Harstine Scholarship presented to senior

Harstine Scholarship presented to senior
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Sophia Jouini of Strasburg is the daughter of Chokri and Beth Jouini. She is the 2019 recipient of the $500 Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship.

                        

The 2019 recipient of the $500 Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship is Sophia Jouini of Strasburg. She is the daughter of Chokri and Beth Jouini.

Jouini is a senior at Strasburg-Franklin High School. She is involved in marching band, pep band, concert band and Dominic Greco Band, where she plays the tenor saxophone. She has studied piano under Phyllis Ronald of New Philadelphia for seven years. She is involved in many extracurricular activities including drama club, foreign language club and deliberate scholars. In her free time she enjoys drawing, listening to music, reading and playing with her cats. She plans to attend the College of Wooster or Akron University to major in biomedical engineering.

The Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship was founded in March, 1996, when Harstine, who was 16 years old, died in an automobile accident. She was a passenger in a vehicle with a drunk driver. Her family and members of the Tuscarawas County Junior Fortnightly Music Club began the scholarship, using memorial gifts to fund the scholarship. A recital is presented yearly on the third Sunday of March by the members of the Junior Music Club and students of OMTA teachers to help perpetuate the scholarship.

In May, 1996, $50 scholarships were presented to three senior members of the club. The remainder of the memorial money received was put into a fund and established as a scholarship for a graduating senior member of the Junior Club. It was decided to use a “point system” to pick the future scholarship recipients and to hold a recital annually to help raise funds to enable the club to continue with the scholarship.

Because of the success of the first recital held in 1997, they were able to present the first $500 scholarship to Daniel Houze. He is now living in Los Angeles and working as VP of encoding and digital strategy for BC Live Productions. They produce live-streams for Disney Hewlett-Packard, Phillips Corp, Toyota, Maria Shriver, Kelly Clarkson, USC and more. He helps all of the streams get to their destinations across the internet as fast and safely as possible.

The total amount paid out for scholarships since 1996 through 2018 is $11,150. There were no graduating seniors in 2018. Funds received from the 2019 recital will be used for future scholarships. Because of declining membership in the Tuscarawas County Junior Fortnightly Club, students of OMTA teachers are now included as being eligible to receive the scholarship.


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