Marion High School senior, Evelyn Detamore, is not only an exemplary student and young adult, but strives to help others through academics and her career path in addition to community involvement.
In 2020, Detamore won the Distinguished Women of Grant County competition (heading to state in February), and was one of two Grant County students to receive the esteemed Lilly Scholarship. Both programs weigh multiple pillars from academics to civic service to select the most well-rounded young people. She was also recognized for excellence through the National College Board which creates the SAT and PSAT.
Detamore loves academic and extracurricular teamwork to learn and stay busy. She is a fierce component of her Academic Superbowl team. As a sophomore, her interdisciplinary team tied for 2nd place in a state competition. Detamore swam freshman year, and is dedicated in show choir to build vocal talent while staying active through dance.
Detamore is an active player in the National Honor Society, and vice-president of the math club, Mu Alpha Theta. Through both groups, she has taken advantage of volunteering opportunities such as serving food at the Grant County Rescue Mission and fundraising for the Salvation Army.
Outside of school, Detamore finds fulfillment in helping others locally and traveling to help churches through College Wesleyan Church programs. She also loves helping children and babysits in and around her neighborhood.
She expressed gratefulness for the growth, yet small-town charm, she sees in her community. “My family is from Marion, so I love connecting with others such as running into people at the store.” She’s thankful for downtown growth, noticing more restaurants, and the collective work being done through IWU partnerships, for example.
Regarding her drive to help others, Detamore said, “I love to do things any way I can to help people.” She found success in the midst of an adverse year by being in a study group. “We pushed each other to learn, and created friendly competition.” She would use unexpected amounts of free time for healthy hobbies such as singing and painting. She also recognized and encourages others to utilize the vast world of online learning opportunities. She said one peer used extra time to learn another language.
Detamore will use her Lilly Scholarship to attend either Notre Dame or Purdue, and plans to major in Actuary Science or Statistics focusing on risk management to help others make good decisions.
Marion High School Principal, Keith Burke, holds high praise for Detamore. “Evelyn is a wonderful and even better human being. She is involved in numerous academic teams, and also is a very talented vocalist! We are very proud of Evelyn for all that she has accomplished, and her talents will lead her to a GIANT success in the future.”