:: Missouri Academy of Squires ::
Grammy winning singer/musician Sheryl Crow was elected in to the Missouri Academy of Squires, a ceremonial group dedicated to honoring both former and current university students, on Dec. 3. 2004
Originally founded in 1960 by then Governor James T. Blair, the academy limits its membership to 100 people and honors Missourians for their accomplishments at community, state and nation levels.
Crow was born in Kennett, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1984 with a degree in music education. She worked in St. Louis as a teacher for a few years after graduating before pursuing her music career.
After recording and releasing her debut album in 1993, "Tuesday Night Music Club," Crow won her first of nine Grammys in 1994 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Best Rock Album, for her album, All I Wanna Do.
Despite all of her success, she still has not forgotten her roots and continuously makes contributions to her hometown community.
"She is very active with local charities. On her web page she has an area that shows the charities she supports, and two of her primary interests are education and children," Jan McElwrath, Executive Director for the Kennett, MO chamber of commerce said. "She continues to support the Kennett Area Higher Education Center through scholarship funding and supports the Delta Children's home. There is a fundraiser each year where many of her fans send money in through to the Delta Children's home on Sheryl's birthday. She also donates clothing that is sold at a local store and the proceeds go to the Delta's Children home."
Crow's most recent contribution to her community is a donation of an undisclosed amount that she is providing as the primary funding for the construction of a swimming pool for her hometown. The pool will open on Memorial Day 2005. Because of her dedication to her hometown and state, McElwrath said she believes that Crow is a worthy candidate for the Academy of Squires.
"We are always proud of Sheryl and all of her efforts and we were very excited to hear that she has been elected to the Academy of Squires," McElwrath said. "She has a dedication to her craft and her music and she has never forgotten her roots. She continues to help not only her hometown, but also her state, and is very glad to do so," McElwrath said. "She has achieved great success and again, consistently does things throughout the year to support various charities throughout her hometown and state as well as throughout the world."
Along with Crow, Gov. Bob Holden announced nine other members who were elected after receiving nominations from both the public and Academy members. Also inducted were Harris-Stowe State College President Dr. Henry Givens, Jr.; former Missouri Congressman Alan Wheat; J.E. Dunn Construction CEO Terry Dunn; Kansas city community activist Lali Garcia; Chairman and CEO of Hamra Enterprise Sam Hamra, Jr.; former President of Truman State University and past Commissioner of Higher Education for Missouri, Charles McClain; former president of the Missouri AFL-CIO Duke McVey; President and Director of JoDill Incorporated and Dillingham Enterprises Incorporated John Dillingham and Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Dick Dunn. This was the first class to be elected in the past two years. (mustudentnews.com)
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