2009-06-11 / Local & State

Forbes Student Remembered Through Scholarship

Five graduates receive Joshua T. Wilt Jr. scholarship
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Joshua Wilt Joshua Wilt A handful of Forbes Road School District seniors will be selected annually to receive a newly created, educational scholarship named in honor of a 14-year-old boy and fellow student who succumbed to injuries sustained in a single-vehicle collision last summer.

Last Friday evening during the Class of 2009 graduation and award ceremonies held at Forbes Road's auditorium, five graduating seniors were presented with certificates through the Joshua T. Wilt Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Making the presentation was high school Principal Fred Foster, who also had the opportunity to know Joshua during his time at Southern Huntingdon.

Each of the new graduates is slated to receive a total of $200 to be utilized in furthering their education, in addition to their certificate, which reads, "for having demonstrated a positive attitude, respect and compassion toward others."

Those selected as scholarship recipients based on their extracurricular activities as well as desire to further their education include:

• Ashley Renee Keck, the daughter of Christine Seville, who plans to attend Hagerstown Community College.

Ashley Keck Ashley Keck • Olivia Skye Strait, daughter of Todd and B.J. Strait. Olivia also plans on attending Hagerstown Community College.

• Stephanie Nicole Clippinger, the daughter of Randall and Jennifer Clippinger, who will be attending Allegany College of Maryland.

• Tyler Lee Keeseman will be attending Shippensburg University and is the son of Ricky and Penny Keeseman.

• Jamie Shannel Stoey, a future student at the University of Pittsburgh, is the daughter of Sam and Mary Stoey.

According to scholarship creator and Joshua's mother, Donna Clark, the premise for the memorial scholarship fund began as a way for the surrounding community and student body at Forbes Road to remember their classmate. Joshua was involved in a tragic vehicle accident just after midnight on Sunday, August 3, 2008. He was a passenger in a northbound 1992 Isuzu Amigo, which struck an embankment along North Hess Road. Both Joshua and the driver, a 17-year-old male, were ejected from the sport utility vehicle.

Olivia Strait Olivia Strait At the time of the accident, Joshua was to begin his sophomore year at Forbes Road High School. He had previously been involved in the school's soccer program and enjoyed playing the guitar. In addition to his mother, Joshua is also survived by his stepfather Gary Clark, father Joshua Wilt Sr. and stepmother Chandra Wilt as well as numerous siblings and grandparents.

Having organized the fund on her own with help from staff at Forbes Road, Donna stated her initial thought was to offer the scholarship over the next three years until her late son would have graduated high school. Reconsidering, Donna now says she has decided to continue offering the scholarship beyond her initial projections.

Any residents, classmates or former Forbes Road graduates wishing to make a contribution toward the scholarship can mail their donation to the Joshua T. Wilt Memorial Scholarship, c/o Donna Clark at F&M Trust in McConnellsburg.

Stephanie Clippinger Stephanie Clippinger Tyler Keeseman Tyler Keeseman Jamie Stoey Jamie Stoey

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