An AP Scholar with Distinction, Coleton graduated from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Active in theatre and music, he was president of the school’s thespian troupe and show choir, a state thespian troupe officer, and state champion and national semi-finalist in the National Shakespeare Competition. He was named the Outstanding Theatre Student at his school and is eager to audition for theatre and film productions at IU. A summer service trip to Latvia, where he taught English and learned some Latvian, strengthened his interest in majoring in linguistic anthropology and inspired his love for international travel and service. His long-range ambition is to work on preserving endangered languages.

Coleton says one of his fundamental beliefs is conveyed in a sentence from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel The Sirens of Titan: “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”

He will hold the Al and Lynn Reichle Scholarship in the Wells Scholars Program.