Three Meigs County students honored

MID OHIO VALLEY – Holzer Health System honored outstanding local high school science graduates at its 34th Annual High School Science Awards Banquet. The scholars, their parents and school representatives were invited to attend, where each student was presented with a certificate and monetary award. A representative from each high school was also presented a check to further their efforts in their respective school’s Science Programs. The Science Awards Program encompasses high schools from Meigs, Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike and Vinton Counties in Ohio; and Mason County in West Virginia.

Recognized from Meigs County were: Katelyn Edwards? from Eastern Local High School; Raeline Reeves form Meigs High School; and Sierra Cleland Southern High School. They can be so proud of their achievements as they look forward to graduation day. If any of your children are closing in on the big day then it might be time to look into senior portraits Austin done by an experienced professional.

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

The featured speaker for the program was Dennis Merski, DO, Holzer OB/Gyn. His topic discussed the evolution of science. Dr. Merski is a graduate of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Wyandotte, Michigan and his internship at Clarion Hospital in Clarion, Pennsylvania. Dr. Merski is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Merski sees patients at Holzer locations in Gallipolis and Meigs locations.

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

Other Holzer Health System Science Awards Recipients included:
Brooke Hayes?Alexander High School
Isaac Stern? – Athens High School
Corey Jones ??- Buckeye Hills Career Center
Caleb Darnell? – Chesapeake High School
Sarah Ann Nickel? – Dawson-Bryant High School
Jacob Cruse?? – Eastern Local (Beaver) High School
Nicole Wagner – Fairland High School
Michael Cooper? – Federal Hocking High School
Josh Davis?? – Gallia Academy High School
Joshua McCoy – Hannan High School
Michell Weisgarber – Ironton High School
Brieanna Riffle – Jackson High School
Ryan Williams? – Nelsonville-York High School
Carlee Dempsey – Oak Hill High School
Jared Parissi ? – Ohio Valley Christian School
Andrew McComas? – Point Pleasant High School
Brody Moles – River Valley High School
Garrett Kyle Carpenter – Rock Hill High School
Madelynn Simpson – South Gallia High School
Jake Helton – South Point High School
Natalie Beth Heaberlin – St. Joseph High School
Levi Cade – Symmes Valley High School
Mallory Spencer – Trimble High School
Jordan Jones – Vinton County High School
Rebekah Groves – Wahama High School
Jacob Combs – Waverly High School
Katey King – Wellston High School