The Circleville City School Foundation presented three Make a Difference Scholarships this spring. Due to the success of the CCSF “Raise Your Paw” auction in February and the generosity of donors throughout the 2014-15 school year, the Foundation was able to fund three $2000 scholarships for the upcoming school year.
Dakota Dowden, CHS Class of 2013, is studying Early Childhood Education at Ohio University- Chillicothe. She has enjoyed preschool field experience and plans to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education. Dakota’s plans include majoring in special needs education. While maintaining her status as a full-time OU student, she is also employed. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Durward Dowden.
Allison Maynard, CHS Class of 2013, is pursuing a double major in Animal Behavior, Conservation, Ecology, and Digital Media Arts at Canisius College in New York. Maynard plays varsity soccer as well as working and volunteering at the college. Inspired by her volunteer work at the Columbus Zoo from middle school through high school, she hopes to work as an animal behaviorist and/or to use her digital media arts training to teach others about animals and conservation. Her parents are Kelley and John Maynard.
Kayla Theis, a 2011 CHS graduate, has been accepted into a Masters program at the Ohio State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from OSU in 2014. Kayla plans to use her English and theater experience as she pursues a Masters Degree in Integrated Language Arts. Working and volunteering in theater education and substitute teaching have inspired Theis to become a high school English teacher in the central Ohio area. She is the daughter of Sheri and Eric Theis.
The Make a Difference Scholarship was established to encourage the pursuit of a post-secondary degree, certification, or license for a Circleville High School graduate from the previous school year or earlier. Dowden and Theis were recognized at the Circleville High School Night of Distinction by Mollie Hedges, Circleville City School Foundation chair. Maynard was recognized at the August 2015 CCSF board meeting.