The Mission of Leadership Tri-County is the identification and development of leadership resources in the area to create a better and more unified Southeastern Kentucky through trust, respect, commitment and service. After reviewing all the applicants for the Denise Wainscott Leadership Tri-County Scholarship, Brendia Moses was proud to present this award to Kristen Pedersen, daughter of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Anne Pedersen of Barbourville, Kentucky.
In order to apply for this $1000 scholarship, Kristen had to complete a lengthy application process where she had to verify her cumulative GPA and ACT scores by her counselor, provide a list of all her extracurricular activities and leadership positions held including their responsibilities, write an essay on what she had learned from these leadership positions, and provide three letters of recommendations.
Her three letters were from her High School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Marsha Hubbs, her science teacher, Mrs. Kimberly Smith and the Assistant Director of The Gatton Academy, Mr. Derick Strode. All three educators gave her their highest recommendations in her academic abilities, leadership in entrepreneurial skills, character and community service. With a cumulative weighted GPA of 4.53, Kristen has the top ACT score in her graduating class in Barbourville High School and tied for the highest GPA with two other students, one of which is her twin sister. She is an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Steve Huskey and Dr. Keith Phillips in the Biology Dept. of Western Kentucky University, a Community Developer at the Gatton Academy, a certified S.C.U.B.A. diver, and a pilot in training.
This fall Kristen will be attending the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering in the Aerospace Engineering program. Besides the Denise Wainscott Leadership Tri-County Scholarship, Kristen was also awarded a Presidential Scholar at the University of Southern California, Honorable Mention for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, and a 2016 National Merit Scholar Finalist, which is an honor awarded to the top 1% of all graduating high school seniors in the nation.