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Louisiana High School Class of 2013 graduate Derek C. Keely is now attending the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla with the help of three local scholarships.
Keely is pursuing a degree in mining engineering, according to his parents, Kevin and Vicky Keely, of Louisiana.
The largest of the three awards was the 2013 Ray and Sharon Love “Education is Lifelong” Scholarship for $1,000.
The scholarship is given in honor of the Love family for their commitment to education.
The second scholarship was the 2013 BONCL PTO Scholarship for $200.
The scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior who was an eighth grade graduate of the BONCL R-X School District. The criteria of the award acknowledges a well-rounded BONCL K-8 alumnus who has a passion for life, leadership and community service.
Keely also received the 2013 John Picone Memorial Scholarship for $200.
The one-time scholarship goes to a student pursuing post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. It is named after the grandfather of current Louisiana High teacher Dr. John Picone III.
John Picone was an Italian immigrant who pursued education as an electrician to escape poverty.
He landed on the beaches at Normandy during World War II as part of the famous D-Day invasion of Europe.
He later became one of the chief electrical engineers for the Port-Authority of New York and lent his expertise to projects such as the World Trade Center and the New York City subway system power grid.