Lenoir City High School student wins UT-Battelle Scholarship

OAK RIDGE, April 1, 2009 -- Jeremy Buckles, a student at Lenoir City High School, is this year's winner of the four-year UT-Battelle Scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

The scholarship, which is worth up to $20,000, is awarded annually to a top graduating senior who has a parent working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Jeremy, who is Lenoir City High's student body president, is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, where he serves as a volunteer tutor for underclassmen. He has a 4.13 grade point average.

One of Jeremy's several interests--weather and climate studies--is particularly attuned to the research mission at ORNL, which UT-Battelle manages for the Department of Energy. The national laboratory is home to the world's largest supercomputer for open science, including climate simulations.

"The concern of future energy sources and their effects on global climate cause scientists to research endless possibilities and impacts on our society," Jeremy wrote in his application essay.

He is the son of Keith and Betty Buckles of Lenoir City. Keith works in ORNL's Laboratory Protection Division.

The UT-Battelle scholarship is a competitive award, distributed in $5,000 annual increments over a four-year period to an outstanding
graduating high school student who plans to study science, mathematics or engineering at the University of Tennessee.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.