Centre announces recipients of top merit scholarships
DANVILLE, KY- Centre College announced this week the names of twelve students who are the recipients of the four highest merit scholarships offered to incoming first-year students. They are Nate Olson of Owensboro, designated as a Trustee Scholar; Sarah Hermann of Louisville, designated as a President's Scholar; Kim Curry of Louisville and Jess Metzmeier of Louisville, Grissom Scholars; and seven Dean's Scholars: Lauren Crosby of Ft. Mitchell, Stacy Hoehle of LaGrange, Seth Hunter of Hartford, Leah Newton and Mark Puckett of Louisville, Jacob Sither of Lexington, Angie Ratliff of Cincinnati and Erin Tromble of De Pere, Wis.
The merit scholarships have four-year values that range from $40,000 to more than $88,000. These merit awards are part of an overall Centre financial aid program that annually disseminates close to $12 million in student grants, loans and work-study funds.
Olson is a 2000 graduate of Owensboro Senior High School, where he was named a Governor's Scholar and the Outstanding Humanities Student. He has been a member of the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Owensboro High School Chamber Orchestra. Olson completed an internship with the Wendell Ford Government Education Center.
Hermann is a 2000 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, where she was vice president of the Environment Club and a peer leader. She was honored as a National Merit Semifinalist and a Governor's Scholar. Hermann also played cello and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Curry is a 2000 graduate of Eastern High School. She held leadership posts including yearbook editor and president of the National Honor Society. Curry also was a Governor's Scholar and a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Metzmeier is a 2000 graduate of DeSales High School. He was a National Merit commended scholar, a Governor's Scholar and a member of the All-District soccer team. He volunteered as a youth soccer coach in his community.
Crosby is a 2000 graduate of Dixie Heights High School, where she received the Principal's Award for the highest grade point average in her class as a freshman and a junior. She was a Governor's Scholar and finished third in the state in the 1600 meter relay. Crosby volunteered at Stepping Stones Day Camp for handicapped children.
Hoehle is a 2000 graduate of Oldham County Senior High. She has been active in the academic team, participating in the Oldham County academic decathlon team that won the state championship and competed at the national level. On an individual basis, Hoehle placed second at the state Governor's Cup in composition. She also was a Governor's Scholar.
Hunter is a 2000 graduate of Ohio County High School. He served as drum major for the marching band and made the all-state chorus. Hunter also was president of Student Council, a member of National Honor Society and a Governor's Scholar.
Newton is a 2000 graduate of Seneca High School. She was a semifinalist for All-State Band and volunteered as a percussion instructor at Myers Middle School. She won first place in English at the district Governor's Cup competition and placed second at the regional level.
Puckett is a 2000 graduate of DuPont Manual Magnet, where he played football and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a member of the National Honor Society and has been active in Cedar Creek Baptist Church.
Sither is a 2000 graduate of Lafayette High School, where he served as class president during his junior and senior years. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Captain of the Lafayette soccer team, he was named Most Valuable Player and a KHSAA All-Star. Sither is active at Christ the King Cathedral, and he served as volunteer coach for a boys' soccer team.
Ratliff is a 2000 graduate of Ursuline Academy. She has been a volunteer tutor at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center and with the ReSTOC organization. Ratliff also was a peer tutor in English and biology, volunteered at a drop-in soup kitchen and served on Student Government.
Tromble is a 2000 graduate of De Pere High School, where she was active in National Honor Society and Students Against Drunk Driving. She played violin and has been an active volunteer in the Presbyterian church.
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