Derek Sims and Brandon Boynton are winners of the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Award, meaning they've earned four-year, full-tuition college scholarships.

Sims, an Elwood Community High School senior, and Boynton, of Pendleton Heights High School, will each receive four years tuition and required fees to attend the Indiana college of their choice, as well as a $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

Sims is the son William and Tina Sims; Boynton is the son of Chad and Tonya Boynton.

Sims plans to study psychology and criminology with the intention of becoming a criminal psychologist. Some of his activities have included the Youth Leadership Academy of Madison County, National Honor Society, student government and varsity sports. He's also been a volunteer organizer for a food pantry, Coats for Kids and has served as a church Sunday school leader.

Boynton plans to study computer science, business administration and entrepreneurship, and will continue to expand his software development company through college. He developed The Bully Box, an anti-bullying app for smartphones. His other activities include attending Northview Church, serving as national spokesperson for Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA! Boynton serves on Madison County Chamber Board of Directors, and is a volunteer mentor for current YEA! participants.

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Native of Maryland who moved to Indiana 20 years ago. I've covered every news beat imaginable over a long career as an editor and reporter. I am currently the courts reporter for The Herald Bulletin.

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