Tusc Chamber honors high school leaders

Submitted photo. Winners of the 2018 High School Leadership awards presented by the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce included: Front (l to r) - Isabel Heid-Perez - Claymont, Britney Wayts - Buckeye Career Center, Hunter Porcher - Newcomerstown, Emma Potts - Tuscarawas Valley, Molly Triplett - Tuscarawas Central Catholic, and Lauren Kinsey - Dover; Back (l - r) - Jason Keller - Garaway, Joshua Kaiser - New Philadelphia, Andrew Cregan - Strasburg, and Christian Stark - Indian Valley.

*This story first appeared in The Budget’s May 23, 2018, Local Edition.

Ten area high school seniors were honored earlier this month at the 19th annual High School Leadership Awards luncheon sponsored by the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce and held at the Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center in New Philadelphia. The award recognizes one senior student from each high school in Tuscarawas County based on outstanding leadership, good citizenship, and service to their school and community.

The 10 recipients were:

Britney Wayts, daughter of Shawn and Sierra Wayts of East Rochester, was selected by the staff at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia. She plans to major in Agriscience Education at The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.

Isabel Heid-Perez, daughter of Heather Heid of Dennison, plans on attending The University of Akron to major in Chemical Engineering following graduation from Claymont High School.

Lauren Kinsey, daughter of Eric and Kari Kinsey, will graduate from Dover High School with plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering and Neurology.

Jason Keller, son of Robert and Beverly Keller of Dundee, will be attending Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus majoring in Middle School Education with a focus in mathematics and science following graduation from Garaway High School.

Christian Stark, son of William and Polly Stark of Port Washington, will graduate from Indian Valley High School. His future plans include attending Malone University, where he will major in Communication Arts with a minor in Youth Ministry.

Hunter Porcher, daughter of Rhonda Porcher of Newcomerstown, plans to attend the Accelerated Accounting Program at Ashland University and earn a master’s degree in Business Administration following her graduation from Newcomerstown High School.

Joshua Kaiser, son of Greg Kaiser and Heather and Danl Poloisky of New Philadelphia, is a member of the Class of 2018 at New Philadelphia High School. He plans to attend college following graduation to pursue a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry with future career plans in research.

Andrew Cregan, son of Andy and Nancy Cregan of Navarre, will attend Baldwin-Wallace University majoring in Sports Management after graduating from Strasburg-Franklin High School.

Molly Triplett, daughter of Dave and Amy Triplett of New Philadelphia, is a member of the Class of 2018 at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School. Her plans after graduation include attending The Ohio State University.

Emma Potts, daughter of Marcie and Ron Potts of Bolivar, will graduate from Tuscarawas Valley High School. Following graduation, she will be attending Youngstown State University to major in Nursing and participate in the honors college.

As part of the event, students were invited to speak. Many of the students noted that leadership is not just a role or being the boss, but rather rolling up your sleeves and working alongside friends, neighbors, and even strangers, for a common goal, a common good.

Executive Director of the Tuscarawas County Chamber Scott Robinson congratulated the group and challenged them to keep pursuing excellence as they enter into the next chapter of their lives. “The lessons you learn now will continue to serve you in the future,” he said. “I congratulate each of you on your achievement.”

Each of the recipients received a plaque and a Chamber Bucks gift certificate courtesy of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce and the event sponsors: The Barnett Realtors; Buckeye Career Center; Buckeye Landscapes and Design, LLC; The Commercial and Savings Bank; Community Mental Healthcare; East Central Ohio Educational Service Center; Eleet Cryogenics, Inc.; First Federal Community Bank; Harpst Ross and Becker Co., LLC; Lauren International; Solid Rock Photos; Trinity Hospital Twin City; and the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau.