27th Annual Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards Program 2016
On Wednesday, April 13, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) recognized 82 of Ohio’s top students from across the state during the 27th Annual Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards Program, named in honor of Ohio’s 31st State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The award was established in 1989 by the OESCA to promote and recognize outstanding student leaders for their academic achievement and service to their school and communities. One senior from each county in Ohio is eligible to receive this honor, and Christopher Meade, a senior at North Adams High School, was selected as the Adams County winner from the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.
“Over the last 27 years, the OESCA has recognized over 2000 scholars and student leaders during this event,” said Tony Long, Southern Ohio ESC Superintendent. “We wish Trey great success as he pursues his studies at the college level.”
Pictured, from left, are area winners of the 27th annual Franklin B. Walter Award: Christopher “Trey” Meade of North Adams High School, Nikki Settlemyre of Clinton-Massie High School, Madison Smith of Lynchburg-Clay High School and Benjamin Hollar, Miami Trace High School.
Christopher Meade, a senior at North Adams High School, was selected as the Adams County winner from the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.
Meade is ranked first in his class and plans to attend University of Rio Grande where he will pursue a degree in secondary education in the field of Mathematics.
Meade is a student leader, scholar, musician, and athlete. He is the current vice president for the National Honor Society, has been a member of the Beta Club, Spanish Club, Table Tennis Club, Talented and Gifted Program, North Adams High School Choir, All-County Choir, homecoming and prom committee, and has served as a teacher assistant.
Meade has also served his community through his participation in the Hoxworth Blood Drive, Annual Lions Club Fundraiser, Earth Day events, School Beautification, Lawn Care of Ill and/or Immobile Neighbors, Salvation Army, Annual Holiday Canned Food Drive, Toy, and Clothing Drives, Church Beautification, and Game Day Administration for Local Youth Basketball League.
Meade was the grade-level winner of the Americanism Test his freshman year and went on to be the Grade Level and County Winner his junior year. He also received the Ohio Congressional Commendation for Academic/Athletic Achievement.
A four-year member of the North Adams’ basketball and baseball teams, Meade was named team captain in his senior year. He was also named District 14 Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-District and Associated Press All Southeast District Special Mention in 2015, and OHSBCA Academic All-District in 2015 and 2016 in football. In baseball, Meade was named District 14 Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-District in 2015, Academic All-District and Sectional Champion in 2014 and 2015.
Looking to the future, Meade plans to one day teach secondary, upper level mathematics and coach high school basketball and baseball.
He is the son of Rob and Christa Meade.
Nikki Settlemyre, a senior at Clinton-Massie High School, was selected as the Clinton County winner from the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.
Settlemyre is ranked first in her class and plans to attend the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where she will pursue degrees in business and law. Settlemyre hopes to one day aid people who become lost in the dense language of the legal system.
Settlemyre is a student leader, musician, and athlete. She has served her school community as co-editor of the yearbook, Key Club president, National Honor Society president, class officer, teacher’s aide, peer tutor, and member of the prom committee,
She is a former member of the CM concert band, volleyball team, and the Handbell Choir at the Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, where is an active member of the youth group.
Settlemyre was a 2013 Anthony Munoz Leadership Seminar Attendee, a 2015 Buckeye Girls State Delegate, and has been a member of the CM Academic Team since 2013, where in 2016 she ranked seventh out of 90 individuals at the NAQT Waverly High School Invitational Tournament. She will travel with the team this month as it makes its third consecutive appearance at the NAQT Small School National Tournament in Minneapolis.
Believing that education extends beyond the classroom, Settlemyre plans to participate in the many extracurricular clubs, Christian groups, and community service opportunities offered as part of her college experience.
Looking to the future, Settlemyre is optimistic that she will participate in internships that will one day lead her to joining a company where she can advance and benefit from career opportunities.
While Settlemyre considers herself to be very ambitious, she says she will never allow her profession to take priority over her family. Her ultimate goal in life is to be happy, which to Settlemyre is being enveloped in the loving embrace of her supportive family.
Nikki Settlemyre is the daughter of John and Joy Settlemyre.
Madison Smith, a senior at Lynchburg-Clay High School, was selected as the Highland County winner from the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.
“Over the last 27 years, the OESCA has recognized over 2,000 scholars and student leaders during this event,” said Tony Long, Southern Ohio ESC superintendent. “We wish Madison great success as she pursues her studies at the college level.”
Smith is ranked first in her class and will be attending Kent State University where she will major in hospitality management and business.
As a student leader, Smith serves as president of the National Honor Society and secretary of the student council. She is a three-year member and current editor of the yearbook staff and a four-year varsity cheerleader, serving as captain her junior year.
Smith has served as a Special Olympics volunteer and has also participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She is a nine-year member and officer within the 4-H organization, where she earned the State Fair 2014 Outstanding of the Day Recipient and the Outstanding Senior Nutrition Exhibitor. Smith has served on the Highland County Fair Board and Highland County Family and Consumer Sciences Board, and has been awarded the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship.
Looking to the future, Smith hopes to utilize her education and experience in hospitality management and business to work as an event coordinator at a vacation resort.
She is the daughter of Greg and Ronda Smith.