Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship


Annual $500 awards to minority seniors at any Muskingum County High School who are Muskingum County residents. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least an 18 on the ACT or SAT equivalent.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Kazia Barnes

2020 - Kazia Barnes

Kazia is a 2020 graduate of Caldwell High School and will be attending the University of Akron for Business.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Kierra Beal

2020 - Kierra Beal

Kierra is a 2020 graduate of Maysville High School and will be attending Muskingum University.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Breanna Darden

2020 - Breanna Darden

Breanna is a 2020 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and will be attending Kent State University majoring in Anthropology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Danielle Dupler

2020 - Danielle Dupler

Danielle is a 2020 graduate of Zanesville High School and will be attending The Ohio State University majoring in Biology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Kenzi Edwards-Suttles

2020 - Kenzi Edwards-Suttles

Kenzi is a 2020 graduate of Zanesville High School and would like to pursue education in childhood development and psychology for the ultimate goal of becoming a mental health counselor.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Kayla Guerrieri

2020 - Kayla Guerrieri

Kayla is a 2020 graduate of Philo High School and will be attending Marietta College with a major in Psychology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Brailey Harris

2020 - Brailey Harris

Brailey is a 2020 graduate of Zanesville High School and will be attending Ohio State University majoring in Biology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Jesse Hill

2020 - Jesse Hill

Jesse is a 2020 graduate of Zanesville High School and will be attending Otterbein University majoring in Allied Health.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - RhaeLynn Hutzel

2020 - RhaeLynn Hutzel

RhaeLynn is a 2020 graduate of Zanesville High School and will be attending The Ohio State University majoring in Biology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Kaleb Ihlenfeld

2020 - Kaleb Ihlenfeld

Kaleb is a 2020 graduate of West Muskingum High School and will be attending Bowling Green State University.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Jerzie Johnson

2020 - Jerzie Johnson

Jerzie is a 2020 graduate of Bishop Rosecrans High School and will be attending The Ohio State University majoring in Chemistry.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Aayla Mayle

2020 - Aayla Mayle

Aayla is a 2020 graduate of Zanesville High School and will be attending Muskingum University majoring in Biology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Kaden Mayle

2020 - Kaden Mayle

Kaden is a 2020 graduate of Zanesville High School and will be attending Walsh University.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Tsigereda McClelland

2020 - Tsigereda McClelland

Tsigereda is a 2020 graduate of John Glenn High School and will be attending Woodbury University majoring in Fashion Marketing.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Lucas Miller

2020 - Lucas Miller

Lucas is a 2020 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and will be attending Capital University for Computer Science/Engineering.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Jakob Plummer

2020 - Jakob Plummer

Jakob is a 2020 graduate of Maysville High School and will be attending Muskingum University for Music.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Minh-Chau Scott

2020 - Minh-Chau Scott

Minh-Chau is a 2020 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and will be attending Villanova University majoring in Biology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Carlon Stevens

2020 - Carlon Stevens

Carlon is a 2020 graduate of Zanesville High School and will be attending either Zane State College or Ohio University Zanesville to begin working on a degree in Forensic Chemistry or Zoology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Jodi Stoner

2020 - Jodi Stoner

Jodi is a 2020 graduate of John Glenn High School and will be attending Ohio University Zanesville majoring in Speech Pathology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Aaryan Vaishnav

2020 - Aaryan Vaishnav

Aaryan is a 2020 graduate of John Glenn High School and will be attending the Ohio State University for Biology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2020 - Trey Wilson

2020 - Trey Wilson

Trey is a 2020 graduate of Philo High School and will be attending Ohio Northern University majoring in Biology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Jordan Abrams

2018 - Jordan Abrams

Jordan Lee Abram is the son of Aundria Tabler and is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved with the ZHS football and track teams, and he has done service work with the ZHS football team. Jordan plans to attend Wilmington College to major in accounting, with a career goal of becoming an accountant. Philosophy on Life: "Keep on moving, no matter how tough things get." Influential Person: "My mom has influenced me the most in my life because she’s a single mother, and no matter what the outcomes have been, good or bad, she’s fought through it and stayed strong."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Kevin Adair

2018 - Kevin Adair

Kevin Tyler Adair is the son of Yeti Rose, Brandon Rose and Robin Adair. He is a senior at West Muskingum High School. He is involved with the WMHS baseball team. Kevin is also an active member of Global Scholars and Key Club. Kevin plans to attend either the University of Akron or Ohio State University Newark to major in chemistry, with a career goal of becoming a chemist and working in a lab or doing research and eventually obtaining his Masters in Chemistry. Philosophy on Life: "Stay in your own lane of success. Don’t worry about where others are at. Work hard doing something that makes you happy and work hard for the things you want most in life." Influential Person: "My dad has influenced me the most in my life...The reason why he has influenced me the most is because he worked very hard to support our family, and his work inspired me to work hard in something I enjoy doing...In addition, I also strive to be as successful as he was and is."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Shane Bonner

2018 - Shane Bonner

Shane Andrew Bonner is the son of Shawn Bonner and is a senior at John Glenn High School. He is a member of the JGHS football, basketball and track teams. He is also involved in Student Council and Ambassador Club. Shane is undecided on the college he would like to attend, but he plans to major in biology, with a career goal of eventually going to medical school and becoming either a surgeon or a dermatologist. Philosophy on Life: "Always do your best." Influential Person: "My father because he taught me to be disciplined, and he taught me the importance of dedication and hard work."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Douglas Gatti

2018 - Douglas Gatti

Douglas Gatti is the son of Luis and Maria Gatti. He is a senior at West Muskingum High School. He is the secretary for the WMHS Key Club, and is also involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Global Scholars, and National Honor Society. In addition to this, Douglas participates in WMHS and Arsenal Soccer. He is also involved in numerous volunteer and church activities. Douglas plans to attend The Ohio State University to major in engineering and/or computer science, with a career goal of obtaining his master’s degree in one of the previously listed areas and working for a large electronics company such as Apple or Samsung. Philosophy on Life: "Nothing comes easy." Influential Person: "My grandparents are my biggest influences. They may be thousands of miles away, but I still call them weekly or whenever I’m in need of some guidance."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Mayson Hutzel

2018 - Mayson Hutzel

Mayson Hutzel is the daughter of April Huffman and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is a member of the ZHS volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She is also involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, Young People Division and The National Guard. Mayson plans to attend either Ohio State University or the University of Dayton to major in biology, with a career goal of eventually becoming an orthodontist. Philosophy on Life: "Everything happens for a reason." Influential Person: "My mother has influenced me the most in my life because as a young mother, she was able to complete college and become the DOH at The Oaks at Bethesda. She has encouraged me to be a well-rounded and independent woman. My mom pushes me everyday to do the best in everything I do and work hard for what I want because nothing is just given to you in life."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Shahjahan Lahuti

2018 - Shahjahan Lahuti

Shahjahan Lahuti is the son of Ibrahim Lahuti and is a senior at Zanesville High School. He played football and did throwing for the ZHS track team, and he was involved in Teen Trendsetter program at John McIntire Elementary. Shah is planning to attend college at Zane State and wants to major in business, with a career goal of owning his own business. Philosophy on Life: "Do whatever you can the best you can" Influential Person: "My dad influenced me the most because he showed me what hard work and dedication can lead to. He isn’t selfish and does everything for his family."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Nathaniel Mayle

2018 - Nathaniel Mayle

Nathaniel Allen Mayle is the son of Leanna Harris and is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved with Hunting Club and Fishing Club at ZHS. Nathaniel plans to attend either Ohio State University or Hocking College to pursue a major in fish and wildlife Management, with a career goal of becoming a game warden. Philosophy on Life: "Live and Learn. You learn through past experiences whether they are good or bad." Influential Person: "My mom has influenced me the most in life because I want to make her proud. She always supports me in my goals and dreams."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Aronde' Myers

2018 - Aronde' Myers

Arondé Marquis James Myers is the son of Michelle Peyton and a senior at Zanesville High School. He is a member of the ZHS basketball and soccer teams and also participates in Pep Club and Teen Leadership Committee. Arondé plans to attend Ohio University to major in Sports Management. Philosophy on Life: "You shouldn’t take anything in life for granted. Live and take risks because the only thing guaranteed is death, and you cannot predict when that comes." Influential Person: "My grandfather influenced me the most because he was a family man, he was well respected, very knowledgeable, he was loved and would do anything he could to help, and very dependable. I hope to be the same way."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Michael Myers

2018 - Michael Myers

Michael Anthony Jorden Quentcy Omar Myers is the son of Emory O. Myers. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved with The Japanese Animations and Culture Club and National Honor Society. Michael plans to attend Zane State College to major in Computer Science, with a career goal of becoming a computer systems administrator. Philosophy on Life: "If you’re going to succeed at life, you can’t just allow it to pass you by. You must grasp opportunity to lead a prosperous life of growth, rather than one of personal stagnation and strangled growth." Influential Person: "No one has influenced me more than myself. I have thought about it and rather than valuing idols whose ideals are so alien to my own, I forge my own path, and lead myself down a more hopeful path."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Kianna Norris

2018 - Kianna Norris

Kianna Danise Marie Norris is the daughter of Melinda Umstott and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is the captain of the Varsity Cheerleading team, the Student Council Historian, and is involved in Teen Trendsetter Mentoring. She also does a lot of community service with her church’s youth group. Kianna plans to attend Muskingum University to major in nursing, with a career goal of becoming a pediatric nurse. Philosophy on Life: "Do not put your life on hold when bad things happen to you, you can get through it. Everything happens for a reason so accept your tragedies and persevere through them. Allow them to make you better." Influential Person: "My mother has influenced me the most in my life because she is so strong. Even through all the rough things we go through and the points in our lives in which we have nothing she is always working so hard and I am thankful for all the hard work she does to take care of our family."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Cheosung O'Brien

2018 - Cheosung O'Brien

Cheosung O’Brien is the son of Phuong O’Brien and is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is a member of the ZHS Marching Band, the swim team, and National Honor Society. Cheosung plans to attend Ohio University and major in biology, pre-dental, with a career goal of becoming a dentist with his own practice. Philosophy on Life: "Life is a story that lasts around 80 years or so and every decision you make, from what you eat in the morning to what you think about at night affects it in some way. You should make the most of what you have." Influential Person: "My mother has influenced my life probably more than anyone else. She has been there with me and for me from when I was born. When I was a small child she never left me with someone else to take care of me, I always went wherever she went. She taught me Teochew Chinese (her family’s dialect) from before I could walk. She’s done everything a mom should do and could do. My mom taught me how to read on my way into first grade. She always made sure I went to karate when I was little and taught me discipline. No one else could come close to the level of influence my mom has provided me with other than my dad for all the same reasons. No matter what happens I know my mom is there for me."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Ankur Parekh

2018 - Ankur Parekh

Ankur Mitesh Parekh is the son of Mitesh and Ina Parekh and a student at Tri-Valley High School. He is a member of the cross country and track teams, and is active in band, Ski Club, and Ping Pong Club. He often volunteers through the Boy Scouts, National Honor Society, and Ruriteen. Ankur plans to attend the University of Toledo and major in biomedical engineering. Philosophy on Life: "Dreams don’t become reality without hard work." Influential Person: "My mother and my father have both influenced me greatly. My father is extremely hardworking and his passion for helping others is not trumped by anyone else. My mother is also an extremely hard worker. It is inspiring to see how hard my parents worked after immigrating to the United States. It is amazing to see the life they created for both my brother and I."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Jolyn Plummer

2018 - Jolyn Plummer

Jolyn Jade Plummer is the daughter of Betsy and Lyle Plummer, and is a senior at Maysville High School. She is a member of the Art Club, and volunteers at her school by decorating for dances, painting backdrops for school plays, creating animal figures for the preschool concert, and making breast cancer awareness pins for the football games. Jolyn plans to attend the Central Ohio Technical College for graphic design, with a career goal of becoming a graphic designer or working in animation. Philosophy on Life: "My philosophy is to never sugar coat the truth, especially when direct honesty is needed. I am not a religious person but I do not judge people who believe differently than me because I don’t wish for them to judge my beliefs. I want to grow and learn and make my impact on the world even if it is a small one." Influential Person: "My mother has been the biggest influence on my life because of the way she has raised me. As a mixed child growing up surrounded by all the possible people who could judge me throughout my day to day life, she has encouraged me to be myself without worrying about what others have to say. Honestly, confidence and an open mind are some of the biggest things she has taught me and I keep those lessons with me always."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Alexis Stallworth

2018 - Alexis Stallworth

Alexis Stallworth is the daughter of Jan Noyes and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is a member of the orchestra, the Foreign Language Club, the Teen trendsetters mentoring program, and National Honor Society. She is also a class officer at ZHS. Alexis plans to attend the Ohio State University, Miami University, University of Pittsburgh, Wright State University, University of CIncinnati, or Westminster College and major in education, with a career plan of becoming a high school history teacher. Philosophy on Life: "My philosophy is to just be as content and as happy with your life as possible. Also to get rid of anything negative in life." Influential Person: "My older sister Aliyah has been the greatest influence on me. She is one of the strongest women that I know. She has went through many struggles; like facing ridicule and doubt for example. She has overcome all of this and is still standing tall."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Tasia Staunton

2018 - Tasia Staunton

Tasia Marie Staunton is the daughter of Kashawna Buchanan and Thorne Staunton, and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is a member of the basketball team and National Honor Society, and is also an American Red Cross Student Intern. In her freetime she volunteers by teaching younger kids to play basketball and volleyball. Tasia plans to attend West Liberty University to major in dental hygiene, with a career goal of becoming a dental hygienist with her own patients. Philosophy on Life: "You should never take the things you receive for granted. Even on your worst days, think to yourself and figure that someone may just be going through something a lot worse." Influential Person: "The person who has been the most influential in my life has been my mother. She went from a childhood of having nothing and having to work at 16 to working for what she needed to be a successful single mother to me and my brother."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Emilee Tabler

2018 - Emilee Tabler

Emilee Nicol Tabler is the daughter of Charlee and Keith Tabler, and is a senior at Maysville High School. She is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Government. She volunteers during her free time as an Outstanding Wilds Learner, helping with children's camps at the Wilds, and with the Kiddie Soccer Camp. Emilee plans to attend the Ohio State University and major in respiratory therapy, and either plans to go on to become a physician's assistant or to attend medical school. Whatever path she takes, she hopes she will be able to provide someone else’s ailing mother or father with care to the best of her abilities. Philosophy on Life: "My philosophy on life is to do my best; anything beyond that is out of my control. This has done me well so far because I know that what I put into life is what I get out of it. I’d agree that my realistic view, that errs slightly on the pessimistic side, has shaped this routine. Even though I am cautious and analytic about the decisions I make, I know that I will always have a different path to take if one does not work out." Influential Person: "My mother has been my greatest influence. She had my oldest sister when she was 15 and dropped out of high school before finishing her freshman year. She went on to get her G.E.D. when she was 40 years old after she had seven kids including myself. She also got her associates degree in 2014. She has always encouraged me, and I often look to her for guidance. I could not have a better mother or be more proud of her."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Kenyarra Webster

2018 - Kenyarra Webster

Kenyarra Lynn Webster is the daughter of Jacqueline Williams and is a senior at John Glenn High School. She is active in community service, and often volunteers at her church and Bible School, with the animal shelter, and as a Young Life volunteer leader. Kenyarra plans to attend Miami University and major in computer science, with a career goal of writing code for either video games or computers. Philosophy on Life: "Push past the bad times and get to the good times. Enjoy the small things in life." Influential Person: "The person who has influenced me the most is my Aunt. She has raised two kids on her own with only one being biologically hers."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Jeya Wilson

2018 - Jeya Wilson

Jeya Reynell Wilson is the daughter of Felicia Wilburn and a senior at Zanesville High School. She is a member of the ZHS varsity soccer team and the track team. She is also a member of Key Club, Student Council, Pep Club, Ski Club, and National Honor Society as well as a ZHS Class Officer. She is also dedicated to community service, often volunteering with the Teen Trendsetters mentoring program and at the Avondale Youth Center; She received the 2017 Halliburton Challenge Program Community Service Award in recognition of her efforts. Jeya plans to attend the University of Cincinnati or the Ohio State University for architecture, with a career goal of becoming a building architect. Philosophy on Life: "Life is what you make it. No matter where you start in life, behind or ahead, the life you were given is a blessing and your happiness depends solely on what you do with that life. You are the master of your own fate.". Influential Person: "I would say my mom has had the greatest influence on my life. My mom works hard in everything she does and has such a big heart that I have always admired her for. Everything I have and am is because of her, and she is the one that has shaped me to be the person that I am today. Without her love and support, I would not be anywhere near where I am."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2018 - Madeline Wilson

2018 - Madeline Wilson

Madeline Wilson is the daughter of Jim and Amy Wilson and is a senior at Philo High School. She is a member of the Community Youth Foundation and National Honor Society, and is a dancer at the Movement on Main Center for Dance and the Muskingum Youth Performing Arts. She is also active in her church’s youth group, taking part in their Worship and Wonder youth programs, volunteering with their Youth Works program, and going on their yearly mission trips. She also often volunteers through the Community Youth Foundation and National Honor Society at football games, Christ’s table, the Salvation Army, and the Muskingum County Community Foundation. Madeline plans to attend Denison University, Miami University, or Muskingum University and major in English, with the career goal of becoming an editor of a large sized company. Philosophy on Life: "My philosophy on life is to see people first as people. I think that’s very important in today’s world without judgements circulating about race, sexuality, and religion. Of course there are good people and bad people, but I choose to let them show me who they are without preconceived judgements making the first call. Another philosophy I have adopted is from my 8th grade English teacher who said words hold power. She taught me that there can always be a hidden meaning behind what people say and to choose my words carefully." Influential Person: "My mother. She’s the hardest working person I know. Even while working full time as a professor she is the chair of two boards and helps out in at least one other. Whenever she’s tasked to volunteer within our church, instead of saying she can't do anymore, she takes on the extra challenge. Her constant quest for knowledge feeds into mine and I get my love of reading from her. "

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Daza’ne Sapphire Bey

2017 - Daza’ne Sapphire Bey

Daza’ne Sapphire Bey is the daughter of Yusuf Bey and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She works at a part-time job while attending school. Soon she will be training for track season and getting back into tumbling classes. Daza plans to attend the University of Akron to major in psychology, with a career goal to become a clinical psychologist. Philosophy on Life: ''One step at a time'' Influential Person: ''''My parents have influenced me the most because growing up they didn’t have much. They worked hard for everything they have and both of them have always made it out of tough times and done what’s best for their family.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Joslyn Rae Goins

2017 - Joslyn Rae Goins

Joslyn Rae Goins is the daughter of Myron and Cathleen Goins. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved with the ZHS golf and basketball teams. She volunteers her time with the Halliburton assembly and the Christmas Salvation Army with the Zanesville basketball team. Joslyn plans to attend Ohio Valley University to major in biology, with a career goal of becoming a vet. Philosophy on Life: ''Work hard and be thankful for what you have today, because you never know if there is a tomorrow.'' Influential Person: ''My parents have influenced my life the most because they are very successful and they never give up. I wish to be like them one day.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Destiny Johnson

2017 - Destiny Johnson

Destiny Johnsonis the daughter of Christy Goins and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is captain of her varsity soccer team and varsity basketball team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Destiny plans to attend Wright State University to major in Middle Childhood Education, with a career goal of becoming a grade school or middle school math teacher and a soccer coach. Philosophy on Life: ''Just be happy and love life and everyone in it. I believe that too many people focus on just money, or just the bad things that happen in life. I like to look at the big picture which is my family, friends, and my pure happiness. Living life to the fullest is a great key I like to go by because we only live once, so we should love every second of it while understanding bad things are going to happen but the good outweighs the bad.'' Influential Person: ''My grandma works hard every day at everything she does. She wasn’t the smartest kid when she was younger and she went through things that I can’t even imagine going through. She overcame all those obstacles and she’s very successful right now. Although she wasn’t the greatest at school, she went to college. She worked so hard every day, studied every day and graduated with good grades. She has a great job and she loves where she is. She’s a strong woman and she makes me want to be a better person every day. My grandma has definitely influenced my life in the right path.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Austin James Kallimanis

2017 - Austin James Kallimanis

Austin James Kallimanis is the son of Randall and Tina Kallimanis. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He has been a member of Drama Club for four years and the ZHS Quiz team for two years. Austin is also a member of the ZHS Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Chorale. Austin plans to attend Capital University to double major in vocal performance and music education, with a career goal of teaching vocal music to youth. Philosophy on Life: ''Death is inevitable, so work hard to enjoy as much as you can, but still enjoy the smaller things while you still can.'' Influential Person: ''My dad has influenced me most in life because he grew up in a poor family, had to provide for himself for most of his life, dropped out of school his senior year then got his G.E.D. and went to college. He finished his R.N. program earlier this year.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Zeeshan Lahuti

2017 - Zeeshan Lahuti

Zeeshan Lahuti is the son of Ibrahim Lahuti and is a senior at Zanesville High School. He went to Buckeye Boys State and received an award for his accomplishments while there in 2016; Buckeye Boys State also offered him to attend Buckeye Boys Nation. He is involved in boxing at P.A.L. where they box, engage in community service projects like Pancake Day, street clean up, and recycle. He played Varsity Football this school year. He also assists his brother full-time with his gas station. Zeeshan plans to attend Zane State College to major in business, with a career goal of helping his brother run the business. Philosophy on Life: ''I want to get better and make this world a better place. I don’t care to be the richest but I do care to be the best. Being the best at what I do will make me strive to be better.'' Influential Person: ''My older brother has influenced me the most in my life because of how hard he works. He supports not just his family but more people. He donates and makes sure to help people in need.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Zyon My’chelle Madinger-Rush

2017 - Zyon My’chelle Madinger-Rush

Zyon My’chelle Madinger-Rush is the daughter of Michelle Rush and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is a former ZHS Cheer Captain and is the first chair viola in the ZHS Orchestra. She volunteers at various school and community events for cheerleading. Zyon is planning to attend college at Ohio State University and wants to major in psychology, with a career goal of obtaining her PhD in psychology. Philosophy on Life: ''Don’t worry, be happy.'' Influential Person: ''My family has influenced me because psychological disorders run in my family.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Mackenzie Mayle

2017 - Mackenzie Mayle

Mackenzie Mayle is the daughter of Leanna Harris and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved with Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Drama Club, and National Honor Society. In addition, she also plays bass clarinet in the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band over the summer. In the summers, she helps clean and maintain the Y-City youth baseball fields. Mackenzie plans to attend Miami University, Heidelberg University, or University of Cincinnati to pursue a major in Environmental Science, with a career goal of working for the EPA. Philosophy on Life:''If you work hard for what you want to achieve and stay focused on your goals, you can do anything.'' Influential Person: ''The person who has influenced me the most in my life is my mother. Throughout her life, she has overcome adversity in ways that I could only dream of, and she has always done whatever it takes to provide for her family. She is also a great motivation force in my life and has pushed my brothers and me to do things we never thought we could.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Kyle Quantrell Moss

2017 - Kyle Quantrell Moss

Kyle Quantrell Moss is the son of Aaron and Rebecca Hall. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He has worked at the Soft Cloth Car Wash for over a year and takes care of his siblings by helping them with homework. He has volunteered at the animal shelter, and currently volunteers once a week at Zane Grey Elementary to help first graders with reading. Kyle plans to attend Zane State College for another year to earn his EEET degree. This will fulfill his prerequisite courses for the Miami University program where he plans to attend to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Technology, with a career goal of working within the Electro-Mechanical Engineering field. Philosophy on Life: ''Help other people. Human beings are not at the top of the food chain because we are fast and strong, but because we work together and help each other in need. As a human race, we would not be where we are today without helping each other.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has influenced me the most. She has been there for me all of my life. She has a full time job and still finds time to spend quality time with me and my 5 younger brothers, and teach us important values that will be with us for the rest of our life. My mother cares for her family more than she cares for herself, she does her best to make sure that we have exactly what we need before she even thinks of herself.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Tyce Dominic Norman

2017 - Tyce Dominic Norman

Tyce Dominic Norman is the son of Christy Kirkbride and Craig Norman. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved with ZHS football and track, and he coaches and officiates Little League Football games. Tyce plans to attend Muskingum University to major in Nursing, with a career goal of becoming an R.N. Philosophy on Life: ''To do my best in everything I do and to hold God first.'' Influential Person: ''My mom influenced my life the most because she has been a single mother. She’s hardworking and never gives up on anything. She showed me how to be a respectful young man even when my dad wasn’t in the picture. She showed me how to be a great citizen, and an even greater son.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Nakayla Gabrielle Norris

2017 - Nakayla Gabrielle Norris

Nakayla Gabrielle Norris is the daughter of Charles E. Norris and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is co-captain of the Devilettes, Treasurer for the Senior Class, and a member of Student Council. She volunteers for Toys for Tots, Bean Soup Dinner, and is a Teen Mentor for Kevin Martin’s Christmas. Nakayla plans to attend The Ohio State University to major in psychology, with a career goal of becoming a school counselor or psychological wellbeing practitioner. Philosophy on Life: ''Happiness, love, and success all come with sacrifices, but, in the end, it’s worth it.'' Influential Person: ''My mother and father have shown me that no matter what life throws your way, the power of family will always overcome it.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Antoine Nicholas Michael Pennington

2017 - Antoine Nicholas Michael Pennington

Antoine Nicholas Michael Pennington is the grandson of Deborah Singleton and is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, and runs the 100 meter and throws shot put for Track and Field. He has volunteered at the Animal Shelter Society for Muskingum County. Antoine plans to attend Notre Dame College to major in biology, with career goals of working with exotic and domestic land or aquatic animals. Philosophy on Life: ''Family is the number one thing in life, and number two is Education. My father used to tell me this every day since I was little.'' Influential Person: ''My father because I have lived with and been around him my whole life. There was no one else around except for my father, he also always taught me to love and care for animals so I was always around them.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Devin Cruz Repuyan

2017 - Devin Cruz Repuyan

Devin Cruz Repuyan is the son of Othello and Pranee Repuyan. He is a senior at Tri-Valley High School. He plays varsity soccer, club soccer, and varsity track. He is the Student Council President, a member of the ping-pong club, and is in National Honor Society. He coaches and teaches young elementary kids at a soccer camp over the summer. Devin plans to attend Miami University to major in Chemistry and have a co-major in Pre-Med, with a career goal to become a specialized doctor. Philosophy on Life: ''For someone to receive the best opportunities, he or she must put in the work necessary in order to achieve his or her goals.'' Influential Person: ''Throughout my life, my mother has been my main inspiration. She has shown me that dedication can get you anywhere in life since she came to America, from Thailand, without knowing the language and graduating high school, as well as skipping a grade.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Sadie Philisha Sims

2017 - Sadie Philisha Sims

Sadie Philisha Sims is the daughter of Phil and Teresa Sims. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is a member of the ZHS Marching Band, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Student Council, and National Honor Society. She also mentors at the local elementary schools. Sadie plans to attend the University of New Mexico and major in Nuclear Engineering or possibly music, with a career goal of becoming a Nuclear Engineer or Music Teacher. Philosophy on Life: ''Don’t blink, because life goes by in the blink of an eye.'' Influential Person: ''My dad has influenced me the most in my life because he has overcome a lot in his life and is now a deacon at our church. I love my dad and I’m proud of his change.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Skylyn Shontel Strickland

2017 - Skylyn Shontel Strickland

Skylyn Shontel Strickland is the daughter of Joslyn Kennedy and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She has been a member of the pep club for the past two years and has been a member of Key Club. She plays basketball for ZHS and has worked as a babysitter throughout her time in high school. Skylyn plans to attend Ohio University and major in Nursing/Pre-Medicine, with a career goal of becoming a nurse while she attends medical school to become a Pediatric Surgeon. Philosophy on Life: ''You only live once so make the most out of it. Go out and explore, try new things, take risks, meet new people, be wild and free, exceed all of your expectations, love and be loved but most importantly just be happy.'' Influential Person: ''My mom has influenced me the most in my life because she has raised my sister and me on her own since she was 19-years-old and has never gotten or asked for help from anyone. She has taught me how to be a strong, independent woman. My mother has struggled and, at times, she’s worked 3 jobs to make sure my sister and I have everything that we could ever want and need. She is the strongest woman I know because no matter what obstacles she faces, she never gives up or loses sight of the bigger picture. I hope to be as great a person/mom that she is one day.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Anh Q Tram

2017 - Anh Q Tram

Anh Q Tram is the son of Thao Tram and is a senior at Zanesville High School. He transferred to ZHS this school year from Conrad Weiser High School in Pennsylvania, where he helped elementary children with learning math and volunteered at the FBLA Snack Bar. Anh plans to attend Muskingum University and major in mathematics and young adult education, with a career goal of becoming a math teacher. Philosophy on Life: ''Knowing a lot is important, but understanding a particular subject deeply is the key to success.'' Influential Person: ''There are many who have influenced me in my life, but influencing me into teaching had to be my math teacher. I had no idea what I wanted to be after high school, but, because of him, I now want to become a math teacher.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Bennett George Van Horn

2017 - Bennett George Van Horn

Bennett George Van Horn is the son of Debra and Stephen Van Horn. He is a senior at John Glenn High School. He has been a member of the Muskingum County Community Youth Foundation, JGHS Marching Band, PanJGea!, John Glenn High School steel drum band, and JGHS Concert Band since he was a freshman. He is also a member of the Symphonic Orchestra, Zanesville Memorial Concert Band, Muskingum University Instrumental Youthfest-Honor Band, and Quiz Team. He has been a member of the JGHS Pep Band, District IX High School Honors Band, and Honors Double Reed Choir. Bennett is also self-employed through his own lawn care and snow removal business. Bennett is planning to attend Denison University, College of Wooster, Allegheny College, Wittenberg University or Washington & Jefferson College and plans to major in Geology or Biochemistry, with a career goal to become a research scientist Philosophy on Life: ''Everything good in this world must be worked for, but that doesn’t mean a helping hand shouldn’t be extended to those in need. Life can sometimes be cruel, but you just have to make the most of things. You just have to roll with the punches, take what life decides to throw your way and continue to smile.'' Influential Person: ''My parents are the ones who have influenced my life in the greatest way. Both my mother and my father came from families who were not the most fortunate, and my grandparents on my mother’s side are immigrants from China. However, no matter my parents’ financial situation, they both strived to attend college and earn degrees in their respective fields. From them, I have my work ethic and drive to succeed.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Jade Fredia Willett

2017 - Jade Fredia Willett

Jade Fredia Willett is the daughter of Brady Boyden and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She has been a member of the ZHS Student Council, Marching Band, and an active community volunteer since her freshman year. She has been a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions, Police Athletic League, and Varsity Soccer. She plays Varsity Tennis, Varsity Swimming and is a member of the Quiz Team, Earth Club, and National Honor Society, as well as works part-time. Jade plans to attend Arcadia University, Wright State University, or Youngstown State University for biology or forensic science, with a career goal of being a surgeon and specializing in cardiology. Philosophy on Life: ''Life is up and down but things happen for a reason. Whether those things are good or bad, you embrace it and you use it to influence and work toward your future. But, it doesn’t matter where you come from, it’s where you end up going and the path that you derive for yourself despite it all.'' Influential Person: ''The zealous student I am and the passion I have for learning was without a doubt influenced by my parents. Everything I am and everything I aspire to be, is in memory of them. This tenacity is in my heart and determined for me, by me, as well. Academics and my ambitions are the most preeminent part of me in this chapter of my life, but it hasn't particularly been a simple path to get to where I am now. My mother passed away from pancreatic cancer when I was 11 years old and my father passed without warning from sudden heart complications last year. Not only has the passing of my parents influenced my motivation, but it has also inspired me to pursue the medical and science fields. My parents taught me to work hard and to never let up on my goals to pursue my dreams. Coming from a family of no one who went to college, they inspired me and pushed me to put forth effort and conquer my obstacles for success. Even though my parents didn’t have the career paths that they wanted, they always made sure that I had the opportunity to achieve mine and so that's why every day, my hard work, studious behavior and ambition is impacted greatly, thanks to them.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Lauren Michelle Wisenbarger

2017 - Lauren Michelle Wisenbarger

Lauren Michelle Wisenbarger is the daughter of Bonnie Bridwell and is a senior at Zanesville High School. She has been a member of the band for three years and cheerleading for four years. She takes classes full-time at Zane State College where she will graduate with two Associates Degrees along with her high school diploma. She is also a member of the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. Lauren plans to attend Kent State University and major in Pre-Medicine, with a career goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. Philosophy on Life: ''If you work hard, and are a morally good, trustworthy person, good things will happen for you. I also believe that you cannot go through life being negative. There are some very bad days, but you cannot let the negative days give you a negative life. You need to surround yourself with trustworthy friends and family who add to your quality of life.'' Influential Person: ''My grandma Phyllis has influenced my life the most. For over half of my life, I have lived with her and we have always had a strong relationship. She has always supported me and told me I can be successful as long as I try my best. My grandma tells me as long as I do the best I know I can, that she is proud of me.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2017 - Joseph Daniel Young

2017 - Joseph Daniel Young

Joseph Daniel Young is the son of Amy and Eugene Young. He a senior at John Glenn High School. He is involved in the JGHS Marching Band, and other band activities. He is also involved in the JGHS Outdoor Club and is an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America. Joseph plans to attend Ohio University to major in Pre-Medicine and Biology, with a career goal of becoming a chiropractor. Philosophy on Life: ''Life is what you make it. If you have a positive attitude, a positive outcome will follow.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has influenced me the most. This is due to the fact that she taught me my manners and the ability to talk to people. These skills have furthered and helped me succeed in life.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Frances Coral Avila-Soto

2016 - Frances Coral Avila-Soto

Frances Coral Avila-Soto is the daughter of Ferdinand Avila-Medina. She is a senior at John Glenn High School. She is involved in JG Company, the selective show choir at JGHS, the JGHS Quiz Team, National Honor Society, International Club, and has written short stories for the Creative Writing Club. She has volunteered with Key Club and National Honor Society. A four-year member of Key Club, she was elected president this past year. Frances plans to attend The Ohio State University, the University of Pittsburgh, or Johns Hopkins University to major in Biochemistry, with a career goal of becoming a surgeon. Philosophy on Life: ''A friend of mine once told me a saying that helps him get through stressful times. That saying is, ‘I am the solution.’ It has become my philosophy for whenever times get hard, and I need a reminder to keep trying. ‘I am the solution’ stems from the idea that whenever I am faced with a problem, there is always something that I can do to solve it and alleviate the stress caused by it. Even though it may not always seem like it, every problem has an answer, and I have it in me to find the solution.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has influenced my academic and career goals the most in my life. As a child, I watched my mom work tirelessly as she balanced being a mother, a professor, and a Ph.D. student. She faced adversity as a woman working towards her doctorate in electrical engineering; she was a woman in a male-dominated field. In the face of such adversity, she remained strong and succeeded in achieving her goals. As I stated before, my goal is to become a surgeon. Surgery, like engineering, is a male-dominated field. I know that I will face adversity in my career filed just as my mom did, and I plan on overcoming such adversity and becoming successful just as she did.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Tyler Simone Bonner

2016 - Tyler Simone Bonner

Tyler Simone Bonner is the daughter of Courtney Flanigan. A senior at John Glenn High School, she is active in basketball, track, and cheerleading. She is a member of the student council, Key Club, Ambassador Club, International Club, Ping-pong Club and Spirit Club. Tyler has volunteered at the local YMCA as a children’s camp counselor. She is also involved in a Path International service called Breaking Free, a therapeutic riding organization for children with disabilities. She also volunteers at Red Carpet Nursing Home. She plans to attend Barry University to major in Biology, with a career goal of becoming a dermatologist. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is carpe diem. You only get one life to live so you better live it exactly how you want to. If you waste your time trying to be how everyone wants you to be, you’ll miss the opportunity of being able to be who you want to be. Everyone is given an equal opportunity to make a dream become a reality. The only difference is some people work harder in preseason. The most important thing is to be able to sacrifice what you are to what you will become at any moment.'' Influential Person: ''My life has been influenced the most by my eleventh grade C.P. English teacher, Mr. Frederick Frank. He is the sweetest, non-judgmental, and full of energy man I’ve ever met. He taught me that it doesn’t matter where you come from; it matters how you plan to get to where you want to go. It’s about how much heart you put into what you do. Things in life are measured by how you take things day to day and how hard you work for what you want to achieve. If I wouldn’t have had him as a teacher, I would have missed out on meeting one of the greatest most encouraging people I could have possibly come across. I’m very thankful and lucky to be given that opportunity.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Jasmira Rayne Brown

2016 - Jasmira Rayne Brown

Jasmira Rayne Brown is the daughter of Kisha King. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, Ski Club, Volleyball and Softball. Jasmira participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lunch Buddy Program, and served as a mentor and role model for younger students. Jasmira plans to major in Athletic Training, with a career goal of becoming an athletic trainer or physical therapist assistant. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is to always keep a smile on your face no matter what. Focus on the things that truly make you happy and never give up. Be the best you can be and live your life freely. Everyone matters and everyone has a purpose for being on this earth.'' Influential Person: ''The person who has influenced me the most in my life is my mom. After all that she has been through, she has never given up. She has completely turned her life around from when she was younger, which has inspired me to strive to be a better person.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Devonee Marae Daniels

2016 - Devonee Marae Daniels

Devonee Marae Daniels is the daughter of Gregg and Shandee Daniels. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. A four-year member of her school Softball team, she has also been a four-year member of Key Club and Pep Club. Devonee participates in community service activities with the Key Club, and volunteers at the Animal Shelter. She plans to attend Ohio University-Zanesville to major in Nursing, with a career goal of working as a Registered Nurse. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is to be kind to others. The golden rule that I learned as a child, ‘Treat others as you want to be treated,’ helps me in all situations throughout life.'' Influential Person: ''My mom has been the biggest influence in my life. She has taught me the value of hard work and the importance of dedication to your work. Most of all, she has shown me that love of God and family should always be placed above everything else.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Tyson Allan Dickinson

2016 - Tyson Allan Dickinson

Tyson Allan Dickinson is the son of Misty Hamilton. He is a senior at Zanesville High School, and is a member of National Honor Society, Pep Club, Ski Club, and Key Club. He has volunteered at the Kiwanis peanut sale, and for the Kevin Martin Christmas Foundation. Tyson plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to major in Business or Engineering, with a career goal of having a full-time, well-paying job. Philosophy on Life: ''Work hard now so later in life it will pay off.'' Influential Person: ''My mom has influenced me the most because she went back to school to get her Master’s degree while raising my sister and me.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Alexis Lacole Marie Draughn

2016 - Alexis Lacole Marie Draughn

Alexis Lacole Marie Draughn is the daughter of Ashley Draughn. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is currently involved in Key Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Pep Club, Earth Club, and Varsity basketball. Alexis plans to attend Ohio University to major in pre-pharmacy or Chemical Engineering, with a career goal of becoming a pharmacist, chemical engineer, or a pharmaceutical engineer. Philosophy on Life: ''Everyone was put on this world for a reason and I intend to find my reason and excel with that reason. To become the person I was meant to be and be the best me I can be.'' Influential Person: ''This really made me think, who everyday do I strive to be and who do I look up to? When I thought hard I came up with the realization that it’s not who I strive to be, it is who I strive not to be. My mom and dad have both had their struggles and went about life the wrong way, my dad and mother had me while still in high school and I promised myself I would not follow in their footsteps because I have seen them struggle and I know the damage it has done to me. I do not want to ever struggle and I want to always be able to provide for my family and be someone my children and others can look up to, so with that being said I guess you can say my parents are who influence me.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Quentin Anthony Gaiters

2016 - Quentin Anthony Gaiters

Quentin Anthony Gaiters is the son of Claire Goins. A senior at Tri-Valley High School, he is currently involved in football and basketball. Quentin plans to attend Ohio University to major in Education, with a career goal of becoming a teacher and a high school football coach. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is to always expect the unexpected because one may not know when something good or bad is going to happen and how that person reacts to the situation is how they are defined as a person.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has had the biggest influence on me because she has taught me the importance of going to college and the importance of education in general.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Thaina Carli Gatti

2016 - Thaina Carli Gatti

Thaina Carli Gatti is the daughter of Luis and Maira Gatti. She is a senior at West Muskingum High School. She is currently Lieutenant Governor of Division 18 West for Key Club, events coordinator of Future Business Leaders of America, fundraising chair of the Community Youth Foundation, a member of National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and a member of Ski Club. Thaina plans to attend The Ohio State University to major in Biology, with a career goal of becoming a Physician. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life stems from my favorite Robert Frost quote: ''In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.'' I believe it’s important to push through no matter what obstacles are in your way. Regardless of your past or present situation, life goes on, and you should too. Don’t let yourself get caught up by other’s opinions, judgements, expectations, or limitations. Similarly, don’t limit yourself by dwelling on your previous failures. Every day is a chance for new accomplishments, but you can’t propel yourself into the future if you don’t let go of the past.'' Influential Person: ''My AP Literature teacher has been the biggest influence in my life. He taught me that I am not perfect; I am human. I push myself in all aspects of my life, especially academics. When I do not do as well as I expected, it used to be very upsetting. I would focus on my shortcomings rather than appreciate my accomplishments. My teacher told me not to strive for perfection but rather improvement. He advised me to take my failures and view them as lessons instead. Rather than sulk, I should use them to better myself. After taking this to heart, I not only found that I was happier and less stressed, but that I was improving in my studies as well.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Dashia Lee Goins

2016 - Dashia Lee Goins

Dashia Lee Goins is the daughter of Tracy Metz. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is a cheerleader, and is involved in Key Club, National Honors Society, and the Foreign Language and Culture Club. She has volunteered at Zane Grey and John McIntire Elementary schools. She has assisted in field days, festivals and the Halloween Parade. Dashia plans on pursuing the biological sciences in pre-medicine at Ohio University. Her career goal is to become a pediatrician. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is to make the world a better place in any way possible. I aspire to help people in need and to be a leader and role model for everyone to look up to. Not only do I want the world to be a better place but I want to better myself and continue to until I have reached my full potential. I want to achieve greatness through God and knowledge. I don’t know everyone’s purpose in life and I don’t completely know what my purpose is either but by doing these thing I’m sure I will find out.'' Influential Person: ''My mom has influenced me the most in my life because she is a strong, hardworking woman. No matter what she goes through she never gives up and always pushes forward with a smile on her face.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Jessalyn Rhea Gooden

2016 - Jessalyn Rhea Gooden

Jessalyn Rhea Gooden is the daughter of Rhonda Gooden. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is currently involved in student council and choir. Jessalyn plans to attend Ashland University to major in Nursing, with a career goal of becoming a registered oncology nurse. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is to be happy and to think of yourself and your family before anything else.'' Influential Person: ''My Grandma has influenced me the most, she has worked her life jumping from job to job and I’ve seen her struggle when out of a job and she still tries to make the best of it.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Alexis Breanne Johnson

2016 - Alexis Breanne Johnson

Alexis Breanne Johnson is the daughter of Felicia Dickinson and David Johnson. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She participates in Girl Scouts, 4-H, Young Peoples Department, and Student Council. A Senior Class officer, Alexis volunteers for AVID and for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank through a leadership camp called GO LEAD. Alexis plans on majoring in African American Studies and Education. Her occupational goal is to become a professor of African American Studies at a fully accredited college focusing her research on West Africa. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life comes from the scripture Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ As I progress in life I know I will have setbacks, but I also know I can always depend on God to motivate me to keep on moving forward. God will always have my best interest.'' Influential Person: The most influential person in my life is my pastor. He sets a great example of how to be a great leader. My pastor is the type of person I am striving to be. He is a very kind and patient man. Even though he is successful he never forgot where he started out.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Ashlee Nicole Lett

2016 - Ashlee Nicole Lett

Ashlee Nicole Lett is the daughter of Cherrie Lett. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She participated four years in Concert Choir as well as in Basketball and Volleyball. She passes out school lunches to residents at low income houses during the summer and helps clean Zanesville’s local parks. Ashlee plans on pursuing Early Childhood education. Her occupational goal is to become a teacher for grades 2nd through 5th. She will attend either Ohio University Zanesville or Zane State College. Philosophy of Life: ''I believe teaching younger grades is what’s going to be the basis of what those upcoming students will use later on in life.'' Influential Person: ''My mom for raising four kids on her own and having to take on responsibilities at such a young age also my surrounding teachers at Zanesville High School.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Javier Xavier Madinger-Rush

2016 - Javier Xavier Madinger-Rush

Javier Xavier Madinger-Rush is the son of Michelle Rush. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved in football, Lace Up for Kids, Flags of Honor, Forever Dads Field Day, and coaches youth flag football. He plans to study mechanical or architectural engineering at Ohio University Zanesville or Zane State College. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is whatever it takes. I have obtained this philosophy through my high school football career. My coach always told me that high-school football is the only thing in high-school that teaches you about life. So like the challenges of football, in life you have to do whatever it takes, within the legal boundaries to get the job done.'' Influential Person: ''The person who has influence my life the most is my loving mother. She has been the most influential person in my life because she has always stressed how important getting an education is. She has helped me when my back was against the wall and has always been in my corner. She has made sure that if it was a necessity I had it and if it was a want she would do her best so that I could have it.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Akeem Isaac Mayle

2016 - Akeem Isaac Mayle

Akeem Isaac Mayle is the son of Larry and Misty Mayle. He is a senior at Zanesville High School and the Mid-East Career & Technology Center. He is involved in football, track and boxing. He plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Akron. Philosophy on Life: ''I believe people should wake up each morning with a fire inside. Meaning they should wake up inspired and ready to strive. I personally work as hard as I can to represent my family and community, regardless of the people who doubt me and say I won’t be successful.'' Influential Person: ''My boxing coach, Tim Hartmeyer. He has helped me achieve many of the goals I have set for myself.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Lamia Ka'lyn Mayle

2016 - Lamia Ka'lyn Mayle

Lamia Ka’lyn Mayle is the daughter of Jessica and Nick McLendon. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is the captain of the Devilettes, a member of National Honor Society, Yearbook Club, and has a part time job. She also helps to serve food at the homeless shelter, and package supplies for the free school supply giveaway at her church. She has contributed gifts to the Kevin Martin Christmas Program, and served at the Devilette Holiday Bazaar. Lamia plans to attend Muskingum University or Wilmington College to major in early childhood education and psychology, with a career goal to become an elementary school counselor or kindergarten teacher. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is that you receive what you give. You can’t expect a blessing if you sit and wait around you have to work hard and go after your dreams.'' Influential Person: ''My mom has influenced me the most in my life. She was a teenage mother and has always worked very hard so I could have a better life. I am going to be the first generation to go to college and I am happy I can make her as proud of me as I am of her.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Suede Kale Starcher

2016 - Suede Kale Starcher

Suede Kale Starcher Suede Kale Starcher is the son of Rose Elson. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He plays bass in the Orchestra. He is the Vice-President of the Guitar Club, and a member of the Japanese Anime Culture Club. He volunteers with his youth group at the Salvation Army. Suede plans to attend Capital University to major in Music Technology, with a career goal of becoming a Music Producer at Fearless Records. Philosophy on Life: ''The philosophy I have in life would be give 110% of effort for the things I want in life.'' Influential Person: ''The people that influence me the most would be the people in the bands I listen to. The way they sing makes me want to record other people singing.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Johanna Ann Sullivan

2016 - Johanna Ann Sullivan

Johanna Ann Sullivan is the daughter of Francine Goins. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved in Japanese Anime Culture Club and Guitar Club. Johanna plans to attend Columbus College of Art and Design to study animation, with a career goal to become an animation engineer. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is that if I can think of something to do then I can achieve it.'' Influential Person: ''Tim Burton has influenced me the most during my life because he never gave up on his art and became successful.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Aloni Ann Marie Welker

2016 - Aloni Ann Marie Welker

Aloni Ann Marie Welker is the daughter of Deb Welker. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved in Symphonic Chorale, Honors Choir, Pep Club, Earth Club, Prom Committee and Competitive Cheerleading. She has volunteered her time for the Earth Club project to renovate a trail near Zanesville High School. Aloni plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to major in Nursing, with a career goal of becoming a trauma nurse in the United States Air Force. Philosophy on Life: ''My motto in life would have to be everything happens for a reason and karma is very real.'' Influential Person: ''My mother is my biggest inspiration. She has been through so much in life and still continues to smile every day.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Patryce Cheree Williams

2016 - Patryce Cheree Williams

Patryce Cheree Williams is the daughter of George and Latonia Williams. She is a senior at Tri-Valley High School. She volunteered in the move of the Special Education Preschool of MVESC from Starlight to Foxfire Schools. Patryce plans to attend Walsh University to major in Accounting, with a career goal of working at an Accounting Firm. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is that life is what you make of it. You are going to have hardships and struggles. However, you have to keep pushing forward, no matter how hard it may be.'' Influential Person: ''My parents have influenced me the most. They taught me to never give up. They let me know that I can do ALL things through Christ. I just have to want it. They push me to succeed and are always there to give me advice. They are always there for whatever I need.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2016 - Faith Nicole Winegar

2016 - Faith Nicole Winegar

Faith Nicole Winegar is the daughter of Samuel and Denise Winegar. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is currently involved at her church, Hands of Faith, as a member of the Glory Dancers. She is also involved in Student Council at Zanesville High School. Faith plans to attend The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to major in Culinary Arts, with a career goal of becoming a cook on a cruise ship or in a restaurant. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is ''be Happy''. This is my philosophy on life because my end goal is to just be happy, so I will make decisions with the mindset of what I want and what I feel like will make me happy. People are too focused on how much money they have so they don’t even stop to think if they make this decision will it make them happy. I think happiness can solve anything really, if you are happy then what else matters?'' Influential Person: ''The person who has influenced me the most in my life is my grandma, Carolyn Kennedy. She has influenced me the most because my grandma has fought and is still fighting to be cancer free. With her fighting this sickness, Carolyn has taught me to never quit fighting for what I want and for where I want to be. So that is why I am going for the career of Culinary Arts because I have wanted to cook and own my own restaurant since I was a kid.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Annaliese Barnes

2015 - Annaliese Barnes

Annaliese Barnes is the daughter of Carrie Barnes. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She was a cheerleader for 3 years, one of them for varsity, and has volunteered at various places throughout her high school career, including Operation Spirit and the local animal shelter. Annaliese plans to attend West Liberty University to major in Dental Hygiene, with a career goal of becoming a dentist. Philosophy on Life: ''You only live once, so you should always make the best of it. Live every day like it’s your last and never give up on your life goals.'' Influential Person: ''The most influential person in my life would have to be my mother because she always supports my decisions no matter what. She’s always been there for me when I needed help.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Katelyn Bass

2015 - Katelyn Bass

Katelyn Bass is the daughter of Janet and Norm Bass. She is a senior at John Glenn High School. She is an active softball player for both her varsity and traveling teams, the senior class vice-president and member of the student council, and has a summer job at Dairy Duchess to help save money for college. Katelyn has volunteered at the Miracle League and the Special Olympic trials in Cambridge. She plans to attend Austin College to major in either Educational Psychology or Communications, with a career goal of helping mentally handicapped students thrive in today’s world. Philosophy on Life: ''Embrace being different and let it push you to be great. Growing up in this area, I’ve always had dreams and goals that didn’t match my peers and that sometimes led to adverse situations. That is what made me strong though and what has shown me that it is okay to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new.'' Influential Person: ''The person that has influenced me the most in my life is my mother. She has taught me how to be a strong and independent woman. Since I was born, my mother has worked and had success in her job but has never left me with anything other than what I needed. She also instilled a lot of values in me that are influencing my future today. She is the reason that I am not afraid to move so far away for school and start my life over somewhere else. Without my mom, I would not be the person I am today and I would not have the confidence in myself or my decisions like I do.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Dominique Bonner

2015 - Dominique Bonner

Dominique Bonner is the daughter of Tara and Antonio Bonner. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She plays for the school volleyball team, dances, is involved with her church, and volunteers at a daycare. Dominique plans to attend Xavier University to major in Nursing, with a career goal of becoming a registered nurse and possibly an OB/GYN. Philosophy on Life: ''‘Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.’ I chose this because hardships have definitely helped the most successful people in the world get to where they are now. Bill Gates was once an ordinary person; he wasn’t always the richest man in the world. He had to push through hard times and put in hard work to get to his current position. I know this applies to everyone, and to get to where I want to be I know hardships are inevitable on your journey to success, and hard workers are always, always rewarded and get to where they want to be...their extraordinary destiny.'' Influential Person: ''My mom has influenced me the most in my life because she is the reason I would like to become a registered nurse. I grew up seeing her love for her job and dedication and knew I wanted to have the same attitude towards my job.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Jenna Brooks

2015 - Jenna Brooks

Jenna Brooks is the daughter of Stacey Brooks. She is a senior at Maysville High School. She is a four-year varsity letterman on her school bowling team, is the president of Art Club, and is an active member of National Honor Society. Jenna also works part-time at Staples. She plans to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design to major in Interior Design, with a career goal of working for an interior design firm and eventually owning her own firm. Philosophy on Life: ''I am a firm believer that everything does not just happen for a reason. I believe that every event, despite the outcome, can be traced back to a cause. Fatalism is a popular mindset in Appalachia, so I often have a hard time connecting to people on a level like this. I believe that a person did not simply fail a course, but rather that he/she was inadequately prepared going into it. My philosophy on life is that I have complete control over what happens to me. Instead of leaving it up to fate, I must work hard and stay focused if I wish to achieve what I want to in life.'' Influential Person: ''My paternal grandmother has inspired me most in life. She moved from Thailand to America in the 1970s, after marrying my grandfather and having two children. Despite her age when she moved here, she has learned so much. She has successfully held a driver’s license for the majority of her time here, with no problems on her record. She has also learned to read English, and can now read at a sixth grade reading level. Before retiring a few years ago, she worked as a housekeeper and was able to add to the limited income that my disabled grandfather receives. Whenever I face struggles in my life, I always look to her for advice. I know that she may not be able to give me actual guidance, but she never fails to provide a comforting hug.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Ashley Croston

2015 - Ashley Croston

Ashley Croston is the daughter of Ella Croston. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is a member of National Honor Society, a four-year member of the Devilettes, and spends countless hours volunteering at the animal shelter. Ashley plans to major in Nursing with a career goal of becoming a neonatal nurse. Philosophy on Life: ''At the end of the day it’s your life; you have to do what’s going to make you happy.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has influenced me the most. As a single black mother without a college education, she has worked against the odds to get a good job and has not only found a way to survive, but a way to prosper.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Tristan Garnes

2015 - Tristan Garnes

Tristan Garnes is the son of Michael and Jennifer Garnes. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He was a member of the football team. Tristan plans to attend Akron, Walsh, Ohio University, Ohio Northern, Ohio Dominican, or Baldwin-Wallace to major in Exercise Science or Pre-Physical Therapy, with a career goal of becoming a personal trainer or physical therapist. Philosophy on Life: ''You can always do things to better yourself as a person, student, and athlete.'' Influential Person: ''The man who has influenced me the most in my life is my dad. He has showed me that no matter what people say, anything is possible if you work for it.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Danyel George

2015 - Danyel George

Danyel Marcus George is the son of Jayme and Jeremy Lang. He is a senior at Mid-East Zanesville/West Muskingum High School. He would like to become involved with many activities once he goes to college. Danyel plans on attending Zane State to major in Information Technology, with career goals of working on an IT team in a business or firm. Philosophy on Life: ''‘Carpe Diem.’ It is a quote from a poem in the book of Odes from a poet by the name of Horace. It means to seize the day. Nobody should sit around all day and waste their life away. They should seize the days they are given, and do things to better themselves or their community.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has put the most influence on my life. she has always been there for me whether it be for schooling where she would help proofread an English essay, or to help through stressful situations by talking through everything that is going on.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Austin Gillinger

2015 - Austin Gillinger

Austin Wayne Gillinger is the son of Brenda Gillinger. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved in football and track and field. Austin plans on attending Indiana Tech to major in Criminal Justice, with career aspirations of becoming an FBI agent or forensic detective. Philosophy on Life: ''Live everyday to the fullest because you never know when it will be your last.'' Influential Person: ''My mother because she has taken care of me my whole life by herself, and she has always been there for me no matter what.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Tristan Garnes

2015 - Tristan Garnes

Tristan Garnes is the son of Michael and Jennifer Garnes. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He was a member of the football team. Tristan plans to attend Akron, Walsh, Ohio University, Ohio Northern, Ohio Dominican, or Baldwin-Wallace to major in Exercise Science or Pre-Physical Therapy, with a career goal of becoming a personal trainer or physical therapist. Philosophy on Life: ''You can always do things to better yourself as a person, student, and athlete.'' Influential Person: ''The man who has influenced me the most in my life is my dad. He has showed me that no matter what people say, anything is possible if you work for it.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Elisa Grady

2015 - Elisa Grady

Elisa Morgan Grady is the daughter of Jennifer Barker. She is a senior at Philo High School. She is involved in marching band and concert band. Elisa plans on attending either West Liberty or Columbus State to major in Dental Hygiene, with career goals of becoming a dentist. Philosophy on Life: ''Forgive and forget and try your hardest!'' Influential Person: ''My mom. She stays with me and helps me when I’m in need. My mom also helped me decide what I wanted to be.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Selina Grady

2015 - Selina Grady

Selina N. Grady is the daughter of Jennifer Barker. She is a senior at Mid East/Philo High School. She is involved in marching band, color guard, concert band, archery, and Girl Scouts. Selina plans on attending Zane State to major in Criminal Justice or Business Management. Philosophy on Life: ''Enjoy what you do, but work for what you want.'' Influential Person: ''Joy French. She gets things done!''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Alisha Gupta

2015 - Alisha Gupta

Alisha Gupta is the daughter of Rajiv and Ruchi Gupta. She is a senior at John Glenn High School. She is involved in International Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Community Youth Foundation, Marching Band, and Quiz Team. Alisha plans on attending NEOMED, Kent, or Ohio State to major in Pre-Med with career aspirations of becoming a pediatrician. Philosophy on Life: ''I’m a firm believer in doing the best I can in everything that I attempt while letting fate determine the outcomes. I have always been taught that things will work out the way that they are supposed to, and everything happens for a reason, and I have learned from experience that this is most certainly true. I value hard work and a positive, agreeable, and can-do attitude above all else. I set lofty goals for myself, and to live up to these expectations, often only discipline and dedication can help me achieve success. Most of all, I live every day giving thanks to the many blessings that I have been bestowed with, and I pray that I make the right decisions to make the best of my fortunate life.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has had the biggest impact on my life. Not only has she raised me, nurtured me, and loved me unconditionally, but also she has taught me sacrifice and selflessness. She has always put our family and her children above her own dreams and desires. At the age of 22, my mom sacrificed higher education and chasing her own career goals to settle down to be a wife and mother. She supported my father fully as he built up his pediatric practice, something that is a full time job, while doing the work of a full time mom. And my mom never complained or faltered; she believes in her duty to myself as a mother. I hope that one day I can be a mother that is as selfless as my own, but also, I hope that I am a mother that my children can look up to as much as I look up to my own mother.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Alexus Harris

2015 - Alexus Harris

Alexus J. Harris is the daughter of Susan and Jeff Harris. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved in community service projects in her church like raking leaves and shoveling snow for the elderly at no cost. Alexus plans on attending Zane State or Ohio University Zanesville. Philosophy on Life: ''In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has truly been my inspiration in life. She supports my decisions completely, when things get rough she is always there to let me know anything is possible with a little effort. Last but not least, she reminds me every day of how far I’ve made it in life rather than how much further i will have to go to make all of my dreams come true. I don’t where in this world I would be without her, she has made me the person I am today and I am more than thankful.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Kayleigh Harris

2015 - Kayleigh Harris

Kayleigh Lachelle Harris is the daughter of Jennifer Saxton and Michael Harris. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved in soccer and basketball, has been an office/teacher’s aid for all of her high school career, helped start the school’s pep club, and also has a job. Kayleigh plans on attending Kent State to major in Nursing with a career goal of becoming a registered nurse. Philosophy on Life: ''‘Do it scared.’ I look at this as a philosophy on life because even if you are worried about not getting accepted to a college or anything, you should apply even if you feel you won’t get accepted.'' Influential Person: ''My mother has influenced me the most because she is very independent and shows me that I can grow up to be a responsible adult.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Greg Howard

2015 - Greg Howard

Greg Howard is the son of Gary Hanes and Sandrai Hanes. He is a senior at John Glenn High School. Greg plans to attend the University of Akron to major in Computer Information Systems Networking Track. His career goal is to become a Networking Systems Administrator. Philosophy on Life: ''I believe that life is too short to get hung up on little things and be mad at people all the time. I would rather live and let live than try to make someone believe what I believe and it is because of this that I become friends with many different people, and tend to get along with everyone easily.'' Influential Person: ''I would say my parents have influenced me the most. They have always encouraged me to get good grades in school and have supported my interest in technology. My parents have also encouraged higher education after High School, and because both of my parents graduated from Akron and the good programs that Akron has for studying technology, I decided it would be a good choice.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Shania Johnson

2015 - Shania Johnson

Shania Johnson is the daughter of Barbara Thursby. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved with soccer, wrestling, and attends a local church. Shania plans to attend Ohio Northern for Biology and would like to continue to become a General Surgeon. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is you get what you put in. So, work hard and the results will be positive.'' Influential Person: ''My older brother has influenced me greatly, he is a hardworking person who always finds something motivational and positive to say to encourage me.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Jeremiah Jones

2015 - Jeremiah Jones

Jeremiah Jones is the son of Amanda Conrad and Jeffery Jones. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. Jeremiah is involved in football with many accolades including Offensive MVP, All-Ohio, Scholar Athlete, DII First Team Offense, Region 5 First Team and Mother Club Perseverance Award. He also is part of the basketball team and the pep club. He plans to major in Political Science at Ohio University and then go to law school. Philosophy on Life: ''I believe that there is always going to be better days. No matter what you’re going through today, tomorrow is a new opportunity to better yourself and what you have going on around you.'' Influential Person: ''My father has influenced me the most in my life. He is always striving me to do better in life and has always believed in me regardless of the circumstance.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Olivia King

2015 - Olivia King

Olivia King is the daughter of Denise King. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She plans to study Biology and Zoology to become a Veterinarian or Veterinarian Technician. She is involved with tutoring 8th graders and Sorellas, a community service program. Philosophy on Life: ''Live your life one day at a time.'' Influential Person: ''My mom, because ever since I was little I have watched her struggle to overcome obstacles throughout her life, and she has shown me how to be strong through whatever life throws at me.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Brandon Nguyen

2015 - Brandon Nguyen

Brandon Nguyen is the son of Abby Hittle. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved with soccer and track. Brandon plans to study Exercise Science at Ohio University. Philosophy on Life: ''Take everything day by day.'' Influential Person: ''My stepdad has influenced me the most in my life. He has taught me a lot with common sense and when it comes to people and how to converse with them.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Rexzina Rivers

2015 - Rexzina Rivers

Rexzina Rivers is the daughter of Tina Savage. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She assists teachers at her school as an aide. She plans to major in nursing at Shawnee State and then work in a pediatric hospital. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is, ‘Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.’ That is my philosophy because you should live your life in the moment rather than live your life focused on your future. If you live your life focused on your future you will end up regretting that you missed something from your childhood.'' Influential Person: ''My mom has influenced me the most in my life because she has taught me how to be responsible and do what I’m supposed to do.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Morgan Smith

2015 - Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith is the daughter of Claudia Lemert and Robin Smith. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved in softball, National Honor Society, Key Club, and Pep Club. Morgan plans to major in Biology at Salem International University and become an orthodontist. Philosophy on Life: '' My philosophy on life is life what we make it, always has been, always will be.'' Influential Person: '' The Hickman and Williams families have influenced my life the most because I have seen them go through troubles and they keep pushing. They want to see me succeed. They influence me the most because they make me realize that I can not give up no matter what life gives me.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Hannah Stephen

2015 - Hannah Stephen

Hannah Stephen is the daughter of Rachelle Brown and James Stephen. She is a senior at John Glenn High School. She is involved in soccer, National Honor Society, Basketball, and Softball. Hannah plans to attend either the University of Akron or the University of Cincinnati to major in health sciences. She plans to pursue a degree in medicine. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is to value every moment you have because you never know when it may change. I also strongly believe that everyone should take all of the opportunities they get to grow as a person. Life is a short span that should be enjoyed to the fullest with many unforgettable experiences. I was given the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and it was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. I experienced an amazing culture and I want to continue to grow and learn about other people from all over the world.'' Influential Person: ''The most influential person in my life would be my mother. I have been through many difficult times and have had to deal with some of my most influential people walking away from me but my mother has always stood by my side. She always knows what to say to help and is not afraid to take action when I am in need. She also is an inspiration when I am aiming for my own goals. She came from a loving family but her childhood was filled with tough times. They struggled with money and on top of that she was made fun of in school because of her race which is one of the toughest situations a person can go through. My mother went through being called names for what she looked like to realizing that no matter what anyone said, she was beautiful inside and out and was going to achieve great feats. She got past all of the tough times and now has achieved all of the life goals she has set for herself, including finishing college and becoming a very successful business woman and one of the greatest role models for her daughter. I could not ask for a better person to look up to and her impact constantly influences me to be the best person I can be, no matter what comes my way.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Kordell Stewart

2015 - Kordell Stewart

Kordell Stewart is the son of Howard Stewart and Kelly Stewart. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved in National Honor Society, Computer Coding Club and community service. He plans to study Computer Science or Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University. Philosophy on Life: ''My life will turn out for the best if I can make the best of my life.'' Influential Person: ''My parents. They have guided me and taught me the most important lessons in my life. They have and always will be the first people I go to for advice and guidance

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - James Thomas

2015 - James Thomas

James Thomas Jr. is the son of Josephine H. Thomas. He is a senior at Maysville High School. He is involved in French Club and Archery. He plans to study at Zane State College and major in Computer Engineering. Philosophy on Life: ''Plan the work, then work the plan. I like to at least know what I’m getting myself into and have a small idea of what I can do to help.'' Influential Person: ''My father is most certainly the most influential person in my life because he has taught me respect, honor, and to take pride into what I do and what I want to do for my career.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Kristoffer Tovar

2015 - Kristoffer Tovar

Kristoffer Tovar is the son of Darla Tovar. He is a senior at Zanesville High School. He is involved in soccer and wrestling. He plans to study nursing at The Ohio State University. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is to live it to the fullest. You never know when you will pass away so live everyday like it is your last day you have. This means you should live day to day trying to be the absolute best person you can be.'' Influential Person: ''The most influential person in my life is my mom. She is the most influential person because she raised me as a single mother, and her positive motivation has molded me into the person I am today.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Ashonda Underwood

2015 - Ashonda Underwood

Ashonda Underwood is the daughter of Tara Moore and Antwan Martin. She is involved the Zanesville Symphonic Chorale, Varsity Softball, and Varsity Soccer. She is also involved in the Kevin Martin Youth Foundation. She plans to attend college and study either psychology or sociology. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life comes from the book, The Paradoxical Commandments written by Kent M. Keith. It states that ''The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow, do good anyway. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. This means that no matter what negative outcome may come about, I should always strive for my best in whatever I do. Influential Person: ''My parents, teachers, and coaches have influenced me the most in my life by always pushing me to do my best in whatever I may be doing and always encouraging me to reach greatness and never settling for anything less than that.''

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Vanessa Wooten

2015 - Vanessa Wooten

Vanessa Wooten is the daughter is Stephen and Dana Wooten. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved in National Honor Society, Volleyball, Key Club, and Yearbook. She plans to study Early Childhood Education at Ohio University. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is ‘Just keep swimming.’ This is my philosophy because no matter what happens during life, things aren’t always going to be perfect. You have to continue to face whatever comes your way and continue moving forward. You can never give up and have to just keep moving on with your life with the most positive attitude possible. Influential Person: ''My dad has influenced my life the most because although he didn’t get the chance to go to college, he has pushed me to do my best all the way through school and taught me that education always comes first. He inspires me to do something with my knowledge and use it to my full advantage.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Scholarship - 2015 - Tiana Young

2015 - Tiana Young

Tiana Young is the daughter of Donna Young. She is a senior at Zanesville High School. She is involved in the Zanesville Marching Band where she plays the clarinet, Zanesville High School Wind Ensemble, Rotary Youth Leadership Alliance, and is an alumnus of the 2014 Buckeye Girl State. She plans to study English Literature or Integrated Language Arts at either Marietta College or Heidelberg University. Philosophy on Life: ''My philosophy on life is that you should never stop learning and the only thing that cannot be taken from you is your knowledge.'' Influential Person: ''My life has been influenced the most by my mother because she’s had to go through many hardships and through it all she still continued to get up every day and go to work to be able to provide and take care of me.''