31Dec Local Students Win $18,000 in College Scholarships by Wendy Weichenthal (Marion) Marion Technical College and The Ohio State University at Marion recently hosted students from six local high schools in the annual high school mathematics competition. A dozen students took top honors and left the Marion Campus with a total of $18,000 in scholarships. Students from Cardington, Harding, Highland, North Union, Pleasant, and River Valley competed. The top three teams received a trophy for their school and individual medals. The three individual highest scores at each grade level received a trophy and scholarships to both colleges. Each institute awarded the winners $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place. INDIVIDUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS Grade 9 1st Place – Benjamin Dunham, Pleasant 2nd Place – Jonah Bowdle, Pleasant 3rd Place – Kaitlynn Sutherland, Harding Grade 10 1st Place – Madison Meadows, Harding 2nd Place – Ashley Hayward, North Union 3rd Place – Tucker Sloan, Harding Grade 11 1st Place- Eian Zachmann, Pleasant 2nd Place – Allison Simon, Harding 3rd Place – Mindi Klaus, River Valley Grade 12 1st Place – Bruce Jordan, Highland 2nd Place – Izaiah Wiley, Pleasant 3rd Place – Katelyn Grant, River Valley WINNING TEAMS The six highest scoring students of each school, regardless of grade level, were combined into school teams. 1st Place: River Valley Winners: Mindi Klaus, Katelyn Grant, Arshdeep Singh, Melannie Emigh, Kajal Desai, Shon Ferriman 2nd Place: Pleasant High School Winners: Eian Zachmann, Izaiah Wiley, Aubrie Lambert, Benjamin Dunham, Brendan Doyle, Minoy Shah 3rd Place: Highland Winners: Bruce Jordan, Annabelle Zerby, Madison Cecil, Adrienne Porter, Jack Chaffee, Faith Stewart This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Lawrence Leinweber, a software engineer for ZIN Technologies, Inc., a NASA subcontractor. His presentation was entitled, “Math to Mars.” Trophies and awards are made possible through a generous donation from the Wm. Kay Davis Foundation and trustee Ronald D. Cramer. The committee that worked diligently to write the test, calculate the results, and prepare the awards and certificates included: Dr. Brian McEnnis of Ohio State Marion (emeritus), Dr. John Maharry of Ohio State Marion, Tyler Maley of Marion Technical College, and Sally O’Connor of Marion Technical College.