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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Nicolas Griffin of Wakeman, son of Dale and Valerie Griffin of Wakeman has won the Presidential Scholarship with Eastern Michigan University. He is a 2006 graduate of New London High School.

The Presidential Scholarship is a four-year award that pays 30 credit hours (15 per semester) per year of in-state tuition, housing, food allowance and mandatory fees. Students who receive these scholarships must live in University residence halls the first two years of the award, complete at least 15 credit hours per semester and maintain a 3.5 grade point average.

Nicolas had EMU on the brain when he found out he won the Presidential Scholarship.

"I was sitting at my computer typing my honors application when the phone rang," said Griffin.

Griffin, with a 4.0 GPA, was impressed by EMU's campus when he visited for his scholarship interview. The interviewers were impressed by Griffin when he came up with a creative way to portray himself.

"During the interview, I presented a model Volkswagen Beetle, along with an interactive silhouette to tie my interest in the biological sciences with my love for automotive ingenuity," said Griffin. "My motor was my academic achievement, the truck contained career goals and the doors revealed my insect collection, hobbies and extracurricular activities."

At EMU, Griffin has chosen biology as his major, with the intent of Griffin attending medical school after graduation. He said that medical research sound more interesting to him than medical practice.

"I'm a problem solver," said Griffin. "I hope to attain a research position that will allow me to utilize my critical thinking skills to help mankind."

Griffin was busy during high school, serving as captain of the Academic Challenge team, president of the Spanish Club, a representative in the Model United Nations and a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. In addition, he participated in track, band, golf and football. At Eastern, Griffin has joined the Honors Student Association.

"The best part (of being at EMU) had been meeting new people," said Griffin. "It's a different atmosphere, coming from a small town. I'm glad I chose to go to school here."

Kathleen Matter of Monroeville is completing her student teaching requirements through the Department of Teacher Education at Ashland University. She is currently student teaching at Mansfield Senior High School of Mansfield City Schools. She is the daughter of Michael and Patricia Matter and is majoring in music education. Jennifer Valko of Bellevue is also completing her student teaching requirements through the Department of Teacher Education at Ashland University. She is currently student teaching at Mapleton High School of Mapleton Local Schools. She is the daughter of Gary and Holly Valko and is majoring in integrated language arts education.

Laureen Thompson of Greenwich is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honorary at Ashland University. She is the daughter of Gayle MacRon and Douglas Thompson and is majoring in political science.

James Douglas Kasten studying arts and science and the son of Dr. and Mrs. James D. Kasten of Norwalk, has been named to the dean's list at Vanderbilt University.

Megan Osborn, daughter of Michael and Beth Osborn of Norwalk, has been awarded an Academic Honors Scholarship, an enhanced scholarship for superior students, to attend Bluffton University in the fall. Recipients receive an additional $2,000 award beyond the traditional Tuition Equalization Scholarship program, which guarantees that qualified students will receive nonrepayable aid to equal to the difference between tuition at Bluffton University and the average tuition at select four-year public institutions in Ohio.

Osborn will graduate from Norwalk High School in the spring of 2007. She has been active in National Honor Society, Foreign Language Club, choir and soccer.

Melissa Siman of North Fairfield is a member of the Judicial Board at Ashland University. She is the daughter of Dana and Sheilha Siman and is majoring in political science.

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