Pleasant Valley girls track stripped of state title

Rachel Jeffries wins SOAR Scholarship

Rachel Jeffries is the next high school senior selected to win this year’s S.O.A.R. Scholarship.

Rachel graduated from Galva High School and plans to attend the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Rachel loves volunteer work and tries to give back to the community as often as possible.  Some of her projects included shopping for children of the love tree, organizing and collecting cans for the FFA Christmas Canned Food Drive and putting together the annual Volley for the Cure game.  Rachel is valedictorian of her class and has participated in basketball, volleyball and track.

Rachel plans on attending the College of Business at the University of Illinois and to major in marketing with a minor in Spanish.

Each winner receives a $500 scholarship to be used toward further education and training. 

To qualify, applicants submitted essay answers to questions geared at describing their S.O.A.R. characteristics, which are:

S – Strength
O – Optimism
A – Achievement
R – Resolve

The scholarships were awarded through a partnership between News 8 and The Sedona Group. 

The Sedona Group believes that supporting young adults in their education and training after high school is a key part of keeping our workforce and community competitive.