J. Ollie Edmunds Scholars
Born to a military father and a Canadian mother, this dual-national lived outside of the United States for a third of his life. His unique perspective on the world has inclined him to enjoy life to its fullest, participating in varsity sports, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, the school yearbook and even as the Junior Class Vice President for his school's student government. Edgar recently played an instrumental role as a state leader in the State Leadership Conference for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe Future Business Leaders of America. During the event, one of the coordinators stated that whenever he saw Edgar, "he had a smile on his face and was actively working on some task. This was indicative of his willingness to serve in any capacity... In my opinion he is an excellent candidate, of high moral character, with an outstanding view of the world." Currently, Edgar competes on the varsity football team and is studying in the Discovery Program.
A true leader among his peers and community, Daniel Humphrey embraces the challenge and hard work behind the many leadership roles he holds both in his high school and community. Graduating valedictorian from Reading High School outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, Humphrey was elected as class president in each of his four years of high school and was also the president of Key Club and STAR Soccer Club. Moreover, Humphrey was team captain of his varsity soccer team and varsity mock trial team that ranked in the top 32 in the state out of over 400 teams. He also played an active role in the National Honor Society, Big Brother Big Sister, Concert Choir and school newspaper. Humphrey started a chapter of Unified for UNIFAT at his high school, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the most destitute children in Gulu, Uganda. He is currently in the process of creating a competitive mock trial team here at Stetson University, but his involvement on campus does not stop there, as he is a member of the Student Honor Council and of the Sigma Nu fraternity where he has already assumed the roles of philanthropy chairman and social media chairman. Furthermore, Humphrey is currently joining with other students to create a Global Micro-Finance Brigade on campus. Humphrey is pursuing majors in political science and economics and is minoring in Spanish.
While some students are content to succeed with individual honors, Jaime Fields works to benefit others as well and assist in the overall success of other students. Leadership is a natural characteristic for her, whether it is in the classroom, with her peers or in the heat of competition. Fields has risen to the top of her class, became editor of her high school newspaper and achieved a number two national ranking as a freestyle kite boarder. A natural leader who feels that her greatest strength is to push herself, fellow classmates and those who surround her to achieve their best, Fields has pushed the boundaries of her abilities as well as those of her teammates, classmates and friends. Fields' impact has been felt by the various clubs, teams and organizations in which she has participated; these include the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, editor of the Trojan Times, Key Club, D.A.R.E. Role Model, Science Explorers, varsity soccer and varsity volleyball. Since beginning at Stetson University, Fields has become a member of Honor System Council as well as a F.O.C.U.S. orientation leader, a member of the new women's club soccer team, a tutor at the writing center, and an officer of the Pre-Med club, AMSA. She also recently participated in a Global Medical Brigade to provide medical care for a community in rural Panama and completed a summer research project on Maya medicine in Mexico. At Stetson University, Fields is studying both chemistry and Spanish and has plans to continue her education by going to medical school.
An intensely involved student athlete, Michaela Kearney graduated from Centennial High School in Champaign, Ill. with the highest scholastic honors of her class. Also an athlete, she played on the varsity girls' tennis team and was involved in the Champaign Ballet Academy. Kearney has appeared in three Stetson University theater productions, has served on the executive board of her sorority and is the vice president of the Panhellenic Council. She has been inducted into the German honor society, Delta Phi Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Order of Omega. Last spring break, she went to Panama with Global Medical Brigades to help rural areas receive medical care. Over the summer, she participated in the Stetson University pre-med internship in DeLand and then interned in Portland, Oreg. She also volunteered at a local hospital and taught tennis at the Congressional Summer Assembly. Kearney is majoring in integrative health science and plans on going to medical school.
Sammi Smith graduated from Assumption High School in Louisville, Ky. An avid golfer, she was named Player of the Year in the Kentucky Statewide Junior Tour, was a USGA National Golf Tournament Qualifier, and was awarded the Dorothy Waters Award, presented to the female junior golfer in Kentucky who best exemplifies the qualities of integrity, honor and sportsmanship in competition. She was named team captain three years in a row, and qualified for the state tournament three times. She was president of the Spanish Club, as well as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. She also took dual enrollment classes at Bellarmine University, earning 28 credits. Majoring in mathematics at Stetson University, she was awarded the Emmett S. Ashcraft Award for Most Outstanding Junior in Mathematics, and has also been inducted into the national honor society for first-year student achievement, Phi Eta Sigma and is president of the Stetson University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. She also works as a math clinic tutor, is a supplemental leader for freshman-level math courses and is a member of the QED Math Club. In addition, she continues her athletic passion, playing for the Stetson University womens' golf team. She has been awarded Atlantic Sun All-Academic and named to the Division I Academic All-American Team the past three years, and was also named to the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team with the highest GPA in the conference the past two years. She helped the Hatters to the 2011 A-Sun Conference Championship her freshman year, for the team's third straight title. She finished her sophomore year with three team victories and three individual top tens. In the summer of 2011, Smith finished eighth in the Kentucky Women's Open and improved her performance in 2012, finishing sixth. Her junior year, she led the team with the lowest scoring average and finished the season with three individual top tens, including her first collegiate victory at the Hatter Classic, after which she was named A-Sun Player of the Week. In the summer of 2013, Smith qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, a national championship conducted by the USGA. In a special victory, she and her father won the Kentucky Golf Association Father-Child Championship for the fourth year in a row. On campus she is very involved with the Wesley House Methodist Campus Ministries and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A finance minor, Smith was selected for the prestigious Roland George Investment Program this year and is the editor of its newsletter, The George Investments View.
A native of Camarillo, Calif., Danielle Sanderson graduated as valedictorian at Adolfo Camarillo High School where she received the Excellence in Mathematics, Foreign Language and Science awards, and was named a Bank of America Excellence in the Social Sciences scholar. At Stetson University, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA while majoring in both economics and history and minoring in mathematics. As an economics major, she has twice been named Outstanding Economics Student of the Year (first in 2010-2011, junior standing in 2011-2012), was a teaching assistant for economics and first year seminar, and served as an introductory economics tutor. As a history major, she has been inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society and served as president of Hindsight, the campus history club. In the summer of 2011, Sanderson interned for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. On campus, she was inducted as a founding member of Phi Eta Sigma, the National first-year honor society and served as founding historian. She was also involved with student government as comptroller for the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC), and as a member of the Traffic Appeals Board. Active in Greek life and philanthropy, she served as treasurer of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority for the 2012 calendar year. In the spring of 2012, she was inducted as a lifetime member into both Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. At Convocation for the 2012-2013 school year, Sanderson was one of the gonfaloniers for the class of 2013. This is an honor reserved for the highest academic achieving students. In the fall of 2012, she founded the Global Microfinance Brigades chapter at Stetson University and served as its president. She was also the only student speaker at Values Day 2012 where she spoke about her involvement with the CHOMI microcredit program at Stetson University. In the spring of 2013, she studied mathematics at the University of Oxford.