2018 Rymer Finalists Announced
Lee University recently announced the 2018 Rymer Scholarship finalists. Provided through the Rymer Foundation, the scholarships honor local student achievement and encourage talented high school students to remain in the Cleveland area after graduation.
Nine seniors were selected as Rymer finalists for 2018: Brandon Akiona, Jonathan Brewer, Emily Harris, Cassidy Jones, Haley Jones, Tyler Massey, Ethan Miles, Jasmine Ngo, and Ashley Sims.
Three finalists will be designated as Rymer Gold Scholars, three as Rymer Silver Scholars, and three as Rymer Bronze Scholars. The selection committee was appointed by the Lee University President’s Office and the principals from Bradley Central, Cleveland, and Walker Valley high schools. The committee will conduct interviews with each finalist and will announce the award recipients at the annual Rymer Scholarship banquet on Wednesday, April 25.
Winners are selected based on their leadership in extracurricular, athletic and church-based activities, high school rank, grade point average, college-board exam scores, and the interview.
Akiona, a Walker Valley High School senior, is the son of Nathaniel and Sandra Akiona. He has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked 24th in his class. Akiona is the founder of the Walker Valley Cultural Diversity Council and is involved in Student Government Association, the speech and debate team, marching band, National Beta Club, National Honor Society, chamber choir, and the National English Honor Society.
Brewer, a Cleveland High School senior, is the son of Pamela and Wayne Brewer. He is ranked 29th in his class and has a 3.9 GPA. He is involved with the Prohibition Coalition, the Young Conservatives, Boy Scouts of America, is on the Honor Roll, and is the assistant editor of the yearbook.
Harris, a Bradley Central senior, is the daughter of Angela and Ray Harris. She is currently ranked 13th in her class and has a 4.0 GPA. She is involved in GEARUP Steering Committee, Cambridge Academic Focus, Interact Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and is on Student Council, where she serves on the executive board as student body president.
Cassidy Jones, a Cleveland High School senior, is the daughter of Robert and Shannon Jones. She has a 4.0 GPA and is first in her class. She is involved in the Renaissance Show Choir, the Anchor Club, the National Honor Society, the National Thespian Society, and is a CHSLive producer, a Raider Scholar, and the high school newspaper editor.
Haley Jones, a Walker Valley High School senior, is the daughter of Emily and Jeremy Jones. She has a 3.9 GPA and is currently ranked 60th in her class. Along with playing varsity basketball, she is involved in marching and concert band, the student government association as junior and senior class president, Walt Disney World leadership training, World Language Club, National Honors Society, Diversity Council, and volunteers at the Salvation Army.
Massey, a senior at Cleveland High School, is the son of Kelly and Michael Massey. He has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in his class. He is involved in the high school’s Community Service Day and attends Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.
Miles, a Cleveland High School senior, is the son of Jo and Mark Miles. He is ranked first in his class and has a 4.0 GPA. He is involved in the Wind Ensemble, marching band, the baseball team, and plays piano for the high school. Miles is the recipient of the academic award for baseball and the marching band leadership team.
Ngo, a Walker Valley High School senior, is the daughter of Minh and Que-Anh Ngo. She has a 4.0 GPA and is sixth in her class. She is both a piano student and teacher, children’s book co-author, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership, Mu Alpha Theta, Science Olympiad, Walker Valley band and orchestra, Circle of Champions, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Future Teachers of America.
Sims, a Bradley Central High School senior, is the daughter of Harrison and Melody Sims. She is currently ranked second in her class and has a 4.0 GPA. Sims is on the basketball team, varsity track team, and the varsity soccer team. She is a member of the Cambridge Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, and the Leadership Program. Sims was the Valentine Court Queen and is a Bear Scholar.