High school honors top academics
- Published: May 23, 2013
Yellow Springs High School recognized many of its students, especially its seniors, at the annual scholarship awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 15.
Lois Miller, with a grade point average of 4.098, was named valedictorian, and Hunter Lawson, with a grade point average of 3.952, was named salutatorian.
Taylor Ford, Hunter Lawson and Regina Brecha are National Merit Commended students. They placed in the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The following students were awarded the Diploma with Honors in acknowledgement of their superior academic achievement and commitment to excellence: Angela Allen, Regina Brecha, Lucy Callahan, Taylor Ford, Maya Hardman, Philip Kaiser-Parlette, Hunter Lawson, Lois Miller, Ali Solomon and Paloma Wiggins.
The Award of Merit was given to the following students in acknowledgement of their superior academic achievement and commitment to excellence and attendance: Angela Allen, Lucy Callahan, Maya Hardman, Megan Hiner, Philip Kaiser-Parlette, Katie Kruk, Hunter Lawson, Chauncey Longshaw and Lois Miller.
Current active members of the National Honor Society are: Lois Miller, Hunter Lawson, Lucy Callahan, Philip Kaiser-Parlette, Maya Hardman, Regina Brecha, Megan Hiner and Charlie Fenimore. New inductees are: Lillian Rudolf, Paloma Wiggins, Angela Allen, Taylor Ford, Ali Solomon, Erin Grote, Kirsten Denman, Zoey McKinley, Christina Brewer and Rachel Meyer.
2012–13 Foreign Exchange Students were Fernando (Boris) Calle-Fernandez, Yuka Iguchi, Pedro Cussioli, Lotte Mulder and Elisa Wilk.
Perfect Attendance awards were presented to junior Taylor Beck and senior Keturah Fulton.
The Community Blood Center recognized Taylor Ford, Keturah Fulton, Lois Miller, Ali Solomon, Casandra Wessendorf and Paloma Wiggins as “red cord graduates” for registering to donate blood three or more times during their high school career.
Rachel Meyer received the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. Recipients of this award receive a scholarship of $7,500 per year if they attend the University of Rochester.
Zoey McKinley received the Rensselaer Medal Award for outstanding academic achievement in mathematics and science.
Philip Kaiser-Parlette received the Eric Smith CodeDog Scholarship for $300.
Paloma Wiggins received the Delta Sigma Theta (Wilberforce) Scholarship for $500.
Maya Hardman and Paloma Wiggins received the Greene County Youth Activity Fund scholarship for $500 each, given by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
Maya Hardman received the Simply Women Scholarship (Paloma Wiggins Foundation).
Tyler Kimball received the Howard Kahoe/Dud Scott Scholarship for $500.
Angela Allen received the Martha Dell Cadow and Warren Dell Scholarship for $500.
Hunter Lawson, Lucy Callahan and Ali Solomon received Yellow Springs Theater Arts awards of $200.
Rachel Meyer and Erin Grote received Mary Jane Bachtell Awards for Creative Writing in the amounts of $400 and $200, respectively.
Yellow Springs Arts Council Student Art Awards were given to Dora Perini ($300), Accomplished Series; Romy Farrar ($250), Accomplished Series; and Lillian Rudolf ($200), Excellence in Individual Works.
Lois Miller received the YSHS Metro Buckeye Scholarship, awarded to an athlete based on sports participation, GPA, community service and academic and athletic achievement.
Maryah Martin received the John Gudgel Scholarship for $750.
Niki Worsham received the Yellow Springs Education Association Scholarship for $800.
Sierra Butler received the John McConville Memorial Scholarship for $1,000.
Angela Allen received the James A. McKee Scholarship for $1,000.
Taylor Ford and Paloma Wiggins received Bulldog Scholarships of $1,000 each.
Regina Brecha, Erin Grote and Naomi Guth each received $350 awards from the Shirley Mullins Endowment Fund
From the Shirley Mullins Endowment, Taylor Beck, Kennedy Harshaw and Oluka Okia each received $100 awards from the Summer Private Lesson Fund; Christina Brewer and the YS Quartet Music (Gabe Day, Henry Potts-Rubin, Meredith Rowe and Josh Seitz) received Music Purchase Awards; and Blaze Wright received a Targeted Scholarship of $150.
Paloma Wiggins received the L. Shelbert Smith Memorial Scholarship for $2,000.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Yellow Springs Lodge #279 awarded $1,000 each to Acala Cresci, Keturah Fulton, Maya Hardman and Maryah Martin, and presented $100 book awards to Regina Brecha, Lucy Callahan, Taylor Ford and Ali Solomon.
Regina Brecha received the $3,600 Foos Scholarship administered by the Yellow Springs Lions Club.
The Greene County Career Center gave the following awards:
Angela Allen: Distinguished Student Award for Medical/Legal Office Technologies; Sinclair Community College Tech Prep Scholarship for $3,000; DeWine Memorial Scholarship for $20,000; and 2nd place, Advanced Interview, Business Professionals of America Regional Competitive Events.
Megan Hiner: Sinclair Community College Tech Prep Scholarship for $3,000.
Tyler Kimball: Sinclair Community College Tech Prep Scholarship for $3,000; Silver rating, Culinary Team, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Regional Competitive Events.
Kathryn Kruk: Sinclair Community College Tech Prep Scholarship for $3,000.
Chauncey Longshaw: Presidents’ Award for Educational Excellence; 2nd Place, Management Team, Miami Valley Tech Prep Showcase Competition; 3rd place, Small Business Management, Business Professionals of America State Competitive Events.
Cory Thompson: Sinclair Community College Tech Prep Scholarship for $3,000.