Twenty of West Virginias top high school seniors have been offered Bucklew Scholarships to attend West Virginia University next fall.
Bucklew Scholarships, valued at $21,000, provide students with more than $5,000 toward educational costs per year for four years. Bucklew Scholars are also permitted to use state PROMISE Scholarships in addition to their Bucklew Scholarships.
These students demonstrate the highest academic achievement and leadership potential,said Brian Hoover, coordinator of the Undergraduate Scholarship Office.
The awards are named for former WVU President Neil S. Bucklew, who established the WVU Scholars Program during his tenure as the University’s 20 th president.
The 2005 recipients are: Jessica Ault , Moorefield High School, Moorefield, Hardy County; Jamie Barnabei , Weir High School, Weirton, Hancock County; Kellen Calinger , Mount de Chantal Academy, Wheeling, Ohio County; Tiffany Campbell , Braxton County High School, Duck, Braxton County; Chris Drescher , George Washington High School, Charleston, Kanawha County; Alexia Fernandez , Princeton Senior High School, Princeton, Mercer County; Zach Gouzd , North Marion High School, Mannington, Marion County; Kassie Ice , Lincoln High School, Lumberport, Harrison County; Emily Kayser , Point Pleasant High School, Point Pleasant, Mason County; Alex Keblesh , Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, Fayette County; Frank Klepadlo , Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg, Harrison County; Loren Mueller , Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, Marshall County; Wesley ODell , Ravenswood High School, Millwood, Jackson County; John Pino , Oak Hill High School, Oak Hill, Fayette County; Jesse Potts , Berkeley Springs High School, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County; Stephan Przybysz , Wheeling Central Catholic High School, Wheeling, Ohio County; Joseph Schaeffer , University High School, Morgantown, Monongalia County; Hilary Steele , East Fairmont High School, Fairmont, Marion County; Jackie Stolzenberg , Morgantown High School, Morgantown, Monongalia County; and Lee Zaniewski , University High School, Morgantown, Monongalia County.
The scholarships are supported, in part, by the WVU Foundation Inc. and are part of the Universitys comprehensive awards program.
These 20 students will now compete for WVU s top academic award, the Foundation Scholarship, which is valued at approximately $50,000. University officials, along with Gov. Joe Manchin, will announce the five recipients May 11 during a ceremony at the Charleston Capitol Complex.
Jessica Howard Ault of Moorefield plans to major in animal and veterinary science.
Her long-range goal, though, is to learn medicine and tend to the sick and malnourished in developing nations through volunteer programs such as Peacework Medical Projects.
A volunteer program would allow me to broaden my understanding of another culture and show my gratitude by providing the community with health care that is otherwise unavailable,she said.
Ault is already off to a good start. She and her mother, Barbara Ann Harper, are co-owners of a medication assistance service in her hometown. Caring Advocate Rx Enterprise, or CARE , provides medications at no cost for low-income individuals without prescription drug insurance.
At Moorefield High School, Ault is a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and Future Farmers of America. She was Student Council vice president her junior year, captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and senior representative on the homecoming court.
Her stepfather is Roy Harper.
Jamie Lee Barnabei of Weirton wants to study forensic and investigative science so she can have a hand in solving whodunits.
She has already established a solid science resume while at Weir High School. She participated in a biotechnology workshop at West Liberty State College her sophomore year; attended NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., her junior year; and is a member of the schools Envirothon Team and Environmental Science Club.
She is a member of the National Honor Roll, U.S. Achievement Academy and Whos Who Among American High School Students. She is also co-captain of the Weir swim team and a reporter for the schools online paper.
Barnabeis concern for the environment carries over into her service activities. Through the Environmental Science Club, she has participated in litter cleanups, and this year helped to remove flood debris from the Kings Creek area.
One of Barnabeis passions is airports, as they represent points of departure to or arrival from faraway places. In her fourth year of studying Spanish, Barnabei would like to use part of her scholarship to study abroad.
She is the daughter of Paul and Catherine Barnabei.
Considering a career in drug development, Kellen Marie Calinger of Wheeling plans to major in biology and chemistry.
Calinger has distinguished herself as a promising researcher while a student at Mount de Chantal Academy, where her academic achievements enabled her to bypass her freshman year.
She claimed the Presidents Award for Excellence in Independent Research at the West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair and a third-place finish and $20,000 scholarship to Indiana University at the International Science and Engineering Fair, to name a few.
She is a member of the Presidents Award for Educational Excellence,
Presidential Honors Award and National Honor Roll. She also attended the Hugh OBrian Youth Leadership Conference.
Calinger would like to use part of her scholarship to pursue her studies and research interests in foreign countries. Proficient in German, she wants to visit Bavaria because it is the headquarters of the Bayer pharmaceutical company. She is also interested in going to Brazil to do environmental research in the Amazon rain forest.
Her parents are Don and Manetta Calinger.
Tiffany Ann Campbell of Duck wants to be a doctor and missionary in poverty-stricken areas of the world.
With that in mind, she plans to prepare for medical school by majoring in biology and using part of her award to shadow a qualified physician working in a third-world country.
The scholarship would enable me to travel to countries that arent as beautiful as Spain or as romanticized as France,she said.However, I would rather spend the money on educating myself in the worst of conditions while serving a purpose.
Campbell already has experience helping the less fortunate. During the summer of 2003, she and other members of her local church traveled to Mexico to build three houses in an impoverished small town near Tecate.
She is salutatorian of her class at Braxton County High School, president of Student Council, editor of the school paper and co-captain of the volleyball team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and National Honor Roll and has attended the Hugh OBrian Youth Leadership Conference and Governors Honors Academy.
She is the daughter of Richard and Susie Campbell.
With his eyes set on a Pulitzer Prize, Christopher Fox Drescher of Charleston intends to major in journalism.
He has already established himself as a solid young reporter. He is sports editor for the George Washington High School paper and placed first for feature writing and third for editorial writing in regional journalism competitions.
He has also received honorable mention in the West Virginia Young Writers short story contest.
The inquisitive journalist in Drescher would like to use part of his scholarship to study abroad to provide him with another perspective on America.
Because I would like to be working in some type of internship in journalism, I would want to travel to a country where events that were affecting the world were occurring,he said.
He has served as president and treasurer on George Washingtons Student Council and is captain of the football team. He is also a recipient of the Presidential Education Award and has attended the Hugh OBrian Youth Leadership Conference.
When hes not busy with school, Drescher coaches church league basketball.
His parents are Alan and Nancy Drescher.
Alexia Frances Fernandez of Princeton plans to major in medical technology, and she would like to some day bring better healthcare to third-world countries.
At Princeton Senior High School, she has divided her time between serving as vice president of the senior class, president of the National Honor Society and Travel Club, and historian to the Madrigal Singers, among other activities.
Fernandez currently ranks at the top of her senior class. She was selected for the Governors Honors Academy and named a USAA National Science Award nominee her junior year.
A member of the school dance team, she is also involved with the Princeton Performing Arts Co. She specializes in ballet and jazz and uses her talent to teach dance to elementary school children.
In interacting with the girls, I have seen them grow and change, from learning to multiply to making new friends to finally completing a full pirouette,she said.I cannot help but feel proud that they are learning so quickly and privileged that I was a small part of their growth.
Fernandezs abilities have not gone unnoticed. She was named a Universal Dance Association All-star this year and was the recipient of a dance scholarship.
Her parents are Fely and Alexander Fernandez.
Zachary Allen Gouzd wants to major in biochemistry.
The senior, who will graduate the first in his class from North Marion High School, is also a hard worker outside of the classroom.
In addition to serving as president of the National Honor Society, Honors Geography Club and Plum Run 4-H Club, he is also the student body treasurer and senior director of the Noteables show choir.
During his junior year, he was part of the U.S. Senate Youth Program and Governors Honors Academy.
Gouzd is a National Merit Scholarship finalist and was Outstanding Senior Division 4-Her three straight years.
One of his proudest moments as 4-H president was when he organized a project to renovate his communitys meeting place and outdoor gathering facilities.
The club, under my direction, successfully demolished the old structures, contracted community volunteers and rebuilt the area to modern specifications,he said.It has given the community a new source of pride and recognition.
Gouzd is also involved with the Fairmont Arts and Humanities Council and Allegheny Power Community Advisory Panel, and he volunteers for the WVU Childrens Hospital.
His parents are Mark and Lora Gouzd.
Making people smile is one of Kassie Rachelle Ices missions in life. The Lumberport student and future exercise physiology major, along with her mom, created the Maxine and Kassie Ice Toothbrush Mission Fund, a community project that collects toothbrushes and toothpaste from churches to donate to the Clarksburg Mission.
My mother instilled in me that a person should always keep their teeth clean and healthy,she said.So to collect the products needed to accomplish this for people who may not be able to afford a simple toothbrush is extremely important to me. Simply brushing peoples teeth may give them a chance to feel better about their life.
Ice will graduate first in her class at Lincoln High School. She is the captain of the girls varsity softball team and vice president of the senior class.
In the community, she participates in the Lumberport Methodist Church choir and MS ( Multiple Sclerosis) Walks.
At LHS , she has been involved with the band, Christian and Key clubs, yearbook and student council. She also served as president of the National Honor Society this year.
Included in her long list of accolades are the National Merit Science Award and honor roll (all four years of high school). Ice has also achievedtop scholarstatus in math, science and history classes, and she was named the regional cheerleading champion her sophomore and junior years.
She is the daughter of James and Maxine Ice.
When Emily Beth Kayser of Point Pleasant enters WVU , she will already have five college-level courses under her belt.
This future chemistry major is the president of the National Honor Society, vice president of Quiz Bowl, field commander of the marching band and co-captain of the soccer and tennis teams.
On top of that, she is also a member of the jazz ensemble, concert band, choir, Teens in Action and steering committee for Mason County Five-year Strategic Planning. She also served as co-captain of the speech team for three years.
As president of the Trinity United Methodist Church youth group, she has lent a hand with fund-raisers, food baskets and shut-in visits.
Working with the youth group has given me the opportunity to give to others,she said.There is nothing as fulfilling as helping those who need it and being a positive influence on peoples lives.
Over time, Kayser has amassed a long list of honors. She was chosen for the Governors Honors Academy and named an Academic Games Leagues of America national qualifier, plus she received the Bausch&Lomb Science Award.
If she is selected as a Foundation Scholar, she would like to use part of her scholarship to study in Africa.
She is the daughter of Lee Anne and Dallas Kayser.
Student reporter, tennis team captain, cheerleader: Theyre just a few of the many hats Alexandra Shea Keblesh has worn at Fayetteville High School.
But according to Keblesh, who wants to be a pharmacy major, the most important one is student body president.
As Student Council president, I have had the opportunity to touch many lives through school involvement, leadership and community service activities,she said. At FHS , she is a member of the National Honor Society and yearbook staff. She also had a stint as a reporter and editor for The Student-Herald, a special section of The Register-Herald newspaper.
She has taken up the cause of Teens Against Tobacco Use and participated in the Teddy Bear Project, collecting stuffed animals for state police officers to give to children from troubled homes.
During her junior year, she served as a student ambassador to then-Secretary of State Joe Manchin.
An accomplished writer and skilled mathematician, she received top honors in the West Virginia Womens Essay Contest and at the Math Field Day competition.
All of her academic accomplishments have garnered her national attention from Whos Who Among American High School Students, the National Honor Society and National Honor Roll. Keblesh is currently ranked first in her graduating class.
Her parents are Steve Keblesh and Janice Bowen.
Do not settle for the easiest path, but make your own and let others follow.
That advice has paid off for Frank Stephen Klepadlo of Clarksburg. The Robert C. Byrd High School students path includes majoring in political science at WVU .
An accomplished musician and athletic standout, Klepadlo is a rank leader in the band and a member of the varsity cross country team. Other activities include Students Against Drunk Driving, Key Club, Student Council and National Honor Society.
He is a previous member of the varsity track team and varsity cheerleading squad.
Ranked first in his senior class, Klepadlo is the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, and he was chosen to participate in the national Academic Games Leagues of America and Mountaineer Boys State, a life-changing experience.
I feel that while I was at Boys State, I taught a large number of people not to discriminate and make decisions about someone immediately when they meet them,he said.Even if it was only one, I still made a difference.
Klepadlo is active in a youth group and has previously volunteered with the Clarksburg Mission, helping to prepare meals for the less fortunate.
He is the son of Sheree Burlas and Frank Klepadlo.
With her sights set on running an optometry practice, Loren Renee Mueller of Wheeling plans to major in biology at WVU .
Academically, she is first in her class of 400-plus students at Wheeling Park High School.
According to Mueller, the most important activity she has been involved in is volunteering as a counselor at Laughlin Memorial Chapels summer camp for underprivileged children in her hometown.
Most of the children come from homes where they get no attention, and living conditions are quite poor,she said.I volunteer because I can help give these kids a chance in life.
Mueller serves as treasurer on the student council, secretary for Habitat for Humanity and captain of the varsity girls soccer team. In between, she makes time for
Students Against Drunk Driving, the drama group, Young Life, Dance Dimensions, Math
League and the Student Ambassador program.
She is a National Merit Scholarship commended student and was picked to attend Rhododendron Girls State. Other accolades include being named to the National Honor Roll and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
Her parents are Carl and Holly Mueller.
Wesley Ben ODell of Millwood wants to study political science and economics.
A standout at Ravenwood High School, he has been recognized as the overallStudent of the Yearthree times and earned the designation of College Board AP Rising Scholar for exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program exams.
This spring, he will graduate first in his class.
His distinguished record of service includes president of the student council, Character Education Council and Teen-age Republicans Club. He is also an assistant editor of the school newspaper and a member of the Debate Club and National Honor Society.
As president of the junior class, he faced the formidable task of raising thousands of dollars for various projects. In the end, he not only met his goal, but surpassed it by more than $1,000 and united his class.
ODell enjoys a little friendly competition. He is the co-captain of the Academic Team, and hes participated in Math Field Day, the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Affairs) Voice of Democracy competition and Know Your State Government Day.
His parents are Jodie and Rayna ODell.
John William Pino of Oak Hill intends to study international studies as a stepping stone to a government job.
For now, though, the soon-to-be valedictorian is wrapping up a busy senior year of activities at Oak Hill High School. These range from the Model United Nations and Youth in Government to student council and concert choir.
He was also captain of the Academic Team, vice president of the National Honor Society and secretary of Hi-Y.
A sports enthusiast, Pino led the cross country team and played tennis. During his freshman year, he was co-captain of the boys soccer team.
The talented senior has racked up a shelf-full of honors and awards: the USAA National Leadership Merit Award, Whos Who Among American High School Students, National Honor Roll and National Society of High School Scholars.
He was selected as a Coca-Cola Scholarship semi-finalist, and he attended the Governors Honors Academy during his junior year.
If designated a Foundation Scholar, Pino would take advantage of WVU s study abroad opportunities and try to become fluent in a foreign language.
He is the son of John and Cynthia Pino.
Looking to Ernest Hemingway, e.e. cummings and Robert Frost for inspiration, Jesse Thomas Potts of Berkeley Springs would like to follow in the footsteps of the greatest writers in history.
The senior, who would like to major in English, hopes to be an entrepreneur in addition to a writer.
At Berkeley Springs High School, he has laid the foundation. He took home third place in the editorial writing competition at the West Virginia High School Journalism Competition his junior year.
Potts is the valedictorian of his class and student body vice president. He has participated in Math Field Day and U.S. Senate Youth Leadership competitions, and he is captain of the Academic Challenge Team.
While 2004-05 was a big academic year for him, his most important leadership activity was founding and leading the Student Forum, a group that acts as the liaison between faculty and students.
Captain of the boys varsity soccer team, his love of sports carries over to the community, where he has coached and mentored elementary school children in basketball.
His mother is Barbara Jean Potts.
Steven Przybysz of Wheeling wants to major in physics, but dont look for him to spend all his time in the labtheres too much life going on all around him not to be experienced.
The quest for life experience is the force that drives the Wheeling Central Catholic senior, who in addition to excelling in the classroom, is the chief photographer for his yearbook and captain of the varsity soccer team.
He also volunteers in his community, and the long hours he puts in as a summer volunteer with Wheeling HospitalsSafety Townprogram geared to keeping 4- and 5-year-olds safe are especially rewarding, he said.
I teach everything from how to cross the street to what to do if they find themselves being abducted,he said.I find that at end of each exhausting day, instead of going home tired and frazzled, I head home smiling.
A semester abroad in France would also have him smiling, said the student who is proficient in that countrys language.
Przybysz has a litany of achievements to his name at Central Catholic: the National Merit Scholarship finalist was named an officialOutstanding Studentin
science, math, English, religion and history. He is also in the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honorary.
He is the son of Francis and Kerry Przybysz.
Joseph Victor Schaeffer of Morgantown plans on majoring in political science to pave the way to a career in international law.
Thats so he can make a difference on a global scale, the University High School student said.
A big part of his education occurs well outside of his classrooms at UHS . He
spends his Sunday mornings as a volunteer at an ecumenical soup kitchen, doling out scrambled eggs and hash browns to a segment of the population thats seen better days.
Although my contribution is small, with the combined efforts of an entire group, it becomes a significant effort to feed the hungry,he said.Its heartening to know they will receive a good meal.
At UHS Schaeffer has notched several advanced placement courses in history, physics, calculus, geography and literature on his way to being ranked first in his class of 286. He is a National Merit Scholarship finalist who holds a place in the National Honor Society. He excels in cross country and track.
He is the son of Peter and Patricia Schaeffer.
Hilary Paige Steele of Fairmont plans on majoring in biology.
This exceptional student is vice president of the senior class and class valedictorian. Some of her other leadership roles are president of Mu Alpha Theta, vice president of Key Club and treasurer for the National Honor Society. She also has the coveted position of head Honeybee of the competitive Honeybees dance group at East Fairmont High School.
Of all her leadership activities, though, Steele said the most important one has been class vice president.
When our class was planning for prom, I proposed that we donate a portion of our funds to a charity,she said.
With the support of community donations, her class raised $3,500 for a teen-ager who attends the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.
During her distinguished career at East Fairmont, Steele has also taken part in the Busy Bee Band, Spanish Honorary, Thespians and Teen Institute.
She has earned numerous awards as well. An American Legion scholarship and second place in the state Young Writers Contest are just a couple of examples.
As a previous volunteer at Fairmont General Hospital, she assisted in the psychiatric health ward and interacted with patients. She also served as a counselor at the Elks Club Disabled Camp and the West Virginia Science Enrichment Camp.
Her parents are Marianne and Craig Steele.
As a high school student, Jacqueline Michelle Stolzenberg of Morgantown has achieved more than most people do in their lifetime.
She is a National Merit Scholarship finalist, recipient of the Presidential Service Award, a state semifinalist in the William Randolph Hearst Senate Youth Program and an AP Rising Scholar.
Stolzenberg is fascinated by science and plans to major in chemistry. If her extracurricular activities are any indication, she will be a success at WVU . She is president of the Science Honor group and one of the leaders of Morgantown High’s Robotics Team.
She also took the American Chemical Society chemistry exams and received honorable mention in the region.
Science isnt her only passion. Stolzenberg enjoys participating in the Social Studies, Spanish, Math Honor and Drama clubs. Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Girl Scouts, and she volunteers as a teachers aide at Kaleidoscope.
Out of 10 possible AP courses offered at Morgantown High School, she has taken six of them, and Stolzenberg is in a tie for valedictorian.
She is the daughter of Alan and Merle Stolzenberg.
Valedictorian Lee Monro Zaniewski of Morgantown would like to study mining engineering at WVU .
He has built an impressive resume. At University High School, he is ranked number one in his class and is a section leader in the marching band.
He has participated in the Science and Academic bowls, National Honor Scoiety, Model United Nations and Mu Alpha Theta.
Along with these activities, he has run on the cross country team and lettered in swimming. He is an Eagle Scout and a volunteer at Boy Scout Camp.
The process of becoming an Eagle Scout is long and arduous, and one of the most demanding requirements is leading a project that will benefit the community,he said.My project entailed the construction of an arched bridge over a creek at the Coopers Rock Mountain Lion Sanctuary.
Although he is still in high school, Zaniewski has already proven he can hold his own among college students. Eager to get a jump-start on the WVU experience, he is currently enrolled in engineering and military science classes at the University.
His parents are John and Deborah Zaniewski.