The Jackson Elks Lodge #466 recently presented its annual scholarship awards to six highly deserving local high school graduates of the Class of 2020. The scholarships were presented Wednesday, June 17 at the lodge by Exalted Ruler Lynn Denny and the Scholarship Committee members Chair Tammy Jones, Melissa Bachtel and Amy Grigsby.

Local seniors receiving honors for 2020 represent Jackson High School, Vinton County High School, and Wellston High School. 

The following students were presented awards:

-- Caden Donaldson of Jackson High School will receive $4,000 scholarship award.

-- Owen Salyer of Vinton County High School will receive a $4,000 scholarship award.

-- Grant Plummer of Wellston High School will receive a $2,000 scholarship award.

-- Baleigh Radune of Jackson High School will receive a $1,000 scholarship award.

-- Meranda Coleman of Jackson High School will receive a will receive a $1,000 scholarship award.

-- Holly Sexton of Jackson High School will receive a $1,000 scholarship award.

Since 1931, the Elks National Foundation has helped thousands of students who need financial assistance fulfill their dreams of attending college. Most Valuable Student scholars are outstanding students who are at or near the top of their classes, active in their schools and communities, and recognized as leaders by their peers.

The Most Valuable Student scholarship is available to high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately and are judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

Each year the Jackson Elks Lodge #466 invites area seniors to submit applications for the MVS scholarships.  Once again, the applications submitted through Lodge #466 did very well in the district, state, and national levels of the program.

The individual breakdowns on each of the local scholarship awards are as follows:

Meranda Coleman, senior at Jackson High School:

          -girls top 3 lodge winner;

          -advanced to district level;

          -advanced to state level; and

          -will receive a $1,000 award.

Baleigh Radune, senior at Jackson High School:

          -girls top 3 lodge winner;

          -advanced to district level;

          -advanced to state level; and

          -will receive a $1,000 award.

Holly Sexton, senior at Jackson High School:

          -girls top 3 lodge winner;

          -advanced to district level;

          -advanced to state level; and

          -will receive a $1,000 award.

Grant Plummer, senior at Wellston High School:

          -boys top 3 lodge winner;

          -advanced to district level;

          -advanced to state level;

          -advanced to the national level; and

          -will receive $2,000 award.

Caden Donaldson, senior at Jackson High School:

          -boys top 3 lodge winner;

          -advanced to district level

          -advanced to state level;                   

          -advanced to the national level – runner-up; and

          -will receive $4,000 award.

Owen Salyer, senior at Vinton County High School:

          -boys top 3 lodge winner;

          -advanced to district level;

          -advanced to state level;

          -advanced to national level – runner-up; and

          -will receive $4,000 award.

Meranda Coleman plans to attend The Ohio State University and study criminology and criminal justice studies. Caden Donaldson will be attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University to major in criminology and minor in psychology.  He will also be a member of the men’s volleyball team at MVNU. Grant Plummer will attend The Ohio State University in the public policy analysis program with a pre-law track. Baleigh Radune will attend Ohio University and in is enrolled in the early childhood education program. Owen Salyer plans to study applied mathematics. Holly Sexton will attend Yale University to pursue a degree in global affairs while studying French and history. 

A Jackson Elks Lodge representative said, “The Jackson Elks Lodge members are extremely proud of our area youth for their dedication and service to our community.  Best of luck to all 2020 graduating seniors!”