Union High School Student Wins Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award



April 28, 2004 – A Union High School student who has been active in both his community and school was named the recipient today of the third 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 Daniel Rettke 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.’”

Rettke, son of Gary and Mary Rettke, has been a strong leader and active in the Washington, Mo., community throughout his years at Union High School. Rettke has been a four-year member of Key Club, the Speech Team and Student Council, serving as Student Council president for the last two years.  He is an avid athlete, playing both baseball and football for his school. Rettke’s many recognitions include First-Team All Conference speech honors and the Outstanding Student Leader Award chosen by the student body. Rettke helped establish a youth group for his church, participated in, and often led, community service initiatives including toy, clothing and food drives, Adopt-A-Highway projects and blood drives. He plans on majoring in broadcast journalism and aspires to a career in sports broadcasting.

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 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 2005 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:

Brittany ButtnerBrittany Buttner is the daughter of Patrick and Janis Buttner. Buttner’s Hillsboro High School record includes participation in academic, athletic, artistic, and community-related activities. She has served as class president and vice president. She has been recognized as a scholar-athlete, Student of the Month, Renaissance Gold Card recipient and a Missouri Girls State representative. She is a three-sport athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball and track. She is pursuing a degree in education with plans of becoming a math teacher.

Stephanie HoeingStephanie Hoeing is the daughter of Gerard and Barbara Hoeing. She is an accomplished, service-oriented student. At Rosati-Kain High School, Hoeing has participated in Advanced Chorus, Campus Ministry, TREND, theatre and dance. Her honors and awards include membership in the National Honor Society, second place in the ADA Essay Scholarship Competition, and recipient of the St. Louis Archdiocese Archbishop May Service Award. She has served her school and church in many capacities. Her school counselor cited her organization of the annual scarf day as one her most notable contributions to the school, raising more than $1,000 for children’s cancer causes. She will pursue a major in dietetics.

Melissa MedcalfMelissa Medcalf is the daughter of Marvin and Robin Medcalf. Her high school career includes an impressive record of academic excellence as well as participation and leadership in music, theatre and forensics. She is a four-year member of the Parkway South marching band, and section leader for two years. In her senior year, she was recognized as a “South Star” for advance projects in speech and debate. She also volunteers at her church, supporting the vacation bible school and nursery programs. Medcalf plans on majoring in business administration.

Magdalyn WalterMagdalyn Walter is the daughter of Robert and Constance Walter. Her extensive list of academic achievements and school activities at Mascoutah Community High School earned her recognition as an Illinois State Scholar. Walter has participated in musical theatre, Show Choir, and chorus for four years. She is also a member of the BETA Club, the National Honor Society, and the Poms Squad. She is a four-time attendee of World Youth Day and has attended the National Catholic Youth Conference and the Catholic Leadership Institute. Walter will pursue a degree in political science.

David WrightDavid Wright is the son of Dave and Cathy Wright. He has earned much recognition for his academic achievements at Rockwood Summit High School including the Falcon Flight Award for Academic Excellence and the Renaissance Gold Award. He received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his nearly 300 hours of community service. His record of community service includes work with hospitalized children, TREND, and alcohol and drug prevention programs. Wright also has represented his high school at two statewide leadership conferences. He plans on pursuing a degree in computer science.