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Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary Awards Seven Scholarships

July 25, 2011

WHEELING, W.Va. – Continuing its tradition of giving to others, the Auxiliary of Wheeling Hospital has awarded scholarships to seven area high school seniors.

Each student will receive $1,000 yearly for four years. Combined with the eight scholarships already going to former Junior Volunteers at Wheeling Hospital, the Auxiliary is pledging $15,000 annually to local students.

“The Auxiliary’s ability to award these scholarships is directly attributable to the dedication and commitment of our members,” said Auxiliary President Judy Weitzel. “Funds are raised from many different events throughout the years for the scholarships.”


She said the Auxiliary is proud to honor former Junior Volunteers, who every year donate thousands of hours in virtually every area of Wheeling Hospital.

The scholarships were presented by Lucille Otte, Auxiliary Scholar chair.

This year’s recipients are: Celcey Clark, daughter of Thomas and Cathy Clark; Elizabeth Seckman, daughter of Mike and Colleen Seckman; Michael Young, son of Brad and Sandy Young; Chelsea Lucas, daughter of Charles and Sharon Lucas; Kristen Meigh, daughter of Thomas and Connie Meigh; Justin Retzer, son of Patrick and Theresa Retzer; and Lauren Zavatsky, daughter of Mark and Judy Zavatsky.

Clark, Seckman and Young are seniors at St. Clairsville High School. Lucas is graduating from Martins Ferry High School; Meigh from Wheeling Park High School; Retzer from Central Catholic High School; and Zavatsky from The Linsly School.

To be eligible for the scholarships, a Junior Volunteer must meet the following criteria: be a high school senior and carry at least a 2.5 GPA; donate at least 150 hours of volunteer service at Wheeling Hospital; and enter into a health-related college curriculum.

“These students all joined the Volunteer program in May 2007 and have given a combined total of 1,531 service hours at Wheeling Hospital,” Weitzel said.

Debbie Romaine, director of Volunteer/Guest Services at the hospital, said, “It is the aim of the Department of Volunteer Services to facilitate the development of the Junior Volunteer’s role in the hospital, and afford these teens the opportunity to safely perform meaningful services as a viable part of our health care team.

“Our goal is to help our Junior Volunteers build self-esteem, promote a sense of social responsibility and built relationships outside of school with people of various ages and backgrounds.”

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Students representing five high schools have received four-year scholarships of $1,000 annually from the Auxiliary of Wheeling Hospital. The winners are all former Junior Volunteers at the hospital. From left are: Lucille Otte, Auxiliary Scholar chair; Michael Young, Celcey Clark and Elizabeth Seckman, all of St. Clairsville High School; Kristen Meigh of Wheeling Park High School; Debbie Romaine, director of Volunteer/Guest Services at the hospital; Lauren Zavatsky of The Linsly School; Chelsea Lucas of Martins Ferry High School; Justin Retzer of Central Catholic High School; and Judy Weitzel, president of the Auxiliary. Combined with the eight scholarships already going to former Junior Volunteers at Wheeling Hospital, the Auxiliary is pledging $15,000 annually to local students.