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The West Alumni Association is extremely proud and honored to announce our 2017 scholarship recipients. The Senior Class members that received a scholarship at the May 24th Award Day Ceremony are listed below. Annually, since 1993, the Alumni Association has awarded scholarships thanks to the generosity of our wonderful Alumni. These eleven graduates were awarded scholarships totaling $16,500 bringing the total to $150,000 awarded  to 182 graduates since 1993.


Ms. Korka Ba plans to attend Columbus State then The Ohio State University or Dennison University. Korka was a cross-country runner and was on the honor roll in Grades 9-12. She works at McDonald’s on weekends. Korka spends much of her free time helping her four younger siblings with their homework and preparing their meals. 

Ms. Kedra Burt plans to attend The Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University or Kent State University majoring in Interior Design. Kendra participated in Track & Field, participating in shot and disc. Ms. Burt volunteered for a new program called Reading Buddies. She went to West Broad Elementary School and worked with 5th graders.

Ms. Maya Bygrave plans to attend Bowling Green State University, The University of Akron or The Ohio State University majoring in Athletics and Business. Maya participated in the Drill Team, Volleyball, Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Track and Poetry Club. Ms. Bygrave was selected to participate in the Seniors to Sophomore Program at Ohio Dominican University, which allowed her to take classes there her senior year while working part time at Bob Evans. She is ranked 1st in her graduating class. 

Ms. Jordan Claffey plans to attend The Ohio State University majoring in Engineering. In athletics, Jordan participated in both softball and volleyball. Her volleyball team proudly won the City League Championship in 2016. A very unique activity was Ms Claffey’s STEM Club membership, which included Rube Goldburg machine building and building a prosthetic hand. Jordan is ranked 2nd in her graduating class.

 Ms. Tori Green plans to attend the Bradford School, Columbus State or the University of Cincinnati with a focus on Veterinary Technology. Honors include Honor Roll, Cowboy Award, Health Award, Business & Technology Award and the AP Environmental Science Award.  Tori works part time at Papa John’s Pizza and her manager describes her as very pleasant, has the ability to learn quickly and shows both leadership and teamwork.  

Ms. Asma Hussein plans to attend Columbus State and Ohio University majoring in Biology/Pre-Med. Asma has been very involved in the Recycling Club to make West more environmental friendly, and the Interact Club. Volunteer work includes spending time monthly with the Hands On Ambassador Neighborhood Program and the Grant Medical Center Surgery and Heart Center. Ms. Hussein wants to go to medical school. Asma works at Starbucks about 10-13 hours a week.

 Mr. Osman Hussein plans to attend Columbus State or The Ohio State University. He was on the West Soccer Team all four years. Honor Roll, academic honors in history, physical science and math are among his accomplishments at West. Osman has worked two part-time jobs the past couple of years - at Lifestyle Fitness organizing Move Up and at FedEx loading and unloading trucks.  

Ms. Rebecca Kudjo plans to attend Cleveland State, Capital University or Liberty University with a major in Business Administration. Ms. Erica Kennedy, Senior Counselor shares - “Rebecca is an outstanding senior who has a strong work ethic and perseverance. She has only been in our country for two years but has great understanding of our culture and customs. Rebecca is very bright and speaks three languages.  

Ms. Courtney Mullins received the Sid & Pat Cozad Smart Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Smart was a West High Science teacher. Mrs. Smart was a 1947 West alum and a longtime West nurse. This scholarship is given annually to a student who is pursuing a degree in a science or a nursing related field. Courtney plans to attend The Ohio State University, The University of Akron or the University of Cincinnati to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering. The STEM Club was one of her many activities. For the past two years she worked part time as a hostess at the Smokehouse Brewing Company. Courtney is ranked 5th in her graduating class. 

Ms. Raven Robinson hopes to attend Bowling Green State University, Fayetteville State University, or Southern University of New Orleans with a major/focus on Forensic Science.  Raven already started her college career by taking coursework at Columbus State. Raven received the Wendy’s Heisman Award (Top Female Athlete at West), Engineering Award, Bowling MVP Award and Mandarin Chinese II Award.  In 2015, Raven received a Biomedical Technology STEM Internship with an organization ‘Youth Opportunities Unlimitedat Case Western Reserve. While interning, she conducted a research project about infants’ milk allergies. Raven is ranked 4th in her graduating class.

Mr. Kevin Wolford received the Beverly Kimball Daugherty Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was made possible by a generous donation by Mrs. Daughterty’s  husband. Bev was a 1963 West alum and a retired elementery teacher. Her family wanted her scholarship to go to a student who had interest in pursuing a teaching degree. Kevin plans to attend Bowling Green State University with a major in Education/English. He has been very involved in Junior ROTC serving as the Battalion Commander in Grades 9-12.  Also, Kevin covered the sports beat for the yearbook and was a member of the Interact Club. Other recognitions include 2016 Buckeye Boys State delegate, Columbus State Upward Bound, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Superior Cadet Award.  Despite a busy school schedule, Kevin has held several parttime jobs including being a COSI-3D modeling designer. During his free time, Kevin trains with the Ohio National Guard and is learning new strategies in playing chess. 


Serving on the 2017 WHSAA Scholarship Committee were Patty Drumheiser ’68, Dave Ewing ’57, Dorance Nichols Hornsby ‘63, Fred Lancia ’56 Jan, Ed McCleaf ’57, Earl Potts ’51 Jan,  Steve Scarpitti ’74 (Co-Chairperson) and Ginger Thrush ’79 (Co-Chairperson).




Kendra Burt, Maya Bygrave, Jordan Claffey, Tori Green, Osman Hussein


Rebecca Kudjo, Courtney Mullins, Raven Robinson, and Kevin Wolford. Missing from the photo are Korka Ba and Asmo Hussein. On the far right is 2017 Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Ginger Thrush '79

Ms. Milagros Brito, Mr. Mohamed Isse, Mr. Aliou Djigo, Ms. Shimmar Whitney, Ms. Quasia Poole (was awarded the
Beverly Kimball Daugherty ’63 Memorial Scholarship), Mr. Kevin Landis

missing from photo - Ms. Kaylah Bradley (was awarded the Sid and Pat Cozad Smart ’47 Memorial Scholarship) and Ms. Luz Labra Herncindez

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Front row - Ms. Alexia Robinson, Ms. Delayjia Kendall, Ms. Fatima Abukar, Ms. Hayley Weiner

middle row – Ms. Jourdin Steele, Ms. Amina Mohamed was awarded the Beverly Kimball Daugherty '63 Memorial Scholarship, Mr. Bradley Graessle, Ms. Allyson Tigner

back row – Mr. Tymaric West, Mr. Shane Wright, Mr. Phillip Cole, Mr. Marcell West

missing from photo - Ms. Monica Wolford who received the Sid and Pat Cozad Smart Memorial Science Scholarship (named after former West teacher Sid Smart and his wife, former West nurse Pat Cozad Smart ’47. Both are deceased.).

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Ms. Leisha Stainer received the Sid and Pat Cozad Smart Memorial Science Scholarship (named after former West teacher Sid Smart and his wife, former West nurse Pat Cozad Smart ’47. Both are deceased.).

Christina Dickerson, Leisha Stainer, Brandon Maynard, Peggy Pyles

missing from the photo - Mohamed Hassan (who was awarded the Beverly Kimball Daugherty '63 Memorial Scholarship), and Jeffery Menshouse

Sid & Pat Smart Memorial Science Scholarship - Ms. Basmery Martinez

Basmery Martinez, Marqeice Turner-Dean, Emily Thornton, Mariama Barry, Katherine Bustos-Chaves, Scholarship Committee co-chair - Fred Lancia '56 Jan.

Thomas Johnson, Chelsea Arthur, Marcus Payne, Maranda Harris, Chris Rhodes, Tranell Parker

Sid & Pat Smart Memorial Science Scholarship (named after former West teacher Sid Smart and former West nurse Pat Cozad Smart ’47) - Henal Patel.
Kassandra Taylor received the William 'Bill' Thrush '50 Athletic Scholarship.

Alumni Scholarship Recipients:
front row - Analiz Garibay-Solis, Caryl Sue-Ann Volk, Kaitlyn Kerns
back row - Henal Patel, Anthony Jordan, Kassandra Taylor, Joshua Thacker, Dariel Bustos Chaves

not pictured - Rosella Franklin, Jeremiah Link, Joshua Thacker

Row 1 - Susan Kelley, James Marshall, Kirsten Edwards, Jaclyn Dozer
Row 2 - Hailey Cramblitt, Riley Butcher, Samantha Little, Quinton Graham
Missing from the picture - Crystal Sangsanoy and Eric Stewart

Alesha Howze, Shana Ballard, Chelsie W. Fuller, Sarah Harper, Khirssy Pena, Thermion Rose, Katie Snell,
Caddice South, Dustin Thomas
(all of the recipients were not avaliable for the picture and they are not standing in the order of the names listed)

front - Brittney Crabtree, Jennifer Graham, Maria Gonzalez, Josh Dearing, Aisha Collins
back - La'Keesha Porter, Jessica Little, Tina Grafton, Joshua Edwards, Trachele Parker


front - Ashley Dearing, Michelle McDaniels, April Allen, Laura Chilcote, Matt Berndsen
back - Elizabeth Watts, Jeremy Gill, Anthony McDaniel missing from picture: Danny Kazee, Jr

Michael Blevins, Nona Blankenship, Justin Fields, Charity Buckley, Erik Gott - Sid Smart Scholarship, Chase Newcome,
Rachel Livengood (single picture)
Missing is Chlawna Conway

Tracy Brigner II,
Luftie Osmenaj, Rhonda Gilbert, Courtney Seagraves, Ashley Canter,
Missing from the picture is Abdimajid Abdirahman, winner of the Sid Smart Scholarship.

Dani Jo Stanton, Juli Grafton, Allen Oney, Jeannette Ozoria, Danaysa Caceres
Back: Drew Carter, Lane Newcome, Caleb Martin,
Devon Holliday
Natalie Berndsen, Leann Chilcote, Stephanie Gott, Fanta Kamara, Jamie Roberts, Markisha Pogue
Back: West Counselors Doug Ramsey and Nancy Bearor with West Principal Steve Kalliantas

Valerie Bachus, Kevin Hardy
Nicole Grafton, Amanda Seagraves, Rebecca Highbargin, Roger Naus, Jr., Sarah Jackson, Courtney Watters, Mrs. Marie Stafford (Sr. Counselor)
David Davis (not pictured)


Meredith Coakley, Christina Basham, Jennifer Teeters, Ben Breneman, Rebecca Reed, Sabrinia Coleman (not pictured)

Danielle Abshire, Nicole Jean Clay, Janet Cunningham, Megan Driscoll, Heather Gray, Amanda Lynch
Timothy Miller, Ian Powell, Keith Rawls, Sarah Stumpp
Denise Frabott, Sarah Fritchen, Megan Jackson, Roger Miller, Crystal Oliver, Amy Pendell, Jennifer Rembert, Kristy Searless, Melissa Taylor, Boonlat Thanasack, Jonathan Verity

Stephanie Bennett, Latisha Bright, Katrina Busick, Jason McCormack, Valerie Spears

Nate Bible, Jennifer Breniser,
Preston Holloway, Holly Pendell, Jennifer Thornton
Joe Fox, Melanie McLoughlin,
Jennifer Reynolds, James Saunders


Ryan Dobbins, Mickey Gourley, Kelly Rivers, Scot Swisher


Brian Beavers, Missy Breniser, DeAnna Tucker, Jennifer Wilson