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Holzer Health System recently honored outstanding local high school science graduates at its 36th Annual High School Science Awards Banquet. The scholars, their parents and school representatives were invited to attend, where each student was presented with a certificate and monetary award. A representative from each high school who attended the event was presented a check to further their efforts in their respective school’s Science Programs. The Science Awards Program encompasses high schools from Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Lawrence, Pike and Vinton counties in Ohio; and Mason County in West Virginia.

John Cunningham, MS, MBA, FACMPE, Executive Vice President, Holzer Health System, served as Master of Ceremonies and delivered the introductory remarks. Michael Canady, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS, FAAPL, Chief Executive Officer, Holzer Health System outlined the history of the Science Awards Program. Dr. Canady commented, “Holzer sees the Science Awards as an opportunity to give back to the community and formally recognize the achievements of our students and educational systems.” The Science Awards Program honors a student selected by the high school based on outstanding achievement in science and a desire to pursue a higher education.

The featured speaker for the program was Jonathan Mathis, MD, Holzer Pediatrician. Dr. Mathis is Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and a graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his pediatrics residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He joined Holzer in 2018.

Dr. Mathis spoke to the group about thinking outside of the box and striving toward achievable goals. He remarked, “As you move forward, you will come across resistance. It is your job as thinkers, dreamers, to push past that resistance. Regardless of what people say, it is your responsibility to move forward and pursue your passion. You have the ability to do what you set your mind to.”

Through the Science Awards Program, Holzer has contributed thousands of dollars to area schools and students for the betterment of education in our region. For more information, visit www.holzer.org or call 1-855-4-HOLZER.

Holzer Health System Science Awards Recipients:

Eryn Dael Alexander High School

Anru Tian Athens High School

Dakota Doss Buckeye Hills Career Center

Andrew Mayenschein Chesapeake High School

Parker Fraley Dawson-Bryant High School

James Pennington Eastern Local (Beaver) High School

Hannah Damewood Eastern Local High School

Abigail Morgan Naegele Fairland High School

Faith Laughlin Federal Hocking High School

Elijah Baird Gallia Academy High School

Dylan Collier Hannan High School

John Higgins Ironton High School

Haley Webb Jackson High School

Allison Hanstine Meigs High School

Madison Campbell Nelsonville-York High School

Katelyn Jones Oak Hill High School

Trevor Blank Ohio Valley Christian School

Katelyn Elizabeth Roush Point Pleasant High School

Isabella Marie Moore River Valley High School

Kelsey Marie Olderham Rock Hill High School

Maria Calhoun South Gallia High School

Katelyn Mundy South Point High School

Marissa Brooker Southern High School

Isaac Andrew Whaley St. Joseph High School

Kara Saunders Symmes Valley High School

Ryan Richmond Trimble High School

Kiara Pickell Vinton County High School

Jacob Lloyd Wahama High School

Logan Huber Waverly High School

Dray Remy Wellston High School

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