The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) recognized 82 of Ohio’s top students from across the state on April 13 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. On senior from each county in Ohio is eligible to receive this honor and Madison Smith, a senior at Lynchburg-Clay High School, was selected as the Highland County winner from the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.
“Over the last 27 years, the OESCA has recognized over 2,000 scholars and student leaders during this event,” said Tony Long, Southern Ohio ESC superintendent. “We wish Madison great success as she pursues her studies at the college level.”
Smith is ranked first in her class and will be attending Kent State University where she will major in hospitality management and business.
As a student leader, Smith serves as president of the National Honor Society and secretary of the student council. She is a three-year member and current editor of the yearbook staff and a four-year varsity cheerleader, serving as captain her junior year.
Smith has served as a Special Olympics volunteer and has also participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She is a nine-year member and officer within the 4-H organization, where she earned the State Fair 2014 Outstanding of the Day Recipient and the Outstanding Senior Nutrition Exhibitor. Smith has served on the Highland County Fair Board and Highland County Family and Consumer Sciences Board, and has been awarded the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship.
Looking to the future, Smith hopes to utilize her education and experience in hospitality management and business to work as an event coordinator at a vacation resort.
She is the daughter of Greg and Ronda Smith.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.