Local Tri Kappa sorority rewards 5 seniors

Tri Kappa sorority scholarship winners are (from left) Zach Shearer, Josie Eckert, Olivia Ely, Lauren Daas and Ana Wenning. Photos provided.

Huntington's Tri Kappa sorority recently awarded four general scholarships and the Laura Blackburn Memorial Scholarship to Huntington North High School seniors.

General scholarship recipients were Zach Shearer, Josie Eckert, Olivia Ely and Lauren Daas. Each received a $500 scholarship.

The $1,000 Laura Blackburn Memorial Scholarship went to Ana Wenning.

Shearer plans to attend Ivy Tech or Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne to pursue a degree in business managment/ entrepreneurship.

He has been active in the Huntington County 4-H program and Huntington North FFA program including serving as a Horse and Soils judging participant.

Shearer is also a graduate of Huntington County Youth Leadership Academy and has volunteered for several organizations including Love INC, the Pioneer Festival and New Life Meal Ministry.

He is the son of Greg and Julie Shearer.

Eckert plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a degree in speech pathology: speech and language.

While at Huntington North, she competed on the volleyball and dance teams. In addition she served on the Student Council, Student Athletic Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society.

Eckert also volunteers for the soup kitchen, Love INC and Hickory Creek at Huntington. She is the daughter of Joe and Edette Eckert.

Ely plans to attend Saint Mary's College to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing. She intends to work as a nurse on the pediatric floor of a hospital after receiving her degree.

Ely was an active participant in Class Council, Art Club, yearbook staff and was a member of the stage crew.

In addition, Ely volunteers on the pediatric floor of Lutheran Hospital; is a 10-year 4-H member and an eight-year member of Girl Scouts.

Her parents are Dennis and Michelle Ely.

Daas plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a degree in marketing.

While at Huntington North, Daas was active in athletics including cross country and track and field.She also served as the editor-in-chief of the 2013 yearbook.

Daas served in several leadership roles in the organizations and clubs she was active in including National Honor Society, Class Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her parents are Joel and Jane Daas.
Wenning plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to study elementary and exceptional needs for a double major in education.

She was a four-year member of the Varsity Singers and Concert Choirs. In addition, she participated in ISSMA district and state competitions where she was recognized as a gold medalist on several occasions.

Wenning was a member of National Honor Society, Future Educators of America, a Youth Leadership Academy graduate and served as a Junior Rotarian.

She is the daughter of John and Rachel Wenning.

The Laura Blackburn Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Laura Blackburn, who was a Huntington County elementary school teacher and an active member of Tri Kappa. Candidates for this scholarship must be planning to major in education.

Sorority scholarship committee members were Lori Mickley, chair; Nicole Johnson; Katie Davidson and Amber Love.