OHIO VALLEY — Holzer Health System recently honored outstanding local high school science graduates at its 34th annual High School Science Awards Banquet.
The scholars, their parents and school representatives were invited to attend, where each student was presented with a certificate and monetary award. A representative from each high school was also presented a check to further their efforts in their respective school’s science programs. The Science Awards Program encompasses high schools from Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Lawrence, Pike and Vinton Counties in Ohio; and Mason County in West Virginia.
John Cunningham, executive vice president of Population Health Management, Holzer Health System, served as Master of Ceremonies and delivered the introductory remarks. Michael Canady, MD, chief medical officer, Holzer Health System, outlined the history of the Science Awards Program.
Canady said, “Holzer sees the Science Awards as an opportunity to give back to the community and formally recognize the achievements of our students and educational systems.”
The Science Awards Program honors a student selected by the high school based on outstanding achievement in science and a desire to pursue a higher education.
The featured speaker for the program was Dr. Dennis Merski, DO, Holzer OB/Gyn. His topic was on the evolution of science. Merski is a graduate of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Penn. He completed his residency at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Wyandotte, Michigan and his internship at Clarion Hospital in Clarion, Pennsylvania. Merski is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Merski sees patients at Holzer locations in Gallipolis and Meigs locations.
Of the students in attendance, those receiving awards were: Brooke Hayes, of Alexander High School, Isaac Stern, of Athens High School, Corey Jones, of Buckeye Hills Career Center, Caleb Darnell, of Chesapeake High School, Sarah Ann Nickel, of Dawson-Bryant High School, Katelyn Edwards, of Eastern Local High School, Jacob Cruse, of Eastern Local (Beaver) High School, Nicole Wagner, of Fairland High School, Michael Cooper, of Federal Hocking High School, Josh Davis, of Gallia Academy High School, Joshua McCoy, of Hannan High School, Michell Weisgarber, of Ironton High School, Brieanna Riffle, of Jackson High School, Raeline Reeves, of Meigs High School, Ryan Williams, of Nelsonville-York High School, Carlee Dempsey, of Oak Hill High School, Jared Parissi, of Ohio Valley Christian School, Andrew McComas, of Point Pleasant High School, Brody Moles, of River Valley High School, Garrett Kyle Carpenter, of Rock Hill High School, Madelynn Simpson, of South Gallia High School, Jake Helton, of South Point High School, Sierra Cleland, Southern High School, Natalie Beth Heaberlin, of Saint Joseph High School, Levi Cade, of Symmes Valley High School, Mallory Spencer, of Trimble High School, Jordan Jones, of Vinton County High School, Rebekah Groves, of Wahama High School, Jacob Combs, of Waverly High School, Katey King, of Wellston High School.
Through the Science Awards Program, Holzer has contributed thousands of dollars to area schools and students.
Submitted by Holzer Health System.