Lafayette High School Student Receives Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award

Photo of Kenneth W. Dobbins, Carole Buck and Jacob Ripp

From left are Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Carole Buck, widow of the late Jack Buck; and Jacob Ripp of St. Louis, recipient of the eighth annual Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 7, 2010 – A Lafayette High School student who has excelled in the classroom and in athletics, and is active in his community and school was named the recipient today of the eighth annual Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award by Southeast Missouri State University.

The award was presented today to Jacob Ripp of St. Louis at the Student Achievement Luncheon at the Hilton Ballpark Hotel in downtown St. Louis.  Carole Buck, widow of the late Jack Buck, attended the luncheon to present the award to Ripp, as well as Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, who presented the finalist awards.

“Southeast Missouri State is very fortunate to have the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award associated with our institution,” Dobbins said. “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.’”

Ripp, son of Eric and Donna Ripp of St. Louis, Mo., is an exemplary student, earning top grades while actively participating in school, athletic and community activities.  Voted homecoming king by his peers, Ripp serves on the student council and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mu Alpha Theta, Latin Club, the National Honor Society and Key Club.  He also played on his school’s football, basketball and baseball teams. He was named 1st Team All Conference and Honorable Mention in State for football. He also was named Academic All-State in baseball and 2nd Team All-Conference in baseball as a junior. He is currently in mid-season of his senior baseball season. When he is not participating in sports, Jacob encourages his fellow athletes during sporting events as a member of the Super Fans Club.  He has served his community by volunteering with the American Red Cross Blood Drive and Relay for Life.  While at Southeast, Ripp plans to pursue a degree in pre-medicine and play baseball for the Redhawks. 

In 2003, Southeast Missouri State University teamed up with KMOX Radio in the establishment of the 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 32 credit hours per academic year at Southeast Missouri State University and residence hall fees for fall and spring semesters in a standard, double-occupancy room.  The award, which is effective with the fall 2010 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.   

Four other finalists for the award also were recognized today.  All finalists receive a Jack Buck Regents’ Scholarship, which covers incidental fees (tuition) up to 32 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.  They are:

John Dulle

Dulle is the son of Brian and Diana Dulle.  Throughout his time at Mater Dei High School, he has learned to effectively balance his academics, activities and leadership positions.  Dulle has served as a member of Student Council, Peer Mediators and FBLA.  He has earned varsity letters in soccer, basketball and football, and was awarded honorable mention for Illinois in football.  In addition, he serves as a student ambassador for his high school and is a member of National Honor Society in which he has been awarded academic letters. Outside of the classroom, Dulle serves in the Catholic Youth Ministry, helps with basketball camps, tutors students and teaches swimming lessons. He has earned numerous awards including the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award.  Dulle plans to pursue a degree in accounting.

Chantel Hill

Hill is the daughter of Dwana Washington.  She has participated in many school activities  at McCluer High School, and her involvement in the community demonstrates she is a dedicated and talented student.  In school, she is a member of the Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Program, French Honor Society, National Honor Society (where she serves as treasurer), Club International, Drama Club, Student Government (where she was junior class treasurer and senior class representative), scholar bowl, Saturday Scholars, Key Club, choir and Latin Dance Club.  In addition, Hill is a talented athlete who has participated in soccer, basketball and tennis (where she served as co-captain).  Her community service includes, but is not limited to volunteering with the Little Creek Water Festival, January Wabash Park Clean-up, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Ferguson Recreation Safe Halloween Walk and Earth Day Campus Clean-up. She has been honored with several awards, including the Gateway West “Leaders of Tomorrow,” North County Churches United for Racial Harmony and Justice Citizenship Award, and the George Eastman Young Leaders Award.  She is currently undecided about her college major. 

Callie Karstens

Karstens is the daughter of Geoff and Mary Jean Karstens.  As a student at Francis Howell North High School, she exemplifies the ideal student.  She served as a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club, and as co-founder and vice president of the Crazy Wheels Club.  In addition, she was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Deca, Class Delegates, Knights of Excellence and the Volunteer Knights.  While being on the honor roll, Karstens was on first varsity doubles in tennis, where she was awarded rookie of the year, and was a junior varsity and varsity runner in track.  She gives back to her school by assisting with the planning of numerous school-sponsored events.  In addition, Karstens serves her community by volunteering as a member of the National Honor Society and assisting her mother in her classroom at Henderson Elementary School.   She plans to pursue a degree in accounting or fashion merchandising.

Elise Keller

Keller is the daughter of Dale and Denise Keller.  Throughout her time at Parkway South High School, she has excelled academically and served as a leader in various extracurricular activities.  She is a member of DECA, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and the Beta Chi Pi Club.  Keller participates in Parkway Peer Teaching where she helps seventh graders develop decision- making skills and build self –esteem.  She also teaches swim lessons and volunteers with the Special Olympics.  Keller excelled in varsity track and field, where she was top 10 all-time for 100 hurdles.  She was team captain of the volleyball team and a camp instructor, and a member of the Manchester Swim team, where she also coaches younger swimmers.  She participated in her church’s mission trip to Mexico where she helped revamp a local preschool and led Vacation Bible School crafts.  Some has won numerous awards, including Top 10 Class Ranking for cumulative GPA, Patriot Renaissance Top 10, South Star Award, Math Student of the Month, English Student of the Month, Dedication Award for Manchester Pool, and Concerto and Solo Awards for piano.  Keller plans to pursue a degree in Spanish education.

Andrew Ogle

Ogle is the son of Bradley and Christina Ogle.  In addition to earning an outstanding academic record at St. John Vianney High School, he dedicates time to many school and community activities.  He served as a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society.  Ogle is also a member of the FBLA, Letterman’s Club and  Environmental/Recycling Club.  He has held leadership roles as the Link Crew Leader, a Vianney Student Ambassador, Junior Retreat Small Group Leader, tour guide, vice president of the Letterman’s Club, treasurer of the Spanish Honor Society, Kairos retreat leader, and Winter Blood Drive coordinator.  His impressive community service includes coordinator for Vianney’s “Toys for Tots” Campaign and volunteer for Special Olympics and the Holy Trinity Food Pantry.  Some of Ogle’s awards include the 2009 Gateway West “Leaders of Tomorrow” Award, 2009 “Outstanding Student Leader” Award for St. Louis County and perfect attendance.  He plans to pursue a degree in pre-medicine or law.