Eureka College names Ronald Reagan Leadership Fellows
Reagan fellows - class of 2013
Eureka College has selected six incoming freshmen as Reagan Fellows in the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program. The award, based on leadership, service and academic excellence, includes a full-tuition scholarship at Eureka College over four years. The students were selected from a field of 95 semifinalists in a competition held on the campus in February.
Daniel Bolsen, a son of Willis and Kathy Bolsen of Lovington. Bolsen attends Lovington High School, where he is ranked first in his class and was class president for three years. He was captain of the football and basketball teams and received all-conference honors in both sports. He was editor of the school newspaper and participated in theatrical activities, D.A.R.E., Students Against Destructive Decisions and the foreign language club. Outside of school he is a volunteer at a food pantry and at his church, and he participates in horseback riding competitions and is an umpire for youth baseball games and an assistant at a cattle farm. He submitted the top essay in an area Republicans’ group competition and was selected to attend a conference for high school students sponsored by Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch, Santa Barbara, Calif. Bolsen plans to major in physical education.
Brent Glass, a son of Russell and Cindy Masucci of Garden City, Mich., and Brian Glass of Belleville, Mich. Glass attends Garden City High School, where he is ranked second in his class and is president of the National Honor Society and the senior class. He participated in Model United Nations, student council and One Way Club for Christians. He co-founded the school’s Pro-Life Club. Outside of school he is active at his church, where he plays guitar, teaches youth classes, coaches at a summer sports camp for youth and participates in national fine arts competitions for drama and songwriting. He volunteers with Building Hope, which assists military families with home improvement and clean-up projects. He also teaches guitar classes and works at a local restaurant. Glass plans to major in political science and history.
Travis Huber, a son of John and Lauri Huber of Morton. Huber attends Morton High School, where he participated in National Honor Society, football, track and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a member of student council he organized fund-raisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Outside of school he participates in church activities and on the planning committee for the Morton Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. He and his brother Taylor organized a fund-raiser to circle the high school track with quarters, which resulted in more than $5,000 in donations to the American Cancer Society. He was named the honorary survivor for one Relay for Life, where he spoke about his battle with thyroid cancer at age 13. Huber plans to major in business administration.
Sade’nae’ Lopez, a daughter of Florence Guthrie of Peoria. Lopez attends Peoria High School, where she is ranked among the top 10 students in the senior class. She participated in Key Club, in which she served as secretary and vice president. She was a member of the United Way youth committee to help determine where that organization would direct funds. She is a member of her church’s Young Sisters on a Mission group that assists Peoria homeless people. She works at a nursing home and at a recreation center as a camp counselor. Lopez plans to enter the college’s pre-medicine program.
Casey Schumacher, a daughter of Daniel and Barb Schumacher of Buckley. Schumacher attends Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, where she is ranked first in her class and participated in math team, choral activities, drama club and was a captain of the volleyball and track teams. She helped direct the Young Life Club by leading its Bible studies and planning social events. Outside of school she is an 11-year member of 4-H and was among six Illinois teens to serve on the planning committee for the 2008 Illinois 4-H leadership convention. She currently is a member of 4-H’s Illinois State Youth Leadership Team, which plans 4-H programs and activities statewide. Schumacher plans to major in history.
Reginald Sey, a son of Reginald and Hilda Sey of Minooka. Sey attends Minooka Community High School, where he is ranked among the top 10 students in the senior class and participated in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, World Youth in Science Education team and Scholastic Bowl team. He is a member of the Indian Athletic Leadership Club, which performs service projects for the school and the community. He participated in cross country and basketball and this year was manager for the basketball team. Sey plans to major in business administration.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome these six Reagan Fellows to this distinguished leadership program,” said Eureka College President J. David Arnold. “All of them have made excellence in learning, service and leadership among their own personal goals.”
Besides receiving full tuition, Reagan Fellows participate in workshops and retreats throughout the school year. During the summers of their sophomore and junior years, Reagan Fellows have mentorships with leaders in their field within the United States and abroad. The program pays for travel and living expenses for the mentorships.
The Reagan Leadership Program is in its 26th year. The program is named for Ronald W. Reagan, 40th president of the United States and a 1932 graduate of Eureka College.
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