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Article: Seniors Awarded over $65,000 in Local Scholarships

Seniors Awarded over $65,000 in Local Scholarships

Megan Rataj (Clearview), scholarship recipient, smiles with her JVS Class of 2020 yard sign and culinary arts gift bag

The 2020 Lorain County JVS Senior Recognition Ceremony was virtually held on Friday, May 15th, with 364 students receiving career-technical certificates in their respective fields. Thirty two students were selected as Outstanding Seniors in their programs, and twenty seven students were awarded $65,500 in local scholarships. 

Career Based Intervention student, Corey Helmlin (Keystone) performed the national anthem on his guitar from home to begin the ceremony.

“Certainly this is not the ceremony we would like for our graduates, but let’s look at this in a positive manner,” said JVS Superintendent Dr. Glenn Faircloth. “COVID19 has changed our lives forever, but how we deal with this will make us stronger. Just think Class of 2020 the story you will be able to tell. You are so inspirational to your family, friends and to us here at JVS. We are proud of you and we celebrate you.”

“Despite everything that has happened this year, you are graduating,” JVS High School Principal said with a smile. “You have earned your Career-Technical Certificates and you will go on to college, into the military, and into your chosen career paths.  This speaks to your resiliency. Congratulations Class of 2020 -- I can’t wait to see what you will do next!”

Logan Ramsey from the Carpentry program, was the senior speaker and shared words of encouragement to his classmates. “We are doing what we love and the trades have become our passions, our hobbies, and what makes us feel good. Every day is a different challenge, we get to use our hands and our minds to solve problems and be creative. All that we have done to get to this point in our lives, and all that we have had to overcome, shows that we can tackle anything that life wants to throw at us in the future. Keep up the hard work!”

Top JVS scholarship recipients included Teacher Education Exploration student Amber Allen, who received the William R. Burton Scholarship in the amount of $6,500; Teacher Education Exploration student Jarod LaPointe, who received the William R. Burton Scholarship in the amount of $6,500; and Allied Health Sciences student, Ariel Weese, who received the William R. Burton Scholarship in the amount of $6,500.

All local scholarship recipients are listed by associate school district:

Amherst

Matthew Arcuri is a recipient of the Sandra Dodson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500. Matthew completed the Welding and Fabrication Program.

Hadleigh Fain is the recipient of the William Randall Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Hadleigh completed the Teacher Education Exploration Program.

Avon Lake

Joseph Hale is the recipient of the Julie L Hogan Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Joseph completed the Web and Graphic Design Program.

Claire Lavelle is the recipient of the William R Burton Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and the PTA/LCJVSTA Scholarship in the amount of $4,500. Claire completed the Sports, Health and Fitness Technology Program.

Sara Steinman is the recipient of the LCJVS Tribute Scholarship in the amount of $3,000. Sara completed the Teacher Education Exploration Program.

Brookside

Madison Torres is the recipient of the Julie L. Hogan Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Madison completed the Allied Health Sciences Program.

Clearview

Megan Rataj is in the recipient of the William Randall Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and the Pam Faragher Culinary Scholarship in the amount of $6,500. Megan completed the Culinary Arts Program.

Ariel Weese is the recipient of the William Randall Scholarship in the amount of $6,500. Ariel completed the Allied Health Sciences Program.

Columbia

Joshua Morlock is the recipient of the Ryan Woodrum Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and the Linda Diedrick Teacher Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $4,000. Joshua completed the Industrial Equipment Mechanics Program.

Elyria

Anna Hale is the recipient of the William R. Burton Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Anna completed the Sports, Health and Fitness Technology Program.

Joseph Nichols is the recipient of the LCJVS Tribute Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Joseph completed the Digital Media Arts Program

Firelands

Sydney Clark is the recipient of the Sandra Dodson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500. Sydney completed the Early Childhood Education Program.

Keystone

Emma James is a recipient of the Vitalant Community Blood Services Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Emma completed the Allied Health Sciences Program.

Grace James is a recipient of the Vitalant Community Blood Services Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Grace completed the Allied Health Sciences Program.

Jarod LaPointe is the recipient of the William R Burton Scholarship in the amount of $6,500. Jarod completed the Teacher Education Exploration Program.

Midview

Amber Allen is the recipient of the William R Burton Scholarship in the amount of $6,500. Amber completed the Teacher Education Exploration Program.

Chayla Herner is the recipient of the Sandra Dodson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Chayla completed the Allied Health Sciences Program.

Jessica Kucera is the recipient of the Robert and Janet McMinn Scholarship in the amount of $4,000. Jessica completed the Web and Graphic Design Program.

Meghan Newton is the recipient of the Sandra Dodson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500. Meghan completed the Teacher Education Exploration Program.

North Ridgeville

James Matthew Johnson is the recipient of the Ray’s Auto and Truck Service Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. James completed the Collision Repair Program.

Danielle Lesiw is the recipient of the Julie L Hogan Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Danielle completed the Web and Graphic Design Program.

Wellington

Christopher Beat is the recipient of the James A Berthold Board of Education Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Christopher completed the Commercial Truck Technology Program.

Grace Dudziak is the recipient of the J Edgar Martin Scholarship in the amount of $4,000. Grace completed the Allied Health Sciences Program.

Morgan Hunter is the recipient of the Julie L Hogan Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Morgan completed the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Program.

Kallie Mackrell is the recipient of the William Randall Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Kallie completed the Allied Health Sciences Program.

Madison Mull is the recipient of the PTA/LCJVSTA Scholarship in the amount of $500 and the Sandra Dodson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500. Madison completed the Sports, Health and Fitness Technology Program.

Hailey Staffeld is the recipient of the Sandra Dodson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Hailey completed the Allied Health Sciences Program.

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