Midwest Electric offering scholarships
ST. MARYS — High school seniors in northwest Ohio could be eligible for college scholarships from Midwest Electric and the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives.
Midwest Electric has two scholarship programs: A general scholarship for students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship for students with at least a 2.75 GPA and who have overcome adversity or personal challenges in pursuit of their goals.
For the general scholarship, six student finalists will compete for $9,000 in scholarships from Midwest Electric. Three boys and three girls will vie for two $2,000 scholarships, two $1,500 and two $1,000 awards. For the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship, Midwest Electric will award one $2,000 winner, and OREC will give six $2,000 awards.
To be eligible for the 2016 scholarship programs, applicants must be graduating seniors who have all the basic credits for college, vocational or technical school entrance. Applicants must be a child or legal ward of a Midwest Electric member.
Completed applications are due at Midwest Electric by Jan. 15. For an application form, students may visit http://j.mp/MidwestScholar. They may also call Kecia Schmerge at Midwest Electric, 800-962-3830, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lima Senior changes graduation date
LIMA — Lima Senior High School has changed its date for this year’s graduation.
Graduation will be held May 22. It had been originally scheduled for May 29. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
More specific information about graduation will come home with students this spring.
Anyone with questions should call the high school at 419-996-3000.
Students perform community service
CONVOY — On Dec. 18, Crestview Middle School participated in a day of Celebrating Christmas Caring in their local communities.
The eighth-graders headed to Lima for the day to provide service for people in the community. The students were split into two different groups. The boys spent the day at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen serving meals to people in the area. The girls spent the day at West Ohio Food Bank working on backpacks that went to local schools to provide meals for students, and boxes of food that went to the elderly.
Shawnee Optimist Club honors students
LIMA — The annual Students of Honor and Achievement Awards Program sponsored by the Shawnee Optimist Club was held Dec. 3.
According to a news release, this award program is designed to recognize an individual who has displayed a desire to perform at his or her very best in everything he or she chooses to do. This award also recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills inside and outside the classroom, school and community volunteerism and academic accomplishments.
The following 20 high school seniors were recognized by the club:
•Apollo Career Center: Ryan Batt, Madison Carter, Weston Robinson, Logan Slone, Kayla Wright.
•Lima Central Catholic High School: Abigail Acerro, Ellie Cecala, Emily Clements, Mitchell Hoffman, Jake Loughrin.
•Perry High School: Hannah Blankenship, Kaitlyn Cox, Kimberly Dove, Brandon Neal, Seth Poling.
•Shawnee High School: Dominic Azzarello, Kelsy Boyes, Kabe Flynn, Alyssa Miller, Nneka Udeagbala.
Santa visits Unity
LIMA — Santa Claus visited Unity Elementary School on Dec. 18 and left behind presents donated by businesses, community members and teachers.
All 250 students in the building took home a “Unity Elementary” monogrammed bag full of items. Included in the bag were blankets, socks, toys, books and hygiene items.
Staff members held an auction to raise money and also donated themselves. Other donors included Avon, Procter & Gamble, Kids Hope, Dr. Charles Butts, Ed Pro, Sullivan Insurance, Dr. Kenny Jackson, Wal-Mart on Harding Highway, Indian Trail Garden Center, Husky Energy, Potash Corp, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Bigelow Building, and Brunner News.