Jennifer Calhoun, a 17-year-old junior from Harper's Ferry, W. Va., has been selected to receive the Karen Minner Scholarship at Highland View Academy. The award of $1,000 will be credited toward her tuition for the 2009-10 school year. The announcement was made at HVA's Alumni Homecoming Saturday, May 2.
"Jennifer was a consensus choice of the faculty," says Jennifer Payne, HVA's English teacher, and a sister of Karen Minner. "She is just so much like Karen was when she was at HVA!"
Having served as president of her junior class, Jennifer is also an alto in the Highlanders choir and a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in a mission trip to Fiji and has gone on all three of HVA's mission trips to Honduras during her time at the school. She has already decided on a nursing career.
Jennifer is the daughter of Bryan and Sheryl Calhoun. Bryan is a systems engineer with Lockheed-Martin and Sheryl, a nurse by profession, is presently a stay-at-home mom. Jennifer has two younger sisters, Stephanie, a freshman at HVA, and Allison, a seventh-grader at Mount Aetna SDA School.
"I love to travel," says Jennifer, who has been to 15 foreign countries, and actually lived in England for five years while her dad was on assignment there with Lockheed-Martin.
Her reading preferences are rather wide-ranging, but among her favorite recent reads are Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy and Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Jennifer assesses her priorities as "Christ, friends and family, and getting a good education"--in that order.
Ironically, Jennifer's duties in her student job at HVA's business office, have sometimes included processing contributions to the Karen Minner Scholarship Fund.
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