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Students named Bucklew Scholars

Apr. 14, 2013 @ 10:19 PM

MORGANTOWN — Two Hurricane High School students are among an elite class of just 20 students from around the state who have been named Bucklew Scholars at West Virginia University.

Jordan Chapman of Hurricane and Julie Peng of Culloden, have earned the Neil S. Bucklew Scholarship to attend WVU beginning in the fall. The scholarship is valued at $30,000, providing each student more than $7,500 per year for four years toward educational costs.

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.

Jordan Chapman, the son of Bruce and Deborah Chapman, will enter college with more than 10 AP classes already completed and currently ranks second in Hurricane High School’s graduating class, according to a news release from WVU. 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.

“When I began announcing, I had to quickly learn to balance my schoolwork and a social life with my duty to the soccer team,” Chapman said in the news release. “For the first time in my life, I was left solely accountable for a job that the community expected to be done well.

“By the end of my third and final season announcing, I had truly felt the gratification of taking on a daunting task and being successful with it. Being the voice of the HHS Boys’ Soccer Team was an excellent opportunity for me to put time into my community while developing attributes that will help me in college and beyond.”

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

Julie Peng, the daughter of Susan Peng, has already performed nearly 2,000 community service hours during high school. She is the president of the National Honor Society and secretary of Student Council at Hurricane High School. She said she 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 in the news release. “I personally seek to maintain and enhance student participation in clubs and school activities both cross culturally and socially.”

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

“Unleashing creative talents aimed at improving society through the use of technology and education would be my ultimate goal,” Peng said. “The thirst to accelerate already modern technologies places engineers in the forefront of developing modifications to positively impact society.”

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.