RACINE — Racine Area Community Organization is an active supporter of the Southern Local School District, and much of their fundraising efforts throughout the year are to advance their scholarship program for graduating seniors who have chosen to continue their education.
This year, RACO, along with other community participants, presented Southern graduates with $22,550 at a banquet in their honor Tuesday at Racine Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The scholarship recipients are announced during the awards ceremony at Southern High School before graduation, but are presented with the scholarships during the banquet.
After dinner, Kathryn Hart took the microphone to acknowledge all the RACO members and volunteers that assisted with fundraising efforts during the past year.
“The yard sales made it possible for each of the 10 RACO scholarship recipients to each receive $1,000 scholarships,” Hart said. “We have already started collection and prep for next year’s scholarships. There are so many people who made this possible. RACO members, what we call our ‘silent’ volunteers, those who generously donated items for the sales, all of these people contributed.”
She said the remainder of the scholarships that are awarded come from “people who are looking for ways to honor parents, spouses and loved ones and do so by establishing a scholarship in their name. Another source is the Cruisin’ Saturday Night Car Show during Party in the Park in Racine; the proceeds from the show go to the scholarship fund. And then there are people who have graduated from Southern who just want to give back.”
The first presentations were for recipients of RACO scholarships, and included Elizabeth Wolfe, daughter of Kimberly and Jamie Wolfe, who will be attending Kent State and plans to major in communications and pursue a masters in library science. She said Science Olympiad helped her with public speaking and communicating with others.
Kris Shortridge, son of Jen Shortridge and Fred Nero, said he will use the opportunity to attend Ohio University to explore majors before deciding on a course of study.
Maddie Quillen, daughter of Melanie and Jason Quillen, plans to be a physiology major at Ohio University. After graduation, she would first like to work in schools and then pursue a masters in psychology and open her own practice.
Kalynn Seymour, daughter of Cindy Seymour, will be studying integrated language arts and plans to teach middle school students after graduation . She will be traveling to Spain this summer before beginning her first semester at Ohio University.
Madison Maynard, daughter of Junie and Brad Maynard, will be attending the University of Rio Grande as a business major.
Dimitruous Lamm, son of Terry and Rochelle Lamm, will study biology at Otterbein University this fall. Lamm plans to continue his studies to become a veterinarian by earning his doctorate in zoology. He already has some experience, having volunteered at Meigs Vet Clinic.
Jansen Wolfe, daughter of Jimmy and Theresa Wolfe, is going to Ohio University to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy and thanked all those who made her scholarship possible.
Alison Deem, daughter of Tony and Wendy Deem, will first attend Hocking College, where she will major in nursing. She then plans to finish with a degree at Ohio University.
Elizabeth Teaford, daughter of Forest and Launa Teaford, has plans to become a large animal veterinarian and will begin her studies at Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, Wooster campus, studying pre-veterinarian science, then finish at the OSU main campus in large animal science.
Brynn Harris, daughter of Paul and Kristine Harris, will be attending Hocking College, and was unable to attend the banquet.
Hart then introduced the recipients of the Edison and Mabel Brace Memorial Scholarships, established by Hart to honor her parents’ wishes of helping Southern graduates. Hart said her father began working and only finished his schooling through seventh grade and that her mother was a homemaker, and her mother instructed Hart before her passing that she wanted establish a scholarship in Edison’s name. When Mable passed, Hart honored her mother with her own scholarship in 2015. and then merged the two.
There were four recipients of the Brace Scholarship, each receiving $600: Savannah Bailey, daughter of Boyd and Toni Bailey, University of Rio Grande; Cameryn Harmon, daughter of Bill and Jan Harmon, Ohio University; Kalynn Seymour; Jansen Wolfe.
The Anderson and Eleanor Owens $500 Educational Scholarship was founded by Dr. Michael Owens, an internal medical physician at Holzer Clinic in Gallipolis, to honor his parents, both of whom were educations. The scholarship was awarded to Kalynn Seymour.
Seymour also received the Clarence and Ruth Bradford $500 Memorial Scholarship and the Barney Shain Scholarship, which was donated by grandson Jason and (Roberta) Shain.
Receiving the Jim Adams $500 Memorial Scholarship was Jeremy Dutton, son of Dale and Robin Dutton, who has been accepted at The Ohio State University.
Carol Adams established the scholarship in her husband’s name after his passing and said it was a privilege to be here. Jim Adams was a graduate of Racine High School and later became a beloved principle of Southern Local High School for 22 years. He grew up in Letart Falls and raised tomatoes on his farm family in the summer even after graduating from Ohio University.
Roma Sayre presented the Cruisin’ Saturday Night Car Show $1,000 Scholarship sponsors Marvin and Jan Hill, who could not be present at the evening’s events. The recipients were Jeremy Dutton, Jansen Wolfe, Dimitrious Lamm and Joseph Beegle.
Beegle is the son of Zane and Wendy Beegle, will be attending the University of Rio Grande majoring in Computer Science.
Receiving the Vinas Lee $750 Education Scholarship were Jansen Wolfe and Kari Arnold. Kari is the daughter of Randy and Dawna Arnold and will be attending Ohio University majoring in civil engineering.
The educational scholarship was established by former students that include John Bentz, Brad Crouch, Curt Crouch and “friends.”
Tonja Hunter presented the Racine Ingenuity $500 Scholarship, which went to Kari Arnold. The scholarship was given by Jacob Hunter, a Southern graduate and himself a scholarship winner. Hunter, who was unable to attend, had stated that he gave the scholarship as a way of giving back to Southern.
Arnold was also the recipient of the newly established Roger Manuel Memorial $3000 Scholarship.
The first Jean Alkire Scholarship was presented to Kalynn Seymour and sponsored by her children and spouses, Marvin and Jan Alkire Hill and Jeff and Nada Alkire. The second Jean Alkire was awarded to Elizabeth Wolfe. The scholarships were donated by her friends Rodney and Jean Littlefield in Alkire’s honor. Both scholarships awards were for $300 each.
Receiving the Carl B Weese $750 Memorial Scholarship presented by Melanie Weese were Madison Maynard and Sydney Diddle, daughter of Shawn and Amy Diddle. Diddle will be attending Hocking Technical College majoring in nursing, then transferring to Ohio University to complete her nursing degree. She shared that she plans to “eventually” become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Hunter closed with “Don’t forget Racine or Meigs County when you leave. There is nothing like Racine/RACO, behind which is the beating heart of it all, Kathryn and Dale Hart, both great examples for everyone in the community.”
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551