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Honors College, WBKO recognize 2016-2017 Scholar of the Week recipients

The Honors College at WKU and WBKO-TV hosted a reception on Dec. 6 to honor the 2016-2017 Scholar of the Week recipients.


The Scholar of the Week scholarship recipients for 2016-2017 are Valentina Pinilla (third from left) and Heather McKinney (fourth from left). Also participating in the award presentation on Dec. 6 were (from left) Dr. Craig Cobane, executive director of the Honors College; Jacqueline Nie of WBKO-TV; and Allison Embry of WBKO-TV. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

The Scholar of the Week program recognizes young scholars in southcentral Kentucky and the WBKO viewing area for their academic and extracurricular activities. The Honors College at WKU has been partnering with WBKO since 2010 on the Scholar of the Week Program.

Out of more than 250 applicants, 72 students were chosen as Scholars of the Week for the 2016-2017 academic school year and have their name, high school and accomplishments air on segments on WBKO’s “10 PM News” on Tuesdays and “AM Kentucky” on Wednesdays. Each student is invited to a reception to celebrate their achievements, recognize them individually, and reward two Scholar of the Week students with a $1,000 scholarship for WKU.

This year’s two scholarship winners are Heather McKinney, a senior at Warren East High School, and Valentina Pinilla, a senior at South Warren High School.

McKinney has a 3.976 GPA and is a member of the Academic Team and Beta Club. She plans to pursue a career in the medical or veterinary fields of study and hopes to be able to give back to the community throughout her academic and professional years.

Pinilla intends to major in either International Business, Business Administration or Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is the treasurer of student council and the Vice President of Marketing for the Spirit Club. She also participates in National Honor Society, Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.

Dr. Craig T. Cobane, Executive Director of the Honors College at WKU, believes the Scholar of the Week program provides a wonderful showcase of the quality of our local school systems and it reaffirms the mission of WKU and the Honors College to propel our scholars to even greater academic and professional heights.

The following students were recognized as Scholars of the Week for the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • Allen County-Scottsville High School: Ty Foster, Olivia Hawkins
  • Barren County High School: Steven Birge, Lydia Brooks, Mackenzie Burd, Sara Davis, Natalie Gray, Taryn Kerley, Kylee Pipgrass, Caleb South, Erin Walton
  • Bowling Green High School: Anna Bachmann, Leigh Ballard, Logan Bowen, Abygail Dallas, Caden Jones, Allen Powell
  • Breckinridge County High School: Autumn Siler, Gregory Wall
  • Central Hardin High School: Ashlynn Goodman, Clayton Hester, Samuel Smith
  • Clinton County High School: Matthew Hunter
  • Daviess County High School: Karli Sanders
  • Franklin-Simpson High School: Bailey Buckner, Will Randolph
  • Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science: Benjamin Kash, Deeya Patel, Meghan Perez
  • Glasgow High School: Brooklyn Brown
  • Grayson County High School: Ashley Clemons
  • Greenwood High School: Jack Blair, Allison Davis, Leah Martens, Madison Phillips
  • Hart County High School: Chelsea Hatcher
  • Hopkins County Central High School: Chase French
  • LaRue County High School: Seth Newby
  • Logan County High School: Caleb Cline, Kaitlyn Foster, Meredith Johnson
  • Madisonville North Hopkins High School: Slater Bennett, Logan Brown, Tate Burris, Sarah Lutz, Katie Waide, Daniel Wittmer
  • Metcalfe County High School: Cheyenne Perry
  • Monroe County High School: Lexie Emmert
  • Muhlenberg County High School: Keely Dennis, Jacqulyn Noffsinger
  • South Warren High School: Max Benningfield, James Bodenhamer, Ainsley Brown, Carter Chavira, Remy Gaines, Jordan McElroy, Madison McKee, Granite Pare, Valentina Pinilla, Nicolas Pinilla, Amber Ridgway, Emma Ward, Brandon Wilson
  • Warren Central High School: Hannah Cross
  • Warren East High School: Adam Alsup, Jordan Cummings, Jacob Howard, Christian Mann, Heather McKinney, Katelyn McKinney
  • Webster County High School: Hanna Van Winkle

About the Honors College at WKUWKU is home to the only independent Honors College in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Created in 2007, the Honors College at WKU provides an intimate, highly selective learning environment where gifted and high-achieving students can develop the skills to prepare them for success in the nation’s top academic and career opportunities.

Contact: Allison Smith, (270) 745-2081

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