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.