Emily McDonald, a senior from MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, has been named the 2014 recipient of the E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award. Emily was selected from 77 applicants from high schools across Iowa. The scholarship is in the name of longtime Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union Executive Secretary E. Wayne Cooley. The scholarship is worth $15,000 thousand dollars over four years to assist the recipient as she attends the Iowa College or university of her choice.
Emily plans to attend Central College in Pella, majoring in Elementary/Special Education and coaching. She will be playing volleyball for the Dutch at Central College. McDonald was one of six finalists for the award. The five runners-up all receive $1,000 dollar scholarships.
Emily is very active at MOC-Floyd Valley. She ranks ninth in her class with a 3.99 GPA and served on the student council, National Honor Society, band, choir, and is an all-state speech performer. Emily’s activities outside of school include traveling to Haiti the last two summers on mission trips with her church and she serves as an ambassador for Orange City’s annual Tulip Festival as a member of the 2014 Tulip court.
Athletically Emily is a two-time all-state performer in volleyball, helping the Lady Dutch win the last two Class 3A volleyball championships while earning all-tournament honors last fall. She is also a starter and all-conference performer on the Lady Dutch basketball team and is an all-state softball pitcher.