BVU scholarship news a bright spot for SLHS graduate

Friday, July 17, 2020

A dose of great news hit Storm Lake High School senior Fletcher Kucera this spring, bringing joy to a student-athlete in need of a good break.

I was pretty happy when I heard the news, Kucera says of his qualification for one of the 15 Invest in Rural Iowa Scholarships being awarded by Buena Vista University to members of the 2020-21 freshman class. The scholarships were made possible through the generosity of a BVU benefactor who gave $1 million to create the Invest in Rural Iowa Program as one means to encourage students from 19 Northwest Iowa counties to make a difference in their community and region.

Fletcher Kucera has been making a difference in and around Storm Lake for years. In fact, some of the first people to learn of his decision to attend BVU were fifth-graders he coached during the past winter in basketball.

I told them Id be staying here to attend BVU, he says. So, I can continue coaching them in basketball next season. They were fired-up about it.

Kucera, who plans to study business management at BVU, also aims to play baseball for the Beavers. The righty wasnt able to finish his junior season at Storm Lake High School due to an arm injury. A surgical procedure on the elbow performed in February has kept him off the mound during his senior season for the Tornadoes, one in which hes served as a courtesy runner, designated hitter, and, lately, at second base.

Earlier this month, in his first at-bat of the season, Kucera drilled a home run.

The injury also forced him to miss the other sports in his senior year. Kucera has competed in six sports for his hometown team. Baseball, however, remains his favorite.

Its always been my dream to play college baseball, he says. I grew up about a block from BVU Baseball Coach Steve Eddie. I watched a lot of the Beavers baseball games and spent time in the Lamberti Rec Center as a kid. Im excited to see what I can do to help the program.

The Invest in Rural Iowa Scholarship will help Kucera, a member of Storm Lake High Schools Key Club and a food bank and CommUnity Education volunteer, achieve his goals at BVU and in his community.

I want to continue to give back to my community any chance I can, he says.