2021 Scholarship Winners
The tradition of the Albert W. Vontz Scholarship continues for the 14th consecutive year! 10 deserving students have been selected to receive awards this year, which brings our totals to 101 scholarships awarded since 2008 with a total of $209,000 given to deserving students.
The scholarship is named after Heidelberg Distributing founder’s son, Albert W. Vontz Jr. The program was initiated as a tribute to Mr. Vontz during the company’s 70th anniversary in 2008. Unlike most scholarships, Heidelberg’s scholarship has NO minimum requirements on academic grades. Instead, the scholarship is awarded to students who give back to their communities through volunteer service. Students can use the scholarship money for college, post-graduate or trade school education.
Congratulations to all the 2021 recipients!
Jasmine Rehberger, daughter of Cincinnati Wine District Sales Manager Jeff Rehberger, is a 2021 graduate of Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and will attend Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where she plans to have a double major in Spanish and Coastal Environmental Science.
Her volunteer service in Highlands High School’s “Green Club” fits right in with her one of her majors. The Green Club is an organization that takes pride in environmental sustainability by planning and implementing multiple projects throughout the school year. One such project was the design and construction of a rain garden on the Highlands campus to upcycle rainwater.
Jasmine was a two year member of the National Honor Society, earned the Seal of Biliteracy (2020), the Silver Honor Pin (2020), was a student representative for the Title IX Committee and was the 2019 Kentucky Youth Female Soccer Player of the Year. She also was a member of the Olympic Development Soccer Program and she played both varsity soccer and tennis.
Morgan Danko is the daughter of Sales Professional Dave Danko. Morgan is a 2021 graduate of Smithville High School in Smithville, Ohio. She received the 2021 outstanding student award in German, Ceramics, and honors biology and English. Morgan was also awarded the “Golden Apple” Award for earning all A’s in her high school career. She also earned the “rising star” award and the “best actress” award in drama.
Morgan was actively involved with community projects with the Barberton, Ohio Jaycees. The Jaycees had a year round community service project that included Relay for Life, hosting a Halloween party for youth in the community, providing Thanksgiving baskets and the Project Santa outreach project. Project Santa collected Christmas gifts for families who could not afford Christmas gifts for their kids. Volunteers deliver gifts to the families on Christmas Eve, dressed as Santa and elves.
She plans to have a double major of political science and writing and has her college choices down to Kenyon College or Ohio State University.
Madison Woolwine, daughter of Recon Specialist Teresa Holobaugh, will attend Columbus State Community College in the fall with plans to study nursing.
A 2021 graduate of Franklin Heights High school, she was on the honor roll, was a three year varsity cheerleader, received the junior academic award and was a DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) first place winner. DECA is an association of marketing students that encourages the development of business and leadership skills through academic conferences and competitions.
Madison worked with the Special Olympic team at her high school with a “spread the word to end the word” campaign to encourage students to stop saying the “R” word due to its hurtful and negative connotations. She also participated in creating holiday cards for an area nursing home as well as a canned food drive. Madison was also active in her school’s “socktober” benefit for the homeless. She also designed, created and organized a 5K walk/run to fight breast cancer.
Madison Reents, daughter of Key Account Sales Professional Ty Reents, is a 2021 graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School. It is one of the largest high schools in the Dayton area with more that 2,500 students.She volunteered for a program at Kettering Fairmont called “Firebird Camp,” a program where upperclassmen mentor incoming freshman to help them navigate their new school and surroundings. The program is more than just giving a tour of the school. There is social interaction as school events, assisting with tutoring (if/when needed), joining school clubs, mentoring, or just being a friend to listen and help where needed.
Madison was inducted into the National Honor Society and was awarded the leadership capstone. Every year in her high school career she earned the honor scholar award and had a 4.0 GPA during her junior year. She earned varsity letters in volleyball, track and field, swimming and lacrosse. Madison was also involved in SWEAT Club, Muse Machine, Theatre Club, Spanish Club and Leadership Club. She will attend Ohio State University in the fall with plans to major in Aerospace Engineering.
Ian Hughes, son of Michelle Hughes, accounts receivable, is a 2021 graduate of Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Kentucky and has plans to attended the University of Kentucky in the fall to major in psychology.
While at Simon Kenton, he was captain of the both the football and wrestling teams. He was also accepted into the Kentucky Governor’s Scholarship Program. One of his football coaches “recruited” Ian and some of his teammates to help participate in the remodeling of a home for a family who found themselves without housing after their previous home was foreclosed on. After summer football practice Ian and some of his teammates would drive 30 minutes to assist with the remodel of the home in Ludlow, Kentucky. Carrying and hanging drywall, as well as assisting with landscaping.
Gage Kimble, son of the late Glenn Bayless, is a 2021 graduate of Elyria High School and despite all of the difficulties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, he earned a 4.0 GPA his senior year while finishing his high school career learning online.
As member of the school marching band, Gage began assisting the band at football games during his sophomore year with administrative and organizational tasks. Later that same year he began to volunteer at the Animal Protective League and joined the APL group at his school. Gage assisted in numerous areas including dog walking, pen cleaning and assisting in animal adoptions. He also helped out at EHS serving as an office aid.
Gage is looking forward to starting his college career at Lorain County Community College, where he plans to study business.
OHIO VALLEY WINNERS
One of Ohio Valley’s co-winners is Cody Sexton, son of Driver Jason Sexton. He has been a volunteer tutor for elementary school children since his sophomore year of high school. He has helped out fourth through sixth graders in both mathematics and science, two subjects that students have a tendency to struggle with, that just happen to be his best subjects! A 2021 graduate of Hamilton High School, Cody will attend Miami University in Oxford, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering.
Cody has received the gold honor roll award for each of his four years at Hamilton High School and has also received the perfect attendance award as well. When he is not working as a volunteer tutor in the afterschool program, Cody also serves as a free homework tutor for students who need extra assistance with classwork. He also works part time at an area pizzeria and enjoys baseball, basketball and skiing in his free time.
Ohio Valley’s other co-winner is Jacob Westerfield, son of sales professional, Greg Westerfield. Jacob is a 2021 graduate of LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, where he participated in the school’s annual canned food drive. During his senior year, he and the rest of his schoolmates collected over 40,000 pounds of food in the Cincinnati area that was delivered to local Cincinnati area charities.
During his career at LaSalle, Jacob was on the honor roll multiple times and was a member of the Key Club. He will attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall and plans to major in business.
Trinity Fowler, daughter of Driver Troy Fowler, completed her second year at Bowling Green University in 2021. At BGSU, Trinity has been a member of both the cross county and track teams. During this year’s track season, she was on the DMR relay that took first place in the Mid-American Conference. It was the first time in the history of women’s track at BGSU that the team won the event in the women’s indoor track championships.
A first team all MAC indoor track honoree in 2021, Trinity has given back to her community volunteering as a coach for the Cardinal Strich CYO Cross-Country Team. It is a K-8th grade running club that has team members run from a half mile to two miles depending on their grade. Cardinal Strich competes in the CYO League. There are 35 kids on the team, who practice three days a week and has competitive meets on Saturdays vs. the other teams in the CYO League. The goal of the program is to get area children active and moving as well as getting them to explore the outdoors and to learn the value of competition.
Trinity will begin her junior year in the fall at BGSU and is majoring in sports management with a minor in marketing.
Kyree Long, son of Driver Edward Long, is a 2021 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School where he was four year letterman in track and field and a two year letterman in football.
In addition to his athletic endeavors winning six varsity letters, Kyree also gives his time to the Mahoning Valley Youth Basketball League where he volunteers as a referee. Another organization he has volunteered for is Shades of Blue. Shades of Blue is organized by employees of the Mahoning Country Sheriff’s Department and the Youngstown Police Department. Shades of Blue helps African American men and women who are interested in law enforcement but cannot afford to attend the police academy by raising money through community fundraisers.
Kyree plans to attend the University of Mount Union in the fall and has plans to major in mechanical engineering.