CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 7, 2012 – A Northwest High School student who has excelled in academics, athletics and community services was named the recipient today of the 10th annual Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award by Southeast Missouri State University.
The award was presented to Jarrid Snyder of High Ridge, Mo., at the KMOX Student Achievement/Jack Buck Luncheon at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Carole Buck, wife of the late Jack Buck, attended the luncheon to present the award to Snyder. Joe Buck, sportscaster with Fox Sports and son of the late Jack Buck, presented the keynote address at the luncheon. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, 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.’”
Snyder, son of the late Vicki Stoops, exemplifies dedication in his academics, athletics, community service and beyond. Throughout his time at Northwest High School, Snyder received two awards of perfect attendance. He has participated in several school clubs and activities including Future Business Leaders of America, Future Teachers of America and Lion Leader Crew and served as secretary of National Honor Society. He was a member of the football, cross country, wrestling, and track and field teams. He was named captain of the track and field team his junior and senior years. Snyder has received the Teacher Choice Award, was named to the 72nd Session of Citizens of Missouri Boys’ State and was also nominated to the Cornerstone Society by his peers. Snyder has an outstanding community service record, having logged more than 200 hours of service through his church and the Wyman Teen Leadership Program. He also has been employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken for three years. He plans to pursue a degree in secondary education.
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 2012 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:
Julie Buckles is the daughter of Steven and Lisa Buckles of St. Louis, Mo. Both inside and outside of school, Buckles exemplifies a hard worker as she holds many leadership roles while maintaining a 4.04 GPA at Wentzville Holt High School. She is a member of Student Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is historian of the Spanish Club. Buckles has been a pivotal member of her high school’s basketball team, serving as its captain for three years. Her induction in National Honor Society has led her to partake in several community service projects. In addition to balancing school work and her extra-curricular activities, she works part time at her local Target store. Buckles is planning to pursue a degree in medicine.
Austin Cordell is the son of John and Carla Cordell of Chesterfield, Mo. He holds a strong academic record at Parkway Central High School while participating in many school organizations and sharing his talents through his service to his community. He has held leadership positions at school as a delegate on Student Council and section leader in the marching band. He also is a member of the symphonic band and jazz band. He has played on his school’s racquetball, lacrosse and ice hockey teams as well. He is currently completing his Eagle project for the Boys Scouts of America and volunteers with the Special Olympics and his church. With aspirations to work in law enforcement, Cordell has held several positions in the Chesterfield Police Department Law Enforcement Explorers. He participated in the Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Leadership Clinic, and he was a Missouri Ambassador of Music in the program’s 2010 European Tour. Cordell plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
Zachary Jones is the son of Allan and Terri Jones of Festus, Mo. While attending Festus High School, he has flourished in many areas, including the classroom as he stands seventh in a class of 246 students. Jones has been named to the Renaissance Gold Honor Roll, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Straight-A Student List, the National Society of High School Scholars and the National Honor Society. Jones performs in numerous musical performance groups. He is also a member of the soccer team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Varsity Club, Trend Club, Art Club, Chess Club and History Club. In the community, Jones has volunteered with American Red Cross blood drives, the Missouri Child Identification Program and the “Feed my People” concert choir fund raiser for Joplin, Mo., tornado relief. Jones is a first degree taekwondo black belt and has earned the Boy Scouts of America God and Me Award. He plans to pursue a major in graphic design.
Nathaniel Peters is the son of Mark and Sarah Peters of Belleville, Ill. As a student at O’Fallon Township High School, Peters has spread his talents to many areas while excelling academically. He uses his talents to tutor his peers in English, math and science. He was a member of several music performance groups, and he also participated in Young Republicans, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, German Honor Society and National Honor Society. Peters has gained leadership experience in his service as Science Honor Society president and German Club historian. An enthused runner, Peters is a member of his high school’s track and field and cross country teams. He also demonstrates leadership qualities through his role as an Eagle Scout. Peters also serves the community by participating in the Big Brother, Big Sister program and is a member of his church’s youth group. He has received numerous awards including the Lancer Medallion, Sea Base Captain’s Choice, Sea Base Duty to God and Philmont Duty to God. In 2010, Peters traveled to Germany through a sister-cities exchange between his hometown and Paderborn, Germany. He plans to pursue a degree in education.