Becoming an Ohio State Buckeye has always been the dream of Vinton County High School 2020 graduate Jade Kempton-Trainer. 
Now thanks to her own talent and determination, and with receiving the Ohio State University (OSU) Trustees Scholarship, along with the Harry L. Thompson scholarships, her dream will be realized this fall. Kempton was one of the Class Valedictorians and plans to major in Exercise Science.
“There was never any doubt in my mind where I wanted to attend college,” said Kempton-Trainer. “Ohio State has always been my dream school.”
Kempton-Trainer also won many local scholarships including the Vinton County 4-H Award, the Atomic Credit Union Scholarship, the Vinton County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship, along with the Fischer Family, Paul Pigott and the Miss Vinton County Scholarships. 
Her 4-H experience is one she cherishes as this summer will mark her 13th year in the program. She is a member of the Kids Next Door 4-H Club and says it has been an unforgettable experience.  The final ring show experience, though, will not happen for her and other last-year members as the Vinton County Fair has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 situation.
Kempton-Trainer is appreciative of the OSU scholarships and she also wants to send out special thanks to all the local businesses that awarded her their scholarships. 
“I know these businesses spend their time raising money to help local students attend college and meet their goals,” she said. “Their efforts are appreciated.”

Kempton-Trainer says she is ready to begin her education experience at Ohio State and although she knows the big city will be different from the small town, she expects OSU will be everything she hopes it will be and says she would like to live and work in the Columbus area after college.