Anna Cecile Pepper

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

 Elizabethtown, KY

Elizabethtown High School, 2014


Major(s): Political Science (B.S.), History (B.A.)

Minor: Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Honors Societies 

  • University of Louisville Honors Scholars Program


  • Henry Vogt Scholarship 
  • Critical Language Scholarship (2016)
  • Louis C. Kesselman Award for Excellence in Political Science (2017)

Campus and Extracurricular Involvement

  • Vice-Chair for Engaging Issues, Student Activities Board
  • College of Arts and Sciences Senator, University of Louisville Student Government Association
  • External Social Chair, Kappa Delta Sorority 
  • Gracious Living Chair, Kappa Delta Sorority
  • Team Leader, RaiseRED Dance Marathon
  • Orientation Leader, Student Orientation Staff

Community Service

  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries
  • Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Project Warm
  • RaiseRED Dance Marathon

Internships and Work Experience

  • Intern, U.S. Army Strategic Broadening Seminar (2015)
  • Intern, World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Indiana (2016)
  • Intern, Landrum & Shouse LLP (2017)

High School

Anna Cecile is a 2014 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, where she was Spanish Club president, participated in YClub, and held multiple positions on Elizabethtown High School’s Student Council. She served as a prosecutor and a member of executive council for Hardin County Teen Court.  Additionally, she was the captain of the varsity cross country team, and a member of the varsity swimming and track and field teams. In 2013 she attended the Governor’s Scholars Program and was elected governor of KY Girls State.

Favorite Books and Quotations

  • All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • The Poems of T.S. Eliot by T.S. Eliot 

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle

"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts." -Marcus Aurelius 

"I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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