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Friends and Neighbors: Graduating seniors receive college scholarships

The Star Press (Muncie) logo The Star Press (Muncie) 5/29/2020 Robin Gibson, Muncie Star Press

• The Oliver W. Storer Scholarship has been awarded to nine graduating Delaware County high school seniors.

The award covers tuition at the college of the student's choice, not to exceed $6,200 per year for new recipients, and full-time attendance at an accredited college is required.

The scholarships are granted annually to the limit of income available from the Storer Scholarship Foundation, which was created by Oliver Storer, a Muncie banker who died in 1953. A committee made up of Delaware County public high school principals chooses recipients from graduates who have shown evidence of "scholastic ability, industry, integrity, courage and ideals as to give greatest promise of being enabled by a continuing education to become leading citizens of our community, state and nation."

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing guidelines, the committee will not host its annual banquet dinner this year, according to a release.

This year's scholarship recipients are:

Kamryn McGlothin, Wes-Del High School, daughter of John and Brandi McGlothin. She will attend Butler University, where she will be working toward a degree in psychology.

DeFord Cassell James Cope, Burris Laboratory School, son of Kevin and Meisa Cope. He will attend Ball State University where he plans to pursue a degree in psychology.

Gracie Evans, Central High School, daughter of Adam and Chasity Evans. She will attend Wellesley College and is currently undecided on her major.

Simon Underwood, Cowan Junior-Senior High School, son of Scott and Tammy Underwood. He will attend Ball State, where he will be working towards a nursing degree.

Hannah Nicole Allen, Daleville Junior-Senior High School, daughter of Matthew and Stephanie Allen, She will attend Ball State, where she will be double-majoring in English and psychology and working toward becoming an attorney.

Elizabeth Marshall, Delta High School, daughter of Douglas and Julie Marshall. She will attend Indiana Wesleyan University where she will be working toward a bachelor’s degree in biology and plans to eventually attain a master’s degree in biology.

Cassandra Reeves, Heritage Hall Christian School, daughter of Jonathan and Priscilla Reeves. She will attend Ball State and wants to become an animator.

Emma Schuck, Wapahani High School, daughter of Michael and Tamara Schuck. She will attend Ball State, where she will be working towards becoming an architect.

Edward Gehrig Smalstig, Yorktown High School, son of Scott and Tara Smalstig. He will attend the University of Notre Dame and plans to pursue a career in sports management, economics, finance or a related field.

• Matthew Mitsch has received the 2020 Carolyn A. Lucas Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.

Established in memory of Carolyn A. Lucas, a chemistry teacher at Yorktown High School, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding high school chemistry student at Yorktown who demonstrates good character and good citizenship. 

Mitsch plans to attend Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis to study kinesiology. He is the son of Sherry Mitsch and Mike Mitsch.

• Jaigen Glaze has received the 2020 Tom Devine Memorial Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.

The Tom Devine Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Tom Devine, a longtime staff member of Delta High School who passed away in 2012 following a courageous battle with colon cancer. As a teacher and coach, he was known for his compassionate respect for every individual during his 34-year career. Tom always had a positive impact on others because of his entertaining style, passion for music and energetic personality.

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Delta who plans to attend an Indiana college or university. In determining a recipient, consideration is given to potential for success, challenges or hardships the applicant has faced or obstacles the applicant has overcome, time spent with school activities and/or outside employment, financial need and academic ability.

Glaze, son of Randy and Cindy Glaze, plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to study pre-law and psychology.  

Ashlyn Craig and Evan Etchison are the recipients of the Bobby Watters Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.

This scholarship was established in memory of Bobby Watters by the Daleville Athletic Boosters. Bobby was a supporter of Daleville Junior=Senior High School sports and attended every Daleville athletic event he could. This scholarship recognizes a graduating student from Daleville who has shown a passion for bettering the community, just like Watters.

Craig plans to attend Glen Oaks Community College. She is the daughter of Dale Craig and Carrie Craig.

Etchison plans to attend Grace College to study pre-law and sports management. He is the son of Marc and Beth Etchison.

Julia Perry is the recipient of the 2020 Jim Leffler Memorial Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.

Awarded in memory of Jim Leffler, a swimming and cross country coach at Yorktown High School who lost a courageous battle with cancer in 2012, this scholarship is awarded to a college-bound member of the Yorktown cross country team. In selecting a recipient, consideration is given to academic achievement, leadership qualities, sportsmanship, citizenship, and extra-curricular and community activities.

Perry plans to attend Taylor University to study exercise sciences. She is the daughter of Nanci Perry and Kirk Perry.

First Baptist Church in Muncie has completed a year-long “story project,” culminating in a collection of stories written by people in the church focusing on ways that God has been in their lives, either past or present. A total of 35 people wrote stories for the recently published “We Are the Clay: God Molding Lives at First Baptist Church.”  A varied team of lay persons helped the writers, reviewed the writing and collected information about the writers.

Project chair Julie Davis, a member who is also a professional Christian book editor, said, “Inside 'We Are the Clay' are some of the stories of some of the people who represent only a slice of the 160 years that First Baptist Church Muncie has been in existence.  The contents of this book touch on places and conditions the reader may not have experienced:  the Great Depression, the war in Vietnam, mental illness, cancer, infertility and so much more.”

The book, sold initially within the church, is available at Amazon. Proceeds go to the church.

Announcements of awards, scholarships and other honors given to local residents and entities cam be sent to planning editor Robin Gibson at news@muncie.gannett.com.

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