A graduate of C.D. Hylton Senior High School, Hayley plans to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she will study Biology. With an SAT score of 170, Hayley participated in AP studies, has a grade point average of 4.4 and ranked number 8 out of her class of 488.
In a description of her most accomplished academic project, Hayley notes her participation in a 20th Century United States History course, in which she had to complete a year-long project: The Family History Project. Included in this assignment were interviews, a family tree, photo collection and a compellation of papers about herself from early life, elementary, middle and high school. She notes that the project is one she will keep for many years, having learned interesting and exciting facts about her family.
Hylton High School’s specialty program is The Center for International Studies and students participate in an effort to broaden international perspective. Hayley notes that the program serves as the cornerstone for her interest in international relations and education.
The WBTB Scholarship application requires an essay entitled “A Life of Service”, in which applicants are asked to give, in their own words, what their life was like growing up in a law enforcement family. Hayley writes “Having grown up in a household that is headed by a law enforcement officer, I have come to appreciate the dedication and sacrifice that he has offered up to others, and made for his family. By opting to hold such an occupation, he has taken away some of his quality time with his family to serve the community-and to me, that is one of the biggest sacrifices that a person can make, sacrificing for the benefit of others.”
We are also pleased to announce the scholarship award for this year’s second place winner – Miss Katye Trexler of Pennsylvania.
A graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, Katye plans to attend Marywood University where she will focus in the Pre-Physician Assistant Program. In a description of her most accomplished academic moment, Katye shares that chemistry was her weakest subject, and with a move to a new state and new school during her junior year, she knew the challenge was even greater. Determined to receive nothing short of an A, Katye met the challenge head-on and was awarded the highest chemistry award at the end of the year.
Katye has participated in countless pageants ranging from regional and state to national competitions, no-doubt giving her pride and humility, but what sets Katye apart from other high school students is her heart and the deep respect she has for others. On June 7, 2009, a phone call changed the life of one law enforcement family, which set the course for this young woman to reach out and help make a difference for children of fallen officers. She founded Katye’s Helping Hands, which was established as a 501(c)(3) in October 2009. Since then, they have provided bears and blankets to over 1,600 children nationwide. Children 13 and under receive a Build-A-Bear stuffed animal, and children 14 through college receive a blanket with their parents name on it.
The WBTB Scholarship application essay by Katye she writes: “Fortunately, my father has returned home unharmed. The thought of him not returning home always ran through my mind when he left for work. As a daughter of a law enforcement officer, I understand the sacrifices my dad, as well as my family, has to make. I am blessed to have my dad home safe and sound because I know for some children, they will never to hug or kiss their dad again.”
On behalf of the WBTB Scholarship Selection Committee, Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers, we congratulate you, Miss Racine and Miss Trexler. We have no doubt you will continue as a beacon of light to all law encorcement children and you will be nothing short of a success.