FULTON COUNTY WINNERS … Andrew Eberle (Wauseon); Drew Beauregard (Fayette); Lyla Heising (Pettisville); Abigail Short (Archbold); Owen Cromly (Evergreen – County & Overall Winner); Hailey Creps (Pike-Delta-York). Teachers (not pictured): Beth Yoder-Archbold; Dave Stoltzfus-Fayette; Luke Rosen-Evergreen; Rebecca Dorosz-Pettisville; Michelle Egan-Delta; Joshua Eppert-Swanton; Chad Burt-Wauseon. (PHOTOS PROVIDED)
The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Program was established by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) to promote and recognize outstanding academic achievement.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Franklin B. Walter, who served as State Superintendent of Education for Ohio from March 1977 until August 1991.
Throughout his career, Dr. Walter exemplified concern for young people and dedicated his life to the improvement of education in Ohio.
Eligible students must be a high school senior enrolled in a public school district – local, city or exempted village – within the ESC’s service region.
Recipients demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as indicated by high school grades, test scores, school activities, awards and community involvement.
The Northwest Ohio ESC (NwOESC), serving Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams county school districts, supports the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Program.
However, they have expanded the recognition to include locally awarded scholarships. One outstanding senior in each district receives a scholarship award of $250; while one winner from each county receives a scholarship award of $500.
In addition, one overall four-county area winner, along with his/her guests, will enjoy an exclusive invitation to the statewide recognition luncheon at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Dr. S., Lewis Center, OH 43035, where they will be awarded a plaque and additional $250 in scholarship monies.
To promote teaching excellence along with student achievement, one teacher is recognized from each district. The applying student is asked to write a tribute to the teacher who has been the most positive influence on the student’s success in school.
The NwOESC also honors a special education provider from each county for the work done on behalf of students with disabilities across Northwest Ohio. Providers are nominated by area districts through a written process each January.
Student scholarship winners and their honored teachers, and honored special education providers and their nominator were recently honored during the Franklin B. Walter Awards & Recognition Celebration held at the NwOESC offices in Archbold, OH on Monday evening, March 7th, 2022.
COUNTY WINNERS … Brendan Degryse (Four County Career Center-Henry County); Owen Cromly (Overall Winner; Evergreen-FultonCounty); Ethan Psurny (Bryan-Williams County). Not Pictured: Emily Harmon (Hicksville-Defiance County)
WILLIAMS COUNTY WINNERS … Jamie Chester (Millcreek-West Unity); Erin Elser (North Central); Ethan Psurny (Bryan – County Winner); Holly Stark (Edgerton). Not Pictured: Kaden Cummins (Montpelier); Olivia Mitchell (Edon); Bailey Short (Stryker). Teachers (not pictured): Steph Mazur-Bryan; Kristine Manning-Edgerton; Sharon Hunt-Edon; Hilltop-Eric Cooper; Montpelier-Lisa Tippin; North Central-Aubrie Ridinger; Matt Arnos-Stryker.