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2013 "First in Education" Scholarship Recipients

Three Pinckneyville Community High School graduating seniors have been named the 2013 recipients of First in Education scholarships by First National Bank.

Heather McDaniel, Shelbie Thompson, and Morgan Wild will receive $4,000 each over four years to pursue higher education goals. In the 13 years of the scholarship program, $144,000 has been awarded to 36 students.

“This scholarship is First National Bank’s long-term pledge of helping PCHS graduates pursue higher education goals,” bank President David Pirsein said. “It is the largest locally-based scholarship investing in the future of Pinckneyville youth."

Heather McDaniel is the daughter of Mark and Ruth McDaniel of Pinckneyville.  She was MVP of the girl's golf team and played on the varsity basketball team all four years.  She was inducted into the PCHS Beta Club her senior year.  Heather will attend SIUE on a golf scholarship and study actuarial science.
Shelbie Thompson is the daughter of Greg and Vickie Thompson of Pinckneyville.  She was a member of the Beta Club, Band, Jazz Band, Special Chorus, Pep Club and Spanish Club.  She volunteers her time with the First Baptist Church Community Changers.  Shelbie plans to attend Rend Lake College.
Morgan Wild is the daughter of Larry and Lisa Wild of Pinckneyville.  She was named Most Likely to Succeed by her peers and was MVP of the varsity volleyball team.  She volunteers for the Pinckneyville Lions Club.  Morgan will attend Murray State University to study psychology.
“These three individuals are inspired and motivated to achieve great things which is the embodiment of the First in Education scholarship. They join an exclusive list of PCHS graduates to receive this award,” Pirsein said.

First in Education was established in 2001 by the First National Bank as a $1 million college-bound PCHS graduates.”

Click here to see pictures from scholarship luncheon
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