WILMINGTON – Over the past eight days the News Journal has profiled each of the eight inductees to the Outstanding Women of Clinton County Class of 2016, recognizing women who have enriched the lives of, and had a lasting impact on, their fellow Clinton County residents.
The OWCC committee also annually awards four scholarships — one each to students in Wilmington, Blanchester, East Clinton and Clinton-Massie high schools. This year’s scholarship winners, who will also be recognized at the March 5 event at the Roberts Centre, are:
Mai Cooper, Wilmington High School
Following graduation, Mai Cooper plans to attend The Ohio State University majoring in Psychology, with the career goal of becoming a Child or Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Mai is involved in may community activities including Clinton County Special Olympics, United States Tennis Association’s Quickstart Assemblies and the American Red Cross. While maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, she has held several leadership positions at WHS including Class Officer, Secretary for both Student Council and the National Honor Society along with membership on Clinton County Student Council and Junior Council on World Affairs, while playing on the girls’ tennis team.
Emma Mathews, East Clinton High School
Preparing to pursue a career in Agribusiness at Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Emma Mathews has earned a 3.69 grade point average while holding many FFA leadership positions.
In a community service capacity, she has worked as a member of the Clinton County 4-H, Clinton County Junior Fair Board, and East Clinton FFA with projects such as Sabina Food Delivery, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Tornado Clean-up, Toys for Tots and Adopt-a-Highway. In leadership roles, she has been Clinton County Beef Queen, Ohio Holstein Queen, East Clinton FFA Reporter and Student Advisor and Ohio Junior Ayrshire Association President. In addition, Emma works on her family’s dairy farm and is currently raising her own herd of Ayrshire and Holstein cattle.
Nikki Settlemyre, Clinton-Massie High School
With plans to attend The Ohio State University, Nikki Settlemyre intends to pursue a career in law.
At Clinton-Massie, she has participated in many athletic, academic and leadership activities. She has served as a two-year Class President, Yearbook Co-Editor, President of the National Honor Society and Key Club while competing on the volleyball team all four years. In addition to maintaining a 4.0 grade point average each year, Nikki was selected as a 2015 Buckeye Girls State delegate and also competed academically on the NAQT Small School National Tournament for two consecutive years. She is active in her church and has served the community through involvement with local non-profits including Clinton-Massie Food Pantry, Clinton County Homeless Shelter and Clinton County Humane Society.
Anna Tobler, Blanchester High School
Anna Tobler carries a 4.0 grade point average and plans to study Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Anna participated in an entrepreneurial STEM competition, winning the top prize of $20,000 for creating a product designed to reduce household waste. Active in the school drama program, she has served as president of the Thespian Troupe, captain of the JV volleyball team and was a counselor at Project Trust, a community building initiative for seventh- and eighth-graders. As part of giving back to the local community, Anna has worked building furniture for a free furniture store, New Life Furniture, served at Our Father’s Kitchen and has been a regular blood donor.
The Outstanding Women of Clinton County luncheon event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5 at the Roberts Centre. Tickets are $25 (cash or check accepted; make check payable to “OWCC”). 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. Julie Isphording will be the guest speaker. Julie ran the first ever women’s Olympic Marathon in 1984; she is an award-winning syndicated radio host, national keynote speaker and magazine columnist.