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Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. announced the winners of its annual college scholarship competition, held Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Cooperative's Millersburg office.
Natasha Latouf of West Holmes High School and Adam Jacobs of Norwayne High School are the first-place winners of $2,500 scholarships in the girls and boys divisions of the 2017 Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative scholarship competition. Latouf and Jacobs were part of a group of thirty-two students representing five area high schools who competed for a total of $15,000 in scholarships.
Latouf is the daughter of Butros Latouf and Faten Yazigi-Latouf of Millersburg. She plans on pursuing a degree in astrophysics and theoretical physics. Jacobs is the son of John and Cathy Jacobs of Burbank. He will attend Kent State University, majoring in sports administration.
As winners of their respective divisions, Latouf and Jacobs qualify to compete for additional scholarships at a competition sponsored by Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc., the statewide support association for electric cooperatives. There, they will compete with students representing 24 co-ops from across the state, for scholarships up to $3,500.
Other winners were:
■ Sarah Schonauer, second place, ($2,000). Schonauer is the daughter of Jerry Schonauer and Mary Uhl of Killbuck. A senior at West Holmes High School, she will major in chemical engineering at Ohio University. Zacary Harley, second place, ($2,000). Harley is the son of Tim and Jeana Harley of Burbank. He is a senior at Norwayne High School and will major in business administration at either Malone University or Grace College.
■ Katie Stoll, third place ($1,500). She is the daughter of Brad and Molly of Wooster. A senior at Northwestern High School, Stoll will study agriculture education at either Purdue University or Wilmington College.
■ Riley Rechnitzer, third place ($1,500). He is the son of Ronald & MaryLou Rechnitzer. A senior at Northwestern High School, Rechnitzer plans to study political science, history, and law.
■ Ashley Weaver, fourth place ($1,000). Weaver is the daughter of Paul and Cindy Weaver of Wilmont. A senior at Hiland High School, she will study nursing at the University of Mount Union.
■ Chase Gasser, fourth place ($1,000). Gasser is the son of Mark and Jill Gasser of Creston. He is a senior at Norwayne High School and plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
■ Rachael Muhlenkamp, fifth place ($500). She is the daughter of Rick and Sherri Muhlenkamp of Shreve. A senior at Triway High School, Muhlenkamp will attend The University of Akron majoring in early childhood education.
■ Ryan Schwartz, fifth place ($500). He is the son of Paul and Megan Schwartz of Burbank. A senior at Northwestern High School, Schwartz will study civil engineering/applied mathematics at Wheaton College. Judges for the two days of competition were Lucille Hastings, Linda Lang and Dale Sidel.
■ Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative Scholarship Contest is offered annually to children of co-op members who are graduating high school seniors and reside in a home served by Holmes-Wayne Electric.
■ Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned, nonprofit electric Cooperative serving approximately 18,000 accounts in Holmes, Wayne, Ashland, Stark, Tuscarawas, Knox, Medina and Coshocton counties. Headquarters are in Millersburg, with a district office in West Salem.