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Fifteen named Agnew scholarship recipients in Guernsey County |

Fifteen named Agnew scholarship recipients in Guernsey County

The G.D. Agnew Foundation has tapped 15 graduates of Guernsey County’s three high schools to receive its prestigious scholarships in the 51st annual disbursement of the award that was first bestowed in 1968.

To date, more than $1,795,500 has been distributed to students over the years. Each scholarship is $1,500 (it was increased from $1,000 four years ago).


Many of the students and the public, in general, may be unfamiliar with the man for whom the scholarship is named.

Agnew was an industrialist, banker and businessman until his death in 1975 at the age of 79. He served as general manager and president of the former Oxford Tile and Universal Potteries of Cambridge, with which he was associated from 1934.

In 1946, Agnew was named president of Universal Potteries, which, at the time, was one of the country’s leading producers of ovenproof dinnerware and kitchenware. Largely due to increased importation of foreign-made pottery, the Cambridge plant ceased its dinnerware production the early 1960s to focus on the manufacture of ceramic tile.

Agnew was a long-time leader in the United States Potters Association, serving as its president for a period. He also served as president of the former Central National Bank for several years.

Agnew was concerned with the quality of life in the area — long before such social conscience became fashionable.

His other memberships and affiliations include service on the board of directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and his long-time support of the former Guernsey Memorial Hospital for which he was responsible for its Centurion Club Concept in 1968.

That also was the year that he created the Agnew Foundation, a trust fund to assist high school graduates of the county earn college educations.

The 2018 G.D. Agnew Foundation Scholarship winners, listed alphabetically by high school, are:

Cambridge High School

• Michael K. Berger, son of Jody Berger, Cambridge, and Lynn Bachmann, Cambridge.

• Alexa J. Edwards, daughter of Bill and Missy Edwards, Cambridge.

• Rachel A. Neil, daughter of Mark and Carrie Neil, Cambridge.

• Benjamin B. Stillions, son of Gerald Stillions, Kimbolton, and Senti Longkumer, Kimbolton.

• Arika Swigart, daughter of Amy Swigart, Cambridge.

• Michael Weber, son of Richard and Julie Weber, Cambridge.

Meadowbrook High School

• Jolie Black, daughter of Kevin Black, Mansfield, and Heidi Black, Cambridge.

• Cassy R. Edwards, daughter of Randy Edwards and Nancy Edwards, Pleasant City.

• Baylee L. Geese, daughter of Tamala Geese, Byesville, and the late Robert Geese.

• John V. Krak, son of David and Cheryl Krak, Senecaville.

• Miranda M. Marsinek, daughter of Joseph Marsinek, Buffalo, and Jamie Douglas, Buffalo.

• Clara J. Slabaugh, daughter of Jonas and Fannie Slabaugh, Salesville.

Buckeye Trail High School

• Lindsay E. Gray, daughter of Rodney and Angela Gray, Salesville.

• Emily F. Paden, daughter of Dale Paden and Christie Snedegar-Paden, Salesville.

• Kirsten D. Pierce, daughter of Jason Pierce and Michele Pierce, Cambridge.

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