Collinsville High School Student Wins Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award

021O3565 (1)CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 9, 2014 – Sabrina Flohr, a Collinsville (Ill.) High School student who has excelled in academics, community service and athletics, was named the recipient of the 12th annual Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award by Southeast Missouri State University.

The award was presented today at the Hilton Ballpark in St. Louis, Mo.

“Southeast Missouri State is very fortunate to have the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award associated with our institution,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “Jack Buck was a man of impeccable character, a humble gentleman who went about his business quietly, but whose humility and professionalism left a lasting impression of excellence. We think these qualities are similar to those of Southeast, which has been cited nationally as a hidden treasure, a University with sound academic programs that is committed to our students and the values of our region. We think Jack Buck would call this award in his name ‘a winner.’”

Sabrina Flohr

Flohr, daughter of Eric and Carol Flohr of Collinsville, Ill., thrives in the classroom at Collinsville High School. She also shares her talents through service to the academic community. She serves as a delegate on the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council and attended the State Student Council conference. She was also a KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement in 2013. Some of her many extra-curricular activities include Latin Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Science Olympiad, Mu Alpha Theta and Science Honor Society. She is also captain of her school’s volleyball team. Flohr gives back to her community through her service with Partners for Pets, the local Diversity Awareness Program, Locks of Love and tutoring for Freshman Focus.  Flohr plans to pursue a major in biomedical science.

In 2003, Southeast teamed up with KMOX Radio in the establishment of the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award. The award, which was the first scholarship to be established in memory of Buck, recognizes a student in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area who has demonstrated outstanding character, academic achievement and the potential to be a leader in the community. The award covers incidental fees (tuition) and general fees for the equivalent of up to 30 credit hours per academic year at Southeast and residence hall fees for fall and spring semesters in a standard, double-occupancy room. The award, which is effective with the fall 2014 semester, also provides a 15-meal per week board plan.

Students from the St. Louis Metro Area, including St. Louis County and City, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County and the Metro East area in Illinois were eligible to apply for the award. High school guidance counselors from the metropolitan area were asked to nominate one deserving applicant from their high school.

For nearly 50 years, Buck was the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals to generations of sports fans. He passed away in 2002. He was widely admired by his colleagues in the world of broadcasting and by the players whose feats he announced for fans around the world. Buck worked tirelessly in support of charitable organizations and was committed to his family and his community.

Five other finalists for the award also were recognized. Each finalist receives a Jack Buck Regents’ Scholarship, which covers incidental fees (tuition) up to 30 hours per academic year for up to four consecutive years, and a one-time $500 Jack Buck Leadership Award to be applied to housing expenses. Finalists are:

Laura Bauman

Laura is the daughter of Steven and Angela Bauman of Festus, Mo. Throughout her time at Festus High School, Bauman has excelled in the classroom, earning a cumulative grade point0020average above 4.0, and has made a great impact on her school, church and community. She is a member of countless clubs through her high school, including National Honor Society, the Venture Crew, Future Transformers of America, the Renaissance Club and concert choir. She also was a member of the Festus track team.  Bauman also competed at the top level for USAG competitive gymnastics until last year and serves as president of the Fellowship of Young Christian Athletes. She was selected to attend both the American Legion Missouri Girls’ State and the Missouri Government Day in 2013. Her service record is outstanding.  She has volunteered at Mercy Hospital Jefferson, with the nursery program at Victory Church and for Toys for Tots and “Feed my People” in her community. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Alysha Griesemer

Griesemer is the daughter of Michael Griesemer of Fairview Heights, Ill. She shines not only as a student at O’Fallon High School but also as a leader among her peers. Having taken numerous honors courses, Griesemer is a charter member and editor of the Key Club, vice president of the Gay-Straight Alliance and a Blizzard Upper Class Member. She is also active in the National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind, Future Business Leaders of America and yearbook. She is a talented writer and has received awards for communication, public speaking, poetry and short stories. She also has received several awards through Science Olympiad. Griesemer may be most influential, however, through her philanthropy. She volunteers frequently in her church, has helped with March of Dimes and Highway Clean Up, and initiated support letters for families of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  She plans to pursue a degree in psychology.

Maureen Herring

Herring is the daughter of Donn and LeaAnn Herring of St. Charles, Mo.  Compassion comes naturally to her as evidenced by her service in her community.  Herring volunteers with Urban K-Life St. Louis, serving meals to the less fortunate, helped organize a benefit concert and completed a mission trip to South Dakota to help the youth through the Cheyenne River Youth Project.  She further developed her leadership skills at Leadership at Practice and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership conferences. At Francis Howell High School, Herring is a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America, and she helps freshmen transition into high school as a Viking Edge Freshman Mentor. After school she also works at a day care. Herring plans to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

Ethan May

May is the son of Allen and Sharon May of Valmeyer, Ill. A standout student at Valmeyer High School, May also was a recipient of the KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement Award his junior year and holds the record for most awards in Model United Nations. He is also head delegate of that club.  He has held leadership roles in many of his high school’s organizations and clubs, including Student Council, class representatives, the school newspaper and yearbook, National Honor Society and Saturday Scholars.  May also was a two-sport athlete in baseball and golf, in which he has been a varsity player for four years. He is also a member of band and chorus and has performed in the school’s musicals. An active volunteer in his community, May serves in the Valmeyer Jaycees and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He enjoys giving back to his church. He co-edits the bulletin and is director of the altar servers. He plans to pursue a degree in journalism.

Brittany Moleski

Moleski is the daughter of Phillip and Diane Moleksi of St. Louis, Mo.  A leader in the classroom and a star on the stage, Moleski is one of Ursuline Academy’s brightest.  With a grade point average above 4.0, she is a member of the National Honor Society, an Ursuline Academy Ambassador and an event planner for Project Ursuline Student Scholarship Committee.  She performs in her high school and community theatre and dance productions, and sings with her high school’s chorus and madrigal groups.  She was team captain of her club volleyball team and now coaches youth club and church volleyball teams.  Her community service extends throughout her church and community, volunteering more than 160 hours throughout her high school career. She also has a part-time job at Baked Goods Pottery. Moleski plans to pursue a degree in music education.