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WKU Honors College, WBKO-TV Recognize Local Scholars

wku1 300BOWLING GREEN, KY (3/6/12) – Throughout the greater Bowling Green area, many high school students excel in academics and extra-curricular involvement in and out of the classroom. The Honors College at Western Kentucky University and WBKO are proud to sponsor the Scholar of the Week program, which recognizes young scholars for their achievements.
 
The high school name and pictures of the students who are chosen for the Scholar of the Week program appear on WBKO’s Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning news shows. Each student is invited to a reception to celebrate their achievements where a $1,000 scholarship for the Honors College at WKU is awarded.
 
Dr. Craig T. Cobane, Executive Director of the Honors College at WKU, believes the foundation for a successful university education is solidified during the high school years.
 
“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.”
 
He added that the quality of these students is a strong testament to the strength of local school districts. Successful students are a result of a number of variables, and high quality schools and caring teachers are among the most important, he said.
 
Nina Wells, a senior from Bowling Green High School was the recipient of the fall 2011 Scholar of the Week scholarship.
 
“I think the Scholar of the Week program is a great way to recognize students in a personalized way,” Wells said. “I was completely shocked and extremely excited about winning. I took it as a sign that I should go to the Honors College as opposed to the other places I had been checking out.”
 
Leah Krisher, the guidance counselor for grade 12 at Bowling Green High School, encouraged many of her students to apply to for the program.
 
“Scholar of the Week is a wonderful program that recognized a lot of kids that might not otherwise get recognized,” Krisher said. “The program fosters great community relationships for the students and networking opportunities in which they can partake.”
 
The following students were recognized as Scholars of the Week for the 2011-2012 academic year:
- Allen County-Scottsville High School: Shelby Blankenship.
- Barren County High School: Allison Key, Ashley Steenbergen.
- Barren County Magnet High School: Alana Alexander.
- Bowling Green High School: Ethan Baker, Elizabeth Brand, Katie Cohron, Diana Gazaryan, Sydney Jackson, Amy Kovanda, Jacob Malmquist, Alexandra Oldham, Patric Peters, Lydia Suh, Megan Taing, Nina Wells.
- Central Hardin High School: Natalie Smith.
- Clinton County High School: William Cox, James England, James Staton IV.
- Edmonson County High School: Brooke Duke, Megan Skaggs.
- Glasgow Christian Academy: Caleb Shaw.
- Glasgow High School: Blair Dennison, Natalie Shields, Autumn Smith.
- Greenwood High School: Callie Allison, Kevin Belt, Mallory Clouse, Katie Daniel, Megan French, Laken Greene, Shelby Hilbert, Max Livchak, Nancy Miller, Riley Miller, Ethan Shutt, Joseph Stuckey, Alex Wade, Alex Young.
- Hart County High School: Aaron Shephard.
- Logan County High School: Joseph Faulkner, Barrett Rogers.
- Metcalfe County High School: Kristen Compton, Chandler Staggs.
- Monroe County High School: Tanner Elrod, Meredith Thompson.
- Muhlenberg County High School: Kirsten Hunt, Kara Drake, Ryan Tuohy.
- Ohio County High School: Logan Baumann, Darian Tichenor.
- Russell County High School: Jacob Phelps.
- Russellville High School: Caleb Wills.
- South Warren High School: Leslie Hutcheson, Natalie Perkins, Jordan Upton, Kenny Wilson.
- Warren Central High School: Sayrah Jones, Diane Ramic.
- Warren East High School: Molly Greer.
 
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. For more information, please call (270) 745-2081.
 
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