St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Student Wins Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 15, 2004 – A St. Francis Borgia Regional High School student who has been active in both her community and school was named the recipient today of the second Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award by Southeast Missouri State University.

Carole Buck, widow of legendary St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck, presented the award today to Amanda Bell of Washington, Mo. The award was presented at the annual “Southeast Salutes” Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Westport-Chalet in St. Louis.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said, “Southeast Missouri State is very fortunate to have the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award associated with our institution. 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 this name ‘a winner.’”

Bell, daughter of Arthur and Carol Bell, has been a strong leader and active in the Washington, Mo., community throughout her years at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.

Bell has volunteered with Meals on Wheels and at the food pantry, serving as president of the Career Club. She has been involved in several musicals and plays, has held two part-time jobs, and still found time to devote to her growing interest in baseball, serving as the team manager and scorekeeper. Bell’s teachers describe her as a “highly motivated, committed individual.” Her work ethic and attitude have enabled her to remain consistently on the honor roll and to develop a devotion to her chosen field of sport management. 

Last year, 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 his 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 2004 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 recounted for fans around the word. 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 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:

Gail DaughertyGail Daugherty of St. Clair, Mo., daughter of John and Jackie Daugherty, who has been consistently involved at St. Clair High School.  She is a leader in the Key Club and the Model United Nations. She is also on the Renaissance Steering Committee, a member of the Drama Club, softball and speech teams, as well as her church choir and youth group. She was recognized twice as a U.S. Achievement Academy award winner. Daugherty is a cadet teacher and is considering majors in early childhood education and social work.

Kimberley Martin Kimberley Martin of Ferguson, Mo., daughter of Scott and Dawn Martin, who has been a part of the French Honor Society, student council and PTSA at McCluer High School. She competed in team gymnastics until she began coaching her junior year. Martin has been a Sunday school teacher’s aide for the past four years. She works part time, volunteers at the senior citizens’ center, attended the Global Youth Leaders Conference and received the Girl Scout Silver Award. She plans to major in nursing.

Jessica MuckermanJessica Muckerman of Bridgeton, Mo., who is the daughter of Robert and Janet Muckerman. She will be the valedictorian of her class at Pattonville High School. She has been involved in her community as a student mentor, through the Special Olympics and the Empty Bowls project. She is in the Key Club and is president of the student council. Jessica has competed with debate and tennis teams, as well as the jazz band. Her other activities include Future Business Leaders of America, the Pep Club and the School Improvement Team. She plans to major in secondary education or advertising.

Michael SmithMichael Smith of Union, Mo., son of Michael and Sue Smith, who has been highly involved at Union High School. He has played competitive baseball, basketball and football, while maintaining a rigorous class schedule and many leadership roles. Smith is the president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the Key Club and an assembly leader for the student council. He has taken part in his church youth group, school musicals and was selected for a seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy. He plans to study engineering.

Hannah WinchesterHannah Winchester of Edwardsville, Ill., who is the daughter of Kenneth and Teresa Winchester. She has had a variety of leadership experiences at Edwardsville High School. She is the co-captain of two cheerleading squads and the vice president of the National Honor Society. She comes highly recommended both as an athletic leader and as a capable, creative student. She has been awarded the Silver Medallion Academic Excellence Award and is a four-year member of the Math Team and the Spanish Club. She also serves as a food pantry volunteer. She intends to study athletic training.