In 1990 McClain graduate, Dr. Wilfred R. Konneker, instituted an academic scholarship program for one of each year’s top students at McClain High School. The award provides the winning scholar a full four-year education at Ohio University worth more than $90,000. It includes tuition, room and board, plus paid opportunities to travel and study in other nations.
The 2014 winner of the Konneker-Cutler Scholars Award is Ryan Kline. According to an article in the Times-Gazette Newspaper Kline’s accomplishments include:
“Treasurer of his local FFA chapter, Kline has been active in showing livestock for his entire high school career. He was a State Degree Recipient as a junior while also participating in other philanthropic events related to the FFA including Adopt-A-Highway, Food for America, and Children’s Christmas. Kline is also president of the Buckskin Ramblers 4-H Club, raises money for local humane societies, collects items for veterinarian clinics, and collects money for his local Relay for Life team. He is also the current Ross County Fair King. Kline is the president of his school’s drama club, winning best supporting actor in a musical three years in a row, and best major actor his junior year. Kline is a National Honors Society member and received scholarship awards through FFA. Kline also placed first in the state of Ohio in public speaking through his FFA chapter and will be attending nationals in the fall.”
The first Konneker Scholarship was awarded to William Doan in 1990 and the names of winners through 2011 can be found on the included photo of a plaque found outside the McClain Auditorium. Later recipients are Makenzie Olaker (2012) and KaleiEdenfield (2013).