Wooster High School (WHS) Senior Veronica Velasquez was recently named Wayne County’s Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award for 2018, an award that is granted to one outstanding senior from each of Ohio’s 88 counties.
The award was established by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) to promote and recognize outstanding academic achievement. Applicants for the award must be enrolled in a public school district—local, city or exempted village—within the OESCA’s service region.
A luncheon honoring all recipients will be held April 18 at the Crowne Plaza in Columbus, Ohio. At the luncheon, representatives from the Tri-County Educational Service Center will dine with the recipients and present $500 to each awardee.
“Veronica is an exceptional student and a joy to have here at Wooster High School,” said WHS Principal Tyler Keener. “She is a wonderful young woman who is able to successfully complete various tasks with favorable results despite deadline pressure from multiple activities.”
At WHS, Velasquez is an active member of the Lura B. Kean Chapter of the National Honor Society. She participates in various bands, performing in both the Jazz Band and the String Orchestra, and is a member of the varsity volleyball team.
“Additionally, Veronica has constantly challenged herself by taking the most rigorous classes our school has to offer, preparing herself for the rigors of college academics through AP coursework,” said Keener. “And she has done all this while being active in our student body government and still maintaining a 4.0 GPA.”
To receive the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award, Velasquez was recommended by Keener and Guidance Counselor Julianna Hamad to the Tri-County Educational Service Center.
“The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award is one of the most prestigious and annually revered honors bestowed a student,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “Veronica will be recognized with only 87 other students across Ohio’s 108,292 graduating seniors. We all look forward to celebrating Veronica’s accomplishments as she is definitely deserving this impressive recognition.”