24 Clay students awarded $1,000 scholarships thanks to Alumni


24 students awarded $1,000 scholarships

By Ciara Conley - [email protected]



(Row 1 left to right) Jessika Hall, Savannah Brown, Shaylee Holbert, Gabby Hickman, Olivia Phipps, Tyler Knittel (Row 2 left to right) Brooklyn Damron, Madison Bower, Bailey Hartlage, Jessamyn Collier, Samra Sarajlic, Abigail Harris, Jimmy Madden, Aaron Keyser, Madisen Fuller (Row 3 left to right), Aiden Hicks, Levi Nelson, Rachel Cooper, Taylor Gregory, Mekayla Osborne, Danielle Everman, McKenzie Cartee, Tressa Carter and Katie Marsh


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A record of 24 $1,000 dollar scholarships were awarded to members of the class of 2016 at Clay High School thanks to the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The Clay School Legacy Fund is a joint venture between the Clay Alumni Association and the Clay School System.

“The alumni association has done just a fabulous job in providing these scholarships, they’ve worked in conjunction with the school district to do fundraisers. We also have a program in place where our employees can have donations automatically withdrawn from their paychecks,” said Superintendent Anthony Mantell. “We also have to thank the Scioto Foundation for providing us with some matching funds. It’s just been a great collaboration with these groups and it gives students the opportunity to go on and continue their educations. I think everyone knows that the cost of higher education is enormous and continues to go up. In a smaller school like Clay, when you can give 24 students scholarships, it certainly encourages them to get a higher education. I know that the alumni association’s goal is to give a scholarship to every graduation senior that has plans to go to college. It’s a challenge but I think they’re going to make it, they’re going to make it happen. For them to even give out 24 is amazing, that’s over half of our graduating class this year. They’re a very dedicated group of people. I can’t give them enough credit.”

Scholarships were awarded to the following students listed below:

  • Samra Sarajlic, daughter of Sara and Gina Sarajlic, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by Doris Holt McCain in memory of her husband, George Alfred McCain, Clay Class of 1944, and her son Terence Allen McCain, Clay Class of 1966. Samra will attend Ohio University. She will pursue a degree in Pre-Law.
  • Gabrielle Hickman, the daughter of Chad Hickman and Jill Tipton, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored in memory of Michael Powell, Clay Class of 1965 by his father, Bill Powell, his wife, Linda Powell, and daughters Cindy Powell Gearheart and Mindy Powell Keaton and friends. Gabrielle will attend Ohio University. She will pursue a degree in Biology/Forensic Science.
  • Danielle Everman, the daughter of Daniel and Heather Everman, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored in memory of James R. Goad, Clay Class of 1966, by James’ brother David Goad and his wife Kimberly and by James’ daughter Carissa and her husband Jerome McConkey. Danielle will attend Kent State University. She will pursue a degree in Psychology.
  • Bailey Hartlage, the daughter of Steve and Donna Hartlage, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hunt in memory of Marianne Hunt Rose and Mr. Craig Rose, both of the Clay Class of 1958, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Hunt. Bailey will attend Shawnee State University. She will pursue a degree in Business.
  • Madison Bower, the daughter of John and LeeAnn Bower, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored in memory of John E. Reinhardt and Catherine Reinhardt Buckle by their sister, Phyllis Reinhardt Miller. Madison will attend Shawnee State University. She will pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.
  • MeKayla Osborne, the daughter of Melissa Osborne, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by Phyllis Cox Johnson in honor of the Clay Class of 1960 and their deceased classmates. MeKayla will attend Kent State University. She will pursue a degree in Education.
  • Shaylee Holbert, the daughter of Michelle Holbert, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by Southern Ohio Medical Center. Shaylee will attend Ohio University. She will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
  • Levi Nelson, the son of Joseph and Garnet Nelson is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by the Glockner Family Foundation. Levi will attend Shawnee State University. He will pursue a degree in Education.
  • McKenzie Cartee, the daughter of Shawn Cartee and Lori Shultz, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by Mary Gerdts in honor of Donna and David Leonard. McKenzie will attend Shawnee State University. She will pursue a degree in Nursing.
  • Brooklyn Damron, the daughter of Ellis and Laura Damron, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by Cathy Ruby Jungenberg, Clay Class of 1973 in memory of her father, Myrl Ruby, who went one year to college but could not continue due to financial reasons. He was an honorable trustworthy and humble man who touched many lives. He was much loved by all who loved him. Brooklyn will attend Shawnee State University. She is undecided on her major course of study.
  • Katherine Marsh, the daughter of Tom and Diana Marsh, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by Danielle Newberry Ripich in memory of Forde and June Newberry. Katherine will attend Victoria University of Wellington. She will pursue a degree in Biology/Marine Science.
  • Aaron Keyser, the son of Paul and Loretta Keyser, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by the Clay Class of 1966 in honor of the Clay Class of 1966, and in memory of their deceased classmates. Aaron will attend Shawnee State University. He will pursue a degree in Business.
  • Rachel Cooper, the daughter of Brian and Janet Cooper, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by the Clay Class of 1966 in honor of the Clay Class of 1966, and in memory of their deceased classmates. Rachel will attend Alice Loyd College. She will pursue a degree in Education.
  • Abigail Harris, the daughter of Steve and Angela Harris, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship being sponsored by the Clay Class of 2013 in memory of Tony Whitt, Jr., Clay Class of 2013. Abigail will attend Kent State University. She will pursue a degree in American Sign Language.
  • Madison Fuller, the daughter of Garry and Vicki Fuller, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay Class of 1956 in honor of the Clay Class of 1956 and in memory of their deceased classmates. Madison will attend Shawnee State University. She will pursue a degree to become a Medical Lab Technician.
  • Gregory Hicks, the son of Gregory and Cheryl Hicks, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay Class of 1956 in honor of the Clay Class of 1956 and in memory of their deceased classmates. Gregory will attend Shawnee State University. He will pursue a degree in Education.
  • Taylor Gregory, the daughter of Terry and Amy Gregory, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund. Taylor will attend Shawnee State University. She will pursue a degree to become an X-ray Technician.
  • Savannah Brown, the daughter of Chrystal Brown and Benny Davis, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund. Savannah will attend Shawnee State University. She is undecided on her major course of study.
  • James Madden, the son of Danny and Lisa Madden, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund. James will attend the Scioto County Career Technical Center where he will pursue training for a vocational career.
  • Jessika Hall, the daughter of Robert and Amy Hall, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund. Jessika has not yet selected the college she will attend. She will pursue a degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Olivia Phipps, the daughter of Flash and Kimberly Phipps, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund. Olivia will attend Shawnee State University. She will pursue a degree in Psychology.
  • Tyler Knittel, the son of Todd and Michelle Knittel, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund. Tyler will attend Shawnee State University. He is undecided on his major course of study.
  • Jessamyn Collier, the daughter of Denise Henson, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund. Jessamyn will attend Sullivan University. She will pursue a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.
  • Tressa Carter, the daughter of John and Anita Carter, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Scholarship sponsored by the Clay School Legacy Scholarship Fund. Tressa will attend Cosmetology School to become a Cosmetologist.

“The Clay School Legacy Fund is pleased we were able to award 24 scholarships,” said Clay Alumni Treasurer, Charles Leonard. Leonard stated they continue to have the objective of making scholarships available to every member of each future Clay Graduating Class.

Leonard offered high praise for school employees, individuals, families, friends of Clay Schools, businesses and Clay Alumni Members for their generous donations to the scholarship fund.

“I know of no better investment, than the one the Clay School Legacy Fund is making in the education of our young people.” Leonard explained. “These scholarships will pay huge dividends to our community.”

Alumni and other friends of the Clay students and community are encouraged to give to continue to make these scholarships possible, if you, or someone you know may be interested the scholarship drive is ongoing. Checks should be made payable to: Clay Alumni Association and mailed to Charles Leonard, 6978 Pearce Lane, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110, or by calling 614-920-0691.

The Clay Alumni Association will also hold their annual banquet on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the new Clay School located on Route 23 north of Rosemount.

All Clay Graduates, people who attended Clay Schools and friends of Clay School are invited and encouraged to attend.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 per person. Please mail your request for tickets, along with your check made payable to the Clay Alumni, to Charles Leonard at 6978 Pearce Lane, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110.

All tickets must be purchased in advance and must be purchased no later than June 30, 2016. Tickets will be held for all the attendees at the registration desk.

(Row 1 left to right) Jessika Hall, Savannah Brown, Shaylee Holbert, Gabby Hickman, Olivia Phipps, Tyler Knittel (Row 2 left to right) Brooklyn Damron, Madison Bower, Bailey Hartlage, Jessamyn Collier, Samra Sarajlic, Abigail Harris, Jimmy Madden, Aaron Keyser, Madisen Fuller (Row 3 left to right), Aiden Hicks, Levi Nelson, Rachel Cooper, Taylor Gregory, Mekayla Osborne, Danielle Everman, McKenzie Cartee, Tressa Carter and Katie Marsh
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_2016-Clay-Alumni-Scholarship-Winners.jpg(Row 1 left to right) Jessika Hall, Savannah Brown, Shaylee Holbert, Gabby Hickman, Olivia Phipps, Tyler Knittel (Row 2 left to right) Brooklyn Damron, Madison Bower, Bailey Hartlage, Jessamyn Collier, Samra Sarajlic, Abigail Harris, Jimmy Madden, Aaron Keyser, Madisen Fuller (Row 3 left to right), Aiden Hicks, Levi Nelson, Rachel Cooper, Taylor Gregory, Mekayla Osborne, Danielle Everman, McKenzie Cartee, Tressa Carter and Katie Marsh Submitted Photo
24 students awarded $1,000 scholarships

By Ciara Conley

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