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Spriggs, Grooms recipients of 2016 Young Memorial Scholarships

Jade Spriggs from North Adams High School, left, and Kristen Grooms from West Union High School, right,  are the 2016 recipients of the Young Memorial Scholarships.
Jade Spriggs from North Adams High School, left, and Kristen Grooms from West Union High School, right, are the 2016 recipients of the Young Memorial Scholarships.

The Young Memorial Scholarship is an academic/athletic scholarship that honors the lives of David and Mark Young and the 2016 recipients of the  scholarships are North Adams High School’s Jade Spriggs and from West Union High School, Kristen Grooms.
Graduating with Honors, Jade participated in National Honor Society and Beta Club.  She was ranked first in her class and participated in both golf and softball where she was awarded league, district and state honors in both sports.    Jade will attend Shawnee State University pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy while golfing for the Lady Bears Women’s Golf team.  Jade is the daughter of Charles and Julie Spriggs.
Also graduating with Honors, Kristen participated in basketball, volleyball and softball where she was awarded league and district honors in all the sports.  She participated in Beta Club, National Honor Society, FFA, Livestock Judging and Envirothon.  Kristen will attend Shawnee State University and enroll in the Applied Health and Science Dental Hygiene program.  Kristen is the daughter of Jeremy and Sherri Grooms.
The scholarships are given each year in honor of brothers David and mark Young, both of who passed away at far too early of an age.
David Young graduated from West Union High School in 1972.  At WUHS, David participated in basketball and baseball.   He continued his baseball career at Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in Education.  David returned to Ohio where he taught Science, Health and Physical Education.  He also began his coaching career, most notably basketball, where he coached at West Union, Waverly, Minford, Whiteoak and, finally, North Adams, for 23 years.  David’s coaching achievements include: SHL Coach of Years, District 14 Coach of the Years and, in 2009, Ohio Coach of the Year in Division III.  David was very proud of his players, school and community.  He found the most joy when his players succeeded off the court.
Mark Young graduated from West Union High School in 1978.  At West Union, Mark was a tri-sport athlete in basketball, baseball and football.  He excelled on the gridiron and received many offers to take his football talents to the next level.   Mark, focusing on education, attended Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in Business Administration.  Mark became a world traveler as he worked his way through the United States Department of Defense.  When Mark passed away, he was working directly with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his administration.
Some of Marks achievements include:  The Army Value of Engineering Award (1991), the 2004 Quality in the Space and Defense Industries Award (NASA) and, most notably, Al Gore’s Golden Hammer Award in 1999.

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