The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s annual reception for the awarding of summer scholarships to area gifted students was held Wednesday evening, May 11, at the SOMC Friends Center in Portsmouth. Nearly 150 school administrators, teachers, parents and students were in attendance for the event.
The South Central Ohio ESC Gifted Services Department acts as liaison between businesses, individuals and organizations willing to sponsor Summer Enrichment Programs and students who are identified as gifted and interested in participating in those programs. Sponsorship is important because it provides the opportunity for students who otherwise might not be able to attend these programs offered by colleges and universities throughout the nation.
This year 40 students were awarded scholarships which will pay either all or part of their summer enrichment tuition costs.
ESC Summer Enrichment Scholarship recipients were Blake Wood, Liam Garrison, Brandon Anderson, Gabe Morrell, Samuel Wiehle, Sean Little, MaKenzie Marx, Megan Conley, Reuben Thayer, Jayden Duncan, Kathryn Wood, Ava McCleese, Sarah Simmons, Makenzie Gleason, Taylor Young, Emily Clausing, Adam Crank, Zane Miller, Grace Hobbs, Micah Simmons, Matthew Harris, Nick Gray, Ethan Sanford, Aaron Crank, Nathan Murta, Jake Alley, Monte Thayer, Caden Banks, Colin Bennington, Dutch Byrd, Adam Cordle, Andrew Crank, Sawyer Grashel, Anna Lovins, Noah Lovins, Kara Jo McCray, Emma Fleenor, Bradley McCleese, Rylie Reffit, and Evan Wheeler.
Lindsey Holden, director of the Miami Summer Scholars Program, was in attendance to recognize the students who received scholarships to attend the Miami Summer Scholars Program. The South Central Ohio ESC Gifted Services Department assists Miami University in recruiting students for this program.
Scholarships for Scioto County students come from the Scioto Foundation’s Bess and Marie Pixley Fund. The Scioto Foundation has supported the Miami Junior Scholars program for the past 20 years. This selective, two-week program is designed for academically talented high school students who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2016. Students will work with Miami’s world-renowned faculty in intensive academic modules centered on specific topics of interest, with themes like fine arts, entrepreneurship, medicine, social justice, sports management and more. They will experience college life and acquire learning experiences designed to prepare them for the college application process, including workshops focused on application essay writing, ACT/SAT test prep, and developing marketable leadership skills.
To be eligible for this scholarship, Scioto County students must complete an application and have participated in rigorous coursework during high school earning a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average.
Students who received scholarships to participate in the 2016 Miami Junior Summer Scholars Program are Mila Anderson and Parker Williams of South Webster High School, Gracie Evans of Portsmouth West High School, Abbey Halcomb, Bailey Horsley, Taylor Mershon and Andreya Queen of Portsmouth High School, Ava McCleese of Clay High School, Skylar Minzelli of Minford High School and Victoria Vastine of Northwest High School.
Also during the awards reception, the Portsmouth Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded local student, Madison Russell of Portsmouth West Jr. High a full-scholarship to attend the week-long residential Be WISE Mathematics and Science Camp at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The award was sponsored by SOMC.
The camp is designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in girls who are entering grades 7 or 8 this fall. The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research and has been in existence since 1881. The Portsmouth Branch of AAUW works to award at least one scholarship each year for a student to attend the Be WISE Camp.
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PHOTO CUTLINE: ESC Summer Enrichment Scholarship recipients. Front Row: Blake Wood, Liam Garrison, Brandon Anderson, Gabe Morrell, Samuel Wiehle, Sean Little, MaKenzie Marx, Megan Conley, Reuben Thayer, Jayden Duncan. Second Row: Kathryn Wood, Ava McCleese, Sarah Simmons, Makenzie Gleason, Taylor Young, Emily Clausing, Adam Crank, Zane Miller. Third Row: Grace Hobbs, Micah Simmons, Matthew Harris, Nick Gray, Ethan Sanford, Aaron Crank. Back Row: Nathan Murta, Jake Alley, Monte Thayer. Not Pictured: Caden Banks, Colin Bennington, Dutch Byrd, Adam Cordle, Andrew Crank, Sawyer Grashel, Anna Lovins, Noah Lovins, Kara Jo McCray, Evan Wheeler.