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Tuesday, May 4, 2004

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Goshen College announces President's Leadership Award recipients

GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College has announced the 12 recipients of the 2004 President's Leadership Award.

The President's Leadership Award, the college’s largest merit scholarship, recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in their schools, churches and communities. The award, worth $10,000 per year and $40,000 over four years, is renewable if recipients maintain a 3.2 grade point average during college. Applicants must meet at least two of the following criteria: earn at least a 1270 on the Enhanced SAT or 29 on the ACT; rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class; record a grade point average 3.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or be a National Merit Semifinalist.

The recipients include:

Amanda Beachy of Kalona, Iowa, daughter of Merle and Marlinda Beachy, graduated from Iowa Mennonite School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Compassion Group. In addition to being president of the student government, she was involved in children’s drama, soccer and golf, in which she received an all-conference award.

Beachy, who was president of her 4-H Club, attends Kalona Mennonite Church where she taught Bible School and participated in drama as well as a foreign mission trip.

Isaac Beachy of Harrisonburg, Va., son of Dan and Tina Beachy, graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School where he was involved in theater, National Honor Society, touring choir, Math Challenge League and United Nations Club. He was also editor of the school yearbook and student government treasurer.

Beachy spent last year serving in Albuquerque, N.M., in the HomeGrown Nutrition program at the Center for Action and Contemplation. He previously traveled to Jamaica and Colombia for service trips. He attends Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg.

Janie Beck of Archbold, Ohio, daughter of William and Kathy Beck, will graduate from Archbold High School where she is vice president of art club, a member of the National Honor Society, held lead roles in musicals, captained the tennis team, was first chair tenor and alto saxophone in the jazz band and sang in show choir.

Beck attends Zion Mennonite Church where she was a top Bible quizzer, served as president of the youth group, organized a Hebrew class, taught Sunday School, helped with Bible School and was a member of a pastoral search committee.

Nathan Graber of Elkhart, Ind., son of Peter and Mary Graber, will graduate from Elkhart Central High School where he played percussion in the marching band, was co-section leader in the symphonic band, captained the swim team and qualified for the speech team state competition. He also participated in jazz band, Model United Nations, drama and Quiz Bowl.

Graber, who is vice president of the youth city council in Elkhart, attends Roselawn Mennonite Church.

Stephanie Kennell of Eureka, Ill., daughter of Thomas and Lynn Kennell, will graduate from Eureka High School where she was vice president of science club, president of the National Honor Society and captain of the volleyball, basketball and track and field teams. She was also a member of Concert Choir and the planning committee for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Kennell attends Roanoke Mennonite Church where she is a leader in her church youth group, a member of the church council and helps with music and drama during Bible School.

Jon Meyer of Millersburg, Ind., son of Richard and Brenda Meyer, will graduate from Bethany Christian High School where he is leader of Peace Society, a class officer, has held lead roles in musicals and dramas, is the layout editor for the school newspaper and captains the Academic Super Bowl. He has played first chair cello and lead trumpet in the school orchestra, Jazz Band and Chamber Ensemble, and also participates in choir and chess club.

Meyer attends Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, where he has been involved with leading music and drama for Bible School and was a representative to church council.

Kelly Shenk of Goshen, Ind., daughter of Dale and Patricia Shenk, will graduate from Bethany Christian High School where she is captain of the soccer team and president of the student government. She also participates in Academic Super Bowl, Peace Society, choir and orchestra.

Shenk attends Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, where she has been involved with song and worship leading, as well as the worship band.

Paul Shetler of Goshen, Ind., son of Peter and Jan Shetler, will graduate from Goshen High School where he is lead organizer of Peace Club, plays second alto in the jazz band and captains the Team America Rocketry Challenge and NASA Student Launch Initiative. He is also involved in National Honor Society, Science Olympiad and marching band.

Shetler attends Assembly Mennonite Church where he organized a trip to an anti-war rally and participated in several service trips.

Tim Showalter of Harrisonburg, Va., son of Harry and Nancy Showalter, graduated from Turner Ashby High School where he was section leader in choir and captain of the soccer team. He was also involved in Spanish Club, student council, National Honor Society and National Foreign Language Honor Society, and served as vice president of his 4-H Club.

Showalter attends Community Mennonite Church, where he leads music and has gone on several service and mission trips. He has also volunteered with a community soccer program.

Greta Weaver of Bloomington, Ill., daughter of Barry and Marge Weaver, will graduate from Normal Community High School where she is a band section leader and is also involved in Flute Choir, marching band, soccer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Social Studies Club and student council.

Weaver attends Mennonite Church of Normal where she is involved with the youth ministry committee and worship band and leads a Bible study.

Jason Yoder of Scottdale, Pa., son of Joe and Mandy Yoder, will graduate from Southmoreland Senior High School where he is captain of Quiz League and vice president of the National Honor Society. He also participates in tennis, basketball and Science Club.

Yoder attends Scottdale Mennonite Church where he is a leader in his youth group, has directed recreation for Bible school and participated in Bible quizzing.

Matthew Yoder of Elkhart, Ind., son of Tom and Judith Yoder, will graduate from Concord High School where he is vice president of the National Honor Society, a state qualifier on the speech team, sergeant-in-arms of the Key Club, co-captain of the soccer team, held lead roles in musicals and was a member of the All-State Honor Choir. He also was a member of the student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, jazz choir, concert choir and Gospel choir club. Yoder is on a traveling club soccer team.

Yoder attends East Goshen Mennonite Church where he has acted as a worship team leader.

Among the 65 applicants for the award this year, eight scored 1500 or above on the SAT and 34 topped 1300; 15 scored 30 or above on the ACT; 44 recorded at least a 4.0 GPA; and 20 were in the top one percent of their graduating class.

Each application is measured on its own merit and is not categorized by gender, geography, high schools or churches represented. Applicants provide information about leadership, involvement and honors in school, work, community, church and volunteer activities, and submit an essay on the topic of Christ-centered servant leadership. Each candidate is interviewed by a team of two faculty members, who also review that potential student's application and submit scoring based on a predetermined scale. The applications of the top scorers from that round are then passed – without names or other personal information – to the Admission and Scholarship Committee, which reads references also submitted by the individual and finalizes the list of top candidates.

President Shirley H. Showalter said the young leaders would thrive at Goshen College. “These students have proven themselves in the classroom and they have offered their time and their many talents to serve others,” Showalter said. “Their excellence in academics and commitment to service matches Goshen College’s commitment to quality education and to the servant-leader model of Jesus.”

Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” Kaplan’s “Most Interesting Colleges” guide and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.

Editors: For more information, contact News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or jodihb@goshen.edu.


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