BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Ten of the top high school juniors in West Virginia remain in competition for a full-ride to West Virginia Wesleyan College in the West Virginia Scholar Program.

The finalists were named Wednesday morning:

Jakob Baker Philip Barbour HS
Caitlyn Cormack Woodrow Wilson HS
Davis Garrett South Harrison HS
Rachel Kazmirski Brooke HS
Megan Meyer Hedgesville HS
Michael Offutt Hedgesville HS
Bethany Prascik Notre Dame HS
Sara Snyder Musselman HS
Sofia Triplett Elkins HS
Camron Wayne Braxton County HS

There were a record number of applicants this year. The group of finalists has an average 3.99 GPA, a 25 average ACT score and 1140 average score on the SAT.

Wesleyan Vice President of Enrollment Services John Waltz said the finalists submitted an outstanding group of essays.

“They were very honest, very heartfelt. They were talking bout their passion for helping people, for helping the state of West Virginia, for wanting to be leaders and making change here. It was truly an uplifting and excellent thing,” Waltz said.

Starting Thursday, anyone can go to wvmetronews.com and vote for their favorite finalist. The winner will be announced on June 19 at the 2019 WV Scholar Awards Luncheon on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan.

The scholarship provides an outstanding opportunity, Waltz said.

“The opportunity to win a scholarship near $160,000 over the course of four years is really a life-changing experience. Not only for the person who wins that award but for the runners-up,” he said.

The scholarship pays the tuition, fees, room and board for the winner and for the runners-up $5,000 and $2,500 awards.

The 2019 WV Scholar Program is sponsored by The WV Farm Bureau, ZMM Architects and Engineers, West Virginia Hospital Association, AIP Architectural Interior Products, West Virginia Coal Association, RBC Wealth Management, Friends of Coal, West Virginia Wesleyan and MetroNews.

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