Muskingum Valley ESC hosts awards

Muskingum Valley ESC hosts awards

Marlie Moner


The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center presented more than 60 awards to students and educators from 16 districts during its annual awards night at Secrest Auditorium on Wednesday, March 8.

More than 200 students, educators, family members and friends attended the event to celebrate the award recipients’ achievements. The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards, Exemplary Educator Awards, Susan Writing Awards, and Outstanding Senior and Teacher Awards were presented.

The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards are named after Franklin B. Walter, former Ohio superintendent of public instruction. Each of the 16 districts in the Muskingum Valley service region nominated one senior based on his or her outstanding academic achievement, community service and leadership abilities.

A panel of judges then selected one county winner who received a $500 scholarship. County award winners are Cohen Cabot, Ridgewood Local Schools; Blake Hunt, Logan-Hocking Schools; Isabella Heigley, Morgan Local Schools; Haylie Stemm, Franklin Local Schools; Raegan Wheeldin, Caldwell Exempted Village Schools; Egan Hoffman, New Lexington Schools; and Marlie Moner, Newcomerstown Exempted Village Schools.

Park National Bank provided scholarship awards for county winners in Coshocton, Hocking, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties. The Community Bank sponsored the Perry County Scholarship. The Henery Family Scholarship was presented to the Morgan County winner.

Additionally, five students received the Susan Writing Awards and $1,000 scholarships from the Susan Mahoney Writing Scholarship. The 2023 scholarship recipients are Roberta Donathan, Ridgewood High School; Selah Murphy, West Muskingum High School; and Marina Nicolozakes, Daniel Swartz and Lee Wilkins, all from John Glenn High School.

The Susan Writing Award was created to memorialize the writing talent of Susan Elizabeth Mahoney. She was the daughter of Jim and Judy Mahoney. She passed away during her sophomore year at John Glenn High School.

Seniors from high schools in Coshocton, Morgan and Muskingum counties annually provide writing samples and apply for the scholarship award.

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