The best of the class


South Gallia Honors Banquet

By Morgan McKinniss - mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com



Top: Maddie Simpson receives a Distinguished Athlete Award from Principal Bray Shamblin. Bottom left: Joseph Woodall being awarded the Marine’s Distinguished Athlete Award from Shamblin. Bottom right: Josh Henry receives the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship, presented by Shamblin.

Top: Maddie Simpson receives a Distinguished Athlete Award from Principal Bray Shamblin. Bottom left: Joseph Woodall being awarded the Marine’s Distinguished Athlete Award from Shamblin. Bottom right: Josh Henry receives the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship, presented by Shamblin.


MERCERVILLE — South Gallia High School is celebrating the graduating class of 2017.

On Tuesday evening, graduating seniors and their families met at the Mercerville Baptist Church for a dinner that was followed by an awards ceremony. At the ceremony 32 separate scholarships were awarded totaling $346,967 towards post secondary education.

The scholarships came from a variety of organizations; several branches of the military, Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club, United Producers Inc., the University of Rio Grande, and several other community groups and memorial scholarship funds.

A number of students also earned training certificates from Buckeye Hills Career Center, preparing them for a career with necessary skills. 12 students in total earned over 50 certificates from BHCC ranging from HVAC to phlebotomy and cosmetology. Several BHCC students also earned scholarships to continue their education.

Several coveted awards were bestowed during the evening as well. Maddie Simpson won the Wendy’s High School Heisman School Award, OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award, the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award, as well as being named valedictorian. Awards for Presidential Outstanding Academic Excellence were given to five students, four of whom earned Honors Diplomas from the Ohio Department of Education.

Graduation will be held Saturday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the South Gallia High School Football Field.

Academic Scholarship Awards were as follows:

URG Provost Scholarship, Autumn Norris $7500

URG Jake Bapst Scholarship, Josh Henry $7500

Airforce Signed, Bryan Caudill, GI Bill $96,000, $27,000 Tuition assistance

National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship, Josh Henry $250

Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club Scholarship, Maddie Simpson $1,000

United Producers Scholarship, Josh Henry $1,000

Marine Distinguished Athlete, Maddie Simpson and Joseph Woodall

Marine Scholastic Excellence, Dane Griffith and Maddie Simpson

Marine Semper Fidelis Music, Elijah Warner and Haley Johnson

Gallia County Local Schools Support Staff Scholarship, Josh Henry $250

Jaret Rae Boothe Memorial Scholarship, Maddie Simpson $500

South Gallia Athletic Boosters Scholarship, Josh Henry and Maddie Simpson $250 each

Lion’s Club Scholarship, Maddie Simpson $500

Leo Scholarship, Illyssa Saunders $250

Holzer Science Award, Maddie Simpson $300

Ohio Valley Electric Corporation-Kyger Creek Science Scholarship, Illyssa Saunders $350

National Honor Society Scholarship, Maddie Simpson $2,325

B.J. Hariston Nursing Scholarship, Kaylee Sturgill $250

Rotary Scholarship, Josh Henry $750

Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, Maddie Simpson $1200

M&G Scholarship, Dane Griffith $1,000

Moody Acceptance Scholarship, Elijah Warner $42,000

Agriculture Technical Institute Scholarship, Josh Henry $1,000

Ohio University Northern Deans Scholarship, Joseph Woodall $17,000

Marshall University Board of Governors Scholarship, Maddie Simpson $12,000

Marshall University Tuition Achievement Award, Maddie Simpson $16,000

McDonald’s Scholarship, Illyssa Saunders $200

Delma Roush Ohio State University ATI Scholarship, Josh Henry $92,342

American Legion Americanism Contest Winner, Maddie Simpson $250

Northern Kentucky Merit Based Scholarship, Haley Johnson $12,000

Katherin Williams Gallia County Retired Teachers Association Education Scholarship, Maddie Simpson $500

Glenn and Janet Wenz Scholarship, Josh Henry $1,000

Friends of South Gallia Scholarship, Dane Griffith $1,000

Brent and Teresa Eastman 4-H Scholarship, Josh Henry $2,000

Academic Excellence Scholarship, Dane Griffith and Maddie Simpson $250 each.

Academic and Athletic Awards were as follows:

Wendy’s High School Heisman School Award, Maddie Simpson

Herald Dispatch 2017 All Tri-State Football Team-Marshall Sports Medicine Institute, Johnny Sheets

OHSAA State Award, Johnathan Sheets

OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award, Maddie Simpson and Joseph Woodall

OSHAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, David Kuhn and Maddie Simpson

OHSAA Award of Excellence, Joshua Henry and Haley Johnson

WSAZ-TV Best of Class, Maddie Simpson

Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award, Maddie Simpson

Honors Diploma form Ohio Department of Education: Dane Griffith, Haley Johnson, Illyssa Saunders, Maddie Simpson

Presidential Outstanding Academic Excellence Award: Autumn Norris, Maddie Simpson, Illyssa Saunders, Dane Griffith, Haley Johnson.

Presidential Award for Academic Achievement: Josh Henry, Jacob Hitchcock, Virgil Watson, Joseph Woodall, Austin Triplett, Elijah Warner, Mariah Chapman, Jacob Brumfield, Damon Hill, David Kuhn, Jenna Taylor, Kaylee Sturgill, Johnathan Sheets.

Valedictorian, Maddie Simpson

Salutatorian, Dane Griffith

Key to the City of Mercerville, Autumn Norris and Lucas Chung.

Top: Maddie Simpson receives a Distinguished Athlete Award from Principal Bray Shamblin. Bottom left: Joseph Woodall being awarded the Marine’s Distinguished Athlete Award from Shamblin. Bottom right: Josh Henry receives the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship, presented by Shamblin.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/05/web1_FotorCreated2017524121327259-1.jpgTop: Maddie Simpson receives a Distinguished Athlete Award from Principal Bray Shamblin. Bottom left: Joseph Woodall being awarded the Marine’s Distinguished Athlete Award from Shamblin. Bottom right: Josh Henry receives the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship, presented by Shamblin.
South Gallia Honors Banquet

By Morgan McKinniss

mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.