Sydnie LaDuke, granddaughter of long-time McPherson residents Jim and Becky LaDuke, has been chosen for the prestigious Hunt Leadership Scholarship at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
These scholarships are given annually to just 20-25 students who have demonstrated leadership ability, a strong work ethic and intellect, willingness to accept responsibility and a proven commitment and desire to lead in the community.
Sydnie was also awarded an academic Discovery Scholarship from the Biological Sciences Department, awarded to top academic students in one of the STEM disciplines.
Additionally, State Farm Companies Foundation announced Sydnie is a scholarship winner as one of the top talented legal dependents of eligible State Farm Employees, Agents and Associates as chosen by the independent National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Just ten percent of these scholarships are awarded out of nearly 1000 applicants.
The Education Foundation at Highland Park High School in University Park, Texas -- where Sydnie graduated this year magna cum laude -- also awarded her the Ben Wiseman Scholarship, established in 1963 to honor the memory of Ben Wiseman, a principal of Highland Park High School for 34 years. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the foundation for their good citizenship, involvement in school and extracurricular activities, and a commitment to community service.
Sydnie was also elected captain of her high school’s girls’ Varsity Soccer Team, who this year ranked as Class 6A Regional Champions and State Semi-Finalists.
Sydnie’s ties to McPherson are strong as she is also the daughter of Christine and Scott LaDuke, a graduate himself of McPherson High School from the Class of 1989.
Sydnie will be attending Southern Methodist University in the fall to study biological sciences as a path to pre-medicine.