The 2016 Mt. Vernon High School Lilly Endowment finalists were honored at the Mt. Vernon School Board Meeting on February 8. Lily Erlewein and Aaron Rush were selected anonymously by a panel of Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) judges. Erlewein and Rush are exceptional representatives from Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) due to their multitude of accomplishments and plethora of community contributions.
The HCCF selects a boy and girl finalist for each of the four Hancock County schools. Eligible applicants must be ranked in the top 15% of their graduating class and plan to pursue a four-year baccalaureate course of study at any accredited Indiana college/university. The final eight Lilly Endowment finalists were interviewed in February by a volunteer committee identified by the HCCF. “The judges will submit a final recommendation to the Lilly Endowment. Pending approval, the two winners will be announced in April 2016,” said Kari Sisk, HCCF’s Scholarship Officer. The winning candidate will have a four-year college tuition and annual book stipend paid in full by the Lilly Foundation.
Mt. Vernon High School Principal, Bernie Campbell, introduced both of the finalists at the School Board meeting. “Both candidates are an excellent representation of leadership, academics, as well as demonstrate the power of impacting the community through their multitude of service projects.”
Lily Erlewein maintains a 4.179 GPA while involved in Hancock County Jr. Leaders, 4-H, is the current President of the National Honor Society, Marauder Mentors, Cheerleading, Voice, Green Team, Spell Bowl, and her church outreach as well. She was also involved in the HCCF Women’s Fund Advisory Council, Kids Against Hunger, and the Kenneth Butler Soup Kitchen. Campbell described Erlewein as a voice of leadership who makes community service a priority along with her education. Erlewein plans to attend Purdue University to pursue a career in Actuarial Science.
Aaron Rush also maintains a 4.2 GPA and was described as a dynamic and engaging all-around successful young man who sets an example for everyone else. Besides his academics, he has also experienced success as an All-State and All-Academic Cross Country Team, as well as being ranked 19th in Indiana. He is involved in Center Stage Choir, National Honors Society, Science Olympiad, Quiz Bowl Team and Robotics Club. Rush is also heavily involved in Boy Scouts and recently achieved Eagle Scout status. His Eagle Scout project that involved over 150 community service hours was renovating six dilapidated park benches for the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Rush plans to pursue the Computer Science field at Purdue University.
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is proud to share in the accomplishments of these two amazing Mt. Vernon High School students, and wish them much good fortune in their undoubtedly successful futures.