McCluer High School Student Wins Southeast Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award


Destiny Davis and Southeast President Carlos Vargas

Destiny Davis, a McCluer High School student whose entrepreneurial spirit is helping rebuild Ferguson, Missouri, was named the recipient of the 14th annual Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award  by Southeast Missouri State University.

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

Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast, said the University is pleased to continue its partnership with KMOX Radio to offer this award.  The award is the result of Southeast’s successful relationship with the radio station over the years in sponsoring the annual KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement Awards Program in St. Louis.

“For more than a decade, Southeast Missouri State University has presented this award to many outstanding students in the St. Louis area who have excelled in academics, community service and athletics,” Vargas said. “Today, we are proud to add Destiny Davis to this list. She is an outstanding young woman who emulates the humility and professionalism of Jack Buck, who was a model of excellence for all who knew him. We are sure Jack Buck would be happy to call Miss Davis ‘a winner.’”

Destiny Davis

Davis is the daughter of Patrick and Lisa Davis of Ferguson, Missouri.  Throughout her time at McCluer High School, Davis has excelled in the classroom, earning a 4.3 cumulative grade point average. She has also made a great impact on her school and community. She is a member of countless clubs and organizations, including marching band, varsity baseball and softball, color guard and National Honor Society at McCluer. She was a recipient of the KMOX Student of Achievement in 2015. She also received first place in the NSTE St. Louis Region Entrepreneurship Challenge. She has volunteered throughout her community at multiple events, including the Susan G. Komen T-shirt fundraiser.  Davis also owns her own company, “My Ferguson,” where she sells custom apparel and donates a portion of the proceeds to “I Love Ferguson,” a company established to help rebuild local businesses in Ferguson. She plans to pursue a degree in entrepreneurship.

“Destiny is a person with a lot of ambition and will!” said Lenell Hahn, director of Admissions at Southeast. “We are excited to have her joining Southeast this fall.”
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 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 2016 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.

Six other finalists for the award also were recognized today. Each finalist receives a Jack Buck Regents’ Scholarship, which covers 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:

Stephen George

George is the son of Stephen and Melinda George of St. Clair, Missouri. While George stands out in the classroom at St. Clair Senior High School, he is exceptional in his work with the National Honor Society. He also was chosen as delegate for Model United Nations his sophomore and junior year and the top delegate his senior year. George also has been involved in athletics during his time at St. Clair. He has played football, wrestling and golf all four year of high school and has been highly recognized for his achievements on and off of the field. He has been named Academic All-Conference in all three sports. George plans to pursue a degree in political science or history and then continue on to law school.

Sarah Malmstrom

 Malmstrom is the daughter of Randy and Lisa Malmstrom of Wildwood, Missouri. She shines not only as a student at Lafayette High School but also as a leader amongst her peers. While she has been at Lafayette, she has been consistently engaged in many academic activities, sports, work and other clubs, all while maintaining a high grade point average. Some of her most notable and largest time commitments have been her volunteer work with Key Club, allowing her to work with children one on one and helping her recognize this as her passion. Malmstrom also is a member of National Honor Society and the A+ program, and is an avid tennis player. She plans to pursue a degree in special education thanks to her time spent in Key Club.

Rachel Christophe

Christophe is the daughter of Kevin and Lisa Christophe of Belleville, Illinois. Compassion comes naturally to Christophe, evidenced by her service to her community through her work with the KIDS Caring for Cancer Benefit Variety Show. She has played many roles, including vocalist, dancer and instrumentalist. All proceeds go to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Hematology & Oncology Departments. Christophe also is involved with many clubs on campus, including marching band, concert band, color guard, winter guard and National Honor Society.  She plans to pursue a degree in dance.

Mary Inman

Inman is the daughter of Sheri Thruston of O’Fallon, Missouri, and is a standout student at Ladue High School in St. Louis, where she is very active. Not only does she maintain a stellar grade point average, but she is also very involved in various clubs and organizations. While at Ladue, she has focused much of her time as a dance assistant teaching dance. She also is involved with Pazazz Performers where she brings dance therapy to Cardinal Glennon patients. Inman has been on the high honor roll all four years and has perfect attendance. Along with these activities, she still finds time to nanny and babysit as well tutor and volunteer with the American Red Cross. Inman plans to pursue a degree in biomedical sciences and pre-dental.

Meagan Mohan

Mohan is the daughter of Matthew and Karen Mohan of Bridgeton, Missouri. A leader in and out of the classroom, she is a top performer in her class at Incarnate Word Academy. With a grade point average above 4.0, she is a cheerleader as well as participates in several other clubs, including the Respect Life Club and National Honor Society.  In addition to her involvement at IWA, she is also active in her community. She currently is a volunteer at the Ladies of Charity Thrift Shop, is an active member in her church and a teacher for Sunday Children’s Liturgy. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Matthew Westphal

Westphal is the son of Brady and Jennifer Westphal of St. Charles, Missouri. While Westphal excels in the classroom at Lutheran St. Charles Senior High School, he is excellent in his work with the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Pep Club. He also was chosen for the Youth Leadership Scholarship. Westphal has been involved in athletics during his time at Lutheran St. Charles, where he has played football and baseball all four years , and has been highly recognized for his achievements on and off of the field. He has been named Academic All-Conference in both sports as well as Academic All State in baseball. He plans to pursue a degree in business.