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2021 Shuman Family Scholarship recipients announced

The Huntington County Community Foundation has announced Julia Baker, Paul Bickel, Sophie Eckert, Kate Gradeless, Melanie Gradeless, Aaron Hendryx, Victoria Keiffer, Sara Lacey, Ian Lindsey, Caleb Peare, Morgan Robrock, Olivia Rosen, Brianna Shane, Myla Tackett and Benjamin Warpup as recipients of the 2021 Charles & Wilma (Sanger) Shuman Family Scholarships.

Baker, a 2021 Huntington North High School (HNHS) graduate, will attend Ball State University in the fall and major in elementary education. She is the daughter of April Bauer-Baker and Eric Baker. During her high school career,

Baker was in the top 25 of her class each year. While at HNHS, she was on the volleyball, gymnastics, track and field and soccer teams. She has also served as a cadet teacher in a local elementary school.

Bickel is a rising junior at Huntington University (HU) majoring in business management. He is the son of Deborah and Mark Bickel, of Huntington. Bickel is a two-sport athlete at HU, qualified for the 2019 World Championship BMX race and is a past recipient of a token to the City of Huntington for work he did with a team to remove graffiti at a local park.  

Eckert is a 2021 graduate of HNHS and plans to attend Ball State University in the fall to major in elementary education. She is the daughter of Alexandria and Philip Eckert, of Huntington. While at HNHS, Eckert played softball and was a member of the Riley Dance Marathon Club.  

Kate Gradeless is a 2021 graduate of HNHS and plans to attend Ball State University in the fall to study elementary and special education. She is the daughter of Mary and Clinton Gradeless, of Huntington.  While at HNHS, she acted as a student leader for both the Riley Dance Marathon and Blessings in a Backpack. She earned Student Athlete accolades while acting as a student assistant coach for the high school girls’ basketball team.

Melanie Gradeless is a rising senior at Ball State University majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Mary and Clinton Gradeless, of Huntington. A dean’s list scholar, Gradeless was nominated for Outstanding Senior by her professors. She has volunteered as a teacher’s aide for Hazelwood Christian Preschool and acted as Director of Merchandise for Ball State’s Dance Marathon benefitting Riley Children’s Hospital.  

Hendryx is a rising junior at HU.  His major is history, political science, international and development studies and his minor is refugee studies. He is the son of Emily Smith and David Hendryx. Hendryx has received NAIA All American for Indoor Track and Field and Academic All-American accolades. He has volunteered as a peer tutor in the ABLE program.  

Keiffer is a rising senior at Goshen College, majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Natalie and Terry Keiffer, of Andrews. While in college, she has volunteered to help clean up the Elkhart River. She is currently employed as a CNA at Goshen Hospital.  

Lacey is a 2021 graduate of HNHS. She is the daughter of Susan Lacey, of Huntington, and Anthony Lacey (deceased). While at HNHS, Lacey was an organizer and speaker for Sources of Strength, manager for both track and field and cross-country teams and a member of the marching band. Lacey acted as vice president for the National Honor Society. She volunteered at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. This fall, Lacey plans to attend Purdue University Fort Wayne to study elementary and special education.

Lindsey is a 2021 graduate of HNHS. He is the son of Cari and Lamont Neal, of Huntington. A member of the National Honor Society, Lindsey was also in the top 25 of his graduating class. While at HNHS, Lindsey volunteered as a tutor for English Language Learners at Crestview Middle School and at College Park United Brethren Church. In the fall, Lindsey plans to study mathematics education at HU.

Peare is a rising sophomore at Wabash College majoring in Spanish and minoring in education. He is the son of Lisa and Michael Peare, of Huntington. A dean’s list scholar, Peare works at Wal-Mart. He plans to become a teacher after graduation.

Robrock is a rising sophomore at HU majoring in occupational therapy and minoring in special needs ministry. She is the daughter of Shaana and Brad Robrock, of Huntington. Robrock is a member of the HU volleyball team and has volunteered with the ABLE ministry and Destiny Rescue.  

Rosen is a rising junior at HU and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She is the granddaughter of Lisa and Tom Berry. Rosen is employed at North America Tool Industries and Pathfinder Services.

Shane is a rising sophomore at HU majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Dawn and Mark Shane, of Huntington. A dean’s list scholar, Shane was selected to be a member of the Nursing Student Council at HU.  

Tackett is a 2021 graduate of HNHS. She is the daughter of Kristen and Mark Tackett, of Huntington.  A member of the National Honor Society, Tackett was also in the Top 25 of her class, an Academic Letter Recipient and received the Outstanding Leadership Award three times. She was a four-year member of the marching band and acted as section leader.  Tackett plans to attend HU in the fall to major in elementary education.  

Warpup is a rising senior at Indiana University majoring in history and minoring in geography and political science. He is the son of Nicole and Brian Warpup, of Huntington. An IU Hutton Honors Student for three years, Warpup has also earned IU History Honors and Founders Scholar accolades. Throughout college, Warpup has been involved in Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, IU College Republicans and the History Undergraduate Student Association. He has been a volunteer in a kindergarten classroom and served on a mission trip to Lithuania.  

Charles and Wilma Sanger Shuman were residents of Huntington County, and both farmed in southern Huntington and Wabash Counties. They also valued the importance of an education and created this scholarship for graduating HNHS seniors and non-traditional students.

For more information regarding this scholarship or any other scholarships awarded by HCCF, visit huntingtonccf.org.