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UW-Eau Claire Welcomes Eight New Merit Scholars
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MAILED: June 25, 1997

EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will sponsor eight new Merit Scholars beginning with the 1997-98 academic year.

These scholars are among the more than 7,000 distinguished high school seniors in the 1997 National Merit Scholarship Corp. competition who received Merit Scholarships.

They are Thomas W. Anderson, Aitkin, Minn.; Elizabeth A. Barden, Plover; Josef I. Maung, Mankato, Minn.; Rachel B. Noble, Appleton; James C. Russell, Columbus; Samuel P. Welch, Marshfield; Laura K. Wile, Eau Claire; and Julie A. Weyers, Green Bay.

The eight incoming freshmen will receive a minimum of $750 and a maximum of $2,850 (tuition and fees) in scholarship money from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc. each year they attend UW-Eau Claire, said Joey Gibbon, admissions counselor. Scholarships are limited to the first four years of a student's academic career.

This is the 15th year UW-Eau Claire will offer institution-sponsored scholarships through its association with the National Merit Scholarship Corp., Gibbon said. In the fall, UW-Eau Claire will have a total of 22 university-sponsored merit scholars enrolled.

Anderson is a graduate of Aitkin High School. He was involved with the National Honor Society, the Lutheran Youth Board of Northeastern Minnesota, the Aitkin High School Madrigal Singers, the Cedarbrook 4-H Club, National Forensics League, and the Minnesota State Arts-In. Anderson, the son of Edward and Judith Anderson, Aitkin, Minn., plans to study music at UW-Eau Claire.

Barden is a graduate of the Stevens Point Area Senior High School. She was a member of the Key club. She was the manager and statistician for the freshman basketball team, and editor of the school newspaper. And she was a member of the junior varsity and varsity high school softball teams. Barden has not decided what she will study at UW-Eau Claire. She is the daughter of William and Barbara Barden, Plover.

Maung is a graduate of Mankato East High School. He was a member of the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band. Maung plans to study either music or psychology at UW-Eau Claire. He is the son of Steven Mercurio and Alice Maung-Mercurio, Mankato, Minn.

Noble is a graduate of Appleton East High School. She was a soccer referee for the Appleton Soccer Club and Appleton Parks and Recreation. She participated in student government, the newspaper, choir, piano and was a member of the junior varsity and varsity soccer teams. Noble plans to study communications at UW-Eau Claire. She is the daughter of Nelson and Carol Noble, Appleton.

Russell is a graduate of Columbus High School. He participated in the Math Club, National Honor Society, track and field, and the Science Club. Russell plans to study computer science at UW-Eau Claire. He is the son of Jerrold and Jeanne Russell, Columbus.

Welch, a graduate of Marshfield Senior High School, was a lifeguard for the Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department and the Marshfield YMCA. He was assistant scout master for the Boy Scouts of America. He participated in swimming and the French Club. Also he participated in Badger Boys State and the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership workshops. Welch plans to enroll in the pre-medicine program at UW-Eau Claire. He is the son of James and Marie Welch, Marshfield.

Weyers, a graduate of Green Bay East High School, participated in the National Honor Society and Student Council. She also participated in various volunteer work activities and church groups. Weyers plans to study social work at UW-Eau Claire. She is the daughter of Thomas and Diana Weyers, Green Bay.

Wile is a graduate of Eau Claire Memorial High School. She was involved with the Theater Club, gymnastics and forensics. She also has tutored elementary students. Wile has not decided what she will study at UW-Eau Claire. She is the daughter of John and Kathryn Wile, Eau Claire.

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UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: July 2, 1997