Marley White Share

Sep 1, 2022  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

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.

Pho­to by Hum­ble and Grace