BGSU Magazine Summer 2007
Alumni Laureate Scholars 2007
Alexandra Bandy of Mansfield, Ohio, plans to major in English and secondary education. She has maintained a 3.7 GPA at Mansfield Senior High School and has been active all four years in student council, the school newspaper, which she served as editor for the past three years; class council and National Honor Society. She also has participated in the Academic Challenge (Brain Bowl) varsity member, Key Club, prom committee, marching band and was an office aide. Bandy, who is the daughter of Corlyn and Jerald Bandy, was selected the OSU-Mansfield Outstanding Junior, president of the freshman Key Club, and to participate in the Mock Congress National Scholar Political Convention in Washington, D.C., and the Young Leaders Institute of Richland County. Her volunteer work and community service include the First Presbyterian Church youth group; Buddy Outreach, which provides food for needy families; the public library’s teen advisory board, and various service activities through the Key Club. Currently, she is an after-school nanny for two elementary school-aged boys.
Joseph Chenevey of Akron, Ohio, plans to major in physics. He has maintained a 3.78 GPA at Ellet High School, where he also has been active in the marching band, pep band, Madrigals and the bowling team. He also has helped backstage, lighting, sound and the pit orchestra for the high school musicals. Chenevey, who is the son of Laurie and Craig Chenevey, is treasurer of the Ellet National Honor Society, coordinator of the audio-visual team, and a bass player and coordinator for the Ellet Jazz Ambassadors. His honors and awards include student of the month and academic awards three times during his high school career, an Optimist Club of Akron Youth Appreciation Award, and an award for his presentation at the NHS national conference. He is a member of Ellet Grace Brethren Church and currently is employed with Springlake Party Center as a caterer and bus boy and at Thinker Toys as a sales associate.
Brian Gulko of Solon, Ohio, who is the son of Bonnie and Arlen Gulko. He maintains a 3.54 GPA at Solon High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society, student council, student senate, Key Club, swim team, cross country team and Israeli Culture Club. His volunteer work and community service includes Amigos de las Americas, where he was trained and trains other youths for service projects in the Dominican Republic; Boy Scouts of America, where he has completed his Eagle Scout Award project; high school blood drive coordinator; fund raising for a local scholarship. He also was elected to serve on a panel that allocates $50,000 annually to the Jewish community of Cleveland and helps tutor Spanish students. Among his honors and awards are being named a scholar athlete for cross country and track, consistently being named to the honor roll, being recognized for his exemplary interest in Spanish and student of the month. He is employed at East Coast Custard and Miles Farmers Market.
Stephanie Kuharik of St. George, Ontario, plans to major in business. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Covington High School, where she was captain of the volleyball team, student council president, and a member of Key Club, Drama Club, Spanish Club and the rugby, track and cheerleading teams. She also participated in the school musicals and plays. She has been a volunteer for Brantford General Hospital, the Brant County Recreational Soccer Inc., grade 9 retreat, Girl Scout Camp, PLUS Team training and Camp Courageous. Kuharik, who is the daughter of Patricia and Michael Kuharik, represented her school at the Hugh O’Brien Youth leadership seminar, was named to National Honor Society and earned scholar athlete and cross country conference academic team awards. She is employed at Sherwood Restaurant.
Samantha Peña of Ottawa, Ohio, plans to major in chemistry. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Bluffton High School, where she has been a cheerleader, varsity letter winner and scholar athlete for soccer and cross country, class secretary for three years, vice president of the Modern Foreign Language Club, and a chemistry tutor. The daughter of Judy Augsburger and Salvador Peña is a volunteer at Blanchard Valley Health Center, St. Mary’s Church and the Community Assistance Program. She has been recognized as the best in class for anatomy and physics, chemistry, Latin I, Spanish II and III, home ec I and II, and a member of the National Honor Society. Currently she is employed at Blanchard Valley Health Center and Birchaven Retirement Village.
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