BIDWELL — River Valley High School seniors were awarded for their efforts and hard work this week.
On Tuesday evening faculty, students, and their families met at RVHS to acknowledge the scholarships and awards during their secondary education. The teachers say they are proud of this class and what they have accomplished, and look forward to what the future holds.
Graduation takes place Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. on the football field, pending good weather.
Maggie Campbell and Andrew Moffett are the valedictorians for the 2017 graduating class from River Valley. Brianna McGuire and Brody Moles are both selected as salutatorian for the class of 2017.
“It’s super relieving,” said Campbell. “It’s like this big burden is finally gone. I took a lot of courses so I could be valedictorian. Now, I’m like I don’t have to take anything in college I don’t want to.”
“I think it’s nice that you can do whatever you want and you’re not forced to do anything,” said Moles. “Your choices are yours to make.”
Andrew Moffett plans to attend Ohio University with a major in electrical engineering. Brianna McGuire will attend Youngstown State University to major in marketing and minor in political science. Campbell will attend Shawnee State University and aims to get her bachelor of science in nursing. Moles plans to attend The Ohio State University to major in chemical engineering.
“The one thing I think that stands out for many students in this class is that they seem to be service oriented,” said River Valley High School Principal T.R. Edwards. “They’re about building school spirit and tradition and carrying on tradition. Many excel academically and athletically, but I really feel that many of them have a servant’s heart. They just want to give a little back and hopefully that’s something that adds to a community. They understand they do that for a community and help whenever they do that.”
The top 10 of the class will be wearing a silver cord during graduation. They are: Maggie Campbell, Abby Coleman, Beverly Hess, Leanne Hively, Brianna McGuire, Andrew Moffett, Brody Moles, Ian Polcyn, Jessica Steele, Arianna Trout, Joshua Winters, and Garrett Young.
Chris Taylor has committed to service with the United States Air Force.
Vinton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 161, Robert Drummond $500
Gallia County Local Support Staff Association, Olivia Phoenix $250
Horatio Alger National Scholar, Leanne Hively $25,000
M&G Polymers, Mikayla Pope $1000
Ron & Joyce Twyman Memorial Scholarship, Bev Hess $500
Brent and Teresa Eastman 4-H Scholarship, Kaylee Lambert $2000
Vic and Mary Niday 4-H Scholarship, Josh Winters $4000
National Honor Society Scholarship, Leanne Hively $2,325
Tommy Sprague Memorial, Josh Marcum $250
Maude Sellards Scholarship, Maggie Campbell and Andrew Moffett $250 each
American Red Cross, Maggie Campbell and Macy Zinn $250 each
Lions Club, Garrett Young $500
Academic Excellence, Maggie Campbell and Andrew Moffett $250 each
Katherine Williams Retired Teachers, Olivia Phoenix $350
GCLEA Scholarship, Maggie Campbell, Abby Coleman, Chance Gillman, Brianna McGuire $500
River Valley FFA Alumni Scholarship, Kaylee Lambert $700, Brody Moles $700, Bailey Rhodes $400
Buckeye Rural Electric, Josh Winters $1250
National Beta Scholarship, Chance Gillman, Brody Moles, Erin Jackson $1000 each
OVEC- Kyger Creek Science Scholarship, Brody Moles $350
Gallia County Agriculture Center, Mikayla Pope $2000
Wayne F. White and Bob Evans Scholarship, Josh Winters $500
Holzer Science Award, Brody Moles $300
Gallia County Emancipation Scholarship, Scott Hughes, Grant Gilmore $500 each
Farm Bureau Scholarship, Josh Winters $500
Gallipolis Rotary Memorial Scholarship, Leanne Hively, Brianna McGuire, Garrett Young, $1000
Cheshire Masonic Lodge, Sydney Little $250
Carteens Scholarship, Josh Winters $500
Philippians 4:13 Scholarship, Brianna McGuire $250
Geneva Clark Scholarship, Chance Gillman $75.28
Gallia County 4-H Advisors Assoc. Scholarship, Devin McDonald $500
Gallia County 4-H Wiseman-Roach Scholarship, Brianna McGuire $2000
Bellisio Foods Internship Scholarship, Jaykob Mabe: varies in amount
Vinton Eastern Star: Mary Walker Scholarship Olivia Phoenix $500
BJ Hairston Scholarship, Maggie Campbell $250
Scholarships by College:
University of Rio Grande: Taylor Noel, Marian Brewer, D. Lester and Gladys Clyse Davis
Scholarship $1,500. Daniel M. and Ruth M. Evans Scholarship $500. Cheyenne Huffman, RGCC Scholarship $500. Mikayla Pope, Ohio Valley Bank $1,000. Caitlyn Smith, RGCC Scholarship $1,000. Nick Yongue, Jake Bapst Scholarship $7,400.
Ashland University: Destiny Williams, Director Level Award $34,000.
Alice Lloyd College: Erin Jackson, Appalachian Leaders College Scholarship $60,000.
Indiana Wesleyan University: Abby Coleman, Indiana Wesleyan Scholarship $40,000.
Kent State University: Tequilla Young, Trustee Scholarship $14,000.
Marietta College: Tre Craycraft, Marietta Scholarship $158,000. Robert Drummond, Marietta Compass Scholarship $76,000.
Malone University: Garrett Young, Tuition Exchange Program $100,000.
Miami of Ohio: Grant Gilmore, Bridges Program for Excellence, $20,000, Redhawk Excellence Scholarship, $4,500, Redhawk Grant $18,000.
Morehead State University: Olivia Phoenix, Resident Hall Leadership Scholarship $12,800.
Muskingum University: Joshua Marcum, Muskie Award $68,000.
Ohio University: Andrew Moffett, Signature Award $16,000. Jessi Steele, Ohio University License Plate Scholarship $4,000. Bridgett Wray, Signature Award $20,000.
Shawnee State University: Maggie Campbell, Shawnee Excellence Scholarship $20,000. Arianna Trout, Shawnee Excellence Scholarship $20,000. Beverly Hess, Receiving a full scholarship to Shawnee State University.
The Ohio State University: Leanne Hively, Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship $40,040. Brody Moles, Doris and Stan Harrison Scholarship $20,000. Josh Winters, Delma Roush Scholarship $4,000. Presidents Affordability Grant $1,000.
University of Findlay: Angel Toler, Findlay Academic Scholarship $48,000, Findlay Scholarship $12,000.
Xavier University: Haley Belville, Xavier Award $68,000.
Youngstown State University: Brianna McGuire, Academic Scholarship, $20,000, YSU Honors Program , $12,000, YSU Honors Housing Scholarship $6,000.
Army Scholar Athletes, Maggie Campbell and Ian Polcyn. American Citizenship Award, Jennifer Mitchell. Exemplary Work in Senior Seminar, Jennifer Mitchell, Chelsea Pelfrey, Arianna Trout, Brody Moles, and Brianna McGuire. Science Achievement Award, Erin Jackson. Earning six Science Credits, Brody Moles. Prudential Spirit of Community Top Student, Abby Campbell. Volunteer Awards, Olivia Phoenix, Baily Rhodes, and Erin Jackson. WSAZ Best of the Class, Maggie Campbell.
Tre Craycraft, Herald Dispatch 2017 All Tri-State Football Team: Senior-Utility, Second Team. Leanne Hively, OHSAA Courageous Student Award. Erin Jackson, OHSAA Archie Griffon Sportsmanship Award. Bailey Rhodes, OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award. Brianna McGuire, OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award. Brody Moles, OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award. Jessi Steele, OHSAA Award of Excellence for Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics & Integrity. Robert Drummond, OHSAA Award of Excellence for Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics, & Integrity. Grant Gilmore, State Award for Sportsmanship.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.
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