BETHANY, W.Va. — Eleven 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 2015 Kalon Leadership Scholars include Evan Byrne of Chandler, Arizona; Matthew Corraini of Freedom, Pennsylvania; Sierra Cuellar of Aberdeen, Maryland; Leighanna Frantz of East Liverpool, Ohio; Tyler Frazee of Markleysburg, Pennsylvania; Evan Gough of Catonsville, Maryland; Darren Johnson Jr. of Snellville, Georgia; Shaylor Newman of Maineville, Ohio; Cheyanne Reinbeau of Wheeling, West Virginia; Rhone Thrash of Parkersburg, West Virginia; and Julianna Waller of Jacobsburg, Ohio.
Evan Byrne, son of Paul Byrne and Jill Savage, is a graduate of Hamilton High School. Evan volunteered with the Lost our Home Dog Foundation for three years, during which he taught new volunteers tasks to help the organization. He was the teen director for Live Love Days, leading his youth group to accomplish volunteer work. Throughout his high school career, Evan was a leader on the swimming and diving team, and he also taught swim lessons to 5-14 year olds. Byrne plans to major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Bethany.
Matthew Corraini, son of Joe and Sandy Corraini, is a graduate of Ambridge Area High School. President of his school’s Graphics Club, Matthew designed and printed t-shirts, posters and signs for various organizations. As vice president of the Video Production Club, Matthew filmed videos for regional and state competitions, and he created animations and short films as well. Matthew was also vice president of the Film and Documentary Club, and he filmed and edited school events, band performances and community events. He played baseball throughout his high school career and was a leader on the team. Corraini plans to major in Communications & Media Arts at Bethany.
Sierra Cuellar, daughter of Colonel John and Amy Cuellar, is a graduate of Aberdeen High School. As her school’s varsity field hockey captain, Sierra led summer practices and served as a team leader. She co-founded her school’s Varsity Club, and she was in charge of all financial aspects of the club. As yearbook editor-in-chief, Sierra edited each page for content and layout, assigned pages to yearbook staff and made sure that deadlines were made. Sierra plans to major in Psychology in the Pre-Physical Therapy track at Bethany.
Leighanna Frantz, daughter of Terry Frantz, is a graduate of East Liverpool High School. Leighanna was team captain of her school’s bowling team, co-captain of the cross country team, and a high-point scorer on the track and field team. Her high GPA along with her involvement in athletics earned her a spot on the All-Conference Academic Team as well as the National Honor Society. As class secretary, Leighanna helped with fundraisers for the class as well as graduation preparations. Leighanna volunteered with Teacher Academy, through which she spent several hours in elementary schools to help students complete assignments. Leighanna plans to major in Biology at Bethany.
Tyler Frazee, son of Rodney and Jennifer Frazee, is a graduate of Uniontown High School. At the Petersburg Church of God Youth Camp, Tyler served as a counselor and assistant athletic director, and he was responsible for preparing games and activities for campers. He is involved in his church’s choir and performs in church plays. He was a member of his high school’s golf and baseball teams throughout his high school career. Tyler plans to major in Physical Education and Sports Studies in the Sports Management track at Bethany.
Evan Gough, son of Nick and Barbara Gough, is a graduate of Catonsville High School. A student ambassador at his high school, Evan was chosen to visit freshman classes and teach the new high school students positive lessons such as responsibility, ethics and general school rules. Evan was a member of his school’s track and field team, travel soccer team and cross country team. His leadership and hard work as an athlete earned him the cross country team’s Unsung Hero award. Evan is a member of the National Honor Society and was co-leader of his high school’s community service group, though which he organized volunteer events and planned and led meetings. Evan has been acting with the Catonsville Children’s Theatre since the age of five, and he became the dance captain in middle school. Evan is now the senior company member, and he assists younger and newer performers. Evan is extremely involved in his youth group at Christian Temple in Catonsville, and he has held multiple leadership roles in fundraising activities, including a volunteer trip to Nicaragua.
Darren Johnson Jr., son of Darren Johnson Sr. and Andrea Chapman, is a graduate of South Gwinnett High School. As senior class president, Darren worked with administration to plan student events. He was a student ambassador, and visited middle schools to talk with students and greeted school visitors. Darren was part of the Grady Health System Teen Program, and as a nurse lead assistant he helped with patients care, paper work and medications. Darren volunteered at the YMCA, and he helped with Kids Day and birthday parties. Darren plans to major in Political Science at Bethany.
Shaylor Newman, son of Kevin and Randi Newman, is a graduate of Archbishop Moeller High School. Shaylor is a co-leader of the Big Brothers program, and his responsibilities include interviewing applicants, selecting participants, and creating and coordinating events. As a group leader for Teens Acting for Peace, Shaylor talks to at-risk inner-city children about self respect. He is a group moderator, and oversees meetings. Shaylor led tours of his high school to prospective students, and he acted as an ambassador for the school. He also served as a shadow host, or a role model for a middle school student who is interested in the high school. Shaylor volunteered at FunDamentals Camp, where he taught children the basics of football. Shaylor plans to major in Biology at Bethany.
Cheyanne Reinbeau, daughter of Dave and Shelly Reinbeau, is a graduate of Bishop Donahue High School. She served as a student ambassador at her high school, and welcomed new students, gave them tours, and explained programs and activities the school offers. At her 4-H Club, Cheyanne has served as treasurer, secretary and president, and she has been in charge of panning fundraisers, meetings and volunteer activities. As treasurer and secretary of the Panhandle Horse Club, Cheyanne mentored younger members at horse riding camp. She is also a camp counselor, through which she serves as a mentor to younger campers. Cheyanne plans to major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Bethany.
Rhone Thrash, son of Steve and Laura Thrash, is a graduate of Parkersburg High School. Rhone founded the 1189 Bible Club at his high school, and is a member of The Forge, which meets weekly and invites youth pastors to speak to the group. Rhone was captain of the tennis team and also taught tennis to younger players. Rhone was a member of the Chamber Choir and Men’s Ensemble Choir, through which he received the distinction of the top male voice. As his high school’s mascot, he attended various community events, including at the local YMCA and Boys and Girls Club to speak with future students. Rhone was president of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, a member of the Ski Club and a member of the T-Club, which promotes school spirit. His leadership skills led to his selection as a member of the Rotary Leadership Program. Rhone plans to major in Physical Education and Sports Studies at Bethany.
Julianna Waller, daughter of Julie Larish, is a graduate of Union Local High School. As the equine therapy instructor for RJ Rance & Riding Center, Julianna helped students overcome boundaries, planned riding activities and helped students meet their goals. She has also worked as the center’s equine activities manager, and made sure the horses received the correct supplements and proper veterinary care. Julianna was a leader and instructor for the Triple Bar drill team and a member of Future Farmers of America, through which she participated in multiple fundraising activities. As vice president of the Idaho 4-H Club, she took part in various volunteer projects and helped lead the organization. Julianna plans to major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine 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.