The 12th annual Karen Minner Scholarship has been awarded to Allison Calhoun, of Harpers Ferry, WV. The award of $1,000 will be credited toward her tuition for the 2013-14 school year. The announcement was made at HVA's Alumni Homecoming Saturday, May 4. Allison is the junior class president and is highly involved on campus with other pursuits. She sings with the Highlanders, as well as with student-led groups, and plays on the soccer team. She is looking forward to being the student coordinator next year for the 30-hour Famine, a Campus Ministries activity that raises money and awareness to help defeat starvation around the world. Allison also plans to take over the student-led blood drive next year, coordinating with the American Red Cross.
Allison's family lived in England when she was young, and from an early age she developed an affinity for travel, especially in Europe. She also loves reading, music, and finding outlets for her artistic skills, including scrapbooking and making cards. She loves mission trips and especially enjoyed the Highlanders trip to Russia and the Ukraine in the spring of 2012. Allison is known at HVA for her bright smile and willingness to help others. She is a very practical and organized person who led her class to host a successful Olympic-themed talent show in the fall of 2012. She plans to continue her high level of involvement at HVA next year as a senior, and then she is excited to pursue a degree in Speech Language Pathology at Andrews University.
In addition to being a well-rounded individual of many talents, Allison is a highly motivated student who is always at the top of her class academically. "Allison's thoughtfulness, creativity, academic strength, leadership skills, and, most importantly, her obvious commitment to God make her the stand-out choice to be this year's scholarship recipient," says Jennifer Payne, Allison's former English teacher.
Allison's parents are Bryan, a systems engineer with Lockheed-Martin, and Sheryl, a nurse at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown. She has two older sisters, Jennifer and Stephanie, both students at Andrews University who are also both past recipients of the Karen Minner Scholarship.
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