Jack Kang, a University of Tennessee, has been recognized by UT’s Division of Student Life for the Courage to Climb Award. Students nominated for the Courage to Climb award “show promise in the areas of research, community service, promotion of civility and inclusion, leadership development, and/or campus involvement.
Jack is a senior Microbiology major from Memphis, TN. A member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program, Jack has been involved in many aspects of campus serving as VP for the Student Dental Association, a Welcome Week Leader and a biology/chemistry tutor with the Student Success Center. Jack is also a member of the Educational Advancement Program and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Additionally, Jack has spent a significant amount of time volunteering in the Knoxville Community.
We are delighted to announce the 2015 Haslam Scholar Finalists. See below for a full list of the finalists, their interests, and a short excerpt from their personal statements.
Brentwood High School
English and Communications
From a young age I have been instilled with a sense of purpose through my faith and family. I believe in the power of my experiences to help me move forward and grow in life. Playing lacrosse and being a student council representative in the past as well as a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Science National Honor Society have taught me the importance of honoring commitments, practicing cooperation, having vision and growing my leadership skills. Being a Girls State delegate and a reporter for my school newspaper has inspired me to be more vocal and inquisitive. Outside of school, working at Krispy Kreme and American Eagle Outfitters has helped me to learn how to pursue excellence even when completing routine tasks. During my leisure time, two of my favorite hobbies, reading and writing, challenge me to be more introspective and imaginative, to believe the impossible and aspire to reach new heights. Last but not least, serving in my church through children’s and outreach ministries has ignited my heart with compassion and empathy like never before. On the brink of my high school graduation, I am closer to finding my purpose because I know that my experiences have laid a solid foundation for the rest of my life.
Katya Bobrek Bearden High School
Biology and Global Studies
Over my four years at Bearden High School, I have been active with Student Council, becoming Student Body Treasurer my senior year. I am also a part of my school’s television broadcast station, Model UN, and Key Club. For fifteen years, I have been studying ballet and performing with the Tennessee Conservatory of the Fine Arts. My senior year I conducted research with the help of a professor in the UT biomedical engineering department. I love to travel (most recently, Brussels) and learn new languages (most recently, a little bit of Portuguese) and hope to continue these passions in college. At the University of Tennessee, I plan to pursue my interests in biology and international relations with a future in perhaps international or environmental law.
Washington County Technical High School
I’ve always loved science and have been curious to learn how things work, whether it’s a machine, electronics, or the human body. I often ask my parents to set aside broken computers and VCRs so I can take them apart and use the components for new projects. Recently, I created a working model of the human hand and used it during a presentation on the biomanufacturing of human proteins and the development of prosthetics throughout history at a U.S. Senate caucus in Washington, D.C. In addition to my love for science, I am the captain of my school’s Mock Trial team, I play three instruments (French horn, piano, and saxophone), and have performed in the marching and jazz bands throughout high school. I am also valedictorian of my graduating class and have enjoyed working as a recruiter for my school’s Biomedical Sciences program.
Lynn Sacco is a social and cultural historian whose research and teaching interests are in gender, sexuality, and popular culture, particularly in the U.S. from the end of Reconstruction (1877) to WW II. She practiced law in Chicago for 15 years before deciding to change careers. She received her PhD in US history from the University of Southern California in 2001 and came to UTK in 2004. Her first book, Unspeakable: Father-Daughter Incest in American History, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009. She is currently at work on a new book that looks at cultural representations of children as erotic objects of adult desire.