JHS grads receive Seger scholarshipsMay 19, 2020
JASPER — The Steven M. Seger Memorial Foundation has awarded scholarships to Jasper High School graduates Kaitlyn Henke and Carson Park.
The value of each scholarship is $4,000. Students from the graduating class who earned varsity letters in any two sports during their senior year are eligible, and the recipients are determined by the high GPA and SAT scores.
Henke, daughter of Chris and Julie Henke of Jasper, earned the academic honors diploma. Among the classes she took to help toward her intended profession were marketing, introduction to accounting, advanced accounting, entrepreneurship and sports and entertainment marketing. While in high school, she was named a member of the girls soccer team, dance and unified track teams and baseball bat girl, National Honors Society, Peer Mentor, Natural Helper and Riley dance marathon. Henke was named outstanding student council member in freshman and sophomore years, elected as junior and senior class president and was voted the most valuable player for soccer in her sophomore year. She was named Academic All-State in soccer and dance. She was involved in dance for more than 13 years. She served as volunteer at the Community Chew, where she was a mentor and was involved in helping with the High Ponies program, which is a camp for young girls with an emphasis on dance. She worked at Happy Paws Pals Village, Jasper, as a pet care provider and Hedinger Beverage Distributing Company, Jasper, as an office and warehouse assistant. She interned at Kimball International, Jasper. She is going to Indiana University in Bloomington to study marketing.
Park is the son of Michael and Stephanie Park of Jasper. He was salutatorian with a 4.616 GPA. He was a member of the football, baseball, basketball, track and field, and unified track and field teams, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Peer Mentor, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He was current president of the National Honor Society and was past vice president of the Key Club. He was team captain of the football team and played trumpet in the marching and symphonic bands. He was founder of the Timmy Global Health Chapter at JHS. The chapter helps to raise funds to provide healthcare in impoverished countries. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, he led the construction project of chinking a log cabin in Jasper for his Eagle Scout project, attended Philmont Scout Ranch and hiked 18 miles a day for 10 days, participated in leadership training and certified in lifesaving, first aid, wilderness survival and many others. He earned the Eagle Scout Award, Ad Altare Dei Religious Award, National Merit Scholar finalist, Rising Star of Indiana, Hoosier Boys State delegate and Indiana Academic All-Star Award nominee. Football honors included the varsity linebacker award and Big 8 All-Conference team award, and being named to the Indianapolis Colts Academic All-Star Team. Indiana Football Coaches Association honored him with Academic All-State, being a member of the 4A All-State Senior Team and salutatorian award. He earned the Associated Press All-State Football Team Class 4A honorable mention award, WITZ/McDonalds of Dubois Player of the Year and All-Southwestern Indiana Football Team. Park was chosen to speak at the 2018 JHS Veterans Day recognition ceremony for the entire high school and attending community members and he led the invocation at three football banquets. He represented JHS at two leadership conferences. He was chosen to speak at the 2019 Optimist Club regarding his participation in and experience with the unified track program. He umpired at Jasper youth baseball games and did landscape/farm work. He will be attending Washington University in St. Louis to major in mathematics and pre-med.