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COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Wednesday, April 9, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) recognized 82 of Ohio’s top students from across the state during the 25th Annual Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards Program. Sydney Dull, a senior at Van Wert City High School, was the Van Wert County winner from the Western Buckeye Educational Service Center. A selection committee from Mercer County ESC evaluated all the applicants from Western Buckeye Educational Service Center.

The awards program, named in honor of Ohio’s 31st State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Franklin B. Walter, was established in 1989 by OESCA to promote and recognize outstanding student leaders for their academic achievement and service to their schools and communities. One senior from each county in Ohio was eligible to receive this annual honor.

Eligible applicants must be a high school senior enrolled in a public school within an ESC’s service region. Recipients were required to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as indicated by high school grades, test scores, and school activities and awards.

Approximately 400 students, parents and educators attended the event which was part of the OESCA spring conference and 100th anniversary celebration of Ohio’s ESCs, which were established as county offices of education in 1914. Among the attendees was State Representative Tony Burkley (R-82nd House District) who delivered the invocation and Ohio’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Richard A. Ross.

Over the past 25 years, OESCA has recognized over 2,000 scholars and student leaders during this event. “For 100 years ESCs have provided technical assistance and support to Ohio’s schools and students,” added Superintendent, Brian Gerber. “We look forward to another century of service, in partnership with school district leadership, ensuring all students have the tools and resources necessary to succeed regardless of where they live and attend school.”