Honors College, WBKO recognize Scholar of the Week recipients

Jacob Hodges (center) of Monroe County High School was the winner of a $1,000 scholarship at the Scholar of the Week reception on Dec. 11. With Hodges are his father, Christopher, and Dr. Craig Cobane, (left) executive director of the Honors College at WKU. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

The Honors College at WKU and WBKO-TV hosted a reception on Dec. 11 to honor the fall 2012 semester’s Scholar of the Week recipients. The Scholar of the Week program recognizes young scholars in south-central Kentucky and the WBKO viewing area for their academic and extracurricular activities. The WKU Honors College has been partnering with WBKO since 2010 on the Scholar of the Week Program.

Jacob Hodges (center) of Monroe County High School was the winner of a $1,000 scholarship at the Scholar of the Week reception on Dec. 11. With Hodges are his father, Christopher, and Dr. Craig Cobane, (left) executive director of the Honors College at WKU. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

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 year’s scholarship winner is Christopher “Jacob” Hodges of Monroe County High School. Hodges has a 4.0 GPA, scored a 31 on his ACT, and has been a defensive captain on his high school football team since his sophomore year. He was also voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates. Hodges had the following comments about the Scholar of the Week program: “This program really opened my eyes to the opportunities available in the Honors College at WKU. I think the Honors College will provide me with the highest quality education available and that it will prepare me for success in life.”

Hodges didn’t expect to be selected as the scholarship recipient. “I didn’t even know a scholarship drawing was taking place until I arrived at the reception,” he said. “I’m typically not a lucky person when it comes to drawings so I was very surprised.”

Dr. Craig T. Cobane, Executive Director of the Honors College at WKU, believes the Scholar of the Week program provides a wonderful showcase of academically competitive scholars at the high school level, and that it reaffirms the mission of WKU and the Honors College to propel its constituents to even greater academic 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 commended for the achievements that they have already undertaken at a young age.”

The following students were recognized as Scholars of the Week for the 2012 Fall Semester:

  • Allen-County Scottsville High: Taylor King and Aaron Holder
  • Barren County High School: JayTodd Richey
  • Bowling Green High School: Lauren Elson, Morgan Cleary and Owen Hanna
  • Butler County High School: Mahkala Burden
  • Central Hardin High School: Rachel Witten
  • Clinton County High School: Troy Butler
  • Cumberland County High School: Chelsea King
  • Edmonson County High School: Karen Sheppard
  • Franklin-Simpson High School: Dylan Holder
  • Glasgow Christian Academy: Jonathan German
  • Glasgow High School: Kelsey Greer
  • Greenwood High School: Joshua Propst, Blake Schreiner and Sara Halcomb
  • Logan County High School: Victoria Lynch
  • Meade County High School: Felicia Mings
  • Monroe County High School: Christopher ‘Jacob’ Hodges
  • Ohio County High School: Amber Bishop
  • South Warren High School: Cody Snazelle and Shelby Newton
  • Warren Central High School: Tianna Poole
  • Warren East High School: Hannah Conner

A reception will be held at WKU late in the spring semester to recognize the spring Scholar of the Week recipients.

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.

Contact: Caelin Smith, Assistant Director of Admission and External Relations, (270) 745-2081

(Source: WKU News, Dec 14, 2012)

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