Deeply interested in politics, history, and law, Eli joins the Program as a political science major and the sixteenth Scholar from North Central High School. He will never fully abandon his childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and a Supreme Court Justice, but he has decided instead to pursue a political career. He is excited to meet new people and take advantage of IU’s many academic resources, and he plans to remain active in Indiana politics and continue to build relationships in that field. He hopes one day to travel to Germany to visit important historical sites, and he also wishes he could travel back in time to the American civil rights era in order to witness and participate in the movement. Slightly closer to home, Eli also loves to visit the YMCA Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, MI, where he spent time as a summer camp counselor. His most exhilarating memory to date was performing at Show Choir Nationals at the Grand Ole Opry in front of 3,000 spectators. He also enjoys playing in a klezmer band that he founded himself. Eli would like to thank his parents and his teachers for helping him reach this point and otherwise “plan for the future, but live in the present.” He will hold the Ken & Juanita Crane scholarship.