By Dan Fox
College just got a little cheaper for Carter Hemeyer, the Gasconade R-I High School Senior who won the $10,000 Gasconade County Math and Science Scholarship.
Hemeyer is a “very well-rounded” student at Hermann, said R-I Athletic Director Todd Anderson.
“He will actually letter in five varsity sports this year, which is very rare,” Anderson said. “[He] was a cross country and football letter winner in the fall, basketball during the winter and he’ll also play baseball and run track this spring.”
Even with so many irons in multiple fires, Anderson said Hemeyer does well academically on top of all his other commitments.
“He’s a wonderful student, he’s a very strong student, very involved in many things, many clubs and athletics and academics,” Hermann High School Counselor Patti Pazdera said.
“He will put that scholarship [to] very good use,” she added. “I have all faith that Carter is going to do great things.”
Anderson said Hemeyer plans to attend the St. Louis College of Pharmacy next year to go into a science field.
“Which is what they’re trying to encourage with this scholarship, to get kids to go on and get degrees in math and science,” Anderson said.
Gerald Ebker, a Missouri S&T grad, started the scholarship and made it open to both school districts in Gasconade County.
From it’s inception in 2010, each year the scholarship throws Hermann and Owensville high school students into an academic duel, with seniors from the two institutions competing for the scholarship’s prize.
“It goes to the student from Owensville or Hermann that scores the highest on this test that has been put together,” Anderson said.
Before even taking the test, students must qualify by a number of metrics; they must get a high enough score on the math and science portions of the ACT, and have to be enrolled in high-level science and math courses.
If they meet the criteria, they then fill out an
application and write an essay for the chance to take the test at Missouri S&T’s campus in Rolla.
“They also get a tour of the campus while they’re there at S&T, and then the test is graded and it is awarded the night of the Hermann/Owensville basketball game,” Pazdera said.
Pazdera said it’s great that the scholarship encompasses both schools, and that it helps foster a little academic competition between the rival districts.
“It really doesn’t matter to us who wins it, as long as it’s somebody who can use that and put it to good use, which all the kids I’m sure could put it to good use,” Pazdera said. “It is always nice when it’s a Hermann kiddo.”