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Area Scholars Honored at Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Program

From left: MOESC Board of Governors VP Doug Theaker, President Dick Prater, Matthew Gimbel, Kaydence Hines, Grant Barrett, and MOESC Superintendent Kevin Kimmel

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) recognized 12 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 8th. 

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.
Winners of the $500 scholarships made possible by Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors were awarded to: Matthew Gimbel, Galion City Schools; Grant Barrett, Lucas Local Schools; and Kaydence Hines, Lexington Local Schools.

Gimbel acknowledged Isaac Keinath as his Positive Impact Person and said his short-term goal is to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. “The broad field of mechanical engineering will also keep my career options open as I later pursue a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering,” said Gimbel. “The rigorous coursework will allow me to pursue my long-term goal of working for cutting-edge aerospace innovators.”

Barrett praised his Positive Impact Person Richard Hall. “I would like to find an internship this summer at a place similar to my desired major,” he said. In the short term, Barrett has high hopes for his senior track season. “I’d like to be a two-time conference champion, throw discus 150 feet, and to be an All-Ohioan in discus.”

Hines honored Michael Kathrein and said she plans to study nursing and eventually graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She said, after graduation, she plans to pursue a job in the nursing field. “My ultimate goal is to get into medical school so that I can become a surgical oncologist.”

MOESC Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel said, “These 12 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 Zavier Alterio, Pioneer CTC; Addyson Cox, Madison Local Schools; Abigail Hawkins, Crestview Local Schools; Jason Lin, Mt. Gilead Village Exempted Schools; Kelsey McCoy, Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools; Kaden Miller, Highland Local Schools; William Payne, Mansfield City Schools; Jack Sears, Northmor Local Schools; and Enyce Sewell, Crestline Village Exempted Schools.

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. Matthew Gimbel will represent Mid-Ohio ESC at the program in Columbus on Tuesday, May 3rd.

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