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NEW CONCORD On Feb. 25, 19 students, participating from seven high schools, were interviewed for the college scholarship program of the Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative. The cooperative designates a first place award of $1000, second place of $500, third place of $300 and fourth place of $200 in a boys division and a girls division.
Interviews began at 8 a.m. and continued until 11:30 a.m. Following the interviews, the participants and their parents enjoyed a luncheon.
Fourth-place winner in the girls division was Katie Hill, who attends Shenandoah High School; fourth-place winner in the boys division was Samuel Austin ,who attends Bishop Rosecrans High School.
Third-place winner in the girls division was Rebecca McGinnis, who attends Tri-Valley High School; third-place winner in the boys division was Wade Davis, who attends Tri-Valley High School.
Second-place winner in the girls division was Trista Thurston, who attends Buckeye Trail High School; second-place winner in the boys division was Paxton Pickrell, who attends Tri-Valley High School.
Winner in the girls division was Megan Bell, daughter of Craig and Traci Bell of Frazeysburg. She attends Tri-Valley High School.
Winner in the boys division was Aaron Laube, the son of Philip and Stephanie Laube of Cambridge. He attends John Glenn High School.
Bell and Laube will represent Guernsey-Muskingum on May 14 at the statewide scholarship competition at Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc., Columbus.
Points in the competition were given for scholastic record, personal achievement, school and community activities, personal interview and an essay question.
Judges for the girls division were: Dr. Steve Kokovich of Muskingum University; Kari Hitzel of WB Green Insurance; and Dorothy Montgomery, retired Muskingum County commissioner.
Judges for the boys division were: Jack Taylor, retired president and CEO, Southeastern Med; Dr. Barb Hansen, Muskingum University; and, Dr. Howard Beazel, psychologist.