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Carson Stuckey Scholarship



Christian Connell is the first recipient of the Carson Starkey Memorial Scholarship.

“I was just so amazed I got it,” Connell said.

Connell played tennis with Starkey, is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. The family and scholarship coordinators say they picked Connell because like Starkey, he’s well rounded and engaged in the world around him.

As more students graduate every year, there will now always be the Starkey Memorial Scholarship at Austin High, to help students begin their lives after high school; lives with endless possibilities.

The scholarship coordinator tells us Austin High seniors have received $5.8 million in rewards and scholarships.

California police are still investigating Starkey’s death. They recently arrested four of his fellow fraternity members. They all face serious charges linked to his death from alcohol poisoning.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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