Cacie Ekstrom of Paxton was awarded the first John and Lorraine Noble Memorial Scholarship at PBL’s annual Senior Awards Night. She is the daughter of Tina Webster and John Ekstrom. The scholarship was presented by Robert Moore of Paxton.
Ekstrom also won the Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship and the PBL Youth Cheerleading Scholarship as well as receiving the IHSA Academic Award, the SVC All Academic Team Award, and the USTA Northern State Senior Athlete Award for Gymnastics.
In school, Ekstrom’s extra-curricular activities center on cheerleading and Link Crew, PBL’s peer-mentoring organization. Outside of school, she has served as a volunteer for the Clara Peterson Pit Crew and at the 4th of July carnival. She has also helped with the Paxton Youth Cheerleading.
Ekstrom will attend Parkland this fall, majoring in Biological Sciences. She plans to continue her education beyond Parkland, eventually becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Administered by the PBL Education Foundation, the scholarship has been established by Doug Noble in memory of his parents and their service to the community. Dr. Gene Noble served Paxton and surrounding communities as a physician and surgeon for twenty-five years. Lorraine Noble was active in various community organizations including the Paxton Women’s Club, the Paxton Community Hospital Auxiliary, the American Field Service and the Girl Scouts.
To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA through seven semesters of high school, intend to pursue a career in the health care field, and enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four- year college or university in Illinois.
Applicants are evaluated on four criteria: academic achievement, participation in school and community activities, a letter of recommendation from a PBL High School faculty member, and evidence of financial need. Selection of the winner is made by the PBL Education Foundation scholarship committee. The winner is eligible to receive $2,000 a semester for eight semesters provided that he or she continues pursuit of a career in the health-care field and maintains an overall 3.5 GPA.