ATHENS, Ohio (May 15, 2006) -- The Ohio University Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program welcomes 11 new recipients of the prestigious four-year undergraduate scholarship. The scholarship includes an annual stipend to cover undergraduate tuition, room and board, and four summers of enrichment experiences, including study and work aboard.
The 2006-07 Cutler Scholars, who will begin courses this fall, are:
Jessica L. Branner from Federal Hocking High School was named the Bush-Cutler Scholar. Salutatorian of her class, Jessica Branner is a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in Model United Nations, the Mock Trial Team and Ski Club. She also served as the president for the Federal Hocking FFA Chapter and is currently the state FFA vice president. A ten-year member of Athens County 4-H, Branner is also a 4-H camp counselor. She is the daughter of John and Connie Branner.
The Bush-Cutler Scholarship was endowed by benefactors G. Kenner and Margene Bush. Margene received a B.S. in applied science from Ohio University in 1957. Kenner, the former publisher of The Athens Messenger, was a trustee of Ohio University from 1957 to 1984.
Cassie E. Costilow from Oak Hill High School was named the Leona and Lewis Hughes-Cutler Scholar. A member of the National Honor Society, Costilow also participated in Hi-Q, Science Club and the Yearbook Club. She played on the junior varsity and varsity girls' softball teams. Costilow also served as a student aide for the school's mathematics department. She is the daughter of Mark Costilow of Jackson and Kristina Costilow of Oak Hill.
Leona Hughes, a graduate of both Oak Hill High School and Ohio University, endowed the Leona and Lewis Hughes-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Awards in addition to several need-based tuition scholarships to give students from her alma mater opportunities they might not otherwise have. The Cutler Scholars Award is given every year to a graduate of Oak Hill High School. Hughes has been an active member of the National Board of the Ohio University Alumni Association, serving as secretary for many years. She is a trustee of the Ohio University Foundation.
Matthew D. Denhart from Athens High School was named the J. Warren McClure/Stephen H. Fuller-Cutler Scholar. A member of the National Honor Society, Matthew Denhart participated in Key Club, served as a STAMP mentor, was vice president of the Interact Club and coached youth basketball. He also participated in sports, serving as the co-captain for the varsity Cross Country Team, running varsity track and playing junior varsity basketball. He was also a state cross country qualifier. Matthew is the son of Daniel and Nancy Denhart.
J. Warren McClure and Stephen H. Fuller grew up in Athens and were lifelong friends. Both were graduates of Athens High School and of Ohio University. The award, to be given once every four years to an outstanding graduate of Athens High School, was provided in honor and memory of the two distinguished AHS alumni through the generosity of Mrs. Lois McClure. This is the first year the award has been given.
Ana Gicova from Ljupco Santov High School in the Republic of Macedonia was named the Risto Gusterov-Cutler Scholar. Gicova was founder and manager of Future Successful Managers; manager of the virtual company, Think Pink; and a member of the Youth Association. She acted in school plays and participated in basketball competitions. Gicova is the daughter of Aleksandar and Tanja Gicova.
Risto Gusterov established the Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award for students from the Republic of Macedonia. The first Gusterov-Cutler Scholar, Bisera Gjosevska, enrolled at Ohio University in the fall of 2000. Irina Panovska, a junior economics and mathematics major, is a current Gusterov-Cutler Scholar.
Emily Grannis from Shaker Heights High School was named the Jeanette Grasselli Brown-Cutler Scholar. Grannis is a Sue Silverman Award winner for her leadership in communication and interest in journalism. She has been involved in The Shakerite school newspaper for four years, serving as reporter, news editor, and editor-in-chief. She played high school softball for four years and is an avid horseback rider, winning numerous equitation and jumping competitions. In addition to her strong academic record, Grannis has also been involved in community activities such as the Cleveland Scholarship Program. She is the daughter of Alan and Nancy Grannis.
Jeanette Grasselli Brown, a native of Cleveland and a graduate of Ohio University, served as trustee of Ohio University and as a member of the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Glenn Brown, established the Jeanette Grasselli Brown-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award to be given to a graduate of a selected group of high schools in the Cleveland area.
James Maxwell Henderson from Newark High School was named the Ruby Tignor and Alan E. Riedel-Cutler Scholar. Vice president of the Newark High School National Honor Society, Henderson is also senior editor of the school's yearbook. He has participated in Student Council, Class Council, French Travel Club, and the Freshman Mentoring Program. Henderson is a four-year varsity cross country runner and a three-year varsity track and field distance runner, qualifying for the regional meet in both sports various years. He was selected as Newark High School's OHSAA Scholar-Athlete. Henderson is the son of J. Michael Henderson and Barbara Sue Henderson.
Ruby Tignor and Alan E. Riedel are both graduates of Ohio University, and Ruby Tignor Riedel is also a graduate of Newark High School. The Riedels established the Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award to be given to a graduate of Newark High School. The first award was made in 2002.
Meghann M. Karnes from McClain High School was named the Wilfred R. Konneker-Cutler Scholar. Valedictorian and member of the National Honor Society, Karnes is an honors graduate of McClain High School in Greenfield, Ohio. Karnes also participated in FFA, Latin Club and the TV & Radio Crew. In addition to her scholastic activities, she earned letters for varsity basketball and track and was active in the Highland County 4-H program for ten years. Karnes plans to study engineering at Ohio University. She is the daughter of Steven Karnes and Patricia Herron Karnes.
Wilfred R. Konneker, a graduate of McClain High School and Ohio University, was a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine. A supporter of many programs and projects at Ohio University, Konneker endowed the Cutler Scholars Award to be given annually to a graduate of McClain High School.
Brianne L. Porter from Bellaire High School was named the Alan E. and Ruby T. Riedel-Cutler Scholar. Porter was co-vice president of the National Honor Society and assistant editor for the Beljuan Yearbook. She also participated in the Foreign Language Club and concert, jazz, tailgate, and marching bands. In addition to school activities, Porter received an academic letter for four years, was on the principal's list and the honor roll, was a U.S. Achievement Academy honoree, and was included in "Who's Who Among Students" and "Who's Who Among American Athletes." Porter was also a cheerleader and ran varsity cross country. She is the daughter of Suzanne Porter.
Alan E. Riedel is a graduate of Bellaire High School, and he and his wife are both graduates of Ohio University. Current Ohio University students who are Riedel-Cutler Scholars are Carrie Chute, a senior political science major, and Stephanie Beltz, a freshman majoring in psychology.
Taylor A. Russell from Eastern High School was named a Dr. James H. and Nellie Rowley Jewell-Cutler Scholar. A member of the National Honor Society, Russell participates in Concert Band, Marching Band, Concert Choir and French Club. She also participates in Shotokan Karate. Russell is active in the Meigs County 4-H Club where she has served as vice president as well as a camp counselor. She is the daughter of John and Brenda Russell.
John D. "Jay" Simmons Jr. from McArthur High School was named a Dr. James H. and Nellie Rowley Jewell-Cutler Scholar. Simmons, a member of the T.V.C. Academic Honor Roll, participated in the Viking Player Drama Club, French Club, and Mixed Chorus. He also served as co-captain of the varsity football team and was active in varsity track and baseball. Simmons, who plans to study business/finance at Ohio University, is the son of John and Mary Ann Simmons.
Dr. James H. Jewell, a native of southeast Ohio and a graduate of Ohio University established a Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award to be given annually to a graduate of schools in Meigs and Vinton counties. Motivated all his life by the example of the country doctor he knew as a youth, Dr. Jewell wanted to give young people the opportunity to study and develop so that they too may one day be of service to their communities.
Jordan Templeton from Amherst Steele High School was named the Beth K. Stocker-Cutler Scholar. A member of the National Honor Society, Templeton participated in Youth for Youth, Leo Club, Senior Book Seminar, served as co-president of Student Council, and was recently inducted into the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa. She also participated in sports, serving as the captain for varsity volleyball, running varsity track, and playing varsity basketball. She was active in the St. Joseph Confirmation Program which inspired her to pursue a career in humanitarian studies. Templeton is the daughter of W. Montgomery and Donna Templeton.
Beth K. Stocker, a longtime resident of Lorain County until her death in 2005, endowed the Beth K. Stocker-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award to be given annually to a graduate of a high school in Lorain County. The first award was made in 1996. To be considered for the award, a student must attend a high school in Lorain County.
The Ohio University Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program awards merit scholarships to educate capable and committed young people to be informed citizens. The program emphasizes development of leadership potential and is designed to reinforce an ethic of civic responsibility.
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Media Contact: Cutler Scholars Program Assistant Director Karen Deardorff, (740) 593-4275