MV Lilly Endowment Finalists Honored

Lilly Finalists, Mr. Dodd and HCCF representative

Mt. Vernon High School seniors Maitlyn Griner and Hayden Kovell were selected as finalists for the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) annual Lilly Endowment. The two finalists were honored at the Mt. Vernon School Board Meeting on November 16th.


To become qualifiers for this highly esteemed scholarship, Maitlyn and Hayden proved their academic excellence by being in the top 15% of their graduating class while also displaying their outstanding involvement and service to the community. These two students exemplify the qualities that the award was founded on.Maitlyn with her family, Mr. Dodd, and HCCF Representative


Maitlyn Griner is heavily involved in Mt. Vernon High School’s clubs and activities. She has been a part of the student government during all four years, a Marauder Mentor for three years, and in the Marauder Mob all four years. Additionally, she has participated in varsity softball each year. An activity that sets her above the curve is her role in Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) where she is the exclusive Youth Advocacy Board member for the state of Indiana. After high school, she plans on attending Butler or Purdue and pursuing degrees in Civil Engineering and Forensic Science.


“I've been incredibly passionate about the mission and goals behind each organization that I support,” said Maitlyn, “I love being engaged with communities and I truly enjoy my time meeting new people.”


Hayden with her mom, Mr. Dodd, and HCCF representativeHayden Kovell is also involved in several clubs and activities at Mt. Vernon, including the National Honor Society, Marauder Mentors, AfriCAN, Marauder Mob, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Life, tennis, and basketball. She has volunteered throughout the community at several organizations such as the Fortville Area Resource Mission, Shepherd Community Center, Traditions at Brookside, Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen, Kyle Guy Foundation, and East 91st St Christian Church. After high school, Hayden plans to attend Purdue or Ball State to pursue nursing; she specifically wants to work in a children’s hospital.

“Community service helps me feel fulfilled in knowing that I'm making a difference in other people's lives,” said Hayden, “Especially those who live right within the community.”


Mr. Casey Dodd, Principal of Mt. Vernon High School, shared at the November MVCSC Board of Trustees meeting, "What these students do with the skills learned from the classroom by going out into the community and making an impact is such a huge thing."


The winner of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship will be chosen in December and Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation wishes the best of luck to Maitlyn Griner and Hayden Kovell. We are proud to have such amazing students who go above and beyond to help those in need!

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