SIDNEY — The Sidney Rotary Club Scholarship Committee has announced the recipients of the 2017 $1,000 Rotary Scholarships.
Maria Herron, valedictorian of Russia High School, is the daughter of Jamie and Lynn Herron, of Russia. She has served as the vice president of the National Honor Society and the student council, played basketball and softball and was a hitting instructor. She plans to attend Otterbein University to study engineering.
Micah Smock, valedictorian of Botkins High School, is the son of Phil and Mary Lee Smock. He served on the Junior Fair Board, was president of student council and FFA, played soccer and ran track. Smock plans to attend the Ohio State University to study agricultural business.
Christen Ware, valedictorian of Jackson Center High School, is the daughter of Dana and Diane Ware, of Jackson Center. She has participated in National Honor Society, played volleyball and basketball and completed three mission trips through her church. Ware plans to attend Ohio Northern University to study nursing.
Jay Curlis, a senior at Christian Academy, is the son of Bob and Kim Curlis, of Sidney, Ohio. He has served as the president of student council and was a member of National Honor Society, captain of the soccer and basketball teams, a Honda Math Medalist and delegate to Boys State. Curlis will attend the Wright State University.
The recipients of these scholarships will be honored at a Rotary Club luncheon meeting in June.
The criteria for selecting these students included academics, financial need, leadership and community involvement, as well as teacher recommendations. Each student applying was interviewed.
The Youth and Scholarship Committee members who assisted with the selection process were Sidney Police Chief Will Balling; Roger Mowery, senior executive recruiter at Pete DeLuke and Associates Inc.; Tilda Philpot, director of the Shelby County Historical Society; Lisa Benanzer, manager of member services at Pioneer Electric Cooperative; Craig Albers, attorney with Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk; Ed Thomas, executive director of the Sidney YMCA; and Mary E. Smith, superintendent of Christian Academy Schools.