of BETA club and a graduate of the Gatton Academy of Math and Science. He serves on the Baptist Council Ministry and belongs to the Christian organization STAND 9:24. He also works with Habitat for Humanity.
Obermeyer plans to attend Western Kentucky University, where he plans to major in biology and religious studies. He hopes someday to teach biology in the Middle East.
Obermeyer's pet has a chameleon named Parker, from the character in Spider-man.