The Ohio High School Athletic Association will hand out a total of $66,000 in college scholarships to 54 recent high school student-athlete graduates - including 20 Northeast Ohioans - following final selections made recently by the OHSAA's six district athletic boards.
Of the 54 honorees, 42 will receive $1,000 awards, including six who will receive an OHSAA Minority Scholarship presented by Farmers Insurance. In addition, two students from each district will receive $2,000 awards made possible by the OHSAA Foundation. Nike and Molten have also contributed to the OHSAA scholarship program, as well as schools that participate in an OHSAA Foundation basketball game, which includes a fee given to the foundation to fund their portion of the scholarships.
"These 54 youngsters had outstanding high school athletic careers and they also were exemplary students in the classroom," OHSAA commissioner Dan Ross said in a prepared statement. "They truly represent what it means to be a student-athlete, and (their) families and schools are to be commended for helping them achieve great things already."
Scholar-athlete recipients are selected based on a point system which rewards students for grade point averages, class rank, ACT or SAT test scores, varsity letters earned and individual and team athletic honors. The recipients were selected by special committees within each of the six OHSAA athletic districts.
The OHSAA has conducted its annual college scholarship program for the last 21 years.
East District's 2013 OHSAA scholar-athlete scholarship recipients
Tuscarawas Central Catholic graduate Samantha Beamer
Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans graduate David Cline
West Holmes graduate Andrew Gordon
Sugarcreek Garaway graduate Logan Kettlewell
New Concord John Glenn graduate Teresa Kuhns
New Philadelphia graduate Kayla Lowery
St. Clairsville graduate Juliana Madzia
Northeast District's 2013 OHSAA scholar-athlete scholarship recipients
Dalton graduate Carolyn Beatty
Rocky River graduate Madison Connelly
Copley graduate Alan Du
Orange graduate Katelyn King
Windham graduate Matt Knight
McDonald graduate Patrick Kunkel
Vermilion's AuBree LaForce
Smithville graduate Joelle Maibach
Amherst Steele graduate Connor Morris
Westlake graduate Logan Paul
Brookfield graduate James Quinlan
Solon graduate John Riordan
Orrville graduate Zane Vierheller
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