Recipients of the Anita Zuber Future Teacher Scholarship
Van Wert High School held its Senior Awards Convocation for the Class of 2022 on Friday, May 6, 2022, in the Saltzgaber Music Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Seniors were honored and recognized for their academic and co-curricular achievements garnered over the past four years. As a class, approximately 1.9 million dollars calculated over a 4-year period in scholarship opportunities were acknowledged during the awards program. Van Wert High School is proud to announce some of the following awards that were presented during the convocation.
Departmental Award Winners were as follows:
Mia Kelley – Biomedical Science
Ian Rex – Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering
Jace Fast – Business & Computer
Nick Workman – German
Evan Sroufe - Instrumental Music
Bobby Spath – Language Arts
Trey Laudick – Media Arts
Tyson Jackson – Social Studies
Aubree Bear – Visual Arts
Cooper Adams – Vocal Music
Ethan White – Science and Mathematics
Keigen Martz - Spanish
The Van Wert County Veterans office representative, Ashley Showalter, recognized Presley Clevenger, Jacob Rohrbacher, and Hunter Sherer for enlisting in the military after graduation.
Hunter Sherer was presented with the Ohio Army National Guard Scholarship.
Braun Industries Project Lead the Way Engineering Scholarship was awarded to a student completing the four-year Engineering program. Mr. Vincent Ozier, representing Braun Industries, presented the award to Josh Reichert.
The Central Insurance Companies Educational and Charitable Foundation Scholarship awarded scholarships to two Van Wert High School students, Audrey Carter and Ian Rex. This award is a $5,000 per year scholarship which is renewable for four years. This scholarship was presented by Central Insurance employee Carly Smith.
In addition to the Central Insurance Scholarship, Carly Smith also presented the Black Inc. Outstanding Senior Award to Connor Pratt.
The Black Inc. Business Proficiency Award went to Audrey Carter.
Van Wert Service Pack Scholarship is sponsored by the Van Wert Service Club and recognizes students who have demonstrated community involvement through service projects and have been members of VWHS Service Pack. Bill Clifton, Service Club representative, presented the awards to this year’s recipients Nathan Jackson and Lauren McHugh.
Kimberly Laudick, President and CEO of the YWCA presented the YWCA – Young Women of Christian Leadership & Community Involvement Scholarships to Kayla Krites, Liesel Lare, and Brooklynn Laukhuf.
The Career Connections of Van Wert County is given to students involved in the Career Connections Economics class. Cory Michaud, president of Career Connections, awarded the scholarships to Nathan Jackson, Carter Miller, and Tyson Jackson.
The Margaret Shaffer Maney Memorial Music Scholarship recognizes a student who plans to major in the area of music. This year's recipient is Evan Sroufe, who was presented with the scholarship by Cindy Compton.
The John Fox Maney Memorial Business Scholarship recognizes a student who plans to major in business and has a desire to see the Van Wert community prosper. Ned Compton presented this scholarship to Jace Fast.
Chuck Thompson Scholar Athlete Award is named in honor of Mr. Chuck Thompson, a 1975 VWHS graduate, for students excelling in athletics and academics. This year’s award winners are Trey Laudick and Connor Pratt.
Schrader Realty sponsors an annual scholarship for area students. This year’s scholarship went to Van Wert High School student Mia Kelley.
Ellen Rager, representing Van Wert Health, presented the Van Wert Health Scholarship to Senior Connor Pratt.
The Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center Scholarship was awarded to Brooklynn Laukhuf.
Gaylord Leslie Golf Scholarship named in honor of Mr. Gaylord Leslie is given to a senior member of the Van Wert High School golf team. Golf coach Kim Doidge announced this year’s recipient Jace Fast.
The Van Wert Rotary Club provided three scholarships to Van Wert High School seniors Kayla Krites, Brooklynn Laukhuf, and Turner Witten.
The Psi Iota Xi Scholarship is given by the local chapter to area graduating students. Connie Hart, representing Psi Iota Xi, shared the scholarships with Kaylei Cavinder, Kathryn Griffith, Kayla Krites, Abbi Marbaugh, and Gracie Price.
Van Wert Federation of Teachers Anita Zuber Future Teacher Scholarship is given to students entering the field of education. Grace Dowler, Lydia Francis, and Gracie Price are this year’s recipients.
The 4-H Endowment Scholarship, presented by Rachel Hoverman, was given to Kayla Krites.
Dr. Carl Jeffery presented the OSU Alumni Scholarship to Kayla Krites.
A new scholarship, The Trina Langdon Scholarship for PINK Graduates, was presented by Jody Wannemacher. The recipient of this scholarship was Anna Wasson.
Tom Hittle “Hero” Award is given in memory of Mr. Hittle to a student who has displayed an “I Can” attitude in situations that they have been given. Kyle Ferrell received the award from Mr. Kerry Koontz, CEO and Career Counselor.
The V. H. Cooper Scholarships were presented to Ethan Brown, Lydia Francis, and Abbey Reid.
The Captain George L. Purmort Prize was presented to Kaylei Cavinder, Kayla Krites, Brooklynn Laukhuf, Emma Myers, and Ian Rex.
The Shirley Johns Hart Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Shirley Anne Johns Hart by her family. Mrs. Hart was a graduate of Van Wert High School - the Class of 1953. This scholarship is based on academic achievement and financial need and is chosen by the Faculty Committee on Awards. Chloe Brayton and Tiana Groves were selected to receive this award.
The Adolph & Letitia Weck Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two students who rank scholastically in the top third of their class. Students complete an application and are selected by VWHS Faculty Committee on Awards. Recipients of this scholarship are Nora Doctor and Mia Kelley.
Meghan Jensen was recognized with the American Association of Teachers of German Senior Award.
The Excellence in Theatre Award was presented to Cooper Adams and Evan Sroufe by Melissa Bloomfield, Theatre Production Instructor.
The Brandon Burlsworth Character Award is given to a football player who displays character and sportsmanship. Connor Pratt is this year’s recipient.
Mr. Trent Temple, Athletic Director, presented Grace Dowler and Turner Witten with the O.H.S.A.A. Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award.
Natalie Benner was recognized with Perfect Attendance during her 4 years of high school.
The Van Wert Athletic Booster Club Award was presented to Grace Dowler and Carter Miller by Club member Kelly Houg.
Emilie Lewis honored Devoney Sidle with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Art.
Katie Bowersock and Judy Krites presented the American Red Cross Award to Evan Sroufe.
Congratulations to Connor Pratt, Mia Kelley and Nathan Jackson for being presented with the Principal’s “Cougar Pride” Award. Students are chosen by Mr. Priest based on their involvement in school and extracurricular activities, character, respect, and school pride.