Bailee Buckles, Lakewood, a 2018 graduate of Shelbyville High School and a sophomore at Illinois Wesleyan University impressed the Illinois Sheriff's Association committee and received a $500 ISA Scholarship presented through the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.
Buckles is studying Biology at IWU with an emphasis in Pre-Med. She plans to graduate IWU and go on to medical school and become a doctor of obstetricts and gynecology. She completed her freshman year of studies with a 3.39 grade point average out of 4.0. She scored a 24 on the ACT and a SAT score of 1160.
Buckles was an Illinois State Scholar, member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Presidential Award Winner, Top Ten Student and Student of the Month. She was involved Book Club, Key Club, Mathletes, volleyball, baking and was a volunteer for Make-A-Wish. She volunteered at the food pantry and with mentally disabled residents and was a volunteer at the Festival of Lights.
Buckles wrote an essay on what citizens can do to help law enforcement to better police and protect the community. She stressed the need for communication between the community and the police.
"Trust can ensure that we leave important problems in the hands of those who have been trained to handle the situation," Buckles wrote.
Buckles believes Shelby County does a good job of that.
"Shelbyville and Shelby County do a great good, as both community members and police officers ensure the overall environment is safe and protected," Buckles wrote. "My job as a member of the community is to ensure that I am doing my part to help our officers keep the public as safe as possible, to voice concerns and communicate with law enforcement, and trust they will do their job."