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SC, Norwalk grads awarded ROY scholarship

By Norwalk Reflector staff • May 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Two local high school seniors received the Reach Our Youth (ROY) Thomas E. Heydinger Memorial Scholarship during a ceremony Wednesday at Huron County Juvenile Court.

Both graduated from their respective high schools on Sunday.

Tiffany Miller graduated from South Central High School and plans to pursue a degree in graphic design at Ashland University. Donna Tyson has been Miller’s volunteer mentor since 2004.

Bryon Rowan graduated from Norwalk High School and plans to attend The University of Toledo to study music education and mechanical engineering. Since 2005, Jeannette and Tom Hicks have been volunteer mentors to Rowan.

Juvenile and probate court Judge Timothy Cardwell, ROY Executive Director Kathy Noftz and Heydinger’s widow, Peggy Heydinger, participated in the presentation of the scholarship. 

This annual scholarship is awarded to mentees or mentors who are graduating from high school and have shown extraordinary achievement. The scholarship is named in honor and memory of Thomas Heydinger, the founder of ROY. Heydinger, a Plymouth native, served as juvenile and probate court judge from 1975 through 2003. He died July 10, 2012 at the age of 71.

Scholarships are made possible through specific donations to the scholarship fund and through proceeds from an annual pancake breakfast sponsored by the ROY supervisory board. Board members who vote on the scholarship include Barb Bement, Cardwell, Kimberly Boss, Rick Lynch, Larry Rice and Randy Sommers.

ROY connects caring volunteers who make an initial six-month commitment to spend a few hours three to four times a month with a child as a mentor.

“There is a constant need for volunteers, age 16 and older, to serve as mentors. There are 70 children from all areas of Huron County waiting for a special friend,” Noftz said.

There are currently 44 matches of volunteers with youth. Noftz would like to see this number increase to meet the needs of the local youth.

Residents who are interested in giving the valuable gift of their time to a young person should contact ROY at 419-663-2525 or stop at the office located in the Huron County Courthouse. ROY is an agency of the Norwalk and Willard United Funds.

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