Bethany College Awards Kalon Leadership Scholarships

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has announced that several incoming freshmen for the 2012-2013 school year have been awarded the prestigious Bethany College Kalon Leadership Scholarships.

The students who have been chosen to receive the annual awards are Catherine Breault of Moundsville, W.Va.; Dakota Maravelis of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; Julia Mouch of Toledo, Ohio; Tess Parry of Hillsboro, Ohio; Matthew Sipos of Chesterland, Ohio; Sarah Michelle Smith of Bluefield, W.Va.; Anne Taylor of Lancaster, N.Y.; Anthony Thompson of Wheeling, W.Va.; and Amanda Weber of Inwood, W.Va.

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 Bishop Donahue High School, Breault has been a state and regional winner of the West Liberty University Science fair for four consecutive years. She was secretary of the National Honor Society, and has participated in the National Student Leadership for Law and Advocacy Conference and the People to People International Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. In service to her community, Breault used her four years of experience on her high school track and cross country teams as a Special Olympics Volunteer Coach, and has also been a student tutor and a junior high school Forensics Team coach.

Maravelis, a graduate of Berkeley Springs High School, serves as vice president of his National Honor Society and Captain of the tennis team. As president of the Spanish National Honor Society, he brought the organization’s budget out of the red through his leadership and fund-raising efforts. Maravelis has been both treasurer and president of the Settler’s 4-H Club and a member of the LEO Lions Club, and was a 4-H camp counselor during each of his four years in high school.

Sylvania Southview High School graduate Mouch has spent most of her life as the primary caretaker of her older brother, who suffers from cerebral palsy; she was recognized with a youth award from the Diocese of Toledo for her compassionate efforts. She is also a member and head of the Tutoring Committee for National Honor Society, and Senior Leader of the Math Club. Mouch has been a co-captain for her school’s Volleyball and Varsity Softball teams, and captain of her Glass City Volleyball club team. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a Eucharistic minister and lector at Little Flower Church.

Parry, a recent graduate of Hillsboro High School has been a section leader for both the Hillsboro Marching Band and the Symphonic Choir and attended the Fred J. Miller Leadership Camp. She was also a safety officer and treasurer for the Highland County 4-H. Parry is the co-founder of her high school’s Recycling Coalition and both co-founded and served as vice president of the Gay Straight Alliance.  

A graduate of West Geauga High School, Sipos organized physical science events as a discipline leader and team organizer of the Science Olympiad. He has been a member of Boy Scouts of America for seven years, and served as a Patrol Leader for three. Additionally, Sipos has been both district president and vice president of the state for the Christian Church in Ohio Christian Youth Fellowship.

Smith is a recent graduate of Bluefield High School, where she served four years as a member of Student Council and one year as Senior Class vice president, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was the senior editor of her high school newspaper, and participated in Show Choir, serving two years as a member of the All State Chorus. Smith is an active participant in her church youth group, operating the audio/visual equipment and contributing to various service projects.

A recent graduate of Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in N.Y., Taylor was a member of the badminton team, the field hockey team, and the school band. She was a participant in several clubs and organizations, including Ecology Club, Book Club, Diversity Club, Political Club, Amnesty International, Service Club, Anime Club, Donate Life and the WNY Girls' Schools Coalition Afghanistan Project. She also participated in the Hillsdale College High School Study Abroad Program in England during the summer of 2011. Taylor has volunteered much of her time with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a guide, instructor, lifeguard, nature aide, and youth leader.

Thompson, a graduate of The Linsly School, served four years on the Varsity Lacrosse and Varsity Football teams, and was captain of both teams. He is a four-year member of Shakespeare Club, German Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was selected to represent Ohio County at the WV Sheriff’s Leadership Camp. Thompson served four years as an usher and ball volunteer for the Wheeling Symphony, where he was a 2012 Cotillion Member, and has also volunteered at Wheeling Hospital in materials management.

Weber is a graduate of Musselman High School, and has been involved for four years with Raze, a youth organization fighting against tobacco use, where she served as vice president and senior leader of her local chapter. She also served as a state council member of the Raze Teen Advisory Council and through her involvement was appointed to the Berkeley County Wellness Committee. Weber spent four years as a student mentor in the P.A.S.S. program, served as historian for her School’s DECA chapter, and was head manager for the Musselman football team. Additionally, in 2012, she was chosen as Miss Berkeley County Schools, in which capacity she represents her county, works with younger participants, and participates in service activities.

A graduate of Pandora Gilboa High School, Vernoff has been an active participant in her local 4-H for 10 years, serving as president, vice president, treasurer, reporter, and recreation leader, and camp counselor. She is a “Gliding Stars” skating assistant teacher and volunteer and a Challenge Champions horse leader, and works with special needs kids in the Special Olympics, the Coach Abilities Basketball League and Special Kids Therapy.

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

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

By: Noelle Wright
Office of Communications Student Assistant