Wapakoneta High School’s Cassidy Hughes and Coldwater High School’s Caleb Luthman captured top honors in the 2017 Midwest Electric scholarship competition, featuring judges from Wright State University-Lake Campus and Midwest Electric. The two seniors each received a $2,000 scholarship and will represent Midwest Electric in the Ohio Electric Cooperatives statewide scholarship competition in Columbus.
Second place $1,500 scholarships were awarded to Carrie Grieshop, St. Henry High School, and Phillip Tatarkov, Bluffton High School. Receiving third place $1,000 scholarship awards were Kenzie Schroer, New Knoxville High School, and Nate Vore, Bath High School.
The six general scholarship winners were selected from a field of 46 area high school seniors, with a 3.5 or higher grade point average, whose parents are Midwest Electric members.
Additionally, Megan Fisher, Wapakoneta High School, won the $2,000 Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who has overcome a significant challenge in pursuit of their goals. Megan, the daughter of Daniel and Kristin Fisher, is considering exercise science or statistics for a college major.
Hughes has a 4.0 grade point average and is first in her class. She is planning to study medical sciences. Cassidy is the daughter of Lowell and Wendy Hughes, Wapakoneta.
Luthman is the son of Thomas and Michelle Luthman, Coldwater. He has a 3.9 grade point average, is ninth in his class and is planning to study mechanical engineering and business at the University of Toledo.
Grieshop will attend The Ohio State University and is considering a speech pathology major. She has a 3.974 grade point average and is sixth in her class. Her parents are Shannon and Judith Grieshop, St. Henry.
Tatarkov will study civil engineering at Ohio Northern University. He has a 4.0 grade point average, is ranked first in his class and is the son of Andrey and Svetlana Tatarkov, Bluffton.
Schroer will study business at Wheeling Jesuit University. She has a 4.0 grade point average and is ranked first in her class. She is the daughter of Kyle and Krista Schroer, New Knoxville.
Vore will study biomedical engineering/pre-med at Wright State University. He has a 4.0 grade point average, is first in his class, and is the son of Eric and Kristy Vore, Elida.