J. Ollie Edmunds Scholars

2018-2019 | Ansley McCoy

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Darlington School
Kennesaw, GA
Major: International Business

Leadership:

During her time at North Cobb High School, she served in the following leadership positions:

  • Sophomore Class Treasurer
  • Was 1 of 6 selected to serve on an Executive School Council
  • Assisted in starting Win One for the World through Interact Club
  • Served as a Chapter Chairman for Rally for Childhood Cancer and raised over $2,500 for childhood cancer research

At the start of her junior year, Ansley transferred to Darlington School in Rome, Georgia to experience Darlington’s international environment and to be a part of its Global Studies Program. She continued to serve in leadership positions:

  • Co-President of the Global Studies program during her senior year
  • Elected Cooper House Day Leader to first-year international boarding students
  • Vice President of Model United Nationals

Campus Involvement:

  • Next2Lead mentor to elementary school students
  • Peer mentor for Source of Strength for suicide prevention
  • Traveled over 60 countries around the world that has helped mold her interest and passion for global citizenship
  • Volunteered over 500 hours of middle school girl’s lacrosse coach and mentor at Darlington
  • Junior Ambassador at 23rd annual Asia Pacific Children Convention in Fukuoka, Japan

Awards and Honors:

In high school, she received the following awards:

  • Collected two varsity letters as a stand out lacrosse player
  • Won Rookie of the Year her freshman year and Player of the Year her sophomore year
  • Top Goal Scorer in both 9th and 10th grades
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • National and Spanish Honor Societies

Building the Future:

Ansley has led classroom discussions with incredible insight and is respectful of others. Ansley was impactful in a classroom because she “cares about her grades but she cares more about the learning process.” She understands the big picture and has “the power of plain hard work” that is needed to accomplish her goals.

2018-2019 | Lawrence "Chipper" Stempkowski

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Bishop Moore Catholic School
Altamonte Springs, FL
Major: Computer Science and Digital Arts

Leadership:

Involved in his school and community, Chipper is said to “show everyone what passion and integrity looks like in everything he does.” Chipper began learning leadership skills at a young age believing that being a leader is earned and not given to individuals. During his time at Bishop Moore High School, he served in the following leadership positions:

  • Promoted from Senior Program Counselor at Camp La-No-Che to Lakefront Director
  • Presented at I/ITSEC Future Leaders Pavilion, a national simulation and training convention
  • Owner and director of PRO Sound Entertainment, a mobile DJ company

Community Involvement:

Chipper has been able to expand his love for sound technology through entrepreneurial ventures and has taken his digital passion onto the stage.

  • Manager for sound and lighting design through three school plays
  • Competed in a district thespian competition with the Drama Troupe as Stage Manager
  • Dominican Republic Mission Team
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • World Cultures Club
  • Founding Member of the Solar Energy Club
  • Hornet House of Representatives

Awards and Honors:

In high school, he received the following awards:

  • Eagle Scout
  • The National Outdoor Award
  • Ad Altare Dei Award
  • Pope Pius XII Award
  • World Conservation Award
  • Placed first with the Bishop Moore Programming Team in four different High School Computer Programming Competitions:
    • Lockheed Martin
    • University of Florida
    • Twice at Stetson University
  • Only senior invited to take Advanced Programming class
  • Brotherhood Honor, Order of the Arrow

Building the Future:

Chipper’s commitment to personal growth by continuously challenging himself and his passion to bring people together would make him a quintessential part of the Stetson community.

2017-2018 | Hunter Wilkins

Homeschooled, Valencia College (Dual Enrollment)
Orlando, FL
Major: Discovery Program, School of Business Administration
University Honors Program

Hunter believes that he has found the secret to becoming a leader: following. He was able to put his practice into play as a Regional Field Director for Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate race. Hunter oversaw three counties where he recruited over 350 volunteers and worked with 50 interns. During his time on the campaign, Hunter’s region broke the state record for the most calls in a day by a single office, led the state in calls and assisted with training other directors from across the state. He also spent over 200 hours interning for Ron DeSantis and Ted Cruz.

Campus Involvement:

At Stetson, Hunter spends his time participating in the following activities:

  • Honor System Council
  • Bible Study Group

Community Involvement:

Hunter has volunteered with:

  • Toastmaster's International

Awards and Honors:

Hunter has received the following awards:

  • Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Selected Regional Field Director for Marco Rubio's Senate Campaign
  • Selected as a Member of the Josiah Venture Team that taught English in Estonia and Germany

2017-2018 | Peter Greubel

George Washington High School
Cedar Rapids, IA
Major: International Studies

Peter believes in the “it takes a village” mentality to help motivate and inspire young people today. He is encouraging to his peers by pushing them to take advantage of local opportunities by attending leadership events that he produces. Peter was bothered that more people did not have exposure to these personal development opportunities, so he created Level Up Leadership: An Interactive Student Empowerment Event. The event attracted 180 students from 18 different local high schools, for the daylong event. He received the honor of becoming Cedar Rapids Male Youth Leader of the Year and was also a participant in the National Council on Youth Leadership.

Campus Involvement:

At Stetson, Peter spends his time participating in the following activities:

  • Stetson University Football Team

Community Involvement:

Peter has volunteered at:

  • Level Up Leadership Founder in HS
  • Dominican Republic Service Project Fundraiser

Awards and Honors:

Peter has received the following awards:

  • Cedar Rapids Male Youth Leader of the Year
  • Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll

2016-2017 | Slavina (Sally) Ancheva

Washington-Lee High School
Arlington, Virginia
International Baccalaureate Diploma Awarded
Major: Political Science, Global Development
Minor: Accounting
University Honors Program

Slavina Ancheva chose to lead through empowering others; whether it was through the most rigorous academic curriculum offered within her high school, on the volleyball court or in one of the organizations she volunteered her time in, Sally empowered her peers to achieve one common goal of success. As co-founder of Maria’s World Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sally spends a month each summer volunteering and bringing supplies and books from the U.S. to Bulgaria helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Campus Involvement:

At Stetson, Sally spends her time participating in the following activities:

  • Honor System Council
  • Alpha Kappa Psi (professional business fraternity) President
  • Zeta Tau Alpha Think Pink Chair and Director of Philanthropy

Community Involvement:

Sally has reached out to the community by volunteering at:

  • American Cancer Society Fundraiser
  • Spring Hill Community Center Resume Coach
  • Best Buddies

Awards and Honors:

At Stetson, Sally has received the following awards:

  • Internship at the International Center for Terrorism Studies of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • Internship with a Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament

2015-2016 | Matthew Sweeney

MacLay High School
Tallahassee, FL
Major: Mathematics, Finance
Minor: Accounting
University Honors Program

Leadership:

At Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Florida, Matthew served as a leader in the following positions: 

  • Student Council President
  • Honor Council
  • Key Club Vice-President
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President
  • Captain of varsity football
  • Captain of varsity soccer
  • Captain of varsity tennis
  • Interclub Council
  • Youth Leadership Tallahassee Class 10

Campus Involvement: 

At Stetson, Matthew has wasted no time becoming involved on campus and off. On campus, he spends his time participating in the following activities: 

  • Stetson University Football Team
  • Honor System Council
  • Catholic Campus Ministries President
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Math Tutor

Community Involvement:

Growing up as the middle of five children, he has always loved working with the children in his community. At Stetson, he has reached out to the Deland community by volunteering at: 

  • Coordinator of Community Service for Football Team
  • Local Elementary Student Mentor
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • MeStrong 5K
  • Boys and Girls Club

Awards and Honors:

In high school, he was honored at the state, regional, district, and school levels and Valedictorian, MacLay High School Class of 2015. At Stetson, Matt has received the following awards:

  • Roland George Investment Program
  • Internship in Investing/Wealth Management
  • Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll

Building the Future:

As of right now, he plans on majoring in mathematics and finance. He plans to attend graduate school and then pursue a career as an actuary.