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2010 Wells Scholars announced at Indiana University
20 top students to receive Wells Scholarships
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 2, 2010
EDITORS: Links to photographs of each Wells Scholar are available with their biographical information below. The following links will take you directly to the student in your city.
Hena Ahmed, of Carmel, Ind.
Michael Auslen, of Arvada, Colo.
Steven Brisley, of Carmel, Ind.
Adam Coey, of Cincinnati, Ohio
Elizabeth Davis, of Kokomo, Ind.
Sidney Fletcher. of Zionsville, Ind.
Kristin Froehle, of Indianapolis
Liron Ganel, of Chesterfield, Mo.
Rachel Green, of Germantown, Tenn.
Scott Kennedy, of Indianapolis
Shannon Manley, of Loveland, Ohio
Najja Marshall, of St. Louis, Mo.
Meredith McKay, of Indianapolis
Andrew McLaren, of Indianapolis
Lauryn Quick, of Lebanon, Ind.
Anup Segu, of Munster, Ind.
Ronak Shah, of Indianapolis
Brianna Terrell, of Mason, Ohio
Sydney West, of Indianapolis
Xiuzhe William Zhao, of Kokomo, Ind.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University announced today (Aug. 2) that 18 entering freshmen and two current IU juniors will join the more than 440 others who have been named Wells Scholars since the first class enrolled in 1990.
The incoming class includes several students who are the first from their high schools to receive this prestigious award. Among them is Lauryn Quick, who is the first Wells Scholar from Lebanon High School, from which Wells -- IU's late president and chancellor -- graduated in 1920.
The scholarship, created in honor of Wells, ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university. Wells Scholars have gone on to win close to 60 national and international scholarships, fellowships and grants, such as the Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Soros, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright and Goldwater.
Today, many Wells Scholar alumni contribute to Indiana as residents, and others are studying or working throughout the country and overseas as doctors, teachers, business people, clergy, attorneys and artists. Some have gone on to clerk for justices of the Indiana and U.S. Supreme courts or to serve in other positions in government.
There are Wells Scholars who hold senior positions in major corporations or who have started their own businesses. Others are engaged in international relief and service efforts in the United States and abroad or are scholars and teachers at renowned educational institutions such as Yale, MIT, the University of Chicago, Michigan and IU itself.
On his 90th birthday, Chancellor Wells was officially presented with the prestigious scholarship program as a gift from his many friends and admirers. After his death in 2000, this community of talented and dedicated young scholars remains as a permanent legacy of his educational vision.
Incoming freshmen Wells Scholars receive full tuition and course-related fees, as well as a living stipend, for four years of undergraduate study on the Bloomington campus. Newly named recipients who already are students at IU receive tuition, fees and a stipend for their remaining undergraduate years.
The Wells program also offers special seminars; an optional year of study abroad; support for a summer research or service project, creative activity or internship; and a wide range of extracurricular events and activities. The Wells program emphasizes close interaction with faculty, academic and career advising, opportunities for community service and contact with distinguished visitors.
Freshman Wells Scholars are nominated by their high schools or the IU Office of Admissions and selected for having demonstrated exceptional qualities of character, leadership and distinction both inside and outside of the classroom. Internal Wells Scholars are nominated by IU Bloomington faculty and selected for similar qualities.
The 20 new Wells Scholars, their hometowns, and their high schools are:
- Hena Ahmed, of Carmel, Ind., a junior at IU. Ahmed is completing a major in neuroscience; minors in biology, chemistry and Spanish; and a certificate in the Liberal Arts and Management Program. She was named a 2010 Beckman Scholar, a national award that will support her research on Huntington's disease, and a 2010 IU Top Ten Leader. She is co-founder and vice president of IU Global Medical Brigades, a student group working to improve health conditions in Honduran communities through treatment and disease prevention education. The project has received a Metz Grant from the IU Student Foundation. She also received a Hutton Honors College International Experiences Program Grant and a LAMP Morley Scholarship to support her work with the Brigades in Honduras. She is a member of the Board of Aeons, which provides student perspectives to the IU president, and an HHC intern with the IU Premedical Summer Experience Program, advising students about summer internship, research and volunteer opportunities. A member of the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, she is a leader in the IU Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. She is a graduate of Carmel High School and received several IU scholarships as an entering freshman. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9525.html.
- Michael Auslen, of Arvada, Colo., an AP Scholar with Distinction, valedictorian and the first Wells Scholar from Ralston Valley High School. He has been named a 2010 Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholar, a national journalism award given to one student per state, and as a sophomore won a Colorado Press Association Internship Award, one of only four in the state. He served as editor-in-chief and design editor, managing, business and page editor of his school's Ralston Valley Xpress, which has won first place in the News and Alternative Story categories, as well as second place in Headlines and in Commentary, from the Colorado High School Press Association. Active in Boy Scouts, Auslen earned the Eagle Scout Silver Palm, which signifies service, leadership and merit work beyond Eagle Scout requirements, and served as a Congressional Medal of Honor National Convention Eagle Scout representative. He was also a member of the Order of the Arrow, the Scouts' national service and camping honor society. At Ralston Valley, Auslen earned top honors in journalism and Spanish, and served as treasurer of the National Honor Society and as a leader in the Mustang Mentor Program. He was also a member of the Spanish club and was elected to various offices at Colorado Boys State, where he received the City Leadership Award for the most respected leader. At IU Auslen plans to study journalism as an Ernie Pyle Scholar. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9520.html
- Steven Brisley, of Carmel, Ind., a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Brisley graduated from Carmel High School, where he was student body president and chairman of the Principal's Advisory Council. He served as a student body senator his sophomore and junior years, and as a member of the Carmel house of representatives his freshman year. He was a member of the Carmel Economics Challenge team that won the state competition and qualified for national competition his junior year. He co-founded Aperture, the school's photography club, and co-founded and served as vice president of KARE, a global awareness and service group. A member of the Spanish National Honor Society, he also served as a mentor to Carmel freshmen. He served as president and vice president of the Carmel chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and established a program to recognize students for their volunteer activities. In addition he won a Silver Award at FCCLA state competition his sophomore year and in his senior year was awarded the CHS Rose Award for his FCCLA service. He has been active in the American Cancer Society's Carmel Relay for Life as event co-chair, two-year chair of online fundraising and logistics, and team captain. At IU, Brisley plans to study entrepreneurship, international business and Spanish. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9514.html
- Adam Coey, of Cincinnati, Ohio, a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. The first Wells Scholar from Oak Hills High School, Coey graduated as valedictorian and was awarded the H. Clay Beekley Memorial and the Lowe's scholarships. He captained the Academic Team, which won the Greater Miami Conference championship, and was named to the All-Conference First Team. His school team also won the University of Cincinnati German Day Culture Bowl and received a Superior rating in the UC Mathematics Bowl. A member of Student Council for four years and a class officer for two, he was a member of the National Honor Society and president of the German Honor Society. Through his school's German exchange program, he hosted three students and visited Germany twice. He played violin in the concert, symphonic and chamber orchestras and was orchestra co-president his senior year. Captain of his varsity cross country and Junior Pro Basketball League teams, he served as assistant coach for a middle school cross country team and coach/referee for community youth instructional soccer. He has spent two summers as an assistant in research laboratories at Miami University. At IU Coey plans to major in biochemistry and participate in the Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS) mentored-research program. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9515.html
- Elizabeth Davis, of Kokomo, Ind., an AP Scholar with Honor. Davis graduated as salutatorian from Kokomo High School, where she served as Student Council president for two years and co-founded the Science Olympiad team. She was co-leader of TechnoKats Robotics, a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team which won the Motorola Quality Award at the 2010 Boilermaker regional competition. In 2009 the team won first place and the Xerox Creativity Award at the Washington, D.C., regional and the Chairman's and General Motors Design awards at the Boilermaker regional, and reached the quarter-finals in international competition. Through TechnoKats, Davis started a business outreach program using students' technical robotics skills to assist local entrepreneurs in starting new business projects. She was a member of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board, the physics club's executive board and the National Honor Society. A four-year member of color guard, Elizabeth served as captain for two. In 2007 the squad won the Class A state championship, and in 2008 took second in the state Open Class competition and fourth in Class A Worldwide WGI (Winter Guard International) Circuit. She has been active in Girl Scouts and the Kokomo Children's Choir, and her artwork has been displayed at several Kokomo venues. Davis plans to study physics and English. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9500.html
- Sidney Fletcher, of Zionsville, Ind., a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, a National AP Scholar and a National Merit Finalist. Fletcher graduated as valedictorian from Zionsville Community High School, where he was president of the Academic League; the National Honor Society; the science club; and Interact, a service club. He served as varsity captain of the Quiz Bowl team, which won several tournaments, including the state and the 2010 National Academic championships. He captained the Brain Game team, which won the 2010 Brain Game tournament. He also captained the Academic Super Bowl math team, which placed fourth in state, and the interdisciplinary team, which placed third. He was secretary general of the Model U.N. club, winning Best Delegate awards at two conferences, and a member of the JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) team, which placed seventh in the nation his senior year. Fletcher was a member of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta, as well as the Spell Bowl team and Young Democrats. A clarinetist, he played in wind ensemble and symphony orchestra, and captained the Zionsville Marching Eagles. At his school Sidney was involved in researching the DNA of the dolphins at the Indianapolis Zoo. He plans to major in biochemistry and history and participate in the Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS) mentored-research program. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9501.html
- Kristin Froehle, of Indianapolis, an AP Scholar with Honor and a graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. At Brebeuf, she was a Student Council officer; treasurer of the National Honor Society; and editor-in-chief of the school newspaper The Arrow. Vice president of Brebeuf's debate team, she was the 2010 state champion presiding officer in Congressional Debate and helped to win a national champion Congress award for her team. She has been named a National Forensic League Academic All-American. In Model United Nations, she received Best Delegate awards at the 2009 and 2010 Indianapolis conferences. At Brebeuf, she served as secretary, vice president and then president of the Young Democrats Club; lead admissions ambassador; and a solo violinist in the orchestra. She was a four-year member of the Academic Superbowl team and captain her sophomore year. The team won the state championship in English her junior year. She won the Senior Leadership and the Camerata Orchestra Leadership awards. Outside of school, she was a state student council representative, captain of an Indy Burn travel soccer team and a writer for the IndyStar Fresh Thoughts blog. She has served as a committee member for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, volunteered at a healthcare facility and interned for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. At IU Froehle plans to major in public policy analysis and international business. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9502.html
- Liron Ganel, of Chesterfield, Mo., a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honor. Ganel is the first Wells Scholar from Parkway Central High School, where he was vice president of the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta and a member of the National Honor Society and the science honor society Beta Chi Pi. He was varsity captain of Parkway Central's Academic/Quiz Bowl team, which placed second at the 2010 Washington University High School Academic Competition and qualified for both the PACE National Scholastics Championship and the National Academic Quiz Tournament. He won first place in 2007 in the Parkway School District Science Fair and was recognized by the St. Louis section of the American Chemical Society and the Associated Drug and Chemical Industries of Missouri for his performance in the 2008 High School Chemistry Contest. He has worked on research projects at both the University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis University and has participated in the Educational Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University. He has been lighting manager for school stage productions and earned a brown belt in Shotokan karate. He is a group leader in the Student-to-Student program of the Jewish Community Relations Council. At IU Ganel plans to major in biochemistry and participate in the Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS) mentored-research program. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9516.html
- Rachel Green, of Germantown, Tenn., an AP Scholar and a graduate of St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn. The leader of the speech team, she was honored with the Speech and Forensics Leadership Award three different years, qualified for state competition four years and won the state championship in TV Broadcasting. A Silver Medalist in the Wordsmith literary competition and a first prize winner in the Nancy Oliver Poetry Contest, she co-edited Belles Lettres, the school literary and art magazine, and is the author of Charlie's Book, which won the 2010 Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge for Memphis awarded by B'nai B'rith International and has been published. She was co-president of the French club; secretary of St. Mary's Community Fund, a student group that raises funds and awards grants to organizations that serve Mid-South children; and a founding board member of St. Mary's Service Organization. She received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal and the Sewanee Book Award and was a member of the National Honor Society; the Cum Laude Society; and the history, math, French, thespian and journalism honor societies. She was active in the environmental club and Model United Nations. She captained the varsity swim team, received the Swim Leadership Award twice and competed at state her junior and senior years. She will explore a variety of fields at IU before deciding on a major. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9517.html
- Scott Kennedy, of Indianapolis, an AP Scholar with Honor and an Indianapolis Star Academic All-Star. Kennedy is the first Wells Scholar from Franklin Central High School, where he graduated as valedictorian. He served as National Honor Society president his senior year, as a member of Student Council for three years, and as a two-year member of the Franklin Central Improvement Team. He received the Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Junior Award and competed on his school's All-Academic Team, which placed second in the Brain Game competition his junior year. He was an active member of Franklin Central's WRFT radio station, which won the 2010 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters Radio School of the Year Award. The same year, Kennedy won the IASB Radio Drama Award. He also worked at the FCTV television station. At Hoosier Boys State, he was elected senator. He played varsity tennis for Franklin Central; was a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), winning a leadership award his sophomore year; and served as co-chair of Student Ambassadors, an orientation program for freshmen. He has been active in his church, including serving on the mission committee. He has been a hospital volunteer and a coach for Lead the Challenge, a softball league for mentally and physically challenged athletes, which named him peer player of the year. At IU, Kennedy plans to major in English and philosophy. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9503.html
- Shannon Manley, of Loveland, Ohio, a National Merit Scholar and a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar. Manley graduated as co-valedictorian of her class at Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati. She served on Student Council for four years, was a member of National Honor Society and received the Yale Book Award and many class awards. A four-year member of the Ursuline French club and co-president her junior and senior years, she initiated a service project to aid children in Haiti, as well as an independent exchange program with a French student. She has been a member of her school's Peers as Leaders (PALS), a leadership and service group focused on providing guidance to younger students and leading retreats; a senior leader of the Jewel Family, an organization for school unity across all ages; a member of Ursuline Academy United, a school ambassador group; and a member of the Young Democrats Club. Manley was a two-year captain of the St. Xavier High School/Ursuline Academy Ultimate Frisbee team. She tutored for her school's writing center and served as a peer tutor in French and math. Through Young Neighbors in Action, she participated in summer mission trips to Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit. Her other community service activities included the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, AIDS Walk, Reggae Run and Race for the Cure. She plans to major in international studies, French and Arabic. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9523.html
- Najja Marshall, of St. Louis, Mo., a National Merit Scholar and National Achievement Scholar. Marshall graduated from John Burroughs School, where his activities included serving as vice president of the physics club. He earned second in the state Science Olympiad competition in astronomy his senior year and was a member of the school's JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) team, which placed second in the regional Physics and Engineering competition his junior year. He was a member of the Super Mileage Vehicle Club, which participates in a challenge each year to design and build go-karts. In state SMVC competition his senior year, his team won the People's Choice, Sportsmanship and Engineering awards. In his junior year the team won People's Choice and Engineering awards, as well as first place for mileage in the Experimental Class, with 150 mpg on biodiesel fuel. He was photography editor of the yearbook and a member of The Review, the school's literature and art magazine. He ran varsity track for four years, serving as team captain for two, and played varsity football three years. He spent three summers with the Global Youth Leadership Institute, in Wisconsin, New Mexico and Costa Rica. The institute encourages participants to develop Leader Learning Plans to better their home communities. At IU Marshall plans to study physics and neuroscience. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9504.html
- Meredith McKay, of Indianapolis, an AP Scholar with Distinction and a graduate of North Central High School, where she was a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. She was a member of the Science Olympiad team, winning the state championship her junior year for Write It, Do It. Honored with the Karen S. Potter Outstanding Senior Award, she was principal French horn in North Central's wind ensemble, which won three state championships, and in the symphony, which won two. She participated in the 2009 French Horn Institute at the Interlochen Arts Academy and performed in the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Youth Wind Ensemble. She won numerous Gold ratings in state music competitions and was selected for All-State Band her sophomore year and All-State Honor Band her junior and senior years. Active in Girl Scouts, McKay earned the Gold Award for designing, constructing and maintaining a sensory garden at Children's TherAplay of Indianapolis. At North Central, she was a member of the National Honor and Spanish Honor societies and won the Smith College Book Award. She has been a facilitator and mentor in the freshman orientation program PantherQuest and volunteered as a costumed youth interpreter at Conner Prairie Living History Museum. At IU McKay plans to study business and music. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9505.html
- Andrew McLaren, of Indianapolis, an Indianapolis Star Academic All-Star and a Coca-Cola Scholar for Academics. McLaren graduated from Warren Central High School, where he was valedictorian. He has won an Indianapolis Rotary Club Senior Scholar Award, a Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, a U.S. Marine Corps Award for Scholastic Excellence and multiple Warren Central academic awards. He served as three-year captain of the Warren Central Quiz Bowl team and senior-year captain of the Academic WorldQuest and speech teams. During his three years on the speech team, the team won the state AAA championship twice, finished second once and won the grand championship once. He won the individual state championship in Original Oratory his junior year. The Academic WorldQuest international relations quiz team won the state championship and qualified for national competition his junior year. Active in Model United Nations, McLaren was named an outstanding delegate at the 2009 University of Chicago conference. He was a member of the National Honor Society and a Warren Central Scholar Athlete, competing in both cross country and track. At IU McLaren plans to major in political science and international studies. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9513.html
- Lauryn Quick, of Lebanon, Ind., valedictorian of Lebanon High School. She served as president of the National Honor Society, vice president of her class and a three-year member of Student Council. She was editor-in-chief of her school paper The Pennant, and participated in the IU High School Journalism Institute. Active in politics, Quick interned for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and worked as a volunteer for congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. She participated twice in the Congressional Youth Leadership Council's Leadership in Government Seminar in Washington, D.C. She was varsity captain of her school's Brain Game team and captain of the Academic Super Bowl interdisciplinary, math and science teams, as well as a member of the social studies team. In addition, she competed in French Quiz Bowl and served for two years as the French club vice president. She was active in school drama productions, competed in varsity cross country and track, played intramural women's football and was elected prom queen. A three-year member of the service organization Key Club, Quick also mentored freshmen as part of her school's peer mentoring program and worked as an advertising volunteer for the Humane Society of Boone County. At IU she plans to study journalism as an Ernie Pyle Scholar, as well as political science and sociology. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9506.html
- Anup Segu, of Munster, Ind., a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Segu graduated from Munster High School, where he was chapter president of DECA, an association for marketing students, and captain of the debate team. In DECA competitions, he has won the state championship in Automotive Services four years in a row and the international championship his junior year. The team finished in the top five in international competition in 2010. A four-year member of the debate team, Segu qualified for national competition in Public Forum his senior year. He has been a member of Munster's We the People team, which finished second in the state his junior year, and a member of the Science Olympiad, JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) and Academic teams. Moved by the impact of the 2008 floods on Munster, he co-founded and became president of the Munster chapter of CRY (Child Rights and You) America, an international child relief organization. He was secretary of HUM Youth Group, an organization promoting cultural diversity. He studied in Spain through the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages for High School Students and received an Award of Excellence. He played varsity tennis for three years, and his community service included volunteering at a nearby hospital. At IU Segu plans to study finance and mathematics. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9519.html
- Ronak Shah, of Indianapolis, a junior at IU. Shah is completing majors in cognitive science and conflict resolution and minors in criminal justice and Spanish. With strong interests in crime, incarceration and re-entry, he has founded Rethinking Incarceration, a student discussion and advocacy organization. He volunteered as a mediator with the Community Justice and Mediation Center and worked on community projects with Decarcerate Monroe County. He is an associate justice on the IU Student Association Supreme Court and a member of the Hutton Honors College Extracurricular Programming Committee. He has been a peer instructor at Collins Living-Learning Center and has served for two years as co-chair of the Board of Educational Programming, helping to decide on the courses to be taught at Collins. He served as treasurer for the Student Organization for Cognitive Science; as an officer in ABE at IU, a club dedicated to examining the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln; and as a founding member of ABE's Lincoln-Douglas debate team. He was secretary of DREAM IU, a student immigration advocacy group. A graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis, where he earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma, Shah was named a Herbert Presidential Scholar as an entering freshman and received several IU scholarships, including a National Merit and a Balfour. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9526.html
- Brianna Terrell, of Mason, Ohio, the first Wells Scholar from William Mason High School. Terrell also has received scholarships from the Procter and Gamble Fund and the Phi Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She was recognized as an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Program and earned Silver ranking on the National Spanish Exam. In 2009 she was named the best female presenter in business at Miami University's Multicultural Leadership Program Summer Leadership Institute. She was co-founder and three-year founding board member of Mason African-American Students for Change. The group organized the first school-wide Black History Month assembly and a community lecture series, receiving a Better Together award for promoting diversity initiatives. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Multicultural Club and the Spanish club. She also served as a peer tutor and twice earned Making a Difference citizenship awards from the Mason Kiwanis Club. She served on the Mason Public Library Teen Advisory Board for two years, making suggestions for changes in the library's young adult area to encourage greater teen participation. At IU she plans to major in finance and international business. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9507.html
- Sydney West, of Indianapolis, a graduate of Ben Davis High School, where she was valedictorian as well as president of the National Honor Society and a senior class officer. She co-founded a chemistry club to spark interest in science among her fellow students and co-led her school's American Chemical Society team to finish first in state at the Fall 2009 American Chemical Society Competition. A four-year member and two-year captain of the Ben Davis varsity softball team, she was named to All-Conference, All-District and All-County teams and received the 2010 Positive Attitude Award from the National Federation of State High School Associations for Girls and Women in Sports. She also was named the Ben Davis Female Scholar Athlete for 2009-10 and played on the Cup 2010 American Softball team, which competed in Europe against national and other teams from various countries. She performed on oboe in concert band and piano and keyboards in marching band and winter percussion, winning two school Positive Attitude awards. She also was a member of the French National Honor Society; Legacy of Leadership; the calculus club; and Student Voice, a school forum for students. A leader in Key Club, she also was a senior mentor to sophomores and a peer tutor; and she served in summers as a Girl Scouts camp counselor. At IU West plans to explore a variety of fields before deciding on a major. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9508.html
- Xiuzhe William Zhao, of Kokomo, Ind., an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Coca-Cola Scholar. Zhao graduated as valedictorian of Kokomo High School, where he was founder and president of a chapter of DECA, an association for marketing students; president of the French club; and a Student Council officer. He served as chapter and state president of Future Business Leaders of America and as a member of the FBLA National President's Council. He won firsts in state competition as an individual and as a member of the Kokomo FBLA team and received the FBLA Achievement Award for Service, Education and Progress. As a member of the Kokomo speech and debate team, he qualified for national competition in Policy Debate and was named a National Forensics League Academic All-American. He served on the Howard County United Way Board of Directors and the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board. A Kokomo Rotary Club Youth Ambassador, Zhao received the Rotary Total Person Award and Scholarship and was chapter winner and state runner-up for the DAR Good Citizen Award. He is founder and CEO of Moringa Solution International, a nonprofit organization created to address Third-World hunger and has written and published a book, Fierce Urgency: Education and Future Global Competition through the Eyes of a Young Chinese Immigrant. At IU, he plans to major in finance, economics and mathematics. Photo: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/9509.html
For more information about the Wells Scholars Program, go to www.indiana.edu/~wsp/ or call 812-855-9491.