MIDDLEPORT — Eight legacy scholarships were awarded by the Middleport Alumni Association during their Memorial Day weekend activities.
When area schools consolidated to became part of Meigs Local School District in 1969, the former high school was no more, but its spirit lives on in the alumni.
At a recent banquet, students with family members who had graduated from the now-consolidated Middleport High School received their scholarships as part of the alumni celebration. The main floor of the Middleport Arts Council served as the venue and was decorated with the former school’s orange and black motif.
Paul Gerard, Class of 1965, served as master of ceremonies and welcomed the group; Cliff Coleman gave the invocation before dinner and Richard Hayes led the Alumni and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance.
A short business meeting followed dinner and mostly centered around planning for the continuation of the scholarship program.
Then, it was on to the introduction of classes and awarding of scholarships given to the grandchildren of alumni by Cindy Harris: The Middleport High School McComas-Morre Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Olivia Hubbard; Middleport High School Scholarships winners were Alec Booth and Dylan Haynes, both received $1,000; Susan G. Park Scholarship recipients each received $500 scholarships: Bryant Bergefurd, Brenden DeWees, Blake Eddy, Jacob Thompson and Jansen Wolfe.
Boothe is the son of Heather Boothe and Janson Boothe, and grandson of Richard Hovatter and the late Gail Stumbo Hovatter, MHS Class of 1957. Boothe graduated from Vinton County High School with a 3.39 G.P.A and plans to attend Shawnee State University in the Fall. He plans to study business and will be joining the university golf team.
Haynes, recipient of the 2016 Middleport High School Alumni Association Scholarship, is the daughter of Tiffany Hoffman and Matthew Haynes and the granddaughter of Paula Michael Gaul, MHS Class of 1964. Haynes graduated from Eastern High School in Reedsville with a 3.82 G.P.A. and will be attending Shawnee State University in the fall, where she will be studying pre-medical biology.
Bergefurd is the son of Marcia and Brad Bergefurd and grandson of Herschal (Sonny) Knapp of the MHS Class of 1959. Bergefurd graduated from Wilmington High School with a 3.9 G.P.A. and will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall to study chemical engineering.
DeWees is the son of Sarah and Michael DeWees, of Hilliard, and grandson of Clarence DeWeese, MHS Class of 1958.DeWees graduated from Hilliard Darby High School with a 3.52 and plans to attend Baldwin-Wallace University to major in sports management.
Eddy is the son of Lora and Steven Eddy, of Williamstown, W.Va., and the grandson of Loretta Hanning Roller, of MHS Class of 1960, and Richard Roller, MHS Class of 1959. Eddy graduated from Williamstown High School with a 3.6 G.P.A. and plans to attend West Virginia University, where he will be studying applied science in supervisory management.
Thompson, son of Jeff and Tracy Thompson, of Carroll, and grandson of Bill Stobart, MHS Class of 1961, graduated as valedictorian from Fairfield Christian Academy with a 4.0 G.P.A. and plans to attend Otterbein University to major in systems engineering, and join the cross country and track teams.
Wolfe, daughter of Theresa and Jimmy Wolfe, and granddaughter of Ernest Bing, MHS Class of 1963, will be attending Ohio University in the fall with plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.
Hubbard, of Lancaster, was the 2016 recipient of the McComas-Moore Scholarship. She is the daughter of Eric and Penny Hubbard and the granddaughter of Sheila Stover Hubbard, MHS Class of 1955. Hubbard maintained high academic scores at Lancaster High School and plans to attend the University of Kentucky to major in special education with a concentration in moderate and severe disabilities and a second certification in learning and behavior disorders.
In addition to the scholarship recipient’s, the classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961 and 1966 were honored, along with veterans, who were given recognition as a Memorial Day tribute. The evening closed with the singing of the MHS fight song and alma mater.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.