Salem High School Alumni Association, Ohio

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Thank You Notes from Scholarship Recipients

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The following words of appreciation are excerpts from a representative sampling of the many notes received.

FROM 2017

"Not only has the alumni association provided financial support, but it has also given me a new sense of community.  As I sat and listened to the speakers and the Honored Alumnus during the Alumni Banquet, it became more evident that I was about to join a group of successful, service-based, sincere people, coming from the same place I did. . . . As I go off to experience the world and what it has to offer, to follow my dreams wherever they take me, I can go knowing that I have a community of support and a family who's waiting for me to come home." Cody Tonkinson '17

 "Thank you for this generous gift. I am honored to be a recipient of the Academic Merit Scholarship.  I have loved every hour spent in this high school and am grateful to be a part of its history." Corey Wolfe '17

"Thank you so much for awarding me the Nancy Hickey Memorial Healthcare Scholarship! It will definitely help me  further my education and become a nurse." Ayla Mroczkowski '17

"Thank you for the honor of receiving the Florence C. Schafer Award. . . . This summer I will be participating in an internship on a Naval Base in Guam, and I now feel more confident coming back with funds available for my fourth year of college. I would not be able to gain these educational and cultural experiences without your generous and continuous support." Cassandra Wood '14

"Thank you so much for the Greenisen College Leadership Scholarship and the continued support! . . . the love and support I have experienced from my fellow Quakers encourages me to work my hardest and to reach for the stars. . . . I quoted Oprah Winfrey in my high school graduation speech: 'Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.' Thank you for providing me with my passport and the ability to fill the pages with stamps of various experiences."  Shouting 'Go Quakers' from D.C. this summer, Emma Wilson '14

"Thank you so much for awarding me the Leon H. Colley award.  It really means a lot to me that I was selected for this scholarship.  Mr. Colley's community involvement is something that I aspire to.  I will be majoring in Microbiology at Miami University. The financial assistance you have provided will be of great help to me, allowing me to concentrate more of my time to studying." Collin Zimmerman '17

"It is an honor to be awarded the Charles Fox Medical Scholarship. I am so thankful to be from a community like Salem. Even though I graduated seven years ago, the people of Salem continue to help me accomplish my goals. Thank you so much for this incredibly generous gift."  Amy Scullion '10

"Your generosity and how large of a helping hand the association has played in allowing me to continue my education at every level can not be overstated. The help you have provided to me, and to countless other Salem High School graduates, is simply remarkable. Thank you, sincerely, for everything." Taylor Fredrickson '11

"Thank you all for the generous scholarship. It is greatly appreciated and will enable me to pursue a degree in nursing."  Paige Jenkins '17

"Thank you for generously awarding me scholarship money.  This money will allow me to focus on my education rather than stress about paying for it." McKenzie Martin '17

"Thank you so much for selecting me to be a recipient of the J. Robert Sebo Achievement Scholarship and the Max Fisher Athletic Scholarship.  I really appreciate the generosity...." Leah Menegos '17

FROM 2016

"I am sincerely honored to have been selected as one of the recipients for the Charles Fox Medical Scholarship. Thank you very much for your generosity.  The assistance from this award has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist.  Additionally, I would like to thank you for the invitation to attend the SHSAA Award Dinner.  This was an incredible experience that I will not soon forget."  Bryan Hutson '01

"Thank you for the generous scholarship I received. I am so thankful to have grown up in a community that supports and cares for us young adults as we continue on our journey in life.  No matter where I go or what I do in life, there will always be a little space in my heart for Salem." Chelsea Sedmak '16

"I am especially thankful this year to the Hickey family for awarding me with the Nancy Hickey Memorial Healthcare Scholarship.  Your help and belief in me motivate me to continue working to do my best academically." Brook Ackerman '14

"Thank you for awarding me one of the 2016 Merit Scholarships.  I will put it to good use as I continue my education at KSU. I plan to major in Criminology and Justice Studies, hoping one day I can help and serve the community."  Mason Filaccio  '16

"I will be attending Cleveland State University and pursuing a degree in biology.  Thanks to your scholarship I am one step closer to achieving my medical degree.  Considering the extraordinarily high costs of college, I know I would not be able to accomplish this on my own.  Your generosity has pushed me to continue to work hard in order to accomplish my dreams and to prove that I am worthy of this scholarship." Madelyn Harter '16

"Thank you so much for the John F. Cone Humanities Scholarship.  I can't express how much I appreciate your generosity.  Even though it's been four years since I've graduated high school, it's a good feeling to know that SHSAA still 'has my back.'" Meg Bell '12

"Thank you for your generosity.  It is a huge relief to know that hard work and determination do pay off in the end--getting good grades helped me become more knowledgeable and paid off part of my tuition in the process."  Emily Fitch '16

"Thank you for helping me and so many others with their careers and dreams.  With this scholarship I will study musical theatre at Youngstown State University. Theatre is something I am very passionate about, and I have you to thank for helping me make my passion a lot easier to pursue." Jacob Nash '16

"I would like to express my gratitude for the Merit Scholarship and the Schafer Award that I received. I am so proud to be a Quaker and couldn't have been more blessed than to have grown up in this wonderful town." Amanda Valiente '16

"My sincere gratitude for making the Academic Merit Scholarship and the John Michael Pozniko Engineering Scholarship possible. . . . I plan to major in Computer Engineering with hopes of pursuing a career in robotics. The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses and will allow me to concentrate more of my time on studying."  Jarrod Polen '16

"Thank you for honoring me with Leon H. Colley Award.  It means so much to have the support of the Alumni Association as I pursue my BSN." Ciara Andrews '12

"It is with much gratitude that I write this letter of appreciation to you for being selected as a recipient of the 2016 Academic Merit Scholarship. This scholarship will allow me to develop my skills through education . . .  as I begin a journey towards an exciting career in the field of nutrition and dietetics." Kiersten Quinn '16

 “I greatly appreciate being selected as one of the 2016 J. Robert Sebo College Scholarship recipients.  The scholarship will help me in furthering my education. Thank you for this amazing gift.”  Joshua Townsend ‘14

“The Memorial Book Scholarship will be enough to pay for all my books and supplies this coming school year.  This award not only relieves financial stress but truly shows how supportive the alumni association is to my future career, and that is a gift that exceeds all others.” Michaela Lehman ‘13

I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Charles Fox Medical Scholarship. The SHSAA has been a tremendous support in my academic endeavors for which I am truly grateful!" Mariah Poage '09

"Thank you for choosing me as one of the 2016 Merit Scholarship recipients. The scholarship is ultimately a steppingstone in the direction towards my life goal and dreams. Your generosity reminds me of the positive impact a small town organization can have towards aiding the youth of this amazing community." Sydney Green '16

"Thank you so much for awarding me with the Academic Merit Scholarship and the Greenisen Leadership Scholarship. The money received will greatly help to fund my education at Hiram College in Biology and Biomedical Humanities. I hope to one day give back to the association so that future Salem graduates may benefit as well. Thank you for everything--I'm so proud to be a Quaker."  Kerry Dombroski '16

FROM 2015

"My deepest thanks and gratitude for awarding me the John F. Cone Humanities Scholarship.  With the help of this scholarship, I am able to take extra credits and graduate this June (one full year early)! With your help I am able to live my dreams and study in one of the best cities in the world for my line of work.  It is the support I feel from your organization, the community of Salem, and my friends and family that makes it possible for me to be here doing what I love."  Tyler Stouffer '12  [Tyler is studying acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.]

"Thank you so much for all of your financial support over the last few years! ... I will be completing a year-long internship with the organization Men Stopping Violence beginning in October in Atlanta.  This would not have been possible without all of the support from SHSAA." Matthew Evans '12

"I am looking forward to beginning the next chapter in my life.  College will be both a difficult task and an exciting adventure. My thanks for the opportunity you have generously given me and thank you for believing in my ability to succeed." Kelly Hough '15

"I would like to thank the SHS Class of 1966 for their gracious scholarship that will help me in my second year of college. My gratitude can not be fully expressed.  This scholarship will further my education and help me make SHS, the teachers, and the Class of 1966 proud."  Logan Joy '15

"Thank you for selecting me for the Sebo Bowling Green Scholarship.  It means so much to me to have community support behind my education and only pushes me to do my best in order to honor those that have supported me." Brittany Skiba '14

"I can't even find the words to express how thankful I am that you chose me to receive this scholarship.  I'm so blessed to be able to call myself a Quaker. Thank you for providing me with the support to chase my dreams." Blake Veglia '13

"Thank you for choosing me for the Max Fisher Athletic Scholarship.  The money will be going towards my tuition at Kent State University.  It's good to know that all my hard work has paid off." Michael Ciotti '15

"I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the SHS Alumni Association for awarding me the Florence C. Schafer Award. The generosity of SHSAA is overwhelming.  I am so grateful to have grown up in a community as loving and caring as Salem." Katie Matthews '13

"Thank you for the scholarship money for Wooster Music Camp.  I had a great time, met new friends, and learned a lot more about music."  Ethan Gill '19

"I am tremendously thankful to all involved in the process of making my scholarships possible.  I appreciate the generosity of the donors for taking money out of their own pockets and donating it to help students, like myself, continue our education and become successful in life.  I am also very thankful to the board members for overseeing the money in order to make scholarships possible, and the Scholarship Committee for choosing me to be a recipient.  The generosity, hard work, and kindness of those involved with the Salem Alumni Association make them the best at supporting the community and the students of Salem High School.  It makes me happy to know that others believe that I can accomplish my goal of becoming a registered nurse. Again, thank you, Salem alumni, for making a great difference in my life."  Listy Barnhart '15

"I can not possibly express my gratitude enough for being selected as a recipient of the Nina J. Cone and Stephen F. Cone Music Scholarship.  Thank you so much for your continued support of my studies. . . . I feel honored to know that my alumni association takes my studies so seriously.  With this scholarship I am closer than ever to my goal of graduating from the Dana School of Music debt free, which is an amazing feeling.  It is awesome and humbling to see such incredible support for the arts."  Brenna Price '12

"Thank you so much for the scholarships I received from the Salem Alumni Association. I will be forever grateful for my Academic Merit Scholarship and the Greenisen Leadership Scholarship that I was awarded. The money I received will help me tremendously in college. I hope one day to be able to give back to this great association and help kids like myself achieve their goals." Timothy Erskine '15

"My plans include Army basic training in July as I have joined the Ohio National Guard.  My studies will begin at the University of Cincinnati in January 2016 with a major in criminal justice. I would like to thank the alumni association for my recent scholarship.  It is an honor to have been selected for this award, and it will be a tremendous help with my college fees." Bransen Panezott '15

"Thank you for awarding me with the $5600 Academic Merit Scholarship.  Your support is appreciated greatly. This organization makes postsecondary education a reality for people who have considered it a dream. I am planning to major in advertising with a minor in design.  With this education I plan to help our local businesses and communities draw in more customers. I have a special interest in the arts and also plan to support the art programs in our community.  This scholarship is helping me to reach my goal." Brianna Parfaite '15

"This note brings sincere gratitude for your selecting me to receive the Max Fisher Athletic Scholarship and the J.Robert Sebo Achievement Scholarship.  Your financial generosity will help me pursue my engineering degree at the University of Akron."  Jesse Slocum '15

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to be receiving the Memorial Book Award.  I appreciate all that is done for Salem's alumni.  This money will help me to continue my education and pursue my dream of being a teacher." Kayleigh Null '12

 

From 2014

""Ever since I was a small child, I dreamed of being an airplane pilot. Since I was just recently named a recipient of the J. Robert Sebo College Scholarship, my dream is starting to come to reality. Without Salem's alumni association many students would not be able to pursue their dreams. I not only received financial support for school, but I met Mr. Sebo, who has given me confidence with finishing my schooling. I will be sure to stop in every semester to share with you my progress or just to say hello. It is amazing to be a part of the nation's best alumni association. Without each and every one of you, it would never be possible." Lance Leininger ‘12

"I'm writing to express my sincere gratitude to all of you and to the Hickey and Peters family. I was appreciative and honored to be the first recipient of the Lois A. Peters Memorial Business Scholarship. She was an inspirational and wonderful woman. The financial assistance you provided me with these past four years has been a great help as I pay my educational expenses. I hope one day I will be able to help others achieve their goals just as you and all the generous donors have helped me." Christina Gentile ‘11