63 Walter Williams Scholars Begin Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism

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The Group Includes AP Scholars, Bright Flight Scholars and National Merit Winners

By Caroline Murray

Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 19, 2014) — The Missouri School of Journalism welcomed 63 new Walter Williams Scholars into the program on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Neff Hall. The scholars hail from 18 states across the country.

To be considered for the Walter Williams Scholars program, candidates must be incoming freshman with a score of 33 or higher on the ACT. The students are strong academic performers, with eight named AP Scholars, eight recognized by National Merit and all named Bright Flight Scholars.

Walter Williams

A bust of Walter Williams, founder of MU’s School of Journalism.

“These Walter Williams Scholars are among the future leaders in journalism and strategic communication,” said Professor Emeritus Brian Brooks. “They will have plenty of opportunities to develop their talents and abilities at the Missouri School of Journalism.”

The group has shown leadership in their respective high school journalism outlets, with 19 students serving as editors and producers.

The Scholars have displayed their leadership beyond their journalistic endeavors. They are recognized athletes in a variety of sports including football, basketball, swimming and tennis, and nine students were captains of their teams.

The students are active in the arts, with many musicians, thespians and dancers in the group. The group includes a drum major, a section leader and a ballet soloist, among other accomplished performers.

The Walter Williams Scholars Program, named for the School’s founding dean, accepts the highest-achieving freshmen by invitation only. Once on campus, students are placed in a special Freshman Interest Group, receive a personal faculty mentor and a $1,000 scholarship to study abroad or in the School’s programs in New York City and Washington, D.C., at any time before graduation.

Brooke Auer
Brooke
Auer
Yasmine Benchaabane
Yasmine
Benchaabane
Caleb Bishop
Caleb
Bishop
Taylor Blatchford
Taylor
Blatchford
Jacob Boeding
Jacob
Boeding
Erin Bormett
Erin
Bormett
Samantha Brown
Samantha
Brown
Bobby Ceresia
Bobby
Ceresia
Jack Cogan
Jack
Cogan
Clare Conlisk
Clare
Conlisk
Tyler Emery
Tyler
Emery
Nora Faris
Nora
Faris
Natalie Fitts
Natalie
Fitts
Maddie Foster
Maddie
Foster
Rachel Foster Gimbel
Rachel Foster Gimbel
Alyssa Gregory
Alyssa
Gregory
Eric Grumke
Eric
Grumke
Marilyn Haigh
Marilyn
Haigh
Andrew Hatfield
Andrew
Hatfield
Jalyn Henderson
Jalyn
Henderson
Emily Johnson
Emily
Johnson
Landon Jones
Landon
Jones
Chris Joseph
Chris
Joseph
Danielle Katz
Danielle
Katz
Jared Kaufman
Jared
Kaufman
Lauren Langdon
Lauren
Langdon
Kevin Levine
Kevin
Levine
Daniel Litwin
Daniel
Litwin
Mackenzie Lujin
Mackenzie
Lujin
Morgan Magid
Morgan
Magid
Anna Maples
Anna
Maples
Morgan Mechelke
Morgan
Mechelke
Lydia Meyer
Lydia
Meyer
Jack Miller
Jack
Miller
Mariah Monks
Mariah
Monks
John Morrisroe
John
Morrisroe
Olivia Paggiarino
Olivia
Paggiarino
Katie Parkinson
Katie
Parkinson
Allie Pecorin
Allie
Pecorin
Rachel Phillips
Rachel
Phillips
Tashan Reed
Tashan
Reed
Kristen Reesor
Kristen
Reesor
Robert Richart
Robert
Richart
Anthony Romano
Anthony
Romano
Dylan Ryan
Dylan
Ryan
Hannah Schmuck
Hannah
Schmuck
Erin Schroeder
Erin
Schroeder
Katharine Sexton
Katharine
Sexton
Madeline Shaw
Madeline
Shaw
Maddie Stanze
Maddie
Stanze
Rylee Stoulil
Rylee
Stoulil
Anna Sutterer
Anna
Sutterer
Rachel Szopa
Rachel
Szopa
Libbye Tellor
Libbye
Tellor
Emily Waters
Emily
Waters
Catherine Wendlandt
Catherine
Wendlandt
Craig White
Craig
White
Lauren Wrigley
Lauren
Wrigley
Taylor Ysteboe
Taylor
Ysteboe
Jacob Zimmer
Jacob
Zimmer

Not Pictured: Molly Dillinger, Nathaniel Gatter and Harry O’Connor.

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