MARYSVILLE — Six high-achieving Darke County high school seniors received the Honda-OSU Math Medal Award from a partnership between Honda and The Ohio State University. The award recognizes the top senior mathematics student in 232 high schools in southwest and central Ohio.
The math medal winners from Darke County are Leslie Dirksen, Mississinawa Valley; Carrie Baker, Franklin Monroe; Harrison Detrick, Versailles; Alexis Kreusch, Arcanum; Jensen Obringer, Ansonia; and Alexander Onkst, Greenville.
This is the 12th anniversary of the Central Ohio region Math Medal Awards, presented by the Honda-OSU Partnership, a university-industry partnership that supports programs in education and research to benefit the transportation industry. This year 132 seniors from 15 counties in central Ohio received the award.
Honorees attended the Central Ohio region ceremony on Nov. 5 at Honda of America in Marysville. Recognized as their school’s top math student in the Class of 2016, each student received a pewter math medal, plaque and $100 gift card from Honda and Ohio State’s College of Engineering.
“Math is the foundation for so many of our advancements, particularly the kind of advancements a technology-driven company like Honda needs,” Honda North America Engineering Center Division Manager Dave Schmidt said at the ceremony. “Companies like Honda will always need strong math skills as we look toward our future workforce.”
In addition, the award comes with a $3,000 scholarship opportunity at Ohio State’s College of Engineering for the 2016-2017 academic year. Over the past 11 years, 165 Central Ohio region math medal recipients have gone on to receive the $3,000 scholarship.
“We are grateful that our strong partnership with Honda provides the opportunity to recognize these high school seniors who excel in math and science,” said David B. Williams, dean, Ohio State College of Engineering. “We hope these outstanding students will put those talents to use as Buckeye engineers.”
The Honda-Ohio State Partnership is a unique collaboration between Ohio State and Honda that supports initiatives in education, research and public service to positively impact students, faculty, public and private sector practitioners, and the transportation industry as a whole.
Honda operates two auto plants, an engine plant and a transmission plant in Ohio, along with a major vehicle research and development center and engineering, logistics and purchasing operations. With 13,500 associates, Honda is one of Ohio’s largest private employers.
Ohio State’s College of Engineering places 16th nationally among public university engineering programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and its more than 7,500 undergraduate students choose from 14 different engineering majors.
More information about the Honda-Ohio State Partnership is available at honda.osu.edu.
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Editor: A photo of the Darke County students is attached.