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Students named Bucklew Scholars

Apr. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MORGANTOWN -- Two seniors from Hurricane High School were recently named Bucklew Scholars at West Virginia University.

Jordan Chapman and Julie Peng were among 20 high school seniors from West Virginia to receive the Neil S. Bucklew Scholarship to attend WVU in the fall.

The scholarship, valued at $30,000, provides each student with more than $7,500 a year toward educational costs during his or her four years at WVU.

Neil S. Bucklew, the scholarship's creator, served as WVU's 20th president, from 1986 to 1995. The scholarships are part of the university's comprehensive awards program and are supported, in part, by the WVU Foundation, the private nonprofit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.

The students are now eligible for WVU's top academic award, the Foundation Scholarship, which is awarded to five of the Bucklew Scholars. The Foundation scholars will be announced in May.

Chapman will enter college with more than 10 Advanced Placement classes already completed and currently ranks second in Hurricane High School's graduating class. As student body vice president, Science National Honor Society secretary and Chemistry Club president, Chapman still fits in time for tennis and fitness training. In addition to being an athlete, Chapman also helps the boy's soccer team as its announcer.

Chapman hopes to study abroad while in college. With four years of Spanish already completed, Chapman hopes to become fully immersed in another culture to refine the language skills he has already learned.

He is the son of Bruce and Deborah Chapman.

With nearly 2,000 community service hours gained during high school, Peng, of Culloden, is an example of helping others in Putnam County and around the world. Peng, also president of the National Honor Society and secretary of Student Council at Hurricane High, decided to take office in these clubs because of the profound academic and social impact they have on the students at her school.

"Since the start of my positions in both clubs, emphasis has been placed on school unity and diversity of student interaction on all levels," Peng said. "I personally seek to maintain and enhance student participation in clubs and school activities both cross culturally and socially."

Peng believes that technological advances occurring today hold the key to transforming society. She expresses interest in 3D printers and their ability to help those in medical need, specifically prosthetics.

When she isn't busy with community service, Peng also sings, dances and plays the piano. She has taken AP classes in statistics, environmental science, U.S. history, calculus and macroeconomics among others.

She is the daughter of Susan Peng.