The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) recently recognized 82 of Ohio’s top students from across the state during the 27th Annual Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards Program, named in honor of Ohio’s 31st State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The award was established in 1989 by the OESCA to promote and recognize outstanding student leaders for their academic achievement and service to their school and communities.
One senior from each county in Ohio is eligible to receive this honor, and Nikki Settlemyre, a senior at Clinton-Massie High School, was selected as the Clinton County winner from the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.
“Over the last 27 years, the OESCA has recognized over 2000 scholars and student leaders during this event,” said Tony Long, Southern Ohio ESC Superintendent. “We wish Nikki great success as she pursues her studies at the college level.”
Settlemyre is ranked first in her class and plans to attend the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where she will pursue degrees in business and law. Settlemyre hopes to one day aid people who become lost in the dense language of the legal system.
Settlemyre is a student leader, musician, and athlete. She has served her school community as co-editor of the yearbook, Key Club president, National Honor Society president, class officer, teacher’s aide, peer tutor, and member of the prom committee,
She is a former member of the CM concert band, volleyball team, and the Handbell Choir at the Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, where is an active member of the youth group.
Settlemyre was a 2013 Anthony Munoz Leadership Seminar Attendee, a 2015 Buckeye Girls State Delegate, and has been a member of the CM Academic Team since 2013, where in 2016 she ranked seventh out of 90 individuals at the NAQT Waverly High School Invitational Tournament. She will travel with the team this month as it makes its third consecutive appearance at the NAQT Small School National Tournament in Minneapolis.
Believing that education extends beyond the classroom, Settlemyre plans to participate in the many extracurricular clubs, Christian groups, and community service opportunities offered as part of her college experience.
Looking to the future, Settlemyre is optimistic that she will participate in internships that will one day lead her to joining a company where she can advance and benefit from career opportunities.
While Settlemyre considers herself to be very ambitious, she says she will never allow her profession to take priority over her family. Her ultimate goal in life is to be happy, which to Settlemyre is being enveloped in the loving embrace of her supportive family.
Nikki Settlemyre is the daughter of John and Joy Settlemyre.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.