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Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 AM


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Over the next year and  a half, The Delphos Herald will follow four high school students, now juniors, on their journey to college. This is the first installment of the series.

DELPHOS — This is the time of year when college-bound juniors are busy focusing on their higher education goals and the footwork required to attain those goals.

Junior students from St. John’s, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Winhover and Austin Heiing; and Jefferson, Reid Corzine and Keli Kramer are each in the process of exploring their college interests, planning challenging coursework during senior year, volunteering time for community service, preparing for or have taken college preparation testing, as well as working diligently in the classroom on their current studies.


As of now, each of the students are doing well in their studies. Winhover describes her grades as good; Heiing, a 4.0 GPA; Corzine, A's and B's; and Kramer has all A's. Next year, each of them plans or is contemplating taking a course or courses aimed at stretching their scholarly aptitudes to better prepare them for the college realm.


“I’m working hard at pre-calculus and chemistry because those are my two hardest classes,” Winhover added. “I’m still debating on whether or not to take calculus my senior year.”

“Next year, I plan on taking AP calculus, Honors English and physics to challenge myself,” Heiing stated.

“I’d like to take physics and AP Statistics to challenge myself,” Corzine said.

“I plan to take calculus and physics to challenge myself senior year,” Kramer expressed.

From soup kitchens to leadership programs to Boy Scouts to Junior Optimists, each of these students has participated in community service work and gained leadership experience. Each is crafting a body of work which reflects a willingness to lead, give back to the community and ultimately, strengthen character.

Winhover said she has volunteered at St. Rita’s Medical Center for two summers and is a lector, server, and Eucharistic Minister at her church. She was also an assistant Upward coach. She is currently in the Allen Lima Youth Leadership program and Liturgy Team President.

“I believe that these activities will help me be accepted to a college because it shows I’m not afraid to help out and lead,” Winhover stated.

Heiing helps with various youth sports programs around town and volunteers at the soup kitchen in Lima.

“Most of my leadership experiences have come through the three sports that I play — football, basketball and baseball,” Heiing added. “I feel that these activities will help me show colleges that I am a well-rounded individual and that there is more to me than just the grades.”

Corzine explained he was a Boy Scout for six years and has recently helped with the Junior Optimist Club.

Kramer currently volunteers for the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Junior Optimist organizations. She has also volunteered at the Thrift Shop and plans on helping there on a regular basis when marching band season ends.

“I have gained a lot of leadership experience through my volunteering and believe the most lasting leadership experience I’ve gained is from being a section leader during marching band,” Kramer detailed. “It has taught me how to successfully lead a group of people through example and cooperation.”

Kramer feels her volunteer activities will help her get into college since those skills have improved her effectiveness in school.

“I have learned the value of hard work, leadership skills and people skills,” she insisted. “These acquired skills have helped me maintain my grades.”

The students’ ideal college settings and academic interests vary and at this time, each are in the process of exploring all the variables which will provide the optimum academic environment during their college career.

Winhover enjoys English class a great deal and has always been interested in creative writing. She is currently taking an online creative writing class through Lourdes College and has looked into colleges that have creative writing majors/minors.

“I feel I would like a smaller campus life and at this point; I’m not sure,” Winhover explained. “I have not attended any college fairs and I am signed up for the upcoming Rhodes Career Day.”

She said she has visited Xavier University, Miami University and Bowling Green State University.

“I thought Xavier campus was pretty and all of the buildings were close, which I thought was nice,” Winhover said. “At Miami, I was able to speak to a writing professor and he told me of different jobs that could be pursued with a creative writing background.”

Heiing says he is very interested in science and wants to major in pharmacy.

“My ideal college is not dependent on the size of the college or whether it is public or private,” Heiing detailed. “What is important are the professors and quality of the education available there.”

Heiing has not attended any college fairs but will have the opportunity to go to the career day at Rhodes College/OSU Lima in December.

“My top two colleges would have to be Ohio Northern University, where my older brother, Logan, takes classes and the University of Illinois-Chicago,” Heiing added. “I like how Ohio Northern University campus is set up and how the classes aren’t too far apart.”

Corzine said he really likes science and math and wants to learn more about biochemistry.

“I would like to study at Ohio State in Columbus,” Corzine added. “I have looked at Ohio State, Cincinnati and Dayton universities.”

After visiting the OSU branch in Lima, Corzine said he liked the class sizes and how the online site works. He was surprised how big the campus actually was. He did not like the commute to the school.

Kramer prefers math and science although she is curious about exploring the field of English. She feels a lab or office setting would be ideal for her.

“As of now, I don’t have any college preference,” Kramer explained. “I suppose price and location will be important attributes when I do choose a college.”

Although she has not attended any regional college fairs or spoke with any college admission counselors, Kramer plans on attending regional college fairs in the future. She has also been researching colleges online.

“I plan to apply to many of the local colleges and may even apply to a few colleges further away,” Kramer detailed.

Each of the students describe their parents as very involved in their college aspirations. By supporting their decisions and encouraging them to challenge themselves, parents remain engaged with their children.

Winhover’s parents, Carolyn and Jay Winhover, pushed her to visit a few college campuses while the family vacationed this summer.

“After getting my sister, Nicole, through the whole college application process to attend Bowling Green State University, I think they’re more prepared to help me,” Winhover stated.

Heiing’s said his parents, Larry and Deann Heiing, are very involved with his educational goals.

“They help keep me on track when I am struggling with a class and they are always there for support if I need any,” Heiing detailed.

Phil and Sheri Miller, Corzine’s parents, have been very supportive of his choices.

“They have let me decide what I want,” Corzine said.

Kramer’s parents, Jake and Julie Kramer, are very engaged with their daughter.

“They constantly encourage me to challenge myself and prepare for college through higher level classes,” Kramer said.

Winhover took the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) her sophomore year and the ACT (American College Testing) plus writing this past June.

“It may have been a little early to start because I hadn’t had all the course content yet but it gave me an idea where I stand,” Winhover explained. “We are looking into an ACT prep program for this school year.”

Winhover said that increasing an ACT score a couple of points can often translate into several thousand dollars of scholarships.

Heiing said the school offered students the opportunity to take the PSAT on Oct. 15.

“I reviewed my Plan Test (preliminary ACT) from last year to refresh my memory on the subjects I’ve learned throughout high school,” Heiing stated.

Heiing has not looked into scholarships yet but plans to do so in the near future.

Corzine was not sure when he would take the PSAT and said he took the Plan Test his sophomore year. He has began looking into scholarship information, grants and loans.

“I have started the post-secondary program at the Ohio State University Branch in Lima,” he said.

Kramer said she took the PSAT on Oct. 15.

“I prepared for the test by learning test-taking tips and completing practice problems,” Kramer added. “I’ve already taken the ACT and I feel that has helped me prepare for standardized testing.”

Kramer has been researching scholarships, which is her main reason she took the PSAT.

“To be eligible, some scholarships require I take the SAT(Scholastic Assessment Test).” Kramer detailed. “Taking the PSAT will hopefully give me a true idea of the SAT.”

In addition, Kramer says she is aware of many of the income-based grants and loans she may receive since following Kecia, her older sister’s journey of applying for grants and scholarships to attend college.

“It really gave me a picture of how scholarships and grants work,” Kramer said.

Last Updated on Friday, October 25, 2013 8:43 PM

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