CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOX) - A Northwest High School student who has excelled in academics, athletics and community services was named the recipient today of the 10th annual Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award by Southeast Missouri State University.
The award was presented to Jarrid Snyder of High Ridge, Mo., at the KMOX Student Achievement/Jack Buck Luncheon at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Carole Buck, wife of the late Jack Buck, attended the luncheon to present the award to Snyder.
Kevin Demoff, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the St. Louis Rams, presented the keynote address at the luncheon. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, presented the finalist awards. “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.’” Snyder, son of the late Vicki Stoops, exemplifies dedication in his academics, athletics, community service and beyond. Throughout his time at Northwest High School, Snyder received two awards of perfect attendance.
He has participated in several school clubs and activities including Future Business Leaders of America, Future Teachers of America and Lion Leader Crew and served as secretary of National Honor Society. He was a member of the football, cross country, wrestling, and track and field teams. He was named captain of the track and field team his junior and senior years.
Snyder has received the Teacher Choice Award, was named to the 72nd Session of Citizens of Missouri Boys’ State and was also nominated to the Cornerstone Society by his peers.
Snyder has an outstanding community service record, having logged more than 200 hours of service through his church and the Wyman Teen Leadership Program.
He also has been employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken for three years. He plans to pursue a degree in secondary education. 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 2012 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.
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