Meet the 2017 Wilson Scholars

The Wilson Scholarship is Appalachian’s most prestigious scholarship program

Among the six new Wilson Scholars at Appalachian State University this year are a published author, the founder of a non-profit charity and an advocate for women’s empowerment. One recipient has worked to relieve hunger in his community. Another has promoted community involvement and drug- and alcohol-free schools, while yet another is passionate about environmental advocacy.

The Wilson Scholars Program embodies a rich blend of academic excellence, leadership and service. It is Appalachian’s most prestigious, merit-based scholarship program and covers full institutional costs as well as an additional $10,000 experiential-learning stipend. Wilson Scholars are chosen based on their academic achievements, as well as their service and leadership in their communities and schools. The program attracts outstanding students, instills in them a commitment to change the world and provides the resources for students to think creatively, strategically and collaboratively.

More than 3,100 incoming freshmen applications were reviewed for this year’s scholarship.

“The final candidates were interviewed by committee members during Scholars Day earlier this spring,” said Dr. David Marlett, the program’s faculty director. “All the candidates were outstanding, and we feel the six selected best exemplify the right combination of academic success and commitment to servant leadership.”

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Meet the 2017 Class of Wilson Scholars

Evan Malinchock
Evan Malinchock

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Malinchock is a student-athlete, holding positions in many clubs and organizations including the Chapel Hill High School Ski Team and the CHHS Stock Exchange Club. Over his 12 years of involvement with his local chapter of Boy Scouts of America, Malinchock has received the Eagle Scout award and served as trip planner and leader of a successful 100-mile trek of the most remote section of the Appalachian Trail.

An avid outdoorsman with a passion for service, Malinchock has worked extensively with PORCH, an organization dedicated to hunger relief in his local community. His intended major is sustainable technology with the goal of giving back to the environment and the communities that have given so much to him.

Jabari Moore
Jabari Moore

Mint Hill, North Carolina

Moore serves as an ambassador for the Young Black Male Leadership Alliance and has organized several charity events for the organization in addition to participating in a mission trip to Haiti. He is first chair and section leader for the Independence High School Concert, Jazz and Wind Ensemble Bands as well as a dedicated football and baseball player.

Co-captain of the Independence High Dream Team, a group of student-athletes who work to promote community involvement and a drug and alcohol-free school, Moore has demonstrated a commitment to service and scholarship through his involvement with several organizations including Interact Club, National Honor Society and Science Olympiad. His intended major is biology.

Jama Brooks
Jama Brookes

Connelly Springs, North Carolina

Brookes is a published author and public speaker on topics of resiliency and compassionate care in the medical field. Having spent over 200 days as a hospital inpatient over the past four years, she has found her place working to inspire, support and encourage other patients and serving as an advocate for those whose voices are not heard.

Due to her challenging and life-shaping experiences, Brookes is an aspiring physician with dreams of transforming the medical system into one accessible and available to all by implementing compassionate care and encouraging resiliency. She is a passionate community servant trained in classical ballet and committed to making purpose out of pain. Her intended major is exercise science.

Joy Siler
Joy Siler

Asheville, North Carolina

Siler has been a lover of stories since her childhood, growing up on a 14-acre farm in rural North Carolina with her imagination as a constant companion. Since then, she has dedicated herself to her communities, becoming heavily involved with Owen High School drama productions and student government as well as studying and practicing restorative bodywork therapy for the elderly.

Siler has received several awards for both theatrical and choral achievement including the NC Theater Conference Outstanding Achievement in Acting. A passionate environmental advocate, she aims to use powerful stories to encourage understanding and respect among the global community. Her intended major is theater.

Syndey Shadrick
Sydney Shadrick

Lake Zurich, Illinois

Shadrick is the founder of a non-profit charity to provide stuffed animals and blankets to hospitalized children during the holiday season. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother, a former special education teacher, and aspires to continue her grandmother’s legacy of patience, compassion and kindness that serves as her inspiration.

As the editor-in-chief of the Lake Zurich High School yearbook, Shadrick successfully initiated several major changes to the club, effectively motivating, organizing and reenergizing her peers. Shadrick also is highly involved with student government and the National Honors Society. She served as president of the Buddy Project, a club dedicated to serving students with disabilities, and as a mentor to rising high school freshmen. Her intended major is special education.

Syndey Stoter
Sydney Stoter

Califon, New Jersey

Stoter is an active member of Key Club, Spanish Club, the National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society and the Varsity Cheerleading Squad. She is an Xcel Platinum level gymnast having competed at local, state and national competitions. Stoter’s Jewish education and background have been foundational for her personal growth and have led her to serve as an impactful Hebrew tutor for others in her community.

In 2015, Stoter was invited to participate in the highly-selective Girls’ Leadership Worldwide program in New York, which aims to empower young women to uphold Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy of equality and respect for others, courageousness and positive change. Stoter aspires to be a speech language pathologist. Her intended major is communication sciences and disorders.

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