EDWARDSVILLE — Sheriff John D. Lakin announced Marissa Wheeler of Highland was selected to receive the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship on behalf of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Wheeler attends Highland High School. She received a 31 on her American College Test and will graduate with a 4-plus grade point average. She plans to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to study pre-med (biochemistry).
Every year the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, through the local county sheriff, will award at least one $500 scholarship to a student in every Illinois county. The scholarships are awarded for demonstrating outstanding scholastic, extracurricular and character qualifications. Wheeler was one of nearly 30 Madison County students to apply. The selection was made by staff members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Wheeler has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar, SIUC Leaders and Scholars Reception recipient, ICCA Scholar Athlete, and received high honor roll for all four years of high school. She boasts numerous academic awards, participates in cheerleading, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council and the Future Medical Careers Club. She has been involved in community service projects such as Special Olympics, Family Math Night, Relay for Life and Angel Food Ministries.
Lakin and members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office wish Wheeler the best in her continuing education endeavors.