Honoring student achievement at Commencement

Posted On: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Every spring at graduation, Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School honors the achievement of seniors through scholarships and awards. The students are chosen by committees of faculty, staff, community members, and donors (depending upon the award). Congratulations to each and every recipient!
Rahma AnjumNanci Kay Effler Memorial Scholarship. Recipient: RAHMA ANJUM
Established in 2008 in memory of Nanci Kay Effler, mother of seven OH graduates, a tireless volunteer for Ottawa Hills Local Schools, and an accomplished artist. Awarded to the senior who demonstrates passion and achievement in visual arts.




Hannah ShariffSteve Gordon Memorial Scholarship. Recipient: HANNAH SHARIFF
Established in memory of Steve Gordon (’57). Awarded to a senior who possesses oral and written acuity, eclectic and intense exploration of the literary genre, stylistic sophistication, and intellectual curiosity.





Andrew HelgrenPetar IsailovicBrian Nicholas Hoeflinger Memorial Scholarship Award. Recipient: ANDREW HELGREN & PETAR ISAILOVIC
Established in 2019 in the memory of Brian Hoeflinger (’13). Awarded to a senior who best exemplifies his characteristics of strong work ethic, academic excellence, optimism, kindness, and quirky sense of humor. Recipient leads by example rather than by recognition, is well liked and respected by peers, and strives to achieve academic excellence.



Ishan KhareDavid M. Larabee Memorial Scholarship. Recipient: ISHAN KHARE
Established in 2008 in memory of David M. Larabee, math and science teacher. Awarded to a senior who demonstrates a passion for learning and talent in mathematics, science, and/ or conservation-related fields. Special consideration goes to those with an interest in the fine arts and qualities of being a “Renaissance” person.




Peter IsailovicChad Layne Foreign Language Award. Recipient: PETAR ISAILOVIC
Awarded to the senior who has an appreciation of foreign language study and excelled in French and Spanish. Recipient demonstrates curiosity, enthusiasm, and diligence for the languages.




Brooke PukacThe Ottawa Hills Education Association Scholarship. Recipient: BROOKE PUCAK
Established in memory of elementary school teacher Bob George. Awarded to a graduating senior who clearly articulates his or her calling toward the teaching profession and demonstrates an appreciation for lifelong learning.





Claire PetasThe James Petas Memorial Girls Lacrosse Scholarship Award. Recipient: CLAIRE PETAS
Established this year in honor of Mr. Petas, the financial scholarship is given to the senior lacrosse player who best exemplifies dedication, enthusiasm, diligent work ethic, self improvement, and an overall positive attitude on and off the field.





Danielle SunDion Raftopoulos Award. Recipient: DANIELLE SUN
Awarded to a senior who most represents the lofty ideals of musical accomplishment, scholarly attainment, and moral integrity as exemplified by Dion Raftopoulos.





Zak MaaiehKathryn H. Saxby Memorial Scholarship. Recipient: ZAKARIA MAAIEH
Awarded to a senior based on academic excellence, GPA, class rank, SAT/ACT scores, a demonstrated interest in music, involvement in school activities, and community and school volunteer service.





Victor TavtigianPeggy Thomas Memorial Scholarship Award. Recipient: VICTOR TAVTIGIAN
Awarded to the senior who best exemplifies the characteristics of Mrs. Thomas: affability, happiness, enthusiasm for life, and putting forth a determined effort toward school.





Lydia PrinceRoss Treuhaft Memorial Scholarship. Recipient: LYDIA PRINCE
Established in 2012 with contributions from the Treuhaft family in memory of Ross Treuhaft. Awarded to a senior who welcomes diversity; understands and has compassion toward students with special needs or who are different from the norm; has an interest in special education; demonstrates a desire to include others different from themselves; and possesses kindness and joy.



Mattingly Wilson

Lori Warner Levy Memorial Award. Recipient: MATTINGLY WILSON
Established in 1999 in memory of Lori Warner Levy, an intensely creative businesswoman and mother, an accomplished musician, and promising artist. Awarded to a senior for outstanding creativity in the fine and performing arts.






Kavita ParikhNancy and Tom Kabat Scholarship Award: KAVITA PARIKH
This monetary award is presented to a graduating senior who is known to be an uplifting person, who makes a positive contribution to his or her class, and is well respected by fellow classmates. The honored senior demonstrates leadership, a good work ethic, high academic achievement, and community and school volunteer service. This award was established in 2003.





Avery JohnsonThe Cronenwett – Swenson Scholarship: AVERY JOHNSON
Helen Cronenwett and Elizabeth Swenson exhibited the determination and grit of their generation. At young ages, they raised themselves out of challenging home lives and grew to be strong contributors to their towns and their families. In their memory, and with the famous quote in mind, “Be the change you want to see in the world” (Ghandi), this scholarship is given to Avery Johnson with the hope that it helps him bring change to our world.

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