Photo by Diane Cox
Lovejoy Memorial Scholarship Board of Directors treasurer Edmond Gray stands next to Lovejoy Memorial Academic Achievement Award recipients Zachary Franke, Maikea Miller, Sarah Pattan, Halle Rounds, and Jewel Wagner. Lovejoy Memorial Scholarship winner Jasmine-Kay Johnson stands next to Board of Director President Patricia King. Not pictured is Andria Pace, John Bohn and Ty Loveland.
ALTON | When Gregory Collins walked across the stage as a member of Alton High School’s 2012 graduating class, he was taking the next step in life with the help of the Lovejoy Memorial Scholarship.
As the 2016 scholarship recipients received their award on Sunday at Lovejoy Elementary School in Alton, Collins closed the ceremony with words of wisdom for his successors.
“You are the hope for the future of this country,” Collins said. “One thing that no one will ever take from you is hope. I struggled through the early years of my education in an alternative program. I was fortunate enough to have teachers who cared for me and helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to those individual influences and the Lovejoy board of directors, I was given the same opportunity you have been given to do great things. It’s your turn to do great things.”
The Alton High School ROTC presented the colors and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance before the Alton Municipal Band performed. Lovejoy Memorial Scholarship Board of Director President Patricia King presented the awards to recipients as treasurer Edmond Gray read the scholars name and a short biography.
Eight individual students received the Lovejoy Memorial Academic Achievement Award along with a $3000 scholarship. Alton High School 2016 graduate Jasmine-Kay Johnson received the full $25,000 Lovejoy Memorial Scholarship that will be divided into installments of $6,250 over her four-year undergraduate journalism studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
“Ever since I was little, I loved to write,” Johnson said. “I learned early that I wasn’t a full story teller, so I explored the option of journalism and knew it would be a good fit for me. I have had a lot of good people supporting me throughout my life and I’m very grateful for those people. They’re the reason I’m standing here today. I know I was up against some strong competition for this scholarship and I feel very blessed that I was chosen. I know any one of us really deserved it.”
While attending AHS, Johnson was a member of the National Honor Society, Minority Excellence, Student Council, Principal’s Advisory Committee and Upward Bound.
The eight students receiving the Lovejoy Memorial Academic Achievement Award are Andria Pace, John Bohn, Zachary Franke, Ty Loveland, Maika Miller, Sarah Pattan, Halle Rounds and Jewel Wagner.
“We had several applicants that applied for this scholarship,” King said. “It’s seems from looking back at past recipients that we have been right on target for picking the best young people in our community to represent the Lovejoy Scholarship recipients. Each one of the applicants impressed us greatly with their desires, hope and passion for not just moving forward, but to come back to their community and contribute later in life.”
Andria Pace plans to attend Northwestern University where she will pursue a degree in chemistry. A 2016 Marquette Catholic High School graduate, she was a member of student council, National Honor Society, Campus Ministry and the Basketball and volleyball team. Pace is the daughter of Belinda Pace and the late Russell Pace.
John Bohn is a 2016 AHS graduate and will attend the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, majoring in chemical engineering. While at AHS, Bohn was a member of the National Honor Society, student council and played on the varsity hockey team. An Illinois State Scholar, Bohn is the son of John and Bethany Bohn.
Zachary Franke will attend Fontbonne University where he will major in cyber security. A 2016 AHS grad, Franke was a member of the National Honor Society, Saturday Scholars and “Celebrations Show Choir.” The parents of Robert and Elizabeth Franke, Zachary was an Illinois State Scholar and selected to perform with the Illinois Music Educators’ Associate and All State Choir.
Ty Loveland will attend Bradley University and pursue a degree in computer science. As a 2016 senior at AHS, Loveland was very active in the music program as a member of the Wind Symphony, Pep Band and Pit Orchestra. He was a member of the AHS swim team and Saturday Scholars. Loveland is the son of Stacey Noble Loveland.
Maika Miller plans to major in Biological sciences and musical theater at SIUE. A 2016 AHS graduate, Miller was a member of the National Honor Society, Chamber Strings and Celebrations and had the lead role in the school musical, “Anything Goes.” Miller is the daughter of Michael and Martine Miller.
A 2016 graduate at AHS, Sarah Pattan is the daughter of Joseph and Julie Pattan and will major in business at SIUE. Pattan was a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club, and National Society of High School Scholars and is a volunteer at the Salvation Army/Booth House.
Halle Rounds plans to major in nursing at Lindenwood University-Belleville. A 2016 AHS graduate, Rounds was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad and the Youth Speak Out Group. A volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of Alton and the RiverBender.com Community Center, Rounds is the daughter of Eddie Rounds and Dorothy Mosby.
Jewel Wagner accepted a scholarship to Murray State University where she will major in Athletic Training. As a 2016 senior at AHS, Wagner was a member of the girls’ track and field team and the girls’ basketball team. During her last year at AHS, Wagner volunteered at the Alton School District’s Motivational Achievement Center to assist young student in learning CPR and first aid. She is the daughter of Albert and Debra Wagner.