Fairbanks High School announces top scholars













Fairbanks High School has announced its valedictorians and salutatorian for its 2018-19 graduation ceremony planned for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the football stadium.
Three valedictorians and one salutatorian will cross the stage this coming Saturday.
Abigail Gerty is the daughter of Michael and Nicole Gerty of Plain City. Throughout her high school career, she has been involved in science club, FCCLA, Interact Club, and National Honor Society where she is vice president. She also serves on student council as president.
Gerty has been involved in multiple sports including basketball, golf, and cross-country. She has volunteered in the Emergency Department of Memorial Hospital for the last three years and is actively involved in Young Life, a high school ministry.
When she is not spending hours at the school, she is working on her college classes or working at Starbucks in Marysville. She is the recipient of the Provost Scholarship and the Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship.
She will be attending the Ohio State University to study neuroscience.
Leanne Rhoades is the daughter of Bob and Laura Rhoades of Marysville. Throughout high school, she has been heavily involved in the band program. She has been a member of the marching band, pep band, and concert band for four years and has served as the trumpet section leader in these bands for the past two years.
Additionally, she has been involved in mock trial for four years where she was an attorney on the Fairbanks team that was a state finalist this year. She is also a three-year varsity letter winner for the cross-country team and a member of National Honor Society. Outside of school, Rhoades attends Hilliard Church of Christ where she teaches preschool classes and plays the keyboard for the worship band.
She plans to attend Kent State University to major in architecture.
Kate White is the daughter of Chuck and Cindy White of Marysville. She attends Trinity Lutheran Church in Marysville where she is an active member of the youth group and helps with Sunday school and confirmation classes.
She is involved in several different clubs at Fairbanks including marching band, pep band, National Honor Society, mock trial, Interact Club, and drama club. She is the senior class secretary and the public relations officer of FCCLA.
Both her sophomore and junior year she was the Americanism Post Test winner and also was named the Outstanding Government Student her junior year.
She was elected as the Fall Homecoming Queen.
White has been active in 4-H, being president of the Scissors and Sandwiches 4-H Club, a camp counselor, and a member of the junior fair board and advisory council. She recently finished a one-year term as a young adult member of the Buckeye Leadership Workshop Board of Trustees. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky with a social work major.
Mason Smith was named the salutatorian this year.
He is the son of Andy and Lisa Smith of Marysville. Throughout high school, he has been involved in soccer, football, basketball, baseball, track, science club, drama club, National Honor Society, and Interact Club. He is a member of 4-H and is employed at Integrated Ag Services. Mason plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to major in mechanical engineering.
Darla Hall-Barrett Memorial Scholarship-Madeline Weisburn, Kate White.
David Fisher Memorial Scholarship-Ciera Madison.
Robert L. Homsher Memorial Scholarship-Cayla Talbott.
Patty Pease Memorial Scholarship-Samantha Picklesimer.
Ben and Mary Coleman Scholarship – Austin Becker.
Friends of Fairbanks Scholarship (in honor of Brian Burns) -Mary Iannarino.
National Junior Honor Society Scholarship-Kate White. Memorial Hospital Staff Scholarship-Jacob Nicol.
Memorial Hospital Volunteer Recognition-Devin Baum, Marissa Fornadel, Abigail Gerty, Jacob Oiler, Macy Wanamaker.
Fairbanks Alumni Association Scholarships: Mary Ann Wible Johnson Memorial Scholarship – Taylor Hall.
Dale & Kaye Phelps in Memory of Dick and Virginia Phelps – Samantha Picklesimer.
Coughlin Dodge & Fairbanks Alumni Association Scholarship – Mason Smith. Phelps Farm in Memory of Larry Phelps – William Findley.
DAR American History Medal-Linsey Eddy
DAR Senior Good Citizenship Award-Samantha Picklesimer, Trevin Rausch
DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Participant-Kasey Carstensen
Marilyn Shearer Memorial Scholarship-Kasey Carstensen
Voice of Democracy Award-Samantha Picklesimer-2nd place, Kalor Greve-3rd place
Union County Bar Association Outstanding Government Student-Kaori Van Dyke
Union County National Wildlife Turkey Foundation Scholarship-Jacob Nicol
Daniels Hinkley Impact60 Community Service Award-Kate White
Advanced Technology Products Scholarship-Joelle Ziegler
American Red Cross Scholarship- Audra Gerty
Shelly Materials Scholarship-Jacob Nicol
EverFi Scholarship-Samantha Picklesimer
Outstanding Financial Literacy Student of the Year-Abby Underhill
Zonta Club of Columbus Outstanding Young Woman Award-Kate White
Prudential Spirit of Community Award – Kalor Greve
Milford Center Lions Club Scholarship-Mary Iannarino, Jacob Nicol, Samantha Picklesimer
Kiwanis/Sarge Chamberlain Scholarship-Kate White
Rotary Lynn Whatley Service Above Self Scholarship-Samantha Picklesimer
Rotary Interact Club Award-Mason Smith, Sarah Belmonte, Savannah Walls, Macy Wanamaker
Elks Leadership Award-Madeline Weisburn
Elks Student of the Year-Audra Gerty, Mason Smith
Marine Corp. Awards: Scholastic Excellence Award – Leanne Rhoades, Jacob Nicol. Distinguished Athlete – Charlie Scheiderer, Kelsey Thorbahn. Semper Fidelis – Wyatt Griffey, Leanne Rhoades.
John Philip Sousa Award-Leanne Rhoades
Honda/OSU STEM Award-Mason Smith
Gault Scholarship-Matt Bouic
HOBY Leadership Program-Aubrey Tillman
American Legion Boy’s State Nominees -Ethan Chippas, Gage Garlinghouse, Owen Herbst, Cole Shepherd
American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary Buckeye Girls’ State Nominees -Kaidie Carstensen, Gracie Hubbs, Adeline Fitzwater, Chloe Stage, Megan Stallings, Kalor Greve, Sarah LaPointe
Agonis Club Award-Jacob Nicol, Samantha Picklesimer
Columbus Dispatch Scholar Award-Mason Smith, Joelle Ziegler
OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award-Mason Smith, Claire Ruff
OHSAA Courageous Student Award-Jacob Oiler
OHSAA State Award for Exemplary Contribution and Service to the School’s Interscholastic Athletics Program – Ms. Erica Beem
Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award-Ben Macklin, Macy Wanamaker
NFHS Award of Excellence-Justin Brackenridge, Devin Baum
AP Scholars-Elizabeth Arend, Carrington Calder, Marissa Fornadel, Mary Iannarino, Joelle Ziegler
AP Scholar with Honor-Abigail Gerty, Leanne Rhoades, Claire Ruff, Mason Smith, Madeline Weisburn, Kate White
National Merit Commended Student-Mason Smith
University Scholarships Seniors are accepting:
Ayden Adams: University of Findlay Merit Scholarship – $1,200 per year; Tyler Beem: Ohio Northern University Faculty Scholarship – $11,000 per year; Theo Bookwalter: Ohio University Ohio Success – $3,000 per year, Ohio Pathway – $1,500 per year; Justin Brackenridge: Walsh University Baxter Scholarship – $20,000 per year, Kasey Carstensen: Ohio University Ohio Distinction Scholar – $1,000 per year, Ohio Success Scholarship – $2,000 per year; Travis Dellinger: OSU Marion Academic Scholarship – $3,000 per year; Elizabeth Feaster: OSU Marion Merit Scholarship – $1,500 per year; William Findley: Ohio University Ohio Distinction Scholar – $1,000 per year, Ohio Pathway – $1,500 per year; Marissa Fornadel: Miami University Redhawk Award – $5,000 per year; Abigail Gerty: The Ohio State University Provost Scholarship – $2,000 per year, Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship – $27,000 per year; Audra Gerty: John Carroll University Presidential Scholarship – $22,000 one time, Arrupe Scholars – $5,000 per year; Cross Hackathorne: Heidelberg University Faculty Scholarship – $14,500 per year; Taylor Hall: University of Findlay President’s Scholarship – $16,000 per year; Mary Iannarino: OSU Marion Academic Merit Scholarship – $3,000 one time; Mitchell Krouse: University of Toledo Trustee’s Scholarship – $3,500 per year; Peter LaPointe: Bowling Green State University Freshman Academic Scholarship – $3,500 per year; Christopher Long: Wittenberg University Scholar Award – $21,000 per year, Wittenberg Award – $10,458 per year; Ciera Madison: Ohio Northern University General Award – $4,400 one time, Dimension Award – $5,000 one time, Faculty Scholarship – $11,000 per year, Ohio College Opportunity – $3,000 one time; Kyle Meddles: OSU Marion Merit Scholarship – $1,500 one time; Grace Morse: The University of Central Missouri Red and Black Scholarship – $3,500 per year; Jacob Nicol: Wright State University Raider Excellence Scholarship – $2,500 per year, Choose Ohio First Scholarship – $4,000 per year; Samantha Picklesimer: Bowling Green State University Freshman Academic Scholarship – $6,000 per year; Josh Powell: Ohio Northern University Merit Scholarship – $20,900 per year, Choose Ohio First Scholarship – $2,000 one time; Trevin Rausch: Wilmington College Faculty Honors Scholarship – $16,000 per year; Leanne Rhoades: Kent State University Honors Scholarship – $1,000 per year, Honors Residence Scholarship – $500 per year, Trustee’s Scholarship – $4,000 per year; Rachel Scott: Heidelberg University Dean’s Scholarship – $15,500 per year; Mason Smith: University of Cincinnati CAES General Scholarship – $1,500 one time, Cincinnatus Century Scholar – $2,500 one time; Cayla Talbott: Ohio University Ohio Distinction Scholar – $1,000 per year, Ohio Success Scholarship – $3,000 per year, Ohio Pathway Scholarship – $2,500 per year; Kelsey Thorbahn: Ohio University Merit Scholarship – $2,000 per year; Gracie Tomblin: Marion Tech President’s Scholarship – $1,500 one time; Natalie Vargo: University of South Carolina Equestrian $55,320 per year; Macy Wanamaker: University of Cincinnati – $2,000 per year; Madeline Weisburn: Walsh University Dr. Baxter Honors Scholarship – $20,000 per year, Choir Scholarship – $1,250 per year; Kate White: University of Kentucky Bluegrass Scholarship – $23,000 per year, KY Futures Scholarship – $5,000 per year; Joelle Ziegler: Ohio Northern University Merit Scholarship – $4,000 per year.
Honors Diploma-Ayden Adams, Elizabeth Arend, Devin Baum, Justin Brackenridge, Carrington Calder, Kasey Carstensen, Travis Dellinger, William Findley, Marissa Fornadel, Abigail Gerty, Audra Gerty, Taylor Hall, Mary Iannarino, Christopher Long, Benjamin Macklin, Evan Mayer, Nicholas Murray, Jacob Nicol, Samantha Picklesimer, Joshua Powell, Trevin Rausch, Leanne Rhoades, Claire Ruff, Mason Smith, Cayla Talbott, Kelsey Thorbahn, Macy Wanamaker, Madeline Weisburn, Katherine White, Joelle Ziegler
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