Each year, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative offers high school seniors whose parents or guardians are LMRE members the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship. Candidates submit an application, and finalists in the boys’ and girls’ divisions are interviewed by a panel of judges. The judges base their scores on the students’ poise, community and school involvement, academics, personality, and cooperative knowledge. This year, Emma Blankenship is the top winner. She receives $3,000 in scholarship funds and is eligible to earn up to an additional $3,650 from Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. As a participant at the statewide level, she received an additional scholarship of $1,250.
Emma Blankenship, 17, of Western Reserve High School, is the daughter of Christopher and Julie Blankenship of Huntington Township. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and student council and participates in varsity softball and basketball. She also participates in 4-H and volunteers as a youth basketball coach. Emma plans to major in psychology.
Blaise Sherlock, 17, of Keystone High School, is the son of Kathy and Rick Sherlock of LaGrange Township. Blaise is a member of NHS, marching band, and concert band. He also participates in the Boy Scouts of America and was a delegate for LMRE’s Youth Tour. Blaise plans to major in engineering physics when he attends college in the fall.
Elizabeth Whetstone, 17, of Buckeye High School, is the daughter of David Whetstone and Karen Dinicola of Litchfield Township. She is a member of student council, volleyball, basketball, and mock trial. She is also
the co-founder and social media chair for the Ohio-Erie Rotex Club and tutors students in both the U.S. and Brazil. Elizabeth plans to major in biology/ health sciences with pre-professional medicine.
Brennan Scheck, 18, of Black River High School, is the son of Douglas and Cheryl Scheck of Huntington Township. Brennan participates in NHS, varsity football, basketball, and baseball and is the senior class treasurer. He also volunteers with several youth sports programs and Jeremy Cares Inc., an organization that helps pediatric cancer patients. Brennan plans to major in history education and criminology after high school.