Sheriff John D. Lakin has announced that Marissa Wheeler of Highland is the recipient the Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship on behalf of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Wheeler, the daughter of Steven and Tina Wheeler, was a graduate of distinction (GPA 5.24) with the 2016 class of Highland High School.
Wheeler boasts numerous academic awards and accomplishments. She received a 31 on her ACT. She has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar, SIUC Leaders and Scholars Reception recipient, ICCA Scholar Athlete, and was on the High Honor Roll for all four years of high school. She also participated in cheerleading, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christina Athletes, Student Council, and the Future Medical Careers Club.
She has also been involved in many community service projects, such as Special Olympics, Family Math Night, Relay for Life, and Angel Food Ministries.
She plans to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to study pre-med (bio-chemistry).
Every year, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, through the local county sheriffs, awards at least one $500 scholarship to a student in each of the 102 Illinois counties. The scholarships are awarded to students for demonstrating outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications.
Wheeler was one of nearly 30 Madison County students to apply. The selection was made by staff members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.