BETHANY, W.Va.Bethany College has announced that several incoming freshmen for the 2007-2008 school year have been awarded the prestigious Bethany College Kalon Leadership Scholarships.

Ashley DaFermo of Kennett Square, Pa., Pilar Davin of Wintersville, Ohio, Lindsay Faddish of Greensburg, Pa., Jennifer Fleahman of Wheeling, W.Va., John Green of Eldersburg, Md., Ariana Lalos of Ona, W.Va., Jillian Manning of Greensburg, Pa., Colleen Meagher of Missoula, Mont., Emily Roth of Bexley, Ohio, Lindsay Sobotka of Weirton, W.Va., and Angela Tipton of Moundsville,W.Va., are the students that have been chosen to receive the annual awards that range between $1,500 and $2,500.

The Kalon Leadership Scholarship dates back to 1984 and is a competitive scholarship program for incoming freshmen.

Kalon award selection is based on past leadership achievements, school record, required essay and interview. Candidates must have demonstrated exceptional qualities of character and leadership; have achieved a record of distinction in service to their school and community; and have maintained a commendable academic average. They are required to provide a list detailing their extra-curricular activities in and out of school and the leadership positions that they have held. An essay pertaining to leadership, which is graded by members of Bethany’s English department, must also be submitted.

Each candidate is then required to participate in Kalon Weekend on Bethany’s campus. Students are able to tour campus, participate in seminars on leadership and attend the Kalon Luncheon, after which, everybody is interviewed individually by teams of three. These teams are comprised of a faculty or staff member, a current student and an alumnus.

A recent graduate of PennsylvaniaLeadershipCharterSchool, DaFermo competed in a Concours Complet International (CCI), a three day horse trial event and received a United States Eventing Association Bronze Medal Club Award. She was a member of Holy Trinity Goyan and was a manager of Kennett Square Hollywood Tans. She is the daughter of Justine DaFermo.

Davin, a recent graduate of SteubenvilleCatholicCentralHigh School, is the daughter of Larry and Cindy Davin. While in high school, she demonstrated her leadership skills by serving as the co-captain of the band and was named to the 2007 OVAC All-Star Marching Band. Davin was also a three year member of the varsity golf team and made First Team All-District and was awarded Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association. She also served as head trainer and statistician of the wrestling team. Davin was also a member of Junior Catholic Daughters of America (JCDA), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Foreign Language Club and the National Honor Society.

Faddish is a graduate of Greater Latrobe Senior High School. She was president of the Spanish Club and a member of the Spanish Honor Society. Faddish played volleyball and was on the Foothills Volleyball Junior Olympic Traveling Team. She was also a member of 4H. Faddish is the daughter of Joseph and Colleen Faddish.

Fleahman, the daughter of Joan and Jeff Fleahman, graduated from JohnMarshallHigh School where she was the editor-in-chief for the nationally recognized JM Yearbook for two years. She was captain of the Forensics Team. Fleahman was also a class president for four years and served as Student Council president. She was also the first runner up in the JM Queen of Queens’ competition. Fleahman’s other honors include the Spanish Honor Society president, member of the National Honor Society, The National Society of High School Scholars, Who’s Who Among American High School Students and NHS Student of the Month.

Green, a graduate of CenturyHigh School, participated in his school’s drama productions, was a student government representative, a peer facilitator, a high school mentor, played trumpet and guitar in the stage band and served as a student government representative to the Carroll County Student Government Association and the International Thespians Society. He was a member of the junior varsity baseball and wrestling teams. During his junior year, Green received the Valiant Knight Award of Distinction, an honor for integrity based on personal character and service to the community. Outside of the classroom he was a summer youth camp counselor at Piney Run Nature Camp and a youth swimming instructor at the YMCA. He is the son of Brian Green.

A recent graduate of CabellMidlandHigh School, Lalos was a member of Collegium Musicum, Children’s Care and TeachingAcademy, National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honorary. Outside of the classroom, she was a member of Lewis Memorial Youth Group and participated in a mission trip to help rebuild a church destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. She is the daughter of Genise and George Lalos.

Manning, the daughter of Joseph and Karen Manning, recently graduated from HempfieldAreaHigh School. She was a member of 4H and Project 18. Manning participated in a Hurricane Katrina relief mission trip with her church youth group. She was also involved with therapeutic riding serving as a horse assistant and side walker.

Meagher is a recent graduate of ValleyChristianSchool. She was a member of the Key Club, Junior Board and Pony Club. Meagher is the daughter of Kevin and Janice Meagher.

A recent graduate of BexleyHigh School, Roth was co-captain of the cross country and track teams, a member of the National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society and served as a student coordinator for the Race for the Cure. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Mary Roth.

Sobotka, a graduate of WeirHigh School, is the daughter of Jerry and Nancy Sobotka of Weirton. She served as secretary of her class and vice president of the Girls Athletic Association. Sobotka was a member of the swimming and volleyball teams and served as an editor of The Rider Review.

Tipton, a graduate from JohnMarshallHigh School, served as vice president of the Teenage Republicans and was secretary of the Spanish Club. She was also a member of the Leo Club and was a freshman cheerleader. Outside of the classroom she was a group leader at VacationBibleSchool. Tipton is the daughter of Rhonda Prisner and Roger L. Tipton.

Award maintenance is dependent upon student involvement in the College community, a good citizenship record and a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade-point average.