Bethany Awards Nine Incoming Students Kalon Leadership Scholarships


BETHANY, W.Va. — Nine future Bethanians will receive the Kalon Leadership Scholarship, an annual $2,500 award based on leadership, character, service and academic performance.

The Kalon Leadership Scholarship, which is for incoming freshmen, is competitive, and candidates are chosen by College faculty and staff through an application process that includes an interview and an essay discussing leadership achievements.

The 2014 Kalon Leadership Scholars include Emily Anderson of Wheeling, West Virginia; Alexis Archer of Kalkska, Michigan; Don Bierhals of Cabot, Pennsylvania; Alexandra Grumski of Sewickley, Pennsylvania; Abigail Kojsza of Wayne, West Virginia; Zachary Lowe of Jacksonville, Florida; Logan Montague of Avon Lake, Ohio; Maclaine Murad of Bridgeport, Ohio; and Taylor Sasak of Berea, Ohio.

Emily Anderson, daughter of Charles and Nicol, will graduate from Wheeling Park High School. Emily has been a member of the school’s debate team for three years. As a division leader and two-time state champion team member, she has competed in various debates and has also helped the newer members of the team with debating skills. Emily is also a second degree black belt and instructor of Chun Kuk Do martial arts. Her community involvement includes acting as general manager of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, through which she has helped raise money for various charities. She is also a junior member of the Stone Church Volunteer Fire Department. Emily plans to study Political Science at Bethany.

Alexis Archer, daughter of Shawn and Wendi, will graduate from Kalkaska High School. Alexis recently completed a senior project for the Manufacturing Technology Academy. As a team leader, Alexis helped create a robot for the National Robotics Challenge. Alexis was also captain of her high school’s varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams. As an instructor for fifth and sixth grade volleyball players, she taught them the basics of the game.

Don Bierhals, son of Don and Tracey, will graduate from Knoch Senior High School. Don has been captain of both his cross country and track and field teams. He also has been a mentor and leader to the younger players on both teams. Don plans to study Communications and Media Arts at Bethany.

Alexandra Grumski, daughter of Robert and Karen, will graduate from North Allegheny Senior High School. Alexandra has been a program aide and program leader for the Girl Scouts for four years. Alexandra developed games, helped the members to learn outdoor skills, and helped maintain a fun, educational environment. Alexandra has also been a member of her high school varsity bowling and softball teams, and for two years she has volunteered at softball clinics. Alexandra plans to study Equine Management at Bethany.

Abigail Kojsza, daughter of Dennis and Jennifer, will graduate from Wayne High School. Abigail is a youth group leader, member of the choir and Sunday school teacher at her church. She has assisted in planning various youth activities, prepared lessons and worked at the church’s vacation Bible school. Abigail has also been a leader at her high school, where she has served as student council secretary, vice president and treasurer. Her duties included making decisions about various school events and helping to plan banquets. Abigail plans to study History at Bethany.

Zachary Lowe, son of Charles and Janice, will graduate from Bishop Kenny High School, where he has held various leadership roles. He served as his football team’s captain, and won the Crusader Award, which honors the best teammate and role model. As president of the Letterman Club, Zachary led all meetings and served as a mentor to new members. He was also president of the National Junior Honor Society, through which he oversaw three service projects and two fundraisers. Zachary plans to study Pre-Law at Bethany.

Logan Montague, son of Marty and Carolyn, will graduate from Avon Lake High School. Logan has worked as a youth baseball instructor all throughout high school, as well as a youth football instructor during his sophomore year. Logan also worked with little league coaches on how to properly and safely run drills. During his lunch period at school, Logan managed the school bookstore. His duties included managing the money and running sales reports. Logan plans to study Biology at Bethany.

Maclaine Murad, daughter of Jim and Shirleann, will graduate from Bridgeport High School, where she has held leadership positions in both academic and athletic organizations. As vice president and secretary of the Interact Club, she has helped plan and participated in multiple fundraisers, including a spaghetti dinner for fire victims. Murad was captain of her high school’s volleyball and basketball teams, and she was recognized multiple times by the school’s conference. She was involved in two leadership organizations: the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, both of which taught the importance of leadership in today’s society. Maclaine was also a choir soloist, a soprano in the Bridgeport Girls Ensemble, and was part of many of her high school’s theatre productions. She is a member of the National Honor Society, student council, Spanish Club and Fine Arts Club. Maclaine plans to study Education at Bethany.

Taylor Sasak, daughter of Todd and Marie, will graduate from Berea-Midpark High School. Taylor is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Ambassador Club, both of which involve volunteering to help at school or community events. As a Science Olympiad coach, Taylor helped prepare middle school students for a competition by tutoring them and creating lesson plans. Taylor has served as her high school women’s soccer team’s junior captain, and was also head majorette. Outside of school, she is head twirler at Pink Ladies Baton Corporation, and also works as a lifeguard. Taylor plans to study Environmental Science at Bethany.

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.