Jack Buck award goes to Southeast student

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Submitted photo Zachary Chinea, of Oakville High School, received the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University from Carole Buck, the widow of the former Cardinals announcer.

Zachary Chinea of St. Louis received the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award on Monday to attend Southeast Missouri State University.

The award, in honor of St. Louis Cardinals announcer Jack Buck, is given to a student from the St. Louis area. In addition to ranking No. 1 out of 500 in his high school class, Chinea has served as president of the National Honor Society and is a member of both the student council and Boy Scouts of America.

His award next year will cover tuition and room and board.

A dinner was held Monday at the River Campus atrium in Chinea's honor. Carole Buck, the wife of the late Jack Buck, presented the award.

Others recognized were Ben Castelli of Imperial, Mo.; Justin Kinzinger of Columbia, Ill.; and Kasey Fraser-Smith of Festus, Mo. The three finalists received a Jack Buck Regents' Scholarship, which covers tuition and $500 toward housing.

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