Oakville High School Student Wins Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award


Zachary Chinea and Carole Buck

Zachary Chinea, recipient of the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award with Carole Buck, wife of the late Jack Buck.


April 28, 2008 – An Oakville High School student who has excelled academically and is committed to serving his community was named the recipient today of the sixth annual Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award by Southeast Missouri State University.

The award was presented today to Zachary Chinea of St. Louis at a dinner in the River Campus atrium sponsored by KMOX AM1120, the voice of St. Louis, and hosted by Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, and the University Honors Program. Carole Buck, wife of the late Jack Buck, attended the dinner to present the award to Chinea.

“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.’”

Chinea, son of Alex and Charmaine Chinea, has earned high academic honors while being active in various activities at Oakville Senior High School. In addition to being ranked number one in his class of 500 at Oakville High School, Chinea has served as secretary, treasurer and president of the National Honor Society, a member of the Student Council and a member of Boy Scouts of America. He has been honored with the Academic Achievement Award, St. Francis Award, Eagle Scout rank, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, USAA International Foreign Language Award, Exceptional Academic Achievement Award, and Who’s Who Among American High School Students. In addition to academics, Chinea has been very involved in his community. He has volunteered for Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Feed My People, Nurses for Newborns, Scouting for Food, American Red Cross, Central Institute for the Deaf and Blind, St. Louis County Public Library, Bishop DuBourg Nursing Home, and Notre Dame School. Chinea plans to major in chemistry at Southeast.

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 2008 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 world. Buck worked tirelessly in support of charitable organizations and was committed to his family and his community.

Three 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:

Ben Castelli

Ben Castelli of Imperial, Mo., is the son of Mark Edward and Darlene Kay Castelli. Throughout his time at Seckman Senior High School, Castelli learned to effectively balance his academics and various extracurricular activities. In addition to being named valedictorian, he has served as treasurer and president of Future Business Leaders of America, fund-raising chair and president of the Letterman’s Club, hospitality chair and seatbelt challenge chair of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), and class leader of Renaissance. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Drama Club and Peer Mediating. Castelli also was a member of the varsity cross country and track teams and St. Louis Track Club. He was honored as Student of the Month, Teacher’s Choice, Top Ten Students, Missouri Bar Young Lawyers third place recipient, People to People Invitation recipient, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and has ranked number one in his class for six semesters. Castelli also was a sectional qualifier in cross country and received various cross country and track awards for his athletic abilities. He plans to pursue a degree in business.

Justin Kinzinger

Justin Kinzinger of Columbia, Ill., is the son of Roger and Laura Kinzinger. As a student at Waterloo High School, Kinzinger has proven himself to be the ideal student. He has served as a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team and Chess Club. He has placed on the high honor roll and national honor roll, received the Waterloo Optimist Award, third place at the District No. 5 Science Fair, and was recognized as a 2008-2009 State Scholar. Kinzinger was a member of the concert choir, mixed choir, jazz band, concert/pep band and served as section leader of the marching band. His dedication to music brought him All-District jazz and choral awards, Solo-Ensemble Contest 1 Ratings, and selection for the Mississippi Valley Conference saxophone and chorus groups. He also has been a member of the football (junior varsity/varsity) and baseball teams and wrestling squad. He served as captain of the football team and wrestling squad and was recognized as an All-Conference Lineman, among other athletic recognitions. Kinzinger also has given back to the community through participation in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He plans to double major in finance and music.

Kasey Fraser-Smith

Kasey Fraser-Smith of Festus, Mo., is the daughter of Julie Ann Fraser. Fraser-Smith has worked to earn high academic honors while being active in various organizations at Festus High School. She is a member of Student Council, the National Honor Society, Hi-Step, TREND and the Renaissance Club. She served as vice president and president of the Spanish Club, member of the Art Club, a Model United Nations delegate, historian of Future Business Leaders of America, and a member of the varsity tennis team. She also placed on the high honor roll and was a Renaissance Gold recipient. Fraser-Smith serves the community as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and volunteer tutor for Concerned Parents of Jefferson County. She plans to major in communications.