Top Scholar Joins Rural Health Program

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in Junior Annette (Annie) Kessler is a Top Scholar at Ottawa University who is double majoring in biology and math. She is also an outstanding OU athlete. Annie was recently accepted into the Scholars in Rural Health program in the University of Kansas School of Medicine, due, in part, to the recommendation she received from her Adawe LifePlan advisor, JoAnne Gibson-Lucas.
 Jo Anne Gibson-Lucas
Adawe LifePlan Center Advisor
Ottawa University
1001 S. Cedar St. # 140
Ottawa, KS 66067
May 30, 2014
K. James Kallail, Ph. D.
KU School of Medicine
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS  67214
Dear Dr. Kallail:

It is my pleasure to recommend Annette Kessler for the Scholars in Rural Health program. I have had the honor of working with Annie Kessler as her Adawe LifePlan Center Advisor at Ottawa University for the past two years. In addition, I had the added pleasure of watching Annie grow up in her hometown of Paola, Kansas, where she excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in her community service work.

Annie holds great intellectual promise. As a child, she was placed in the gifted program at her school where she maintained academic excellence, culminating in being named a valedictorian for her senior class in 2012. Since she has been at Ottawa University, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA, while double majoring in biology and math.  It should be noted that she has maintained this GPA while playing competitively in soccer and track for the university, which have demanding schedules of travel and performance. She was named NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete in 2013 and received the Champion of Character Scholarship for OU’s Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.  She was elected President for the Biology Club, Vice-President for the Math Club and President- Elect for the Optimist Club for the 2014-15 school year. In addition, she was a leader for our Ottawa University’s Top Scholars program for the 2013-14 school year.
Annie has a great commitment to service, shown in her great concern and compassion for others less fortunate. One of the service projects she led for Top Scholars was Braves in Boxes, where students could donate 8-9 cans of food in exchange for a box to sleep in. This was an innovative approach that provided food to ECKAN, a community agency who distributes food to local families in need. 

Annie has participated as a camp counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp for the past four years, mentoring children and providing the best camp experience possible. She has also participated in the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, the Head for the Cure charity walks, and volunteered at the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, Kansas.  As president-elect for the Optimist Club, Annie will be working on many community service projects to benefit the youth in Ottawa, Kansas.

In addition to her great commitment to service, Annie desires to practice medicine in a rural area. This is exactly the type of setting that Annie has grown up in and loves. She has been surrounded by a supportive community in her school, her church, her family and friends. She is surprisingly unspoiled by all of the love and attention she has received. She shows concern and compassion for others. She is creative and positive and has a great sense of humor.

In conclusion, Annie Kessler is an excellent candidate for the Scholars in Rural Health program. She has the intellectual promise, the commitment to service, and the desire to practice medicine in a rural area.  It is my sincere hope that she will be selected for this honor.

Thank  you.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Anne Gibson-Lucas, M.A.
Adawe LifePlan Center Advisor