Pictured are members of the Rieman family along with this years schoarship winners, Trevor Vorst, Reese Mangas, Hope Wischmeyer, and Gabriella Dershem - Putnam Sentinel
Pictured are members of the Rieman family along with this years schoarship winners, Trevor Vorst, Reese Mangas, Hope Wischmeyer, and Gabriella Dershem. (Putnam Sentinel/Martin Verni)

PUTNAM COUNTY — Four area high school seniors have been awarded Edward A. and Ettie M. Rieman scholarships for 2019. The awards, of $1,000 each, are presented by the Putnam County Educational Service Center to outstanding graduates of any Putnam County high school. Applicants are judged based on academic, community, athletic, church, and civic achievements.

Edward A. Rieman was a life-long resident of Putnam County, county commissioner, teacher, and superintendent of Miller City-New Cleveland schools. In addition, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a 1998 inductee into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. His wife, Ettie, was also a native of Putnam County, and a long time member and officer of the Putnam County Historical Society. She helped publish the book, “Blizzard of 78,” - a compilation of the experiences of Putnam County residents during the epic blizzard of 1978.

In the past 18 years, 70 Putnam County seniors have been awarded Rieman scholarships.

Gabriella Dershem of Miller City High School is graduating at the top of her class. Her passion for healing and humanity is the foundation for an aspiring career in medicine. She was a Buckeye Girls State delegate and also has interests in the arts, public speaking, and mission trips to Appalachia. The daughter of James and Jenelle Niese, Gabriella will continue her education this fall at Franciscan University, majoring in biology and theology.

Reese Mangas from Leipsic High School excels in the classroom, on the basketball court, and also the football field. Agriculture is in his blood. He has been a member of his local 4-H and FFA clubs for several years, including receiving his state FFA degree recently. He has also been a member of the Putnam County Junior Fair Board for several years. Reese will continue his education in Agricultural Systems Management at Ohio State University. He is the son of Doug and Denise Mangas.

Trevor Vorst is graduating this spring from Kalida High School. In addition to a rigorous class schedule, he was a state qualifier in track and field. He has also been an active member of both his local 4-H club and Boy Scout troop and was recently awarded his Eagle Scout badge. Music is another interest of his - including marching band, concert band, church choir, and show choir. Trevor will continue his education this fall­ majoring in electrical engineering. His parents are Fran and Diane Vorst.

Hope Wischmeyer attends Ottawa-Glandorf High School and excels in the classroom. She was a Buckeye Girls State delegate this past year. A long-time participant in her local 4-H club, she was also an active member of the Putnam County Junior Fair Board, The daughter of Alan and Suzy Wischmeyer, she will be furthering her education this fall in early childhood and special education at Bluffton University - and, “Can’t wait to see what the future holds.”