MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Bar Association has announce that it has awarded its 2016 Bar Association scholarships of $1,500 each to five distinguished Miami County area graduating high school seniors. The Bar Association’s Scholarship Committee meets annually every April to review scholarship applications by graduating seniors from Miami County’s high schools and Lehman Catholic High School and then makes its awards on the basis of a wide range of criteria and handwritten personal statements submitted by the student applicants.
This year’s first $1,500 scholarship recipient is Sierra D. Flanary, a senior at Newton High School who lives with her parents Tim and Pamela Flanary northwest of Ludlow Falls. Sierra carries a 3.949 GPA at Newton, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has been accepted at The Ohio State University where she plans to study biology on her way to medical school and becoming a surgeon.
Next is Samantha P. Rowland, a senior at Tippecanoe High School who lives with her parents Tony and Carrie Rowland in Tipp City. Samantha carries a 3.953 GPA at Tipp, is also a member of the National Honor Society, and plans to attend Vanderbilt University where she will pursue a degree in electrical engineering.
The third $1,500 recipient is Sarah A. Motz, a senior at Milton-Union High School who lives with her parents Anthony and Julie Motz outside of Laura. Sarah carries a GPA of 4.00 at Milton-Union, is ranked first in her class of 107, and plans to study physics and astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh in order to become a researcher or designer of space technology.
Next is Kati A. Runner, a senior at Miami East High School who lives with her parents Bud and Ann Runner northeast of Troy. Kati carries a weighted GPA of 4.06 at Miami East, is a member of the National Honor Society, and plans to study pharmacy at Ohio Northern University.
The fifth and final $1,500 scholarship recipient is Maria D. Evers, also a senior at Newton High School who lives with her parents Daniel and Dawn Evers in Pleasant Hill. Maria carries a weighted GPA of 4.075, is a member of the National Honor Society, and is valedictorian of her class. Maria also plans to study the biological sciences as part of her pre-med curriculum at the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College with the goal of completing med school and becoming a medical research scientist.