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NEW LONDON -- Firelands Electric has announced the winners of its 2021 scholarship contest.

Zeb Schafer of Monroeville High School was selected as the first-place winner of an $1,800 scholarship. The son of Donald and the late Annette Schafer of Willard, he plans to study psychology in the fall. He is currently undecided which college he will attend.

Schafer is also now eligible to participate in a statewide contest on April 13 at Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives in Columbus. At this event, representatives from Ohio’s 24 electric co-ops have a chance to compete for additional scholarships worth up to $3,800.

The second-place winner of $1,600 is Mason Kiesel of South Central High School. Kiesel is the son of Brian and Laura Kiesel of New London. He plans to study exercise science and is currently undecided which college he will attend next fall.

Sarah Yeater of Hillsdale High School is the winner of the third-place $1,400 scholarship. Daughter of Keith and Heidi Yeater of Ashland, she plans to study diagnostic medical sonography at the University of Findlay.

Fourth-place winner of a $1,200 scholarship is Drew Hall of Ashland High School. Hall is the son of Michael and Tamara Hall of Ashland. He plans to major in cybersecurity and is currently undecided which college he will attend.

The fifth-place winner of $1,000 is Levi Robinson of Plymouth High School. Robinson is the son of Jason and Rachel Robinson of Willard. He will attend Cedarville University in the fall with a major in middle childhood education.

Austin Adelman of Willard High School is the winner of the sixth-place $750 scholarship. The son of Robert and Geri Adelman of Willard, he plans to attend the University of Findlay with a major in mathematics.

The winners of Honorable Mention scholarships, worth $500 each, are Alexis Hicks of Seneca East High School and Maggie Vesper of Hillsdale High School. Hicks is the daughter of Rodney and Kathleen Hicks of Willard. She will major in international studies at Bowling Green State University next fall. Vesper, the daughter of Dave and Jessie Vesper of Ashland, plans to major in biology at Lipscomb University next fall.

Jaret Fowler and Madison Rodriguez, both of New London High School, are the winners of Judges’ Choice awards of $500 each. Fowler is the son of Christina Fowler of New London. He plans to study marketing next fall but is currently undecided which college he will attend. Rodriguez, daughter of Tritain and Kim Biddinger of New London, plans to major in pharmacy at Ohio Northern University.

Firelands Electric offers its scholarship contest annually to graduating high school seniors who reside in a home served by the cooperative. This year, the co-op received applications from students attending Ashland, Hillsdale, Lucas, Monroeville, New London, Plymouth, Seneca East, South Central, Western Reserve, and Willard high schools.

Firelands Electric Cooperative, A Touchstone Energy Cooperative®, is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility serving 9,100 members in the rural areas of Ashland, Huron, Lorain, and Richland counties. For more information on Firelands’ scholarships and youth programs, visit their website at

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