Five area boys have been selected as finalists for the 2021 R.K. Thompson Self Reliance Award, according to Breanne Sudduth, Keri McClure and Anthony Adams, co-chairpersons of the Van Wert Service Club’s selection committee. The program provides cash awards to Van Wert County High School seniors who best exhibit the trait of self-reliance. These awards are designed to seek out and honor the student who does the best with what he has.
This year’s boys finalists include Cole Gorman, son of Shawn and Michelle Gorman; Jordan Hurless, son of Ron and Jessie Dunn; Clayton Leeth, son of Greg and Brenda Leeth; Peter McMaster, son of Matthew and Pamela McMaster and Killian Sudduth, son of Ray and Breanne Sudduth.
Gorman is a senior at Lincolnview High School where he is a member of Lincolnview Honor Society, Beta Club, Jazz Band, Science Club while also competing on the Soccer and Track and Field teams. Outside of school, Gorman participates in Boy Scouts earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Following graduation, he plans to attend the Air Force Academy pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering with the goal of becoming a pilot. Work experience includes Vancrest Healthcare Center as well as Wal-Mart.
Hurless is a senior at Van Wert High School where he is a member of the choir and the CEO program in conjunction with Lee Kinstle. Hurless is also a youth group leader at the Apostolic Church of Van Wert while also singing in the Church choir. Following graduation he plans on attending Bluffton University majoring in Musical Education. Work experience includes Peking Restaurant, Van Del Drive-In and Lee Kinstle.
Leeth is a senior at Lincolnview High School where he is a member of FFA, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Baseball, Basketball and captain of the Soccer team. Leeth is also engaged in the CEO program through a partnership with Van Wert Economic Development. After graduation, he plans on attending The Ohio State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration. Work experience includes time with the Lincolnview Athletic Department.
McMaster is a senior at Lincolnview High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society, Scholastic Bowl, Beta Club president, Science Club president, team captain of Science Olympiad, founder and president of the Math Club while also finding time to compete on the Basketball team. McMaster volunteers his time with Charis House, VW Co Animal Shelter, KBA Basketball and is a member of Calvary Evangelical Church. After high school, he plans to continue his education earning a degree in astrophysics then a PhD. Peter is currently employed at Subway.
Sudduth is a senior at Vantage Career Center where is engaged in the Construction Equipment Technology Program. Activities include serving as a student ambassador, membership in National Technical Honor Society while also participating in Football and Wrestling team captain for Van Wert High School. Sudduth also volunteers at LifeHouse Church leading a group of elementary students. Following graduation, he plans to enter the workforce with the goal of owning his own Diesel Mechanic Shop or Construction Company. Work experience includes time at Rocky Top, Olympic Lanes, Summer Sealers and Kenn-Feld Group.