The Outstanding Women of Clinton County committee annually awards four scholarships — one each to a senior at Wilmington, Blanchester, East Clinton and Clinton-Massie high schools.
This year’s scholarship winners, who will be honored at the Saturday, March 4 event at the Roberts Centre along with the class of eight 2017 OWCC inductees, are:
• Avary Beatty, East Clinton
• Bethany Brausch, Clinton-Massie
• Brooke Honaker, Blanchester
• Bridgette Thompson, Wilmington
Bridgette Thompson plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University to study Occupational Therapy, mostly because of her experience with the Peer Autism Team at Wilmington High School.
Bridgette loves the Peer Autism Team because of the ability to connect with students on the Autism Spectrum and encourage her peers to grow in an inclusive environment and create genuine friendships with other students. Bridgette gives back to her community through her long-standing commitment with the Interact Club, her involvement in FFA, Key Club, Student Council, Junior Fair Board, President of the Fashion and Nutrition Board, Ohio State Fashion Board, and the National Honor Society.
At Wilmington High School, Bridgette maintains a 3.8 GPA and was elected captain of the girls varsity soccer team, named first-team All-League.
Brooke Honaker has strong aspirations of becoming a trauma surgeon through her future studies at Tulane University or Wright State University, and has also received a Congressional nomination to all of the military academies.
Her love of helping people through difficult times is evident through her volunteerism at Clinton Memorial Hospital, the Anthony Munoz Foundation, and the Marvin Lewis Foundation, where she says she has learned “that all individuals, no matter their background, ethnicity, or other hurdles in their life, are capable of accomplishing their dreams.”
In the past year, Brooke was a participant of Leadership Clinton Class of 2016, maintained her 4.0 GPA, initiated a “Pick-Me-Up” card program at Blanchester, and has been a regular blood donor. In addition, Brooke has been marching band drum major, flute section leader, tennis team captain and secretary of Student Council.
Bethany Brausch is currently dually-enrolled at the University of Cincinnati to get a jump start on her goal of becoming a biomedical engineer to study Alzheimer’s research at the University of Akron. She was also nominated and attended a live surgery at Christ Hospital, and was selected to attend CampNeuro at the University of Cincinnati Medical School.
While maintaining a 3.95 GPA, Bethany gives back to the community through her church, finding passion serving on mission trips to Mexico, as a Preschool Helper, and on the Church Greeting Committee. She also spent a summer volunteering at the Kettering Medical Center and at local food pantries.
During her high school career, Bethany has served as a class Vice President, Secretary, was inducted into the National Honor Society, was a member of the Prom Committee, and is currently placed first in her graduating class.
Avary Beatty plans on pursuing Chemical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology next year with dreams of working in an environmental health and safety industry.
She has a long-standing history of involvement with the youth community in Clinton County, most notably through the Kids Care Club, Safety Bike Rodeo, Operation Christmas Child and Cardboard City. In addition to her academic and community service commitments and time contributing to bake sales and fundraisers, she has also volunteered at the East Clinton blood drive, served as a directed blood donor and participated in several tutoring opportunities.
Avary is actively involved at East Clinton as ECHS’s Vice President of the National Honor Society, editor of the yearbook, a senior leader for her volleyball team, and a member of the Prom Committee. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in her class.
Tickets for the March 4 Outstanding Women of Clinton County luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Roberts Centre are $25 (cash or check accepted). Reservations can be made at the Wilmington News Journal, 761 S. Nelson Ave., Wilmington, OH 45177. The News Journal’s office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you have any questions, please call 937-382-2574. Reservations will be accepted through March 1.
The event is sponsored by the Wilmington News Journal.