Local News

April 4, 2013

Lilly finalist named

Like two other Lilly Scholar finalists, Jason “Jake” Hawes was convinced the final announcement of the 2013 Lilly Scholar would come during second period Tuesday.

“We had a guess on the day and we were wrong,” said Hawes, smiling at a group of Cass County Community Foundation representatives, school officials and his parents gathered Wednesday afternoon in a conference room in the Logansport High School administrative office.

Hawes, an LHS senior, was named the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient. He is the son of Kelly Hawes, manager of CNHI’s Indiana design center, and Teri Hawes.

After giving her son a hug, Teri asked, “Are you all right?”

“Still working on it,” Jake responded, attempting to maintain control of his wavering voice.

The scholarship provides funding for four years’ tuition, fees and books at the university of the student’s choice. Jake plans to attend Purdue University to study aeronautical/astronautical engineering, he said. The university’s website estimates tuition for an Indiana resident at $9,900 per year.

Jake said he intends to make a difference in the world and sees himself doing that through space colonization. He’s been impressed with Purdue’s engineering reputation since living in Galveston, Texas, about 45 minutes from NASA.

“It’s like Ivy League” in astronautical circles, he said. “You can’t beat the third best engineering school in the country being 45 minutes away.”

Quoting Carl Sagan, Jake explained why he felt space colonization would be the next step in human advancement. “I want to make a difference and that’s how I see myself making a difference,” he said.

But he doesn’t think it’ll be easy.

“I didn’t choose my major because it’s what I’m good at,” said Jake. He can do math, he said, but he’s not a natural at it like some of his friends. “I chose it because it’s what I want to do with my life.”

“Jake has challenged himself like very few have,” said principal Matt Jones. Teri says he’s one of three LHS seniors who’ve maintained a straight-A grade average. He’s also student body president, editor of The Magpie student newspaper and active on the football and speech teams as well as in several school clubs.

“You could talk to all the coaches — he’s one of the hardest-working kids on the team,” added Jones. “It’s well beyond just the academic excellence.”

Kelly said he and his wife were very proud of Jake. He had had to keep the secret for almost a day before CCCF representatives finally made the announcement, even keeping Teri in the dark until CCCF director Deanna Crispen called her around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

“I was totally shocked because the kids had me convinced that [the announcement] would be Tuesday during second period,” said Teri.

“I didn’t talk to him any more than I absolutely had to,” said Kelly, fearing he’d let the secret slip. “You don’t want to spoil a surprise like that.”

Jake was honored even to be among the top six finalists, Kelly added. “He gives credit to his parents, but he has the intellect and is a lot smarter than his dad.”

He suggested that extensive reading had contributed to his academic development. “If he has spare time, he reads,” said Kelly. “When he was a newborn, we were reading to him.”

Jake said his academic mentors had contributed greatly to his success.

“Just for the record, none of what I’ve done at LHS would have been possible without all the people standing in this room,” he said, motioning toward his parents, guidance counselors and Jones. He said opportunities like participating in the BerryBotics competition and extracurricular activities had been invaluable.

The community foundation received 16 applications for this year’s scholarship, each with at least a 1100 score on the SAT and a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

Six finalists — Kaley Bean, Kelley McKaig and Elizabeth Bingaman, all of Pioneer High School; and Laura Cahalan, Connor Kinnaman and Jake, all of Logansport High School — were named in March. Crispen noted that the remaining five finalists would also be receiving CCCF scholarships.

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at or 574-732-5151.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Area could see higher healthcare premiums Individual premiums for healthcare under the Patents Protection and Affordable Care Act could go up in counties with poorer health, according to a Ball State University study.The study said counties with poor health, specifically high diabetes incide

    July 30, 2014

  • NWS-PT072914 Voting2.jpg Round 2: Deadlines approach to file for November election Openings are filling up as deadlines to file approach to run for local town councils and school boards.Up for election this fall are town council seats in Royal Center’s districts No. 2, 3 and at large and at large in Walton as well. The filing deadl

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Police Blotter: July 30, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 30, 2014

  • Pence pushing Medicaid alternative during DC trip INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading to Washington to seek federal approval of his proposed state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid in order to expand health care coverage for low-income residents. The governor's office says P

    July 30, 2014

  • NWS-PT073014 Hickman.jpg Two arrested in purse-, wallet-snatching spree

    MONTICELLO — Two were arrested late last week in relation to a string of purse and wallet thefts from shopping carts in local department stores. Lindsey R. Hogg, 22, Monticello, and Rachel D. Hickman, 23, Burnettsville, were arrested by the Lafayette

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fatal wreck UPDATE: Monticello woman killed in overnight wreck

    A Monticello woman was killed late Monday night in an automobile accident involving a car and semi-trailer truck in the northbound lane of U.S. 31 near the junction with U.S. 931.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pool sets Sunday at closing date

    The season will close at Tower Park Municipal Pool on Sunday, according to the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department. Final season activities will begin on Friday, including "Floatie Friday." Pool-goers are invited

    July 29, 2014

  • Police investigate possible stabbing

    A woman called 911 late Monday to report she had been stabbed in her Brookston home.

    July 29, 2014

  • Winamac woman dies in crash with county truck A Winamac woman is dead after failing to stop at an intersection and being struck by a Pulaski County Highway Department dump truck. Just before noon on Monday, Dollie Frinkle, 71, Winamac, was driving a 1996 Buick Park Avenue westbound on 100 South

    July 29, 2014

  • Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled. The Indiana attorney general's office announced Monday it ha

    July 29, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Should grocery and convenience stores be allowed to sell cold beer?

     View Results