Hananeel Morinville, a senior at Shawnee Mission North High School, was named a 2021 Coke Scholar.
She is among 150 high school seniors across the country who will receive a $20,000 college scholarship. Only 1/6th of 1 percent of applicants to this scholarship are chosen to receive this competitive award. Students selected “exemplify superior leadership, service, and academics- they are change agents, positively affecting others in their communities,” according to the program website.
Morinville said she was “beyond happy” to learn the news. She credits a variety of factors helping her prepare, and mentioned her Speech and Debate participation, saying it helped strengthen her writing skills. Her improved speaking skills also were helpful when she interviewed as a regional finalist.
“I was calm, collected, and confident,” she reflected.
Morinville said her story highlights the importance of going beyond expectations others set for you.
“While the work was on my own, I could not have done it without the support from many members of the North community,” Morinville expressed. “Walking into high school, I set high expectations for myself and despite all the odds I was faced with, I was determined to see the reality of everything I hoped to accomplish.”
Morinville is President of the senior class, and the Coalition of Racial Equality, National French Honor Society, Speech and Debate, DECA, and the National Honor Society. She also serves as Speaker of the House as part of Youth and Government. Morinville plans to attend Vanderbilt University in the fall.