This year’s Madison County Master Gardeners Association $1000 senior scholarship winner is Lapel High School senior Jessica Mercer.
Jessica is the daughter of Phil and Sue Mercer of Anderson. She plans to attend Purdue University where she will major in Horticulture- Sustainable Food & Farming Systems. Her extra-curricular activities in dance include involvement with the Dance Creations Academy – Repertory Company; Fisher’s Faithful Feet dance ministry; classes in multiple forms of dance, as well as study at Anderson Young Ballet and Studio 149 in Fort Wayne. She has also been involved in Camper in Leadership Training for Camp Tecumseh YMCA and the Redeemer Baptist Church youth choir, Bible study and youth group. Jessica has volunteered as a teacher at vacation Bible School, served at the Christian Center, the AWANA Bible Club and volunteered more than 200 hours in the last five years to various service projects. She has also been employed at Texas Roadhouse and Dance Creations Academy.
A $500 college renewal scholarship will be awarded to each Raechel Hearth and Austin McCoy(not pictured).
Raechel is a student at Indiana University, majoring in Microbiology and Environmental Science and minoring in History. She is the daughter of LeRoy and Mercae Hearth of Pendleton. Raechel is a member of Hutton Honors College, Caving Club and Animal Club. She is also a member of Beekeepers of Indiana (previously Indiana Beekeepers’ Association.)
Austin is a student at Purdue University majoring in Plant Science and minoring in Plant Pathology. He is the son of Vaughn and Shelly McCoy of Anderson. Austin is vice-president and treasurer of Botany Club and is a member of the social committee for the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. He is an undergraduate researcher for the Dr. M. Catherine Aime lab and lab assistant for John Caraletto outreach projects and classroom prep. This summer Austin will serve as an intern with the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory in West Lafayette.