BGSU names Alumni Laureate Scholars for 2009

BOWLING GREEN, O.—The Bowling Green State University Alumni Association has announced this fall’s class of Alumni Laureate Scholars. The program offers the largest and most prestigious scholarship at BGSU. Each year, the program introduces extraordinary individuals into the student body and provides a framework for them to leave the University as visionary leaders equipped to meet the challenges of the future.

Selected for the full-tuition and $1,000 book-award scholarship program are Ohio residents Lynn Hogeback of Batavia, Megan Leiss of DeGraff and Sarah Trusz of Lucasville.

Hogeback, a 2009 graduate of Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati, is the daughter of Angela and Dale Hogeback of Batavia (5242 Belfast Road). She has maintained a 3.73 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society and was recognized as a National Merit Commended Student last fall. She has been involved with her school’s theater program for four years and, as a junior, helped found the Respect Life Club. Hogeback has also been involved in 4-H as a member, club officer and camp counselor, and is a member of the Clermont County Junior Fair Board. She has served as an ambassador for various school events and is a co-director for the Medicine Show, an improvisational group that talks to junior high school students about drugs, alcohol, violence and sex. She plans to major in middle childhood education.

Leiss, the daughter of Patricia and Gary Leiss of DeGraff (4711 County Road 64), is a 2009 graduate of Riverside High School, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She was a member of Student Council throughout high school, serving as president during her senior year. The middle childhood education major has also been a member and state president of the Future Educators Association. Leiss was an athlete as well, participating in volleyball, basketball and softball, in addition to cheerleading. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Interact. She received the Presidential Service Award for her involvement with Interact and earned the regional Honda-OSU Partnership Program Math Medal for having the highest GPA in math throughout her high school career.

Trusz, a 2009 Valley Local High School graduate, is the daughter of Audrey and Robert Trusz of Lucasville (1120 Houston Hollow Long Run Road). She was president of the National Honor Society and maintained a 4.0 GPA. She was selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference and to participate in Informed Minds Preparing for a Challenging Tomorrow (IMPACT), sponsored by Portsmouth Rotary and Leadership Portsmouth. She played on the junior varsity boys’ tennis team for a year and on the girls’ varsity tennis team for twoyears. Trusz has helped organize a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Scioto County Special Olympics and helped plan her school’s first blood drive. She is an active member of a Bible club and the Christ’s Community Church. She is undecided about a major at BGSU.

The BGSU Alumni Association Board of Directors created the program in 2002 and accepted its first group of students for the 2003-04 academic year.

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(Posted May 19, 2009 )