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Yorkville American Legion Auxiliary awards scholarships

The Yorkville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 489 recently announced the winners of the 2020 Gold Star Member Scholarships

The winner of the scholarship in the graduating high school senior category is Halle Jones of Yorkville.

Jones is a 2020 graduate of Yorkville High School. She has been on the YHS girls basketball team for four years, as well as a senior captain. Her high school organizations include leadership council, student council, student ambassadors, National Honor Society, Educators Rising, key club, yearbook club and Field Experience and Senior Leaders program.

She plans to attend the University of Kansas to pursue a degree in teaching.

Jones is the daughter of Jason and Kim Jones of Yorkville.

The winner of the scholarship in the current college student category is Joshua Slavin of Oswego.

Slavin is a graduate of Yorkville High School. He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, having reached the level of Eagle Scout, and the Sons of the American Legion. While in high school he founded a nonprofit charity, Timeout 4 Kids Inc. Slavin currently is attending Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in economics and strategy and finance, and is preparing for a career in investment banking and consulting.

At Washington University, he is a member of the varsity football team, the Olin Business Council and a student representative for the Residential Hall Council.

Slavin is the son of Robert and Lynn Slavin of Oswego.

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