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Willow Schmeling is a Senior at Cypress Creek High School. Her parents are Gary and Elaine Schmeling. When she was nine years old her parents moved her and her younger brother into Lakewood Forest from Denver, CO. She soon joined the Lakewood Lightning (8 yr member) and has been working as a lifeguard and summer camp counselor at the Lakewood Residents Club. Willow played varsity tennis for four years and earned All District Honors the past three. She is graduating 21st in her class and is a member of the National Honor Society. Willow will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
The Civic Association is pleased to award Willow a $1,000 scholarship.
Parker Peterson is a Senior at Cypress Creek High School. Her parents, Gregg and Kim Peterson, met at Tomball High School and married soon after college. She grew up in Lakewood Forest with her older sister. Parker is a six-year member of the National Charity League and earned several awards, including President’s Gold, while serving in various officer positions. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and earned Academic All District Tennis honors. Parker played varsity tennis for 3 years. Graduating in the top 10% of her class, Parker will be attending Baylor University seeking a Bachelor’s degree in pre-med biochemistry leading to a career in dermatology.
The Civic Association is pleased to award Parker a $750 scholarship.
Madeleine Cluck is a Senior at Tomball Memorial High School. She grew up in Lakewood Forest with her two siblings and parents John and Elizabeth Cluck. Madeleine is a Presidential Service Award recipient for her extensive volunteer work through the National Charity League for places such as Camp Hope, Boys & Girls Country, Special Olympics, and others. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Key Club. Madeleine is a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar. She led a team of 10 in raising over $3,500 in 7 weeks for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Graduating first in her class, Madeleine intends to major in Biomedical Engineering at Rice University, hoping to develop artificial organs and transplant devices.
The Civic Association is pleased to award Madeleine a $500 scholarship.
Ariana Ericksen is a Senior at Tomball Memorial High School. She grew up in Lakewood Forest with her older brother and parents Michael and Veronica Ericksen. Ariana loves soccer and played on the varsity soccer team all four years at TMHS, Team Captain the past two years. She has won Academic All State and All District soccer awards and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar and her class’ Vice President. Graduating in the top 10% of her class, Ariana will major in Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Upon getting her degree, Ariana plans to go to a physical therapy school to become a hospital physical therapist.
The Civic Association is pleased to award Ariana a $750 scholarship.
Virginia Strickler is a Senior at Cypress Creek High School and grew up in Lakewood Forest with her parents Michael and Donna Strickler and her older sister. Active in FFA all four years, she raised rabbits, held leadership positions, and earned several FFA degrees and awards. Virginia played oboe for the marching band, took solo and ensemble First Division honors, and held band officer positions. She helped her team place 3rd in the UIL Math Bowl and is a member of both Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) and the National Honor Society. While active in youth leadership in her church, Virginia also has been a small group leader for children at Camp Hope. Graduating in the top 10% of her class, Virginia will major in Animal Science / Pre Vet at Clemson University.
The Civic Association is pleased to award Virginia a $750 scholarship.
Lakewood Forest Civic Association’s 20th Annual Memorial Scholarship Award
The Lakewood Forest Civic Association is very pleased to announce that Emma Matson, Willow Schmeling, Parker Peterson, Virginia Strickler, Ariana Ericksen, Ryan Herron and Madeleine Cluck are the 2019 recipients of our 20th Annual Memorial Scholarship Award program. We congratulate these outstanding high school seniors on their winning essays and their student accomplishments. We wish each of them the best of luck in their future pursuits.
The Civic Association received 21 very competitive entries, about double the number in most years. Our five judges on the Scholarship Committee worked very hard on evaluating and scoring all the entries. In the end and due to the high number of excellent entries received, the committee agreed to recommend that the LFCA Board make seven awards totaling $5,250 versus the more usual three-to-four awards totaling up to about $3,500. The LFCA Board unanimously agreed.
Each year, the individual award amounts and the number of scholarship awards granted can vary. The most important factor in our scholarship selection process is the essay the seniors submitted. This year’s essay topic was “My Take on Personal Responsibility.” Secondary consideration is given to academic achievements, achievements earned outside the classroom, and volunteer/community service. Scholarship entries are scored blindly with a student’s identifying information marked out.
The Civic Association’s Memorial Scholarship Award program is primarily essay-based, rather than GPA/class rank/academic merit-based or needs-based. This is so every Lakewood Forest senior can qualify and have an equitable shot at competing for a scholarship award. As the saying goes, however, “you’ve got to be in it to win it.” We strongly encourage all Class of 2020 students to submit an entry next year.
The Memorial Scholarship Award program originated as a tribute to our area students who died or were injured in a tragic nighttime bus crash on December 21, 1999. On the return leg of a 6-day ski trip to Colorado sponsored by a local church, the bus spun at a curve, slid off the roadway backwards, and rolled down a 40-foot embankment. The crash resulted in 3 fatalities, 33 serious injuries and 24 minor injuries.
The Memorial Scholarship Award program is just part of what your Civic Association is able to do with your modest $10 annual voluntary membership dues. If you are not yet a member, please consider becoming one today.
Congratulations again to Emma, Willow, Parker, Virginia, Ariana, Ryan, and Madeleine. We also salute all our Class of 2019 graduates from Cypress Creek High School, Tomball Memorial High School, homeschool, and private school. You all make Lakewood Forest very proud!
Emma Matson is a Senior at Cypress Creek High School. Her parents are Mark and Sonia Matson and Emma has two older
brothers. Emma is the varsity swim team Captain for the last two years and qualified for both Regional and State competition,
also earning Academic All District honors. She is graduating 25th in her class with a National Merit Commended, AP Scholar
with Distinction, and other honors and awards. With a career interest in cybersecurity, Emma plans to pursue a Computer
Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters there as well.
The Civic Association is pleased to award Emma a $1,000 scholarship.
Ryan Henney-Herron is a Senior at Cypress Creek High School. He was born in Austin and spent some time in Boston before his parents, Susan Henney and Doug Herron, finally settled in Lakewood Forest. Ryan is an Eagle Scout and his project was providing unused or reconditioned medical equipment to Tanzanian families through Project CURE. He plays trombone for the marching band as a Section Leader and won Division 1 Superior solo and ensemble awards as first chair. Ryan is a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club. Graduating 13th in his class, Ryan intends to study Anthropology at Tulane University, The University of Texas, or The University of Washington and combine that with studies in Finance or Chemistry.
The Civic Association is pleased to award Ryan a $500 scholarship.
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