10/9/2017 8:55:00 AM Accomplished WHS student recognized with OSBA award Named Outstanding Male Student for Southeast Region at Fall Conference
WHS sophomore Grant Plummer, who was recently named the Outstanding Male Student for the Southeast Region at the Ohio School Boards Associationís (OSBA) Fall Conference, was honored once again for this achievement during the Monday, Oct. 2 school board meeting. Pictured from the left are Superintendent Karen Boch, Plummer, and Board Vice President Gretchen Crabtree. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
Grant Plummer, a sophomore at Wellston High School (WHS), was recently named as the Outstanding Male Student for the Southeast Region at the Ohio School Boards Association's (OSBA) Fall Conference. The event was held Sept. 28 at Alexander Local's Elementary School in Albany.
According to the OSBA, the Region Recognition Program was established in 1993 as a way to help local school districts showcase outstanding achievement and educational excellence.
For his award, Plummer was chosen from nominations received by the OSBA throughout the region's 18 counties and a total of 84 school districts.
In light of his accomplishment, the Wellston City Schools Board of Education made a special presentation to Plummer during the Monday, Oct. 2 meeting.
"He's an extraordinary student who is described as organized, very hands-on, mature and extremely community-minded," said Superintendent Karen Boch.
At the age of nine, Plummer became involved with the Wellston Historical Association (WHA), where he is considered to be the group's deputy secretary. He is responsible for creating the WHA's slogan, "Where would you be without Harvey?" which is meant to pay homage to Wellston's founder Harvey Wells, and has been involved with the restoration of Wells' former home.
Aside from the WHA, Plummer is also involved with the Wellston Main Street and Make Wellston Beautiful civic groups.
Boch explained that Plummer was instrumental in helping the City of Wellston receive a $500,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Grant. During that process, she explained, Plummer single-handedly researched every Wellston address on the Jackson County Auditor's website and created a spreadsheet with the names and addresses of all property owners in the city. The purpose of that project was to determine the percentage of rental properties in the city.
According to Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier, Plummer's work with that project impressed many state leaders in Columbus.
At WHS, Plummer is involved in Youth in Government, student council, drama club, choir and band. Near the end of Boch's presentation, she shared a quote from WHS Principal Megan Sowers about Plummer.
"He is an amazing student who exudes the importance of community," said Sowers. "He is a very positive-minded student and understands that success starts with attitude and effort."