Tyler Chernesky

Tyler Chernesky, class of 2012, is majoring in History, Religious Studies, and English with a concentration in Public and Professional Writing.

A Wells Scholar, National Merit Scholar and student in the Hutton Honors College, Tyler wrote a weekly column entitled “Not From Concentrate” for the Indiana Daily Student and served as the Student Director for Campus Crusade for Christ. Tyler has also served on the William T. Patten Foundation Committe, the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board, and the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Fairness Committee. He was Chairman of the Honors Residential Community his freshman year, and has planned numerous campus events - from debates between scholars to benefit concerts for victims of natural disasters. This December, Tyler and his roommates organized a holiday toy drive and artist showcase to benefit the Salvation Army and Bloomington's Middleway House. During his time at IU, Tyler has been recognized by the English, History and Religious Studies departments for his exceptional coursework. He has been awarded the Barbara S. Markman Memorial Scholarship, C. R. Stoltz Scholarship, Mary Campbell Scholarship, Lillie E. Fosbrink Scholarship, and the College of Arts and Science's prestigious Abel Scholarship. Recently, Tyler received grants from the Hutton Honors College and the Department of Religious Studies to support his Senior Honors Thesis examining the use of high-end technical equipment in modern American churches.

Tyler graduated as valedictorian of Carroll High School, where he was president of the student body, an editor of the student newspaper, and an active performer in the instrumental and vocal arts departments. His senior year, he won the IHSFA State Speech Championship in Discussion and competed at the National Speech Tournament in Las Vegas.

A Romantic at heart, Tyler keeps a daily journal, likes receiving handwritten letters, and enjoys road trips with good friends – his favorite destination being Gettysburg, PA. He is a devoted fan of Kelly Clarkson and "The People's Court".

After IU, he plans to continue his study of ancient Greek and Christian theology and to master the art of ballroom dance.

Tyler can be contacted by e-mail at: tycherne@indiana.edu.