The Erie-Huron-Ottawa Service Center announced the three area high school seniors who were honored as the 2007 Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award winners at a luncheon and awards' ceremony in Columbus.
The Huron County winner is Kaylene Boroski, a senior from Western Reserve High School. Kaylene is the daughter of Mark and Judy Boroski of Wakeman. She will attend Valparasio University in Indiana with the goal of becoming a civil engineer with an emphasis on structural design.
Michelle Tomczyk, a senior from Huron High School is the Erie County winner, while Tristan Nighswander, a senior at Port Clinton High School, is the winner from Ottawa County.
The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Educational Service Centers.
This is the 18th year that one student from each of the 88 Ohio counties has been selected to receive this prestigious award. One student is nominated from each high school in Ohio. A committee from each county reviews the candidates' credentials and then selects the top student to represent its county.
The Ohio Association of Educational Service Centers gave each scholar a plaque, a medallion designating him or her as a scholar, and a pen. The three local students also received a book scholarship from the Erie-Huron-Ottawa Educational Service Center.
The speaker and honored guest at the awards' ceremony was Gov. Ted Strickland, who praised the students as being "the best of the 2007 Ohio high school graduates."
The governor asked the students to return to Ohio with their knowledge and energy when they are finished with their university educations.
Strickland also addressed his commitment to higher education and his plan to make education more affordable.
The governor's proposed budget is asking all universities and colleges to have a zero increase in tuition and expenses for the 2007-2008 school year. He is further asking all higher level institutions to add no more than a three percent increase in tuition and expenses for the 2008-2009 school year. Strickland also pledged increased state of Ohio educational support and more grant opportunities at the university level.
A standing ovation was given to special guest of honor, retired State of Ohio Superintendent Franklin B. Walter, in whose honor the awards are given.
William B. Lally, superintendent of the EHOESC and president of the OESCA, served as master of ceremonies at the awards luncheon.
Lally congratulated the students and their parents. He told them "the best is yet to come." He advised the students to remember what and who brought them to this point in their lives.
Lally also asked the students to use their knowledge and talents to benefit their state and country.