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Scholarships awarded at the 91st annual Jefferson Alumni

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Thanks to the vision and generosity of Ron Lykins and his late wife, Ruth, and with contributions from many Jefferson Alumni members or their families, eight deserving graduating seniors were awarded $500 scholarships at the Jefferson Alumni on May 28. The Jefferson Alumni members funded four scholarships and Ron Lykins funded the Dr. James P. and Suzanne Branham Scholarship and the three Don and Flo Armstrong Memorial Scholarships were funded by Ron and members of the Armstrong family.

The 2016 Jefferson Alumni Scholarship recipients were:

Rose Remington is a graduate of Waverly High School where she was a member of Rotary Interact, Student Council and several clubs. She played basketball, soccer and ran track. She takes an active part in the Bethesda Christian Church Youth Group. Rose plans to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in Psychology and hopes to work in the mental health field to help make a difference. Rose is the granddaughter of Tim Daniel and Carol Breeden Daniel, class of 1967.

Kayleigh Robinson is a graduate of Manchester High School and took college classes and maintained a 4.0 GPA. She earned the honor of class valedictorian. She was in National Honor Society and Beta Club. Kayleigh plans to attend Wright State University to major in Biology/Pre-Med. She plans to go to medical school with the long term goal of becoming an anesthesiologist. Kayleigh is the granddaughter of Gracie Mae Graham Samples, class of 1956.

Emily Jade Spriggs is a graduate of North Adams High School where she had a 4.0 GPA. She was in Beta Club, National Honor Society, and was on the golf and softball teams. She was all-league in softball four years, First Team All-District two years, and Honorable Mention All-State as a junior. In golf, she was All-League two years and First Team All-District as a senior. She plans to attend Shawnee State University to become an Occupational Therapist. Jade is the granddaughter of Patricia Dillow Hayslip, class of 1961.

Cheyenne Weakley is a graduate of South Webster High School where she was a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and the Lady Jeeps basketball team. She was first team SOC and Third Team All-District her junior year and First Team SOC and Second Team All-District as a senior. She was a volunteer at Solace and at Sierra’s Haven. She plans to attend Shawnee State University and major in Chemistry and hopes to become a pharmacist. Cheyenne is the granddaughter of the late Katheryn Shiveley Evans, class of 1955.

The 2016 recipients of Don and Flo Armstrong Memorial Scholarships were:

Ashley Hackworth is a graduate of West Union High School where she also took many dual-credit classes and maintained a 3.9 GPA which earned her the honor of class salutatorian. She was a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, and FFA. She excelled in cross country and track. She made All-County and All-League four years and All-District three years in cross country. In track she earned All-County and All-League three seasons. She plans to attend Shawnee State University to major in Early Childhood Education. Ashley is the granddaughter of Sarah Hackworth, class of 1967.

Haley Knauff is a graduate of West Union High School where she was a member of FFA and a cheerleader. She was also in Beta Club where she participated in many community service projects. Haley was on the varsity softball team three years. Haley plans to attend Morehead State University to obtain a Bachelor of Nursing degree and her hope is to one day work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Haley is the great-granddaughter of the late Jack Knauff class of 1944 and the granddaughter of Rodney Knauff, class of 1970.

Nathan Mielke is a graduate of Scioto Dublin High School where he played basketball and was four-year captain of the lacrosse team and was named to all-region. Nate was in National Honor Society and involved in the Dublin A.C.T. Coalition Club and also active in Young Life, a Christian organization to spread the gospel and love of Christ. He has been accepted in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and hopes to eventually earn an MBA. He is valedictorian having a 4.207 GPA and a 30 on the ACT. Nate is the grandson of Ron Lykins, class of 1959.

The 2016 recipient of the Dr. James P. and Suzanne Branham Scholarship was:

Kristen Grooms is a graduate of West Union High School where she was a member of National Honor Society and Beta Club. She was also in band and FFA and a 13-year 4-H member as well as playing volleyball, basketball and softball for four years and earned All-League in volleyball her senior year. While working part-time at McDonald’s, she maintained a 3.6 GPA. She plans to attend Shawnee State University in the Allied Health/Associate of Applied Science/Dental Hygiene program. Kristen is the granddaughter of Donald Grooms, Jr.,class of 1964.

Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2003, there have been 79 scholarships awarded at the Jefferson Alumni. These scholarships have been made possible by the continuing generosity of many alumni members and their families. The Jefferson Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit and contributions are tax deductible. To make a contribution so the scholarship program can continue, send a check to Teresa Lewis, Secretary/Treasurer at 113 Anderson Hill Road, Blue Creek, Ohio 45616. If you wish your donation to be in honor of or in memory of someone, please note that.

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