A shining example of both extraordinary achievement and servant leadership is in Marion native, Marley White.
2022 Marion High School graduate and valedictorian, White became more and more recognized in the community for earning the prestigious Stamps Scholarship toward Purdue University, and being the only Indiana Academic All-Star Regional Honoree from Grant County this year. Both awards recognize exceptional leadership, character, community involvement, and academic excellence.
Aside from achieving over a 5.0 weighted GPA, White’s outstanding efforts and leadership roles were also reflected in vast extracurricular programs. She was a captain in varsity tennis and soccer, president her senior year of the math honors society, Mu Alpha Theta. (White and the team placed 11th nationally at a convention this summer). She served as secretary of the Spanish Honors Society, and also served on the Science Honors Society in addition to the Green Society Club and M Club.
White gained a wide range of community service experience through the National Honors Society from serving food at the Grant County Rescue Mission, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, and even walking the shelter dogs from the Humane Society.
White found ways, even in the pandemic, to get out and serve the community. She and her brother served twice a week delivering food for Meals on Wheels during the spring of 2020. She said, “It was nice to be able to get outside and do this on a regular basis.”
White is now attending Purdue University studying Natural Resources and Environmental Science. She is strongly interested in environmental issues and desires to help solve them in various ways. With her weighted credits, even though she is beginning her first year in college, she is technically a junior this semester. She plans be very active with Purdue’s Environmental Science Club and Boiler Green Initiative.