Willow Schuckert is the final of three 2016 Minnesota South (MNS) District Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 scholarship awards. Willow is a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Gibbon, Minnesota, and a graduating senior from Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop High School (GFWHS.) She plans to attend Concordia University – St. Paul (CSP,) Minn. and become a Lutheran school teacher.
In his letter of recommendation for Willow, Pastor Benjamin Rucker wrote the following:
“Ms. Willow Schuckert is a great, young woman who shows potential to be a vibrant teacher, and is so passionate about education and children. She and her family have been involved and a part of this church's ministry to teach and make disciples of all nations, as our Lord Jesus directed us to do at the end of Matthew. She is a promising young lady who lives her faith.
In her letter of recommendation, GFWHS English Teacher and Theatre Director Susan O’Neill wrote the following,
“Willow is the perfect example of never judge a book by its cover. This sweet, smiling, helpful girl, who is willing to help out in any way possible, is brilliant. In the English classes she has soared above her classmates. It's absolutely refreshing to have a classroom discussion with someone who critically reads materials and is always prepared for class….
Willow has also been strongly involved in theatre since her freshman year. …She is a multitasker. Her ability to stay on the script, sew a costume, and take director's notes all at the same time is unparalleled. She has worked as an actress and stage manager simultaneously.
She not only acted, and sang in our musicals but also worked as the stage manager for Guys and Dolls and Footloose, Willow's managing skills kept the plays flowing ensuring that the right stage pieces were on stage for the correct scenes. She has been involved in every play during her high school years, and she has been an amazing leader.
Willow is also involved in her community. She teaches Sunday school and is willing to work with youth. Last summer she worked at a camp with young students. Her willingness to give her time and talents to young people is testimony to her giving personality. Willow goes above and beyond in all that she does, which says a lot because she keeps herself busy.”
It is an honor and a blessing for LCEF to have the funds available to support young, active, faith-filled leaders like Willow. Two upper Midwest districts LCEF scholarship awards remain to be announced yet this week: one each from North Wisconsin District and North Dakota District. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page and for more announcements.
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