Kennedy Magee of QND named recipient of Bud Willer A.C.E. Award

The Exchange Club of Quincy, Illinois is proud to announce the recipient of the 2014 of the Bud Willer A.C.E. Scholarship Award winner. A.C.E. is a National Exchange Club Program which stands for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence. This program recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance during their high school years. These changes have enabled the students to overcome adversities and prepare for graduation. Locally, the award is named after former club member Bud Willer who, after playing football in the 1940’s at the University of Iowa, came back to Quincy and began working at the Department of Rehabilitation.

Kennedy Magee ACE

Quincy Exchange Club Youth Chairman, John Johannes, QND Principal Mark McDowell, Kennedy Magee and her parents (left to right)

After seeing some of his students overcome adversity he brought the idea to the club and it has been an annual award presentation every year since the early
1970’s. John Johannes had the honors of introducing Mark McDowell, Principal of Quincy Notre Dame High School at a luncheon on May 16. Mr. McDowell then introduced this year’s winner Kennedy Magee. Kennedy transferred to this area and QND just before her senior year which is traumatic in of itself but she did so with a hearing impairment called Microtia which has left her without the ability to hear in one ear. She did not let that affect her in that she participated in athletics at QND and made the honor roll as well. She also had a 26 on her ACT and is planning on attending MacMurray College. By winning the award, Kennedy will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Quincy Exchange Club and is now eligible to receive a $2,500 scholarship in the Lincolnland Exchange Club Foundation for Youth competition and perhaps a $10,000 scholarship from the National Exchange Club Foundation.