Hoover won a $2,500 scholarship for demonstrating a bold interest in a service-oriented career while exemplifying intelligence, character and compassion.
Hoover, an Advanced Placement scholar with distinction and a delegate to Boy’s State, has thrived in school and aspires to be a microbiologist, seeking to use his skills to solve a big challenge like Ebola.
He is the founder of Project Pupgrade, a nonprofit that raises funds for animal protection, is active in the school’s service and academic clubs, has helped to develop Little Free Libraries as a regional leader for Key Club and volunteers at a local pantry.
“In a time where there is so much conflict, negativity and polarization in our society, Bode is such a positive, dynamic and can-do young leader,” remarked Jesse Kharbanda, founder of the prize and executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council.
The prize is named after Paul Mitchell Chase (1955-2014), a public interest lawyer and humanitarian who was killed in a car accident.