Three Abilene High School seniors sign with ACU, accept full-ride scholarships

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Three Abilene High School seniors signed commitments to attend Abilene Christian University today at Abilene High this afternoon, each accepting a full-ride scholarship for their academic accomplishments.

The three students are Matthew Cope, Amy Deming and Ronica McQueen.

"ACU is signing students who have achieved high academic marks much like atheltic achievers to emphasize the importance ACU places on academic achievement," said Aaron Chowning, ACU admissions counselor. "Many schools conduct formal signings for athletes, but few, if any, currently have ceremonies for top academic students. "

Among the three students alone, Chowning said more than $150,000 in scholarship money was represented.

Cope, son of Mike and Diane Cope of Abilene, is a National Merit finalist, scoring 1,410 on the SAT. He also has been involved in Student Council, Senior Senate and Peer Assistance & Leadership.

Cope was star football player at Abilene High. He was named to the varsity football All Big Country Super Team. Matt was a starting linebacker for the Abilene High Eagles, and in the fall he helped carry the Abilene High team to their first playoff appearance since 1959.

He has been recognized as a Wendy's Heisman nominee, a 1999 Texas Christian Athlete of the Year semi-finalist, Abilene High's DAR Good Citizen, and he was a member of the First Team Academic All-State Football Team.

Deming, daughter of Randy Deming and Rosemary Deming of Abilene, has been recognized with a National Merit Commendation, and she has been involved in debate throughout her high school career, garnering numerous awards.

Deming was president of the Abilene High Speech Team in 1999. She has participated in the Academic Decathlon and ran cross-country for the track team four years. She is the co-founder of Athylon, a woman's studies club with an emphasis on community service.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Forensic League and a finalist in the National Hispanic Recognition program. She has been active in her church serving as a camp counselor, vacation bible school coordinator and various other community outreach programs.

McQueen, daughter of Ronnie and Julie McQueen of Abilene, is a National Merit finalist with an SAT score of 1,470. She is a member of Abilene High School's Academic A Team and has been involved in the Academic Decathlon and Athylon. She also has been involved in choir and the Calculus and Chemistry clubs.

She has garnered several awards for her piano and violin skills. She also has been active in her church through mission efforts, leadership training, youth huddles, vacation bible schools and other activities.

ACU, a national leader in Christian higher education, is a large, globally diverse campus that attracts 4,600-plus students annually from more than 60 nations. Students have a high acceptance rate into prestigious professional and graduate schools. Hot companies and organizations aggressively recruit ACU graduates for their knowledge and character.

But the real distinctive quality at ACU is the combination of quality academics and a serious focus on Christ - in daily chapel, in student-led devotionals, in the classrooms. Other universities may offer quality academics, but few integrate faith and learning in all aspects of life Students come to ACU to become Christian leaders for the world. ACU's mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

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