CAA Announces Winner of 2016 Jerome Evans Memorial Scholarship

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CAA is proud to announce Kelsey White as our Jerome Evans Memorial Scholarship winner for 2016. Each year CAA awards $1,500 to the best essay entered by one of our graduating seniors in our scholarship contest. This year, CAA asked the participants to write a short essay explaining how they have made an impact on the life of a person or group of people. Each essay was evaluated based on the student’s overall impact and their writing ability.   This scholarship was named in honor of a former CAA team member. Jerome Evans lost his life in a car accident on his way home from enrolling students in the program. He was passionate about helping students achieve their dreams through education, and CAA remembers his service each year.   This year, Kelsey’s story touched us the most. She wrote about the acts of kindness she performed for her grandfather in the midst of his time of loss. She took postcards from places that he had visited with his late wife, filled them out, and sent them to him in the mail. This simple act provided some special memories for both Kelsey and her grandfather. Her story was well written and painted a beautiful picture of the difference she made in both their lives.   Kelsey will continue her education at Bradley University as a marketing major. When she visited Bradley, she was struck by how each person on campus seemed so happy. She found out about the university from their mail-outs and fell in love with the school on her visit. It was through some of the CAA resources that she came to learn about her chosen career, Market Research Analyst. She hopes that her college education will help her to reach her career goal.   In high school, Kelsey was involved in a variety of activities. She was the captain of color guard during her junior and senior years. Through that, she was able to mentor middle school students in the color guard program as well. Kelsey was also the Vice President of her school’s amateur radio club and took part in the Science Olympiad. In her spare time she likes to bake food, particularly desserts, and loves to read.   Kelsey would advise younger students to take the SAT and ACT very seriously. She emphasized the importance of practicing beforehand, recommending that students “Prepare until you feel comfortable.” Also, she would tell younger students to not be afraid to take challenging classes or join several extracurricular activities. Students who follow Kelsey’s lead will find themselves well-positioned for college. Kelsey told us her motto is, “Never be afraid of failure.” She is already a success in our book. Congratulations, Kelsey!