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2017 Rymer Finalists Announced



Lee University recently announced the 2017 Rymer Scholarship finalists. Provided through the Rymer Foundation, the scholarships honor local student achievement and encourage talented high school students to remain in the Cleveland area after graduation.

Nine seniors were selected as Rymer finalists for 2017: Vivian Baker, Sarah Beavers, Samantha Kate Eason, John Hixon, Morgan Mantooth, Sydney Morgan, Alexandra Squires, Blaire Terrell, and Andrea Wilhelm.

Three finalists will be designated as Rymer Gold Scholars, three as Rymer Silver Scholars, and three as Rymer Bronze Scholars. The selection committee was appointed by the Lee University President’s Office and the principals from Bradley Central, Cleveland, and Walker Valley high schools. The committee conducts interviews with each finalist and will announce the award recipients at the annual Rymer Scholarship banquet on April 27.

Winners are selected based on their leadership in extracurricular, athletic and church-based activities, high school rank, grade point average, college-board exam scores, and the interview.

Baker, a Walker Valley High School senior, is the daughter of Dennis and Charissa Baker. She is currently ranked 5 out of 349 with a 4.0 GPA. She has been involved with the National Honor Society, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Leadership Team, concert band, and color guard. Baker attends Westmore Church of God where, she has taught Sunday School and performed in various choirs. She has also volunteered with the Salvation Army.

Beavers is the daughter of Michael and Dorothy Beavers and a senior at Walker Valley High School. She is currently ranked 8 out of 349 with a 4.0 GPA. She has been a part of Anchor Club, Circle of Champions, and the National Honor Society, among other groups. She attends North Cleveland Baptist Church, where she has been a small group leader, served on the praise band, and traveled with a team overseas to serve in Mexico and Nicaragua. Beavers has also served with Ocoee Outreach and Family Promise, along with participating in nursing home visitation.

Eason, a senior at Cleveland High School, is the daughter of Cliff and Lisa Eason. She is currently ranked 40 out of 321 with a 3.78 GPA. She has been involved with her school’s student government association, the National Honor Society, worked on the Cleveland High newspaper, and is a member of the volleyball team. Eason has served at Life Bridges, Kay McDaniel Tennis Clinics, Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign, and with the Mouse Creek clean-up initiative. She is a member of First Baptist Cleveland and also participates with the Hopewell Church of God youth group and drama team.

Hixon is the son of Steve and Annette Hixon and a senior at Walker Valley High School. He is ranked 10 out of 349 with a 4.0 GPA. Hixon is involved with track and field and cross country, where he serves as team captain for both teams. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and Beta Club. He attends North Cleveland Church of God and has served with Operation Christmas Child, the Reindeer Run, and helped coach YMCA youth basketball.

Mantooth, the daughter of Michael and Marsha Mantooth, is a senior at Walker Valley High School where she is currently ranked 9 out of 349 with a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Junior Civitan, where she serves as president. Throughout her high school career, she has volunteered with numerous organizations including Ark of Cleveland, Life Bridges, Special Olympics, and Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center, among others. She attends Wildwood Baptist Church.

Morgan, a Bradley Central High School senior, is the daughter of Greg and Sha’Ree Morgan. She is ranked 13 out of 422 with a 4.0 GPA. She has been a member of the basketball team, softball team, and the National Honor Society, along with being named class president and elected homecoming queen. Morgan served on a church-planting trip in Washington D.C. and has participated with Christmas Memories, Ashley Lauren’s Closet, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She attends First Baptist Cleveland.

Squires, a senior at Walker Valley High School, is the daughter of John and Kristen Squires. She is currently ranked 16 out of 349 and has a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of Beta Club, the National Honor Society, color guard, and has been involved in several musical productions. She is an active member at First Baptist Cleveland, where she has served on the childcare and recreation staff. She has also served in Israel and Panama, volunteered as a counselor at Camp Cherokee, and worked with Junior Civitan.

Terrell, a Bradley Central High School senior, is the daughter of Blaine and Daneah Terrell. She is currently ranked 7 out of 422 with a 4.0 GPA. She has served as secretary, chaplain, and vice president for her class as well as been involved in FCA, HOSA, and the golf team. Terrell attends The Church at Grace Point, where she is active in the youth group and serves on the worship band as well as volunteering with Vacation Bible School. She has also served with the Tim Tebow Night to Shine, Habitat for Humanity, Friday Night Lights, and at a slave trafficking benefit dinner.

Wilhelm is the daughter of Ricardo and Lissette Wilhelm and a senior at Cleveland High School. She is ranked 1 out of 321 with a 4.0 GPA. Wilhelm has been involved with varsity soccer where she has served as team captain for the past two years, as well as participating in HOSA and Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership. She attends North Cleveland Church of God and participates in the church orchestra. She has also served with Habitat for Humanity, Go to Crew for Cleveland High leadership, and helped raise money to provide Christmas presents for children at Erlanger Hospital.
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