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Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholarship Program – 2017-18 Scholar Bios

Jace Konner Neal, Broken Bow High School, has been heavily involved in his community through participation in various service projects, such as volunteering with Relay for Life, assisting with local food drives, cleaning up the downtown area, helping the needy at Christmas, and regularly visiting the patients of local nursing homes.

As student life chair at Broken Bow High School, Neal led the Student Council in several projects, including the Freshmen Mentor Program, Pink Out, blood drives, drug-free programs and the Special Olympics.

Neal has also actively supported organizations that focus on initiating early childhood literacy in his community. For example, he collaborated with a children’s author and an area school superintendent to coordinate the distribution and presentation of 5,500 books to over 2,500 local children. He spoke to over 400 people about the importance of a solid education, which includes reading as a key element, and he reinforces this concept by volunteering his time to read with the children in the classroom.

With the Broken Bow Junior Chamber of Commerce, Neal has completed over 350 hours of volunteer service, which qualified him for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Neal is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was selected captain of both the football and basketball teams at Broken Bow High School. For his significant achievements and leadership, he has been recognized as a Who’s Who Outstanding Boy, a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) award recipient and a Wendy’s Heisman state finalist. He was selected Senior of the Month by both the Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club. He currently serves as student life chair of the Student Council, treasurer of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Gifted and Talented program, Oklahoma Honor Society and National Honor Society. He was nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program and was ranked first in his class.

Neal graduated with a 4.619 grade point average and plans to attend Northeastern State University in the fall.

Andrea Dawn Hopper, Sharon-Mutual High School, initiated and implemented a service project in her community to help improve the lives of others. This service project involved maintaining the local cemetery, which included picking up trash, old flowers and tree branches; fence repair; and filling in sunken graves. In addition to her cemetery beautification efforts, she decided to create an electronic directory of burial plots, which documents the names and locations of those buried in the cemetery to help members of the community, caretakers of the cemetery and local funeral directors. She also developed a plan and fundraising initiative for a directory to be located at the front of the cemetery as a reference for visitors.

In addition to this project, Hopper has helped coordinate many leadership activities, such as Class Leadership and Sharing Strategies (CLASS). Through her participation in CLASS, she assisted in teaching leadership skills and providing interactions and promoting networking opportunities among students.

Hopper has volunteered with local blood drives, the March of Dimes, the Regional Food Bank and Feed the Children, as well as tutored math students.

Hopper is a vice president for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and she has competed in several of their leadership events, earning first place in culinary arts, second place in the Regional Star Events Creed Speaking competition and third place in State Star Events.

Hopper is a member of the Western Oklahoma Choir Director’s Choir, an Oklahoma Northwest Academic Conference All-Star, captain of the Academic Team and captain of the inaugural volleyball team. She is president of the Student Council; a member of the National Honor Society, Superintendent’s Honor Roll and Oklahoma Honor Society; and an Oklahoma Academic Scholar.

Hopper is valedictorian, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average and receiving the title of honors graduate and the diploma of honor at her graduation. She plans to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the fall.