Earlier this month, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association recognized 82 of Ohio’s top students during the 25th annual Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards Program.
Richard Jenkins, a senior at Canfield High School, was the Mahoning County winner from the Mahoning County Educational Service Center.
The awards program, named in honor of Ohio’s 31st State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Franklin B. Walter, was established in 1989 by OESCA to promote and recognize outstanding student leaders for their academic achievement and service to their schools and communities. One senior from each county in Ohio was eligible to receive the annual honor.
Eligible applicants must be high- school seniors enrolled in a public school within an ESC’s service region. Recipients were required to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as indicated by high school grades, test scores and school activities and awards.
About 400 students, parents and educators attended the event, which was part of the OESCA Spring Conference and 100th Anniversary Celebration of Ohio’s ESCs, which were established as county offices of education in 1914. Among the attendees was state Rep. Tony Burkley, R-82nd, who delivered the invocation, and Richard Ross, state superintendent of public instruction.
“It was an honor to have Rep. Burkley and Superintendent Ross address the students and families,” said Ron Iarussi, MCESC superintendent. “Given the ongoing support and commitment to ESCs from the Ohio General Assembly, it was only fitting to have a member of the Ohio House address the students and deliver the invocation.”
During the past 25 years, OESCA has recognized more than 2,000 scholars and student leaders during this event.
“For 100 years, ESCs have provided technical assistance and support to Ohio’s schools and students,” Iarussi said. “We look forward to another century of service, in partnership with school district leadership, ensuring all students have the tools and resources necessary to succeed regardless of where they live and attend school.”