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Two Northview students named 2010 Lily Scholars

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Two Northview High School students have been named 2010 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Kyle Hughes (left) and Mandy Thomlinson will receive a four-year full-tuition scholarship and an annual stipend up to $800 for required books and equipment. [Order this photo]
Two Northview High School seniors will not have to worry about paying for their first four years of college.

Kyle Hughes and Mandy Thomlinson have been named the 2010 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Hughes is the son of Joe and Sherri Hughes while Thomlinson is the daughter of Kenny and Penny Campbell.

Both students will receive a four-year full-tuition scholarship and an annual stipend up to $800 for required books and equipment.

"I was happy to have received this," Hughes said about receiving notice of the award.

"My mom cried but it was a good cry."

Hughes is the co-salutatorian for the 2010 graduating class and he plans to study engineering at Purdue University.

While attending Northview, he was involved in marching band, indoor drum line, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Students and Pets Outdoors Together (SPOTS), Spanish Club, tutoring other NHS students, Quizbowl and the Academic Math Team. He also works at Subway.

"I like to play music," he said. "My hobby is the drums."

Hughes and Thomlinson met while attending North Clay Middle School and became friends. Both attend First Christian Church, Brazil, where they actively volunteer in their youth group.

"This is a blessing from God," Thomlinson said. "We are very thankful and relieved."

She has been active in Golf for four years, Excaliburs, National Honor Society, Principal's Advisory Committee, Connect-4, Interact Club, Students and Pets Outdoors Together (SPOTS), bowling for fours years, Spanish Club, Varsity Club, Bible Club, Soup Kitchen, tutoring other NHS students, Math and Science Academic Teams (junior year), Jobs Daughters, Hoosier Girl's State, Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (H.I.K.E.).

She has also been on four mission trips to Mexico and is planning on going on another one this summer in Honduras.

Thomlinson plans to attend Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and major in Chemistry with the hope of eventually becoming an OBGYN.

"I want to thank everyone who was praying at church, my teachers and family as well as my counselor Mr. (Mike) Gugino," she said. "I am so thankful to God, because without him we wouldn't be where we are today."

With graduation only days away, both students are ready for the challenges and changes that college will bring.

"I'm excited about graduation, it's going to be bitter sweet," Hughes said.

"It's sad one chapter of our lives is almost over but another is about to begin."

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Congrats to two good kids!!!

-- Posted by Oldone1959 on Mon, May 24, 2010, at 8:32 AM

It's nice to read about two young people who are on the right track--they're proof that hard work really pays off. Congratulations!

-- Posted by snow on Mon, May 24, 2010, at 2:33 PM

WOW! Had both of these young people in children's ministry at FCC. I am so proud of them. God has blessed them and they have not seen anything yet. WAY TO GO KYLE & MANDY! Love you both!

Mr. Brian

-- Posted by mrbrian on Mon, May 24, 2010, at 4:27 PM

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