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Munster student recognized as top President's Scholar

May 1, 2014

Indiana State University has recognized Sean Carey, a graduating senior from Munster, with its John W. Moore Award.

Named for the university's ninth president, who served from 1992 to 2000 and launched Indiana State's President's Scholars program. It is presented annually to the university's top President's Scholar.

Carey will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He is scheduled to begin student teaching at Bibich Elementary School in Dyer and Peifer Elementary School in Schererville.

While at Indiana State, Carey was a Service Learning Scholar through the university's Center for Community Engagement. He built a series of community partnerships and, working with the Crossroads of America Youth Orchestra, launched an after-school violin program, the Da Capo Strings, at Deming Elementary School in Terre Haute.

A 2010 graduate of Munster High School, Carey is the son of Glen Carey and Carol Hassellof.

Upon completion of student teaching in December, he plans to search for a teaching job in an inner city public school system.

"My dream is to teach elementary general music, and also be the orchestra director for a neighboring middle school," he said, adding that he hopes to eventually enter a graduate program for music education and, possibly, public service or community engagement.

"My ultimate goal is to change the lives of my students through music and serving my community," he said.

Photo: - Sean Carey, a senior music education major at Indiana State University, leads a violin program at Deming Elementary School in Terre Haute in this 2013 photo. (ISU/Rachel Keyes)

Photo: - Sean Carey, a senior bachelor of education major at Indiana State University, is recognized as the university's top President's Scholar during an awards program April 26, 2014. (ISU/Rachel Keyes)

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