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Area Scholars Honored at Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Program

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) recognized 11 senior students from client school districts for their academic success, and school and community service at the annual Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award Dinner on March 10th.  

Three students were awarded $500 scholarships each based on their school grades, test scores, activities and an essay detailing the positive impact of one educator on their lives.  All students read their tributes aloud and introduced their “Positive Impact Person” to the audience of over 100 people; including family members and school administrators. The $500 scholarships were made possible by MOESC’s Board of Governors and were awarded to Vincent Demski, Crestline Exempted Village Schools; Bruce Jordan, Highland Local Schools; and Susan Grube, Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools.

Demski acknowledged Bill Dichtl as his Positive Impact Person and said his goals were to study graphic design or marketing at Columbus State Community College or North Central State College. He said eventually he would like to manage a team of graphic designers at an upscale business, then move on to running his own business.

Jordan praised his Positive Impact Person, Syanne Palmer, and said he wants to remain a positive person and be a good role model himself. “My long-term goal is to get a degree in biomedical engineering,having completed all courses in the pre-med track,” said Palmer. “I want to be able to show people God’s love, I want to save people’s lives, and I want to make a lasting impact on someone rather than just a short-lived ‘thank-you.’”

Grube honored Monica Baxter and said her goal is to graduate high school as valedictorian. “I plan to attend the University of Findlay and earn my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Safety and Occupational Health.” She said her long-term goals are to graduate in three years and have internships each summer, preferably with the Centers for Disease Control, Pepsi, or Marathon. Then she hopes to eventually work for the Ohio EPA or Marathon.

MOESC Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel said, “​These 11 students truly represent the best of the best in the region, and I want to congratulate them on their many accomplishments. I also want to thank the individuals that the students selected as their Positive Impact Person. This is quite an honor to know that you have made a difference in these students' lives.”

Others honored as Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award nominees included Brooklyn Campbell, Crestview Local Schools; Caleb Strack, Galion City Schools;  Maskin Sidhu, Lexington Local Schools; Grace Stupka, Madison Local Schools; Taylor Grossenbacher, Lucas Local Schools; Addyson Van Houton, Mansfield City Schools; Juliana DiTullio, Northmor Local Schools; and Carson Heinlen, Pioneer CTC. 

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 April 27th in Columbus.

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