(5-12-20) The Mercer County DARE Boosters honor all of their Mercer County Seniors who have maintained their DARE promise in 5th grade. Typically, all students who submitted scholarship applications and students who remained true to their 5th grade DARE promise (to remain free of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) are invited to our annual Scholarship Luncheon held at the Mercer County Elks. The students are honored by current and former Mercer County DARE booster members, DARE officers, the Mercer County Sheriff, local police chiefs, other local leaders, their principals, SADD advisors and guidance counselors. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation, this face-to-face recognition was cancelled and we had to honor our seniors in a more creative way. Videos were created and shared via social media and are also shared on Mercer County Youth to Youth’s YouTube channel to honor these very dedicated high school seniors.
D.A.R.E. Scholarship applications and essays were received from 32 seniors. The prompt for the essay was
“As you complete your high school years, how has D.A.R.E. influenced your decision to remain alcohol and drug free? How has this decision affected you in your high school career?”
They also had to document academic achievements and extracurricular activities that reflect the spirit and goals of D.A.R.E., provide two letters of recommendation, and have a parent, principal and guidance counselor sign their application. The following ten students were awarded $500 scholarships:
Allison will graduate from Celina High School and is the daughter of Ben and Kathleen Brown. After graduation, she plans to attend Bowling Green State University to major in Psychology.
Breyden will graduate from Parkway High School and is the son of Greg and Misty Bruns. He plans on attending the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) to obtain a CPA and will also be playing baseball for UNOH.
Kyle will graduate from Marion Local High School and is the son of Scott and Elaine Bruns. After graduation, he plans on attending Wright State University-Lake Campus to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Ashley will graduate from Fort Recovery High School and is the daughter of Jerry and Carol Byram. She will be attending Columbus State Community College to major in Athletic Training.
Kenzie will graduate from Celina High School and is the daughter of Scott and Jenny Conn. After graduation, she plans on attending Valparaiso University to major in Civil Engineering and will be on their swim team as well.
Peyton will graduate from Celina High School and is the daughter of Kenny and Barbara Germann. After graduation, she is attending Ohio University to major in Marine, Freshwater and Environmental Biology.
Elizabeth will graduate from Celina High School and is the daughter of Dan and Linda Harting. After high school, she plans to attend Wright State University-Lake Campus to major in Elementary Education P-5.
Brooke will graduate from Fort Recovery High School and is the daughter of Doug and Brenda Kahlig. After high school, she plans to attend Rhodes State College to major in Dental Hygiene.
Ally will graduate from Fort Recovery High School and is the daughter of Eric and Amy Kaiser. She plans to attend the University of Dayton and major in AYA English Education.
Hannah will graduate from St. Henry High School and is the daughter of Bob and Joyce Steinbrunner. She will be attending the University of Dayton to major in Health Science and then transferring to another university to earn a master’s degree in Athletic Training.
In the near future, commendations will be presented to the scholarship winners. These will come from the offices of Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor John Husted, Representative Susan Manchester, Senator Matt Huffman, as well as the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters.
Wright State University-Lake Campus and Western Ohio Educational Foundation, will also match scholarships for those students who will be attending the Lake Campus.
The Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters would also like to thank all merchants, individuals, the Mercer County Elks, McDonald’s and others who continually support this program through their donations and time. Our annual DARE Quarter Auction is scheduled for Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at the Grange Hall at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 12:30 pm and the quarter auction starts at 2 pm.