Clayman Award honors students

NILES — For the past 31 years, the Clayman Family Foundation has presented annual scholarships to Niles McKinley High School students to help them with their future career goals.

The three scholarships presented were first place — $15,000 per year for four years — to Katie Buttar; second place — $10,000 per year for four years — to Allison Cline; and third place — $5,000 per year for four years — to Brad Isabella. Fourth place was Scott Johnson.

Other applicants were Dustin Chapline, Hannah Johnston, Maria Kover, Talia Morgan, Alayna Orsine and Kaside Sheely.

Buttar, 17, said she plans to attend John Carroll University, for financial planning. She is the daughter of David and Traci Buttar.

“I am very grateful for this amazing award,” Buttar said.

Cline, 17, said she plans to attend the University of Toledo for neurology. She is the daughter of Darrell and Denise Cline.

“I appreciate this opportunity in receiving this scholarship,” Cline said.

Isabella, 18, said he plans to attend Cleveland State University for physical therapy. He is the son of Brad and Natalie Isabella.

“Everyone who was nominated for this was so deserving of this. I appreciate being selected,” Isabella said.

Guidance counselor Tracy Lastic said all 10 applicants are in the top 10 percent of the senior class.

“All of you are amazing. Your class has been through so much these past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic. You were not able to do a lot of things many junior and senior classes do. You should all be proud of yourselves as we are proud of all of you,” Lastic said.

She said all the students are very hardworking and dedicated and will be successful in whatever they choose do to in life.

Rebecca Smith of the Clayman family, who presented the awards, said all the students did well in the interview process.

“I am glad that I was able to play a small part in your future. I was very impressed. I am so thankful my grandfather started this, and that it continues each year. It is something for you to strive for at Niles High School,” Smith said.

Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said the Niles city schools are very thankful to the Clayman family for what they have done for students for the past 31 years.

“We thank them for their investment in our students and our community. They have really helped to change lives, We can’t be more thankful and appreciative of their generosity,” Thigpen said.


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