Two local high school seniors - Jennifer Mangano of Chester and Janelle Vickers of Moundsville - are among the newest class of Bucklew Scholars at West Virginia University.
The university has awarded 20 of the state's top-performing high school seniors 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 per year toward educational costs during his or her four years at WVU.
Bucklew, the scholarship's creator, served as WVU's 20th president from 1986-95. The scholarships are supported, in part, by the WVU Foundation.
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.
The 2013 Bucklew scholars are:
- Tiffany Benjamin, Wardensville, East Hardy High School
- Andy Bowles, Princeton, Princeton Senior High School
- Jordan Chapman, Hurricane, Hurricane High School
- Rebecca Cokeley, Harrisville, Ritchie County High School
- Ian Collins, Parkersburg, Parkersburg High School
- Mohamed Feliachi, Morgantown, Morgantown High School
- Michael Fouts, Bridgeport, W.Va., Bridgeport High School
- Mouaz Haffar, Charleston, George Washington High School
- Sundus Lateef, Bridgeport, W.Va., Bridgeport High School
- Jennifer Mangano, Chester, Oak Glen High School
- Jacob McCoy, Man, Man High School
- Joshua McPherson, Fairmont, Fairmont Senior High School
- Joseph Mills, Princeton, Princeton High School
- Dillon Muhly-Alexander, West Union, Doddridge County High School
- Julie Peng, Culloden, Hurricane High School
- Adam Richardson, South Charleston, South Charleston High School
- Emma van der Aarde, Martinsburg, Martinsburg High School
- Janelle Vickers, Moundsville, John Marshall High School
- Katherine Warner, Morgantown, University High School
- Benjamin Wilson, Bridgeport, W.Va., Bridgeport High School
Mangano will graduate first in her class this spring with 10 college-level courses already completed upon entrance to WVU. Mangano, also Student Council president and Key Club treasurer, is a member of Oak Glen High School's varsity soccer squad.
She considers the Key Club to be one of her most important accomplishments during high school. After successfully being treasurer for her school, she went on to become district treasurer for the Key Club.
"As a member of the district board, I have chaired committees focusing on increasing state membership, presented reports on topics such as dues payment and membership growth, created spreadsheets that identify trends in membership, promoted service projects to club members and published informative newsletters to club treasurers," Mangano said.
At WVU, Mangano will study physics and would like to take part in the Amizade study abroad program.
She is the daughter of Mark and Tracy Mangano.
Vickers is an active participant in the John Marshall High School marching band. She credits the band for helping her to learn leadership skills and to work better with others. She recalls being a young member of the band and the upperclassmen who helped guide her through the trials and tribulations of band camp. Eventually, she filled those shoes and has been integral in guiding young band members through the band experience.
"Even though I will be graduating in the spring, I hope my legacy will live on in what knowledge of music, marching and life I pass on to the young musicians who look up to me as an impossibly wise and intelligent mentor - just as I looked at the upperclassmen before me," Vickers said. "With any luck, the students I prepare now will follow the same path I did, and in three years, tutor young band members themselves."
With several AP college-level courses already completed, Vickers hopes to spend part of her time at WVU studying abroad. She credits her passion for travel to a school-sponsored trip to Europe. There she discovered her love for travel and hopes to further her passion.
She is the daughter of Mary Chaikowsky.