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Ohio University announces newest Templeton Scholars

ATHENS, Ohio (May 26, 2006) -- The newest class of Templeton Scholars was recently announced. The scholarship program, now in its sixth year, is designed to attract exceptional students from underrepresented races to campus.

The 2006-07 Templeton Scholars are Corbin Sykes of Shaker Heights, Ohio; James Harris of Dayton, Ohio; Michael Pipkin of Willowick, Ohio; Christopher Flowers of Rocky Hill, Conn.; Courtney Cochran of Solon, Ohio; Jessica Tyroler of Bexley, Ohio; Starla Ford of Dayton, Ohio; Alexandra Moore of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Dionna Baker of Pickerington, Ohio.

"This class of Templeton Scholars has great promise and will undoubtedly carry on the legacy of the students who preceded them," said G. Christine Taylor, assistant to the president for diversity. "These students are selected from the best of the best and are an integral part of Ohio University's diversity efforts."

Recipients of the scholarship ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school graduation class and scored a minimum of 28 on the ACT or 1,240 on the SAT. Other requirements included a written essay, interviews with Ohio University faculty and staff members and current Templeton Scholars and endorsements from their high school teachers and administrators.

The Templeton scholarship covers the cost of tuition, room and board and books for the academic year. The scholarships are renewable provided that the students complete 16 credit hours each quarter and maintain a 3.3 GPA.

Baker, a senior at Pickerington Central High School, will study journalism. She was a member of National Honor Society and Student Council and enjoys playing basketball. She was a camp leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, volunteered at homeless shelters and worked as a church youth leader. She is the daughter of Darryl and Patrice Baker.

Cochran, a senior at Solon High School, will study marketing and advertising. She was a four-year track and field athlete and was also team captain. She was the team's most valuable sprinter in 2005 and served as the art editor of the school newspaper. She also volunteered for Relay for Life as a team captain and was a recreational youth league soccer coach. She is the daughter of Harold and Linday Cochran.

Flowers, a senior at Rocky Hill High School, will study pre-athletic training. He is a four-year member of the marching band and was a percussion section leader for two years. He has won several state awards for percussion. He played baseball and was a team manager for the swim and soccer teams. He was a member of Student Senate and a Board of Education representative. He is active in his church as an usher and a musician. He is the son of Gregory Flowers.

Ford, a senior at Stivers School for the Arts, will study English. She was a four-year member of the Compact Leadership Team and a member of National Honor Society and her church youth group. She was a member of the top choir at her performing arts high school and a participant in Tigers Who Care, a student group that travels to elementary schools to perform puppet shows about peer issues. She is the daughter of Regina Ford.

Harris, a senior at Chaminade-Julienne High School, will study English. He was highly active in mock trials at his school and was selected the best mock trial attorney for four consecutive years. He was active in theater and a member of Students of Diversity. He is the son of Reafeal and Crystal Echols.

Moore, a senior at Kenston High School, will study pre-dentistry. She was a four-year member and president of the Minority Achievement Committee and played on the tennis team. Participated in Project Love and was a member of her church youth group. She was a volunteer for the Safety Town Program for kindergarteners at the local fire department. She is the daughter of Gregg Moore and Dobbi Paynther.

Pipkin, a senior at North High School, will study international business. He was a three-year adviser, a Math Club tutor and a three-year letterman in soccer. He was also a member of  the school's multicultural group, Kaleidoscope, and worked on the yearbook staff. He is active in his church and local Pro-Life activities. He is the son of Harry and Angela Pipkin.

Sykes, a senior at Shaker Heights High School, will major in business. He was team captain and a four-year varsity letterman of the swim team. He also was the Lake Erie League swim champion, sectional champion, and an all-Ohio selection. He was a member of the Minority Achievement Committee and the Student Group on Race Relations. He was a National Achievement Finalist. He is the son of Gregory and Sandra Sykes.

Tyroler, a senior at Bexley High School, will study journalism. She was a four-year member and president of her local North American Federation of Temple Youth group. She was an editor for her school newspaper and a cheerleader. She was a volunteer for Students of Service and the Youth to Youth Club, two local tutoring organizations. She serves as a counselor for kids with special needs. She is the daughter of Charles and Astrid Tyroler.

The Templeton Scholars program is named in honor of John Newton Templeton, who in 1828 became Ohio University's first African-American graduate and the first in the Midwest and the fourth in the United States to earn a college degree. Born a slave in South Carolina around 1805, Templeton was emancipated in 1813. He went on to educate other African-Americans while serving as a principal and teacher at the African School in Pittsburgh, the city's first school for African-Americans. He died in 1851.

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