Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center recognized 17 graduating seniors from area school districts for their academic success, school and community service at its annual Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award Dinner on March 14.
Five students were awarded $500 scholarships based on their school grades, test scores, activities and an essay detailing the positive impact of one person on their lives. All students read their tributes aloud and introduced their “Positive Impact Person” to the group, which included family members and school administrators.
Winners of the $500 scholarships included Collin Berg, Northmor Local Schools; Jacob Bloomfield, Bucyrus City Schools; Laura Grube, Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools; Grace Haring, Mansfield City Schools; and Sidney Long, Buckeye Central Local Schools.
Others honored as Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award nominees included Adam Cunningham, Pioneer Career and Technology Center; Caitlyn Fulk, Crestview Local Schools; Victoria Garrett, Crestline Exempted Village Schools; Luke Gorbett, Ontario Local Schools; Emily Gove, Shelby City Schools; Lydia Morgan, Highland Local Schools; Nick Stricklen, Lexington Local Schools; John Marhefka, Madison Local Schools; Connor Pollard, Lucas Local Schools; Joshua Queener, Cardington Lincoln Local Schools; Lindsay Young, Tiffin City Schools; and Jun Hao Zheng, Galion City Schools.
Mid-Ohio ESC Superintendent Linda T. Keller announced that the scholarships were underwritten by the Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors, who added a fourth $500 award this year. Simply EZ Meals donated an additional $500 scholarship.
“We are here to show our pride in all that you have accomplished,” Keller told the students as she and Board of Governors President Mary Dixon welcomed the group. Each student was also awarded a gift bag with items donated by 30 area businesses.
Northmor Superintendent Chad Redmon says, “Tonight is a wonderful opportunity to recognize students for their hard work, and we are happy to celebrate with their families.”
Ontario Local Schools Superintendent Lisa Carmichael pointed out that a number of students singled out teachers in their “Positive Impact Person” essays. “This is one of only a few opportunities we have for our students to recognize a teacher in a formal fashion,” Carmichael says. “We appreciate Mid-Ohio ESC for hosting this annual event.”
Joseph Mills, Cardington High School Principal, says, “It great to take time out of our busy schedules to honor these students who have been working their entire school careers and are at the top of their classes.”
To honor former State Superintendent Dr. Franklin B. Walter, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) established the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards to promote student achievement and recognize academic accomplishment. One student from each of Ohio’s 88 counties will be honored at a ceremony in April in Columbus. Mansfield City Schools senior Grace Haring will represent Richland County. Buckeye Central Local Schools senior Sidney Long will represent Crawford County.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, located at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth St. in Mansfield, provides high quality, cost-effective, specialized academic/ therapy support services and professional development for school districts in the Central Ohio Region. These include offering alternative educational options, preschool education and printing services, as well as conference center facilities.