On Tuesday, April 18, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) recognized Ohio’s top students from across the state during the 34th Annual Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards Program, held at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio, following the OESCA’s annual Spring meeting.
The awards program, named in honor of Ohio’s 31st State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Franklin B. Walter, was established in 1989 by OESCA to promote and recognize outstanding student leaders for their academic achievement and service to their schools and communities. One senior from each county in Ohio was eligible to receive this annual honor.
Southern Ohio Educational Service Center selected four senior high school students from Adams, Clinton, Fayette, and Highland counties for their academic success and school and community service. Students were selected based on their school grades, test scores, activities, an essay detailing their short-term and long-term goals, both academically or professionally and personally, and a letter of recommendation from an educator or individual that positively impacted their lives.
Blake Sollars was the award recipient from Fayette County.
Sollars will be graduating from Miami Trace High School and plans to attend Southern Utah University and major in Aerospace Aviation Sciences.
Mr. Sollars wrote: “My short-term goals came to me rather easily, as I’ve been focusing on developing them throughout my senior year. Within the next year, I’m hoping that the post-high school plans I’ve been piecing together start to fall into place. My goals in the long term were a little bit harder to determine. I’d like to be the kind of driven, honorable, individual which I look up to today. I’d like to be the type of individual that looks at adversity and discomfort and sees opportunity.
“When it comes to my future as well as anyone else’s, the only certainty is uncertainty. No one’s path is set in stone, and mine is no exception, but this won’t stop me from taking every opportunity I can to build the fulfilling and rewarding life which I long for. While one to fifteen years seem distant, the foundation for my future can begin being laid now, and I do not plan on waiting.”
SOESC Superintendent Ms. Beth Justice said, “Mr. Sollars truly represents the best of the best in the region, and I want to congratulate him on his many accomplishments. On behalf of SOESC, we thank you for being a leader for our future and wish you the very best.”
Southern Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 12 school districts in Adams, Clinton, Fayette, and Highland counties. Districts receive services from school improvement consultants, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, and special education teachers.