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Darke County Scholarship Fund (DCSF)
Scholarships Awarded

Plus Awards from Readers and CNO

Since 2009, nearly $70,000 in Tuition Scholarships and other financial aid has been awarded to deserving Darke County young people working toward college degrees in a variety of fields. The awards have been through the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund, now the Darke County Scholarship Fund. Many of these students have been active in the Darke County Teen Advocates, Darke County Teen Scribes, County News Online, Early Bird/Bluebag Media and a multitude of community service endeavors. All have been helped by CNO Business Sponsors, SSSF Fundraisers, County News Online Sponsors, and the "Friends" who have followed their accomplishments over the years.

On their behalf, County News Online is proud to say "THANK YOU" to each and every one of you.

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Ashley Mikesell, Greenville High School

Ashley Mikesell is a 2015 Greenville High School graduate attending Wright State University for a degree in biology. Once she earns her degree she intends to enroll in Kettering Medical Center’s physician’s assistant program. Ashley is the daughter of Eagles member Rodney Mikesell.


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Ashton Kester, Greenville High School

Ashton Kester, 2016 Greenville High School graduate, received the 2016 Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Scholarship. In 32 games played, Ashton had a .457 batting average. Over 94 plate appearances, she had 43 hits with 40 runs scored. She collected 12 doubles, three triples, two home runs and three stolen bases. At shortstop, she also had a fielding percentage of .868. In her senior year Ashton was named to first team, All Greater Western Ohio Conference. Aston will be attending Findlay University, pursuing a degree in veterinary science. Ashton also received the 2016 Greenville Eagles 2177 scholarship. She is the granddaughter of Eagles member R. Eldon Wolter.


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Dane Wentworth, Ansonia High School

Dane Wentworth, 2016 Ansonia High School graduate, received the 2016 Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Scholarship. In 15 games played, Dane had a .372 batting average with a .400 on base percentage. He had 16 hits and scored 13 runs with a home run and three doubles. He had a .511 slugging percentage and in the outfield his fielding percentage was .923. Dane will be attending Wilmington University, pursuing a degree in education.


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Olivia Herron, Greenville High School

Olivia Herron is a 2016 graduate of Greenville High School. She will be attending Miami University for Strategic Communications. She received one of three 2016 DCSF scholarships. Olivia is the daughter of Maurice and Lisa Herron.


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Bryant Fox, Ansonia High School

Bryant Fox is a 2016 graduate of Ansonia High School. He will be attending the University of Findlay, pursuing an agriculture-related degree. He received DCSF’s 2016 Bistro Off Broadway Scholarship.


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Seryn Crawford, Greenville High School

Seryn Crawford is a 2016 Greenville High School. She will be attending Ball State University for Dietetics. She received one of two 2016 Al and Barbara Greiner scholarships from DCSF. Seryn is the daughter of Merilee and Donald Beisner.


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Hannah Coakley, Greenville High School

Hannah Coakley is a 2016 graduate of Greenville High School. She will be attending Indiana Wesleyan University for Communications and Youth Ministries. She received DCSF’s 2016 Fred & Donna Wright Memorial Scholarship, presented by Darryl and Debbie Biddlestone. Hannah is the daughter of Stephanie and Scott Lind.


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Brittany Ulman, Ansonia High School

Brittany Ulman is a 2014 graduate of Ansonia High School. She is attending Ball State University for Creative and Professional Writing. Brittany has published several articles on County News Online about her college experiences. Brittany received the Early Bird / Bluebag Media / County News Online scholarship in 2015, and the County News Online scholarship in 2016. She is the daughter of Anthony & Yvonne Ulman.


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Brooke Robinson, Versailles High School

Brooke Robinson is a 2013 Versailles High School graduate and Valedictorian of her graduating class. She is pursuing degrees in journalism and theatre at Ohio University. Brooke’s parents are Ted and Joni Robinson, Versailles. Brooke received the Fred & Donna Wright Memorial scholarship in 2013, presented by Darrel and Debbie Biddlestone, the Bistro Off Broadway scholarship in 2015 and the DCSF scholarship in 2016.


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Nicole Manges, Greenville High School

Nicole Manges is a 2014 graduate of Greenville High School. She is pursuing a degree in English Literature and Writing at Huntington University, with a goal of becoming an publications editor. She graduated high school with a 4.49 GPA. Nicole is the daughter of Brian and Diana Manges. She received the SSSF Senior Scribes scholarship in 2014 and 2015, and the DCSF scholarship in 2016..



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Will McCabe, Greenville High School

Will McCabe, a 2014 graduate of Greenville High School, graduated 13th in a class of 244 with a GPA of 4.15. He is currently pursuing a major in Creative Writing and a double-minor in Communication and Psychology from Ohio Northern University, and will graduate the Spring of 2017. While he has not yet pinned down a seminary, he will pursue a Master of Divinity immediately after graduating. He received the Al and Barbara Greiner Scholarship in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Will is the son of Mitch & Minetta McCabe.


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Ally Russell, Greenville High School

Ally Russell, a Greenville High School graduate, is a 2015 recipient of the Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln scholarship. She was named to first team All State for three consecutive years by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association. She was also named first team All-GWOC and All-GWOC North for three consecutive years, and GWOC North softball player of the year for two consecutive seasons. She has signed with Wright State University to play softball and will be pursuing a degree in athletic training. “I would like to be a trainer at the high school level… maybe move to college level some day,” Ally said. “I’m excited… I applied to the program and got in. Not that many freshmen are admitted.”


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Aaron Balsbaugh, Greenville High School

Aaron Balsbaugh, a Greenville High School graduate, is a 2015 recipient of the Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln scholarship. Aaron was named this year’s GWOC North Athlete of the Year. In basketball he set single game and single season rebounding records and was named to the GWOC Basketball First Team. He also set a school record in Track and Field with his 800-meter run and finished 12th in the state Boys 800-meter run. He has signed with Taylor University to play basketball and run track. He will be pursuing a general engineering degree. “I just want to get out and get a good job,” Aaron said. He added he’ll likely focus on electrical with mechanical engineering. “This gives me a broad range to work with after college.”


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Shelby Schepis, Tri-Village High School

Shelby Schepis has twice been a business sponsor scholarship recipient from Greenville Eagles 2177. She is a graduate of Tri-Village High School and attends the Reid School of Radiologic Technology. The program allows students to get 34-40 hours a week of hands-on training in addition to classwork. “Within the first month of setting foot in the hospital, I knew this is where I belong,” she said. Shelby has planned her career training carefully and anticipates that with scholarships and her part-time work she will be able to graduate debt free in 2016.



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Peyton Kreitzer, Arcanum High School

Peyton Kreitzer is a 2015 graduate of Arcanum High School. She is a talented singer who will be pursuing a business degree in music at Lee University. She received her scholarshp sponsored by the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund. Peyton is the daughter of Chad & Denise Kreitzer.


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Caroline Prakel, Versailles High School

Caroline Prakel is a 2015 graduate of Versailles High School. She will be attending Ohio State University pursuing a degree in pharmaceutical science. She received her scholarship sponsored by the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund in 2015. Caroline's parents are Mike & Christy Prakel.


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Tara Guillozet, Greenville High School

Tara Guillozet has twice been a business sponsor scholarship recipient from Greenville Eagles 2177. In 2015 she received the Fred & Donna Wright Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Darrrel & Debbie Biddlestone. Tara graduated from Greenville High School in 2013. She is attending the University of Cincinnati on a Fashion Design career path. She is the daughter of Tonnya Guillozet and Eagles member Scott Guillozet.



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John Liette, Ansonia High School

John Liette is a 2012 Ansonia High School graduate pursuing a Communications Disorder degree at Ball State University. He received the Lloyd/Marie Blickenstaff and Melvin/Hannah Rust Memorial Scholarship presented by Delbert & Louise Blickenstaff. John’s parents are Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Liette, Union City. John received scholarships in 2012 and 2013, and the Delbert Blickenstaff Memorial Scholarships in 2014 and 2015.



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Jessica Barga, Versailles High School

Jessica will be beginning her junior year at Miami University in Communications this year. She received her SSSF scholarship in 2014.



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Cassidy Condon, Versailles High School

Cassidy is a 2014 graduate of Versailles High School ninth in her class with a 3.955 GPA.She plans to pursue her college education in Communications studies. She received The Biddlestone Memorial In Memory of Ralph “Fred” and Donna Wright in 2014.



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Eric Swartz, Edison Community College

Erick Swartz received his scholarship while a freshman student at Edison Community College. A Greenville resident, he has been active in SSSF activities and was awarded the The Early Bird, Bluebag Media, Bistro Off Broadway, County News Online and Paul Ackley Award for 2014.


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Makayla Wilson, Arcanum High School

Makayla Wilson, a 2013 Arcanum High School graduate started her educational journey at Edison Community College. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Techncology Program at the University of Cincinnati. She is the recipient of the Bistro Off Broadway Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Her parents are Mr. & Mrs. Chad Wilson, Greenville. She was awarded this scholarship in 2013 and 2014.


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Kyle Bruner, Greenville High School

Kyle Bruner, a 2014 Greenville High School graduate, will be attending Wittenburg University. He said he intends to pursue either an education or sports management degree. He will be playing football at Wittenburg. Kyle received the SSSF Eagles 2177 scholarship for children and grandchildren of members. His father was the late Kevin Bruner.


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Abbey O'Donnell, Arcanum High School

Abbey O'Donnell, a 2014 graduate of Arcanum High School, will be attending Bluffton University and plans to double major in Intervention Specialist and Early Childhood Education. She will be playing basketball for Bluffton as well. She received the SSSF Dave Knapp Athletic Scholarship for 2014.


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Travis Feitshans, Franklin Monroe High School

Travis Feitshans, a 2014 graduate of Franklin Monroe High School, will be attending Ohio Northern University to play basketball and major in computer engineering. He received the SSSF Dave Knapp Athletic Scholarship for 2014.


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Micaela Adkins, Greenville High School

Micaela Adkins is a business sponsor scholarship recipient from Greenville Eagles 2177. She graduated from Greenville High School. Micaela is going into early childhood education at Sinclair Community College. She is the daughter of Eagles members Anna and David Humphrey.




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Savannah Hauberg, Greenville High School

Savannah Hauberg is a business sponsor scholarship recipient from Greenville Eagles 2177. She is a graduate of Greenville High School. Savannah is attending Indiana University East, specializing in the field of Gerontology. She is the granddaughter of Eagles member Allen Hauberg.



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Sydney Hunt, Greenville High School

Sydney Hunt is a business sponsor scholarship recipient from Greenville Eagles 2177. She is a graduate of Greenville High School. Sydney attends Owens Community College and will be pursuing a medical technology degree with an emphasis on diagnostic medical imaging (sonography). She is the granddaughter of Eagles member Susan Matthew.



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Teha Richards, Tri-Village High School

Teha Richards, Tri-Village High School Class of 2013, received a Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund Business Scholarship from Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln for her academic excellence and accomplishments in Tri-Village basketball. Richards was a 4-year starter and a member of its 1,000 points scored club. She was on the Cross County Conference First Team for two years, Second Team for one year and its Academic Team all four years. She was on the District 9 All Media Team, Second Team AP All Southwest District and Honorable Mention AP All Ohio. She was an Athlete of the Week and a County News Online Athlete of the Month.

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Sam Bowers, Greenville High School

Sam Bowers, Greenville High School Class of 2013, received a Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund Business Scholarship from Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln for his academic excellence and accomplishments in a number of sports. Among a number of awards, Bowers was Second Team All GWOC in soccer and received the Coaches’ Award during his junior year, and First Team All GWOC, as well as All District First Team, his senior year. He was a t one year varsity starter in basketball. In tennis he was First Team All GWOC and Second Team All District. He won the Coaches’ Award and holds the school record for most doubles wins. He was an Athlete of the Week and a County News Online Athlete of the Month.
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Sam Armstrong, Mississinawa Valley High School

Sam, a 2010 graduate, is an English Communications major at Cedarville University and has been a regular contributor to County News Online’s Teen Scribes pages. He received the Al and Barbara Greiner Scholarship for Academic Excellence.  Sam’s parents are Mr. & Mrs. Robert Armstrong, Union City.He has received SSSF scholarships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.


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Kent Holmes, Greenville High School

Kent was third in his graduating class in 2011. In addition he was President of the GHS Key Club and involved in a variety of other student organizations and activities, including the high school’s drama group. He and fellow senior Simon Hoying produced and directed a series of videos and stage performances, many of which were presented to the public. He is pursuing a Telecommunications/Free Lance Media degree at Ball State University. Kent’s parents are Mr. & Mrs. Larry Holmes, Greenville. He has received scholarships in 2011, 2012 and 2013.


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Simon Hoying, Greenville High School

Simon and Kent are working together at Ball State on their Communications degrees. In addition to their work while at GHS, they have a weekly radio show that they produce for the Ball State student population. Simon’s parents are Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hoying, Greenville. Simon received scholarships in 2011, 2012 and 2013.



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Ashley Studebaker, Franklin Monroe High School

Ashley Studebaker is a 2012 Franklin Monroe High School graduate pursuing a Sports Writing Degree at Wright State University. Her parents are Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Studebaker, Laura. Since graduation, she has published a number of articles for both sports and community news in County News Online. Ashley received scholarships in 2012 and 2013.


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Margaret Prakel, Versailles High School

Margaret Prakel was the 2012 recipient of the Debbie & Darrel Biddlestone Fred Wright Memorial Scholarship. She is a Versailles High School graduate pursuing a Communications degree at Notre Dame University. Margaret’s parents are Mr. & Mrs. Mike Prakel, Versailles. Margaret has received scholarships in 2012 and 2013.

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Stephanie Mayo, Ansonia High School

Stephanie, a 2012 graduate, is a Business Sponsor Scholarship recipient from the Greenville Eagles. She is attending Ball State University in its Exercise Science and Applied Science Track programs. Stephanie is the daughter of Vicki Mayo and great granddaughter of Dorothy Boyd, both members of Eagles 2177.


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Zachory Allen Weaver, Greenville High School

Zachory, a 2012 graduate, grandson of Garry Weaver, Sr., is a Business Sponsor Scholarship recipient from the Greenville Eagles. He is attending Ohio State University for a degree in Engineering.

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Jeffery A. Mayo, Versailles High School

Jeffery, a 2012 graduate, grandson of Richard Christman, is a Business Sponsor Scholarship recipient from the Greenville Eagles. He is attending Marian University in Indiana for degrees in Choral Music Education and Pastoral Music Ministry.

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Harrison Davis Johnston, Greenville High School

Harrison, a 2012 graduate, grandson of Carolyn J. Warvel, is a Business Sponsor Scholarship recipient from the Greenville Eagles. He is attending Indiana University for a degree in Psychology.


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Jenna Dowler, Greenville High School

Jenna, a 2012 graduate, is among two individuals to recieve the first annual Dave Knapp Business Scholarship for Academic & Athletic Excellence. The presentation was part of the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund’s Business Scholarship Program. Dowler was recognized for her individual efforts in the classroom and in the field of athletics. She excelled in Greenville High School’s girls basketball and cheerleading.

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Evan Barger, Tri-Village High School

Evan Barger, a 2012 graduate, is among two individuals to recieve the first annual Dave Knapp Business Scholarship for Academic & Athletic Excellence. The presentation was part of the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund’s Business Scholarship Program. Barger was recognized for his individual efforts in the classroom and in the field of athletics. He excelled in Tri-Village High School’s boys basketball and golf.


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Jordan Pridemore, Franklin Monroe High School

Jordan was Teen Advocate Editor from 2005 to 2008. Jordan’s weekly columns attracted a huge audience of Advocate readers as she prepared for a career in journalism with a degree from Ball State University. During her college career she interned at the Dayton Daily News. Since that time Jordan’s plans have evolved into a more personal level of service as she will be graduating in 2012 with a double degree: English and English as a Second Language. She received Scholarship money from a grateful community in 2008, and SSSF Scholarships in 2009 and 2010.


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Elizabeth Horner, Greenville High School

Elizabeth is a talented young writer whose dream is to be a novelist. Although she mentioned recently that she was first "published" with a poem when she was six, she actually began her publishing career at the age of nine with a front page Greenvlle Advocate story about Memorial Day. She was the Advocate's FunDay Bunch editor, a Teen Advocate, founder of a Read to Succeed program, a Coach for the Greenville 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams and writes on a regular basis for County News Online's Teen Scribes pages. Elizabeth received a full scholarship at American University, New York, in Creative Writing and will spendi her first year of college in England. She received a special award from County News Online for her writing and service to the Greenville Community. She also received a Business Sponsor Scholarship from Bistro Off Broadway.
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Jessica Transue, Greenville High School

Jessica is a talented young photographer who covered a variety of events for County News Online in 2011. She also created the rotating banners that readers see at the top of CNO Topic pages. In her senior year at GHS, she built and maintained Digital Waves, IMTV’s sub-domain on County News Online. The site was updated daily with news and events at Greenville High School. She plans to attend Edison Community College while preparing for a Communications degree at an as yet undecided four-year institution. Jessica received Debbie & Darrel Biddlestone's Fred Wright Memorial Scholarship in 2012.


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Kayla Lemar, Home School

Kayla led the Teen Advocates after Jordan left for Ball State. Her dream was to be a novelist. She attended Edison Community College and Bowling Green before deciding that writing would be an avocation as she answered a call to serve through her faith. Kayla was a scholarship recipient in 2011.

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Tiffany Beumer, Greenville High School

Tiffany was a Teen Advocate during her junior and senior years and attended Edison Community College in preparation for Communications degree. She received a scholarship in 2011.



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Sean Wolfe, Greenville High School

Sean is a 2010 scholarship recipient planning to pursue a career in Communications.



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Dorothy Gilbert, Mississinawa Valley High School

Dorothy received a scholarship in 2011 to attend a journalism workshop at Ball State University.

 




 
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