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Past winners of Fields of Learning Scholarships:



Brett Bejcek, Stow-Monroe Falls High School Edit Text


"It's a Sport, Not a Stereotype"
Brett Bejcek and Merritt Waters at Stow Public Library Edit Picture

Ryan Culross, Ashland Mapleton High School Edit Text

"The Most Important Lesson I've Ever Learned"
Ryan and Bruce Ferguson Edit Picture


Kelsie Hinds, Newcomerstown High School Edit Text


"Finding My Place Under the Friday Night Lights"
Kelsie and her parents Edit Picture

Alicia Nelson, Medina High School Edit Text

"My Rookie Season"
Alicia with her plaque, headed to OSU! Edit Picture

Nicholas Senita, Ashtabula Lakeside High School Edit Text

"Lessons in Adversity"
Bruce Ferguson, Nick, and Patrick Colucci, Superintendent Edit Picture


2013 Honorable Mention:

Alonzo Burt, Copley High School, "Fields of Learning Essay"

Michael Craffey, Lake Catholic High School, "Austin, A Difference Maker"

Brett Dawson, Trinity High School, "Plow Through It"

Thomas Fanning, St. Ignatius High School, "Marked for Life"

Megan Fenton, Midpark High School, "Never Too Tough to Care"

Griffin Fillippi, Trinity High School, "The Mud, the Blood and the Cheers"

Christopher Grant, Rocky River High School, "Scholarship Essay 2013"

Josh Iammarino, Kirtland High School, "David and Goliath"

TJ Kestranek, Kenston High School, "Beyond the Pole"

Emily Kist, Lakeside High School, "Winning is not Everything"

Elissa Kuharich, Brecksville High School, "You Only Get One Senior Night-Choose to Participate"

Michael LaManna, St. Ignatius High School, "48 Seconds and 3 Time Outs"

Ashley Moffat, Riverside High School, "Agree to Disagree"

Nicholas Mog, Padua High School, "Heartbreak and Redemption"

Thomas Murtaugh, Chagrin Falls High School, "From the Football Field to the Science Lab"

Antonio Nicholson, Oberlin High School, "Football and Life"

Rachel Poretsky, Bay Village High School, "When the Rockets Go Flying In"

Elizabeth Reichart, Hudson High School, "Eternally Grateful"

Brandon Rotsky, Beachwood High School, ""Band of Brothers"

Gretchen Sauder, Crestview High School, "Football and Its Fans:  The Fantasy World of a True Family Sport"

Shane Sheredy, Wickliffe High School, "Man Maker"

Joseph Simonis, Highland High School, "Best Unpredicted Experience"

Madison Tompkins, Lake Catholic High School, "What I Learned in Football Season"



I Believe in Myself, in My Teammates, in a Win
Bruce Ferguson with Marissa Floran at Eastlake North High School
Trenton High, Medina High School
Trenton with his mom and younger brothers
Ben Kinsel, Perkins High School--Becoming a Man
Ben and Merritt Waters at PHS Awards Night
Help, I Need Somebody!
Kortney Nyegard with Bruce Ferguson at Chardon HS
Marching Beyond the Missteps
Zach Schwartz of Solon HS with Merritt Waters and Lacey Ferguson

2012 Honorable Mention:

Andrew Cuffman, Ashland Mapleton - What I Learned From High School Football

Karlie Daff, Aurora - The Twelfth Man

Abby Filer, Columbia Station Columbia - Midnight Madness

Joseph Ginley, State Champion St. Ignatius - Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Jennifer Hall, Jefferson Area - Those Final Moments

Eric Kelly, State Champion Kirtland - They...Could...Go...All...The...Way...

Kevin Kennedy, Medina Buckeye - One Field, One Community

Lauren McBride, Ravenna - The 12th Player

Dillon McCrea, Ashland Mapleton - High School Football Made Me Who I am Today

Adam Paynter, New Washington Buckeye Central - It's About More Than Just Football

David Shapiro, Beachwood - The Value of Pain

Matthew Thomas, Ravenna - Learning from a Mistake

Joe Krivos, St. Ignatius
Joe with his College Counselor 
TJ O'Brien, St. Edward, "Choose to Cry"
TJ and his plaque

Candace Carruthers, Elyria, "Leaving the Field"

Bruce Ferguson, Lacey Ferguson, Candace Carruthers


O'Neal West, Garfield Heights, "First and Ten"

Catherine Ferguson, O'Neal West, Bruce Ferguson


David Rutan, "Everyone Can Do Their Part"
David and his plaque

2011 Honorable Mention
Jack Corrigan, St. Ignatius, "You Can't Win On Tradition Alone"
Alex D'Angelo, St. Edward, "Rebirth and Revolution"
Patrick Furnas, Avon, "Becoming a Man"
Brandon Lanese, Trinity, "To Play Or Not to Play"
Annie Latsko, Lakewood, "This One Time at Band Camp"
Jake Leber, Mentor, "Boom Goes the Dynamite"
Jameson McGovern, Rocky River, "Teamwork"
Caleb Miller, Bucyrus Wynford, (no title)
Patrick Nagorski, Mentor, "My Lifelong Lessons from Football"
Mario Palmisano, Willoughby South, "The Size of One's Heart"
John Ringer, Ashtabula Edgewood, "Overcoming Adversity"
Karl Robie, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, "What I've Learned from Playing Football"
Ethan Scheck, Akron Ellet, "Bittersweet"
Nicole Spaetzel, Elyria Catholic, "Starting at the Twelfth Man:  A 5'4" Senior"
Michael Timas, Cardinal, "Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win"
Jessica Tyree, Black River, "Lessons Learned On the Football Field"
Mariah Wright, West Geauga, "From Red Beret to Tiara" 



Matt Osborne, Jefferson Area, "Character is Built on Life Experiences"
Zach Thomas, Ravenna, "Trust"


Kaitlin Fields, Ravenna, "And, It's Good!"
Jessica Jurcak, Olmsted Falls, "Stepping in Their Skin"


Mary Ankrom, Geneva, "The Growing Traditions"

Kaira Battista, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, "Good Job, Kid"

Marie Latsa, Eastlake North, "Ranger Danger";

Timothy Ochmann, Olmsted Falls, "What I Learned My Freshman Year"

Matthew Reed, Wadsworth, "My Highlight Tape"

Chuck Seymour, Mentor, "The FCMB Experience"

Matthew Shannon, Mayfield, "Lessons From the Locker Room"

Andrew Stylski, Bay Village, "My Life in Football"

Scott Taylor, Chardon, "Risk Everything, Regret Nothing";

Kari Trivisanno, Mentor, "Living in the Spotlight"

Devin van Der Maas of Berkshire HS
with Bruce Ferguson 

Andrew Moyer of Elyria HS with

Lacey and Bruce Ferguson