Southern Honors Seniors at Assembly

Senior Assembly

                                 Southern Honors Seniors at Assembly


   SALINEVILLE-Graduates-to-be gathered once more at Southern Local High School before collecting their diplomas for the annual Senior Assembly on May 25.


    Proud family members looked on as many of the 48 seniors collected more than $137,000 in scholarships, including a four-year university grant plus other awards, in the school gym. Senior Class President Ronni Mayfield congratulated her peers and thanked everyone for supporting the seniors as they attained their milestone. SLHS Principal Jay Kiger also heralded the class for their amazing accomplishments, saying they made him extremely proud.


   “I continue to be amazed by these accomplishments. You have demonstrated resilience and grit.,” Kiger said. “This class has been motivated and hugely impactful. You’ve set the bar high for future graduates.”


   Academic and athletic awards plus $137,150 in scholarships were distributed during the event. Among the recipients were the following:


--Emily Walker, K.L. Martin Award for $300, 

--Emily Walker, Franklin B. Walter Scholarship nominee, $100;

--Emily Walker, Southern Ruritan Club Scholarship, $500;

--Elizabeth Mostella, Southern Local Perfect Attendance Award K-12;

--Elizabeth Mostella, Columbiana County Coaches Association Scholarship, $500;

--Adriana Gilliam, Bethany College Kalon Scholarship for $27,000 annually for four years ($108,000);

--Emily Walker and Elizabeth Mostella, American Red Cross Scholarship for $250 each;

--Abbey Powell, Kampfer Family Scholarship, $750;

--Andrew DeSellem, Columbiana County Farm Bureau Scholarship, $1,000;

--Andrew DeSellem and Emily Walker, Marcus K. Walter Memorial Scholarship, $1,100 each;

--Kaden Korbel, Ira Lewis Thompson Memorial Band Scholarship, $250;

--Andrew DeSellem, Silas Black and Mariah Anderson, career tech honors diplomas;

--Andrew DeSellem Silas Black, Mariah Anderson, Marissa Stewart, Makya Shaw, Emily Walker and Caleb Prendergrast, FFA honors cords;

--Christopher Mason, Andrew DeSellem, Silas Black, Mariah Anderson, Marissa Stewart and Makya Shaw, Columbiana County FFA Scholarships for $250 each;

--Marissa Stewart, 4-H honor cord;

--Emily Walker, Student Council Dedicated Member Scholarship for $500;

--Ronni Mayfield, Student Council Above and Beyond Scholarship for $500; 

--Rebecca Possage, Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers’ Scholarship, $300;

--Elizabeth Mostella, Kim and Ashley Bergman Memorial Scholarship, $1,000;

--Silas Black and Elizabeth Mostella, U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Awards;

--Andrew DeSellem, U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award;

--Ronni Mayfield, U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Excellence;

--Jordan Powell, American Legion Unit 442 Auxiliary Scholarship, $250;

--Andrew DeSellem, Sebastian Bach, Silas Black and Emily May, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 442 Scholarships for $1,000 each.


   Additionally, SLHS teacher Alyssa Lockhart presented Southern Local Alumni Scholarships and said a total of $341,500 has been given to 375 awardees with $18,000 provided last year. This year’s recipients included Emily Walker, $2,500; Sebastian Bach, $2,250; Emily Flannery, $2,000; Andrew DeSellem, $1,750; Abbey Powell, $1,750; Elizabeth Mostella, $1,750; Cameron White, $1,500; and Rebecca Possage, $1,500.


   Shansky then announced Ohio High Schools Athletic Association Awards for Ronni Mayfield and Bryce Foster, who earned the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Awards, and Elizabeth Mostella, who received the Scholar Athlete Award.


   Family members bestowed honor cords upon seniors and recipients included Damon Allen, Mariah Anderson, Sebastian Bach, Sophia Beatty, Silas Black, Riley Collins, Alexis Crooms, Mason Dalehite, Andrew DeSellem, Emily Flannery, Adriana Gilliam, Grace Haught, Emily May, Ronni Mayfield, Elizabeth Mostella, Rebecca Possage, Abby Powell, Jordan Powell, Jordan Rannick, Logan Rhodes Ella Rose, Makya Shaw, Marissa Stewart, Emily Walker, Robert Westover and Cameron White.


  Ronni Mayfield and Marissa Stewart presented a class history while Andrew DeSellem and Emily Walker provided a humorous class prophecy regarding the grads at their 10-year reunion. Meanwhile, the junior class took their place in the senior seating section and Mayfield closed the celebration with a thank you to the crowd and congratulations to her fellow seniors.

Senior Assembly
Southern Local High School Senior Class President Ronni Mayfield addresses the crowd during Senior Assembly on May 25. Nearly 50 seniors were on hand with many collecting among $137,000 in scholarships and other awards while their proud family members looked on.