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LMRE announces scholarhips recipients

April 30, 2012

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative awarded $9,000 in scholarships as part of its scholarship award programs. Each year high school seniors, whose parents or guardians are LMRE members, have the opportunity to vie for a college scholarship. Applicants are required to submit an application and grade transcript.

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative awarded $9,000 in scholarships as part of its scholarship award programs. Each year high school seniors, whose parents or guardians are LMRE members, have the opportunity to vie for a college scholarship. Applicants are required to submit an application and grade transcript.

A panel of judges then scores each based on their grade point average and personal achievements. The top ten finalists then have a personal interview with the panel of judges, who determine the first and second place winners. The first-place winners are eligible to earn an additional scholarship from the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives.

Thomas Ziebro, 17, of Black River High School, and Tracy Rhodes, 18, of Keystone High School, took top honors and each is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship.

Ziebro, is the son of R.J. and Elsie Ziebro of Sullivan. He is a member of the National Honor Society and student council where he serves as vice president. He is also involved in cross country, basketball, track and field, and band. In the fall, Ziebro plans to study mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University. Ziebro was also awarded a $1,300 scholarship at the state level from the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives competition in April.

Rhodes is the daughter of Kevin and Diane Rhodes of Wellington. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the teen advisory board of the Keystone-LaGrange Library. She is also involved in band, choir and French Club. Rhodes plans to attend either Purdue University or The Ohio State University where she will major in actual science.

In the same competition, two $1,500 scholarships were awarded to Ryan Lutke, 18, of Elyria Catholic High School and Erin Keyse, 17, of Midview High School.

Lutke is the son of Ken and Patti Lutke of LaGrange. He is a member of the National Honor Society and student council where he currently holds the office of vice president. He is also active in varsity soccer, jogging club and Elyria Teens for Christ. In the fall Lutke plans on studying exercise science at Slippery Rick University.

Keyse is the daughter of John and Kathleen Keyse of Grafton. She is co-president of student council and a member of National Honor Society. She is also active in track, band and 4-H. Keyse plans to attend the University of Findlay where she will study pre-veterinary and equestrian studies.

Additionally, the cooperative awarded a $1,000 Touchstone Energy Achievement scholarship to Nicole Smart, 17, of Black River High School. Smart is the daughter of Mark and Tammy Smart of Spencer. She is a member of student council and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She is also involved in FFA, women’s chorus and varsity cheerleading. Smart plans to attend Walsh University or Defiance College in the fall majoring in pre-medical.

The Touchstone Energy scholarship was created to reward a student who has committed himself/herself to the pursuance of a college education despite the hardships that may have affected him/her.

The judging competition was based on the student’s academic record, extracurricular activities and the student who demonstrated the values expressed by the Touchstone Energy brand: a high level of maturity, high standard of character, determination to cope with his/her circumstances, good citizen traits and a record of contribution to his/her local community.

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