HHS grad wins "Jack Kent Cooke" Scholarship

HHS grad wins "Jack Kent Cooke" Scholarship
Posted on 07/02/2018

Kristina Stuckey, a 2018 graduate of Hickory High School, is one of 106 recipients in the nation to be awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s College Scholarship Program. This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Stuckey with up to $40,000 annually to complete her bachelor’s degree. 

Stuckey will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.  She plans to major in environmental health science with a pre-med focus. “I am especially interested in pediatric medicine with a concentration on health development. I love working with kids—it’s really a big part of my journey,” said Stuckey. “I’ve enjoyed working with younger students through dance and also I’ve taught ‘Sunday School’ at St. Aloysius Catholic Church for three years.”

A native of Hickory, Stuckey attended Viewmont Elementary and Grandview Middle Schools before starting her secondary education at Hickory High. “I’ve loved attending Hickory High,” said Stuckey.  “I completed the International Baccalaureate program, taking the courses during my junior and senior years—and I believe the program really inspired me to do well. My most amazing IB teacher was Ms. Gena Barnhardt. She is a great teacher and she helped guide me to becoming a semi-finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship.”

Stuckey was active in service clubs at HHS including the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Interact Club (president), Latin Club, and Science National Honor Society (VP).

The daughter of Scott Stuckey and Annamarie Stuckey, Kristina was also recognized locally from the Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory for “Service Above Self” with a scholarship award of $12,000 payable over four years to Stuckey’s college education.

With the active life at HHS, Stuckey still managed to participate in another passion—dancing with Ann Freeman Dance Academy in Hickory. “I’ve danced since I was age three. Besides my family, Ms. Freeman is one of the greatest mentors in my life. I served as a two-term president of the state chapter of Carolina Dance Masters. I enjoy all dancing, but ballet is my favorite,” she said.  I served

In addition to the monetary award from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, as a Cooke College Scholar, Stuckey will receive comprehensive educational advising from foundation staff to guide her through the processes of transitioning to campus and preparing for her career. The foundation will provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Jack Kent Cooke (October 25, 1912 – April 6, 1997) was a Canadian-American entrepreneur and former owner of the Washington Redskins (NFL), the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), and the Los Angeles Wolves (United Soccer Association). The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.

This year, over 5,000 students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship. Many of these students were identified through a partnership with the College Board, which connects scholarship organizations to students through their participation in the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. Engineering, political science and government, biological science, and physics are the most popular fields of study among the cohort.

“I really want to thank everyone in the Hickory community who helped me to get to where I am today. My family’s support means the most; but I appreciate everyone from dance, church, Hickory High and the community at large. I’ve had fantastic experiences growing up in Hickory,” said Stuckey.


Kristina Stuckey!

 (Photo/Post by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)



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