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Waterloo senior garners inaugural Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Scholarship

A senior from Catholic Columbus High School in Waterloo, Iowa, has been awarded the inaugural Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Scholarship from St. Catherine University.

Lynn Luecke became the first student to receive this scholarship, which offers full tuition to the University. The scholarship is awarded to a Catholic high school graduate who has demonstrated noteworthy academic excellence and leadership consonant with Catholic values.


An accomplished student ranked in the top 10 percent of her graduating class with a 4.08 grade-point average, Luecke placed third in the Iowa Regional Academic Decathlon. At Columbus High School, she is a member of the varsity speech team, co-captain of the National Honor Society, editor of the school newspaper and co-chair of the National Council on Youth serving the Upper Midwest. 

When asked what leadership means to her, Luecke, who is also a track and cross country athlete, says, “Displaying leadership characteristics every day at practice and meets was something I did just because I wanted to help those around me find their confidence.”

This year, she served on her school’s Senior Leadership Team — a group that plans summer camp retreats for younger students. She is also involved with activities and committees in both St. Patrick Parish and Campus Ministry at Columbus High School, serving on the Liturgy Committee and assisting with junior Confirmation retreats, as well as Advent and Lenten events.

 “We chose Lynn for the Columbus Senior Leadership Team because of her great character, positive relationships with others and willingness to help others,” says Tom Ulses, principal at Columbus High School. “Lynn is an outstanding role model for our students. She can be counted on to always give her best whether it is in the classroom, in the community or while participating in athletics.”

This full tuition scholarship honors the Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a member of the St. Catherine University Board of Trustees and a highly respected champion of Catholic education.

May 16, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

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