Clay High student Blake Dayton receives Evans Scholarship

Press Staff Writer

        Clay High School student Blake Dayton is among 24 Ohio students to be awarded an Evans Scholarship – a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies – following a final selection meeting interview held at Scioto Country Club in Columbus last month.
        Dayton, of Northwood, plans to attend Miami University.
        Selection criteria include having a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. The Evans Scholarship is valued at more than $125,000 over four years.
        “Each student has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, on the golf course and in their communities,” said Western Golf Association Chairman Joe Desch. “We are thrilled for them to join an exceptional class of newly awarded Evans Scholars from across the nation.”
        The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. Known as one of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.
        Currently, a record 1,100 caddies are enrolled at 22 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,800 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
        Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by more than 36,000 supporters across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $15 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the penultimate PGA TOUR Playoff event in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation. In 2023, the BMW Championship will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, from Aug. 17-20.
        To learn more about the WGA and ESF, visit
Youth of the Month
        Cardinal Stritch senior Alex Soltes was chosen as the National Exchange Club’s Youth of the Month.
        Soltes received a scholarship check, a plaque and certificate. She will be entered into the state competition for a chance to be recognized at the national level.
        One of the most popular Exchange youth projects, the Youth of the Month/Year Award recognizes hard-working high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership.
Academic honors
        Bowling Green State University: Feliciana Garza, Edward Staley, Melanie Bolden, Corrin Tripp, Hunter Carrick,of Toledo;
        Kaylee Beavers, Sonia Murphy, Molly Brammer, Anna Giller, Madison Dykema, Emily Young, Albert Ondrus, Kaylee Church, Sofia Lowe, Rylee Clark, Julia Russo, Mariann Bonnice, Emmalee Guy, Ricky Jurski, Madison Kelly, Brilee Shireman, Owen Thompson, Mia McDonald, Elise DeMaria, Lily Mominee, Paige Pasztor, of Oregon;
        Hunter Walters, Isaac Hoffer, Mitchell Hurley, Olivia Parr, Ethan Cunningham, Alissa Heyman, Lydia Long, Navamin Makpleek, Olivia Matlack, Grace Blackburn, Carys Thomas, Alexandra Harrison, Makenna Flores, Emerson Howard, Kaitlyn Huber, Benjamin Luoma, of Northwood;
        Kayleigh Splichal, Mariah Niezgoda, Kyle Maville, Emma Lau, Anthony Jack Rubeis, of Curtice;
        Brendan Bosh, Isabella Sanchez, Emma Tucker, Kaylie Latez, Dylan Seilhorst, Allison Schultze, Kyle Tomor, Grace Claus, Sidney Allen, Rachel Youngless, Paige Travis, Xavier Gschwind, of Elmore;
        Samantha Siefke, Aidan Barton, Liberty McCallum, Cole Learch, Mason Hogan, Emily Dunlap, Quentin Brown, Morgan Perkins, Caleb McGeorge, Zachary Szepiela, Gina Goodman, Grant Goodman, Olivia Deverna, Amanda Partin, Adeline Linker, Lillian Reimer, Tessa Weber, Ashley Greene, Austin Greene, Isabelle Greene, of Genoa;
        Cecilia Glauser, Rebecca Morelock, Olivia Paul, Amaya Nims, Nathan Tornow, Nicholas Tornow, Carter Ash, Pierson Ash, Emma Stout, of Gibsonburg; Madison Worstell, Joshua Bolander, Bailey Dusseau, of Graytown; Austin Biddle, Angela Reinhart, of Helena;
        Libby Braun, Cassidy Brough, Brielle Heft, of Lindsey; Cassandra Clay, Jessica Stewart, Kira Paule, Logan Wendt, Margaret Cochrane, Emily Cajka, Paige Woodruff, Alejandro Miranda, Amanda Withrow, Jessica Lange, of Luckey;
        Riley Wolff, Martin Repka, of Martin; Emily Arent, Sara Wadsworth, Olivia Thompson, Clair Johns, of Millbury;
        Annastachia Britt, Gerald Craddock, Ella Dedes, Chase Stayancho, Allie Large, Gracy Johnson, Kaytlynn Sandwisch, Beth DeLuca Weston Schroeder, Madison Glaser, Shelby Leigh, Mackenzie Adams, Abigayle Bowyer, of Oak Harbor;
        Jacob McClain, Isabelle Bauer, Samantha Stewart, Stephanie Kafer, Justin Greenlese, Renee Applehans, Katie Skotynsky, Anna Gudakunst, Kyra Contris, Kalee Moore, Wesley Romanko, Lily Phommalee, Emma Finley, Madison Finley, Katelyn Konecny, Emmet Getz, Carleigh Coffield, Rory Farmer, of Pemberville;
        Chloe Kadas, Jodesi Lynn Szymanski, Allysia Eicher, Ally Goetz, Kyle Walsh, Autumn Baldwin, Mackenzie Smith, Jack Walsh, Elizabeth Swartz, Izabella Hernandez, Aubrie Kunkelman, Kayla Finch, Madison, Zielinski, of Walbridge; Alexys Zellner, of Williston; Justin Schiets, Sidney Wank, Joseph Emerine, Elizabith Wilt, Nicholas Rombach, Amanda Reed, Karys Becerra, Liam Crimmins, of Woodville.
        University of Findlay: Madison Arquette, Logan Barshel, Christopher Joyce, Ellie Ramer, Kennedy Slovak, of Oregon; Ava Ayers, of Northwood; Emma Hansen, of Curtice;
        Ava Beam, Anna Youngless, of Elmore; Morgan Contreras, of Genoa; Nichole Beyer, of Graytown; Ava Kiefer, Connor Oberhouse, of Luckey; Haley Jones, Breanna Rutkowski, of Millbury;
        Logan Harris, Amelia Mizelle, Caitlynn Noble, Emma Phillips, of Oak Harbor; Kaylynn Simon, of Pemberville;
Kelly Royal, of Walbridge; Makayla Throop, of Woodville.
        Kent State University: Alexandria Manthey, Garrett St. John, Emily Wiedmann, of Oregon; Jacob Jenkins, of Northwood; Abigail Horak, of Toledo;
        Aaron Lejeune, of Genoa; Sidnee Hornyak, of Gibsonburg; Elizabeth Arntson, of Luckey; Alyssa Lopez, Alexis Meinhardt, of Millbury;
        Kaitlyn May, Chance Milledge, Ryleigh Piper, Reagan Schultz, Tyler Wadsworth, of Oak Harbor; Keith Russell, Chloe Wilson-Henline, of Pemberville; Kristen Davis, Kirsten Sargent, of Woodville.
        Miami University:  Cameron Cook, Kit Gladieux, Blake Hornyak, Alexis Jacobs, Mallory Nelson, Kendal Rivera, of Oregon.
        Lisa Tersigni, of Northwood;  Kara Quigg, of Curtice;
        Nicole Schlea, of Gibsonburg; Kiersten Linkey, of Lindsey; Charlie Farmer, of Oak Harbor; Lewis Rowan, of Pemberville.
        Youngstown State University: Karina Seem, of Gibsonburg; Emily Wolf, of Oak Harbor.      
        Kent State University: Sidnee Hornyak, of Gibsonburg.
Penta students earn honors at BPA regional competition
        Five local students were among 22 Penta Career Center students who earned top awards at the 2023 Business Professionals of America (BPA) Regional Competition.
        Students from several Penta Career Center business programs competed against students from other area schools on Jan. 19 at The University of Toledo.  These students now qualify for the BPA State Leadership Conference in Columbus.
        Award winners include:
        • William Lynch (Lake), a senior in Penta’s Digital Arts & Design Program, placed first in the Advanced Desktop Publishing competition.
        • Treyton Smith (Northwood), a senior in the Information Technologies Academy, placed first in the Device Configuration & Troubleshooting competition.
        • Kadance Jagielski (Eastwood), a senior in the Digital Arts & Design Program placed first in the Graphic Design Promotion competition.
        • Makaylah Crawford (Lake), a senior in the Medical Office Management Program, placed first in the Health Administration Procedures competition.
        • Nicholas Genzman (Northwood), a senior in the Information Technologies Academy, placed third in the Computer Security competition.
Jurski honored
        Members of every Golden Eagles athletics program at Penn-West Clarion University recently gathered in Gemmell multipurpose room for the Bob Carlson Scholar-Athlete Luncheon, with a greater proportion of student-athletes than ever before earning recognition.
        Joslyn Nicole Jurski (women's swimming and diving), of Oregon, was among those recognized. Jurski's major is Criminal Justice Administration.
        All told, there were 251 names - 66% of the student-athlete population on campus - on this year’s Clarion scholar-athlete list. The latter number represents the highest percentage of scholar-athletes in the 29-year history of the scholar-athlete luncheon.
        To earn scholar-athlete status for the year, a student-athlete must have either achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher or recorded two consecutive semesters of a 3.2 grade point average or higher in the spring and fall terms of 2022. Freshmen and new transfer students who achieved a 3.2 grade point average or higher in the fall term of 2022 also qualified.
R.C. Waters highlights top Class Dojo winners
        R.C. Waters Elementary, in Oak Harbor, participates in a school-wide initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
        PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools by allowing a safe and productive learning environment.
        The school has adopted a unified set of expectations for behavior, in place in classroom and non-classroom settings in the school They include – Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready.
        Student behavior is documented using a tool called ClassDojo, a tracking system that reinforces positive behaviors and quickly engages students in becoming accountable for their own choices. On a scheduled rotation, students are able to “shop” from the Dojo reward cart using the points they have earned for meeting the behavior expectations.
        Kindergarten: Chase LaBounty, Alaina Moore, Addaline Bond, Scarlett Wawrzyniak, Zackary Rohloff, Henry Gartee and Madison VanAtta.
        First grade: Gavin Sabo, Landon Lajti, Case Roberts, McKenna Sullivan, Tracey Brown, Lincoln Thiel, Natalie Reif, Katelynn Winter, Dwayne Croley and Evelyn Gabriel.
        Second grade: Jack Behnke, Owen Tank, AJ Fleckner, Cylus Kitchin, Hudson Suder, Makayla Forshey, Jaydn Welch, Brynlee Supinski, Hunter Hutchinson and Blake Starkey.
        Third grade: Bryce Patrick, Jayce Fleenor, Amelia Post, Logan Carroll, Emma Napier, Paris Krehmke, Kelsey Zetzer, Beckett Bryant, Payzlie Dinan and Jace McKeen.


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