2017 Seniors

2017 Link Crew Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Link Crew Scholarship winners!

Thank you to all of the Senior Link Crew Leaders who submitted applications this year. Reading through the scholarships continues to humble and inspire us. The number of amazing Link Crew Leaders is awe inspiring and makes it even more difficult to narrow the field down to 10, but narrow down we did. Here are the 2017 Link Crew Scholarship winners:

2017 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Ruby Pennewell Battaglia

Ruby Penn
Wautoma High School
Wautoma, WI

Post-Graduation Plans: Ruby plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and major in Biology Pre-PA.


“I was undeniably a student who was given a chance I probably did not deserve. I knew after being the definition of difficult for the past two years, being accepted into the Link Crew program was a long shot. The chance the Link Crew Coordinators gave me to become a Link Leader has made me realize that everyone has the ability to change for the better, especially with an extra push from some extra amazing role models. Since I have been given the chance to change and become a positive leader in my school, I have not taken it lightly. Link Crew has brought out the person inside me I have always wanted to be. I have learned to be patient with people, which, if you ask my parents was a well needed lesson. I have learned to connect with people on a deeper level, and empathize with them and I have learned that all people are worth taking a chance on.”

2017 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Jorge Jaquez

Jorge Jaquez
Greeley West High School
Greeley, CO

Post-Graduation Plans: Jorge plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado and study communications.


“To me being a Link Crew Leader means to be someone who freshmen can rely on when no one else is willing to help them get through high school. I wanted to be a Link Crew Leader to inspire someone and to encourage them to be Spartan’s Pride and to teach them about my mistakes so their high school experience is a fun and memorable one.”

2017 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Abigail Gonzalez

Abigail Gonzalez
Sonoma Valley High School
Sonoma, CA

Post-Graduation Plans: Abigail plans to study business at Santa Rosa Junior College.

“The most valuable lesson [I learned from being a Link Crew Leader] was that I can make a change in someone's life by just taking the time to sit down and ask them how they're doing.”

2017 Link Crew Scholarship Winner, Hannah Knudsen
Hannah Knudsen
Hatboro Horsham High School
Horsham, PA

Post-Graduation Plans: Hannah plans to attend Lehigh University, major in Chemical Engineering, and run on the Division 1 Varsity Cross Country and Track Teams


“Before being accepted into the Link Crew program at Hatboro Horsham, I thought of myself as a leader. However, I wasn’t the same leader before Link Crew as I am now that I have been a part of Link Crew. Before, I thought of a leader as someone who stepped up and took control of situations. Now, after spending time as a Link Crew Leader with freshman and going through two semesters of the Link Crew Class offered by HH, I know that a leader embodies way more qualities than I first imagined. A leader doesn’t take control but works with others to be the best team they can be. They are positive, outgoing and friendly. They “totally support” everyone, “go big”, “yes, and” situations and are “always proud, never satisfied”. There are so many more qualities that it would take forever to list them all. Essentially, Link Crew has transformed me into the leader I am today and I am so grateful to have been part of such a great program.”