Released - March 25, 2010
Eureka College names Ronald Reagan Leadership Fellows
class of 2014 announced
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 82 semifinalists in a competition held on campus in February.
Haylee Bruce, a daughter of Clifford Jr. and Robin Bruce of Decatur. Bruce attends MacArthur High School, where she is ranked in the top 15 percent of the senior class. She is captain of the school’s softball team and league softball teams. She is a member of the Decatur school district superintendent’s Youth Advisory Council, which works to improve the district’s high schools. She is a member of the school yearbook staff. She has been a Girl Scout for 11 years and has been a peer educator with Planned Parenthood. Bruce plans to major in biology and become a forensic biochemist.
Christine Chun, a daughter of Joel and Jungsook Chun of Northbrook. Chun attends Glenbrook North High School, where she has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is president of the Future Educators of America club. She is treasurer of After School All Stars, which provides tutoring to elementary school students. She is a member of Christian Club, Global Citizens and Diversity Club, and she has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. She teaches Sunday school and sings in a church band. She is employed as a teacher at a Korean school. Chun plans to major in mathematics and become a high school teacher.
Kelly “Max” Hutchison Jr., a son of Kelly Sr. and Trisha Hutchison of Robinson. Hutchison attends Robinson High School, where he is a member of Beta Club national academic honor society. He is a captain of the football team and participates in marching band and International Club. He is a discussion leader for the youth group at his church, and he is a manager at a local movie theater. Hutchison plans to major in psychology.
Cody Leach, a son of Dennis and Mary Leach of Pontiac. Leach attends Pontiac Township High School, where he ranks in the top 10 percent of the senior class and is a member of National Honor Society. He is captain of the swim team and president of the Future Farmers of America chapter. He has participated in cheerleading and choir and has performed lead roles in school plays. He is president of the youth group at his church and has assisted with drug awareness programs for youth. Leach plans to major in business administration.
Joshua Moore, a son of Jeffrey and Jola Moore of Goodlettsville, Tenn. Moore attends Beech Senior High School, where he is an officer of Students Taking a Right Stand, which educates students about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and violence. He participates in marching band, Health Occupation Students of America and Teens Against Alcohol and Tobacco Use. He is a junior usher and manager of the café at his church. Moore plans to enroll in the college’s pre-medicine program.
Lauren Schwanke, a daughter of Curt and Shellie Schwanke of Eureka. Schwanke attends Eureka High School, where she has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is ranked first in the senior class. She is a member of National Honor Society, captain of the swim team and participates in basketball, softball and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a member of Student Council, Science Club and the marching band. She volunteers as a tutor for elementary school students, and she is employed as a camp counselor at Camp of Champions USA, a Christian day camp for children. Schwanke plans to major in elementary education.
“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 27th 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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