Teens of the Week: Secrest, Windland receive OSU Land Grant Scholarship
BELPRE — Each year, The Ohio State University awards full-ride scholarships to two graduating students in each Ohio county. This year both Washington County students are Belpre High School seniors.
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Secrest and 18-year-old Kellar Windland are this year’s recipients of the OSU Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship pays the full cost of attendance for eight semesters.
“I really didn’t expect it at all,” Secrest said. “It was a very, very good surprise.”
“My parents claimed they weren’t surprised, but I think they were surprised,” Windland said.
Windland plans to study computer science and engineering, with the goal of getting a Ph.D. and working in cyber security.
“I like the technicality of it, how clear cut it is and all the opportunities with it,” he said.
Secrest plans to study integrated language arts and English education with the goal of becoming a high school English teacher.
“My grandma was an English teacher, so I’ve grown up reading and writing,” she said. “I really want to help others, and I think teaching is a good career for that.”
Windland will graduate from Belpre High School as valedictorian, and just graduated summa cum laude from Washington State Community College with two associate degrees — general science and liberal arts. He is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and AERO (Academic Excellence Recognition Organization). He also runs track and cross country and plays soccer.
Secrest will graduate BHS as co-salutatorian and is student body president. She is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and AERO. She is a member of honor choir and does volunteer work in the community. She does dual enrollment, taking some classes for college credit.
Secrest said her sister Katarina Greathouse has been her inspiration.
“She’s a junior at Ohio University,” Secrest said. “Her academic achievements have really inspired me to follow in her footsteps.”
Windland said his father, Joseph Windland, has been his role model.
“He taught me hard work pays off, and no matter where you start, it’s about where you end up,” Kellar Windland said.