Jessica Crumrine of Newton High School this morning was named the winner of Wichita State University's Clay Barton Scholarship in Business.
Crumrine, the daughter of Doug and Sara Crumrine and Kelly and Dave Ellston, is the winner of WSU's biggest business scholarship. She will receive $11,000 a year for four years.
Crumrine plans to study marketing at WSU.
"I know this is a great honor and it holds much more than monetary value," Crumrine said.
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"It's full of prestige and accomplishments, and I'm grateful to receive it.... I'm a believer in opportunities, and this scholarship is a great opportunity, an opportunity to succeed, an opportunity for even greater success than I've had before, and I hope to carry on the legacy and high standards of Barton Scholars."
Barton School Dean Doug Hensler said, "Barton Scholars are expected to be the best of the best, excelling in academics, leadership and service, fitting the pieces of their lives into a structure that has lasting value."
At Newton, Crumrine is a member of the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, dance team and softball.
She sings with the Trinity Heights United Methodist Church choir, serves as a Sunday school teacher and has volunteered on many church mission trips.
Over the past few months, Crumrine has been a marketing intern at her church and is a former intern at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, S.D.
Crumrine was one of six finalists for the Barton Scholarship. Eligibility requires a 3.5 grade-point average, a 24 on the ACT test and a declared business major.
The Barton Scholarship was established in 1991 to honor Clay Barton, the late son of Rent-A-Center chairman emeritus W. Frank Barton, for whom the WSU business school is named.