2012 Roosevelt High School graduates Eli Kepner and Kristen Maynard were announced as the 2012 recipients of the Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic and Athletic Scholarship Fund in a ceremony at the high school recently.
Kepner and Maynard were each awarded a $10,000 scholarship (in increments of $2,500 per year) to be used at an accredited four-year college or university. Both students have been accepted to attend Ohio University in Athens, OH, and have enrolled for the fall. Kepner plans to major in journalism and Maynard is considering the sciences in preparation for medical school.
The Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic and Athletic Scholarship Fund presents an award to one male and one female Roosevelt High School student who best exemplify community leadership in the classroom and on the playing field. Candidates must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point-average and have lettered in two varsity sports. Kepner played football and lacrosse and Maynard played field hockey and lacrosse.
“I was very pleased when I learned that the selection committee had chosen these two individuals,” said Scott Hamilton, chair of the scholarship fund’s board. “Keeping in touch with the school and attending sporting events with my family, I’d come to know them before they were selected and I think Eli and Kristen are great choices to carry on my son’s legacy of service to the community.”
US Army Specialist Adam S. Hamilton, a native of Kent, graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 2007. While in school, Adam played linebacker/wide receiver on the state-playoff football team, was the hockey career-goals record holder and in 2007 was named an All-American in lacrosse. On May 28, 2011, Hamilton died of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device (IED) during a night mission in Haji Ruf, Afghanistan, while serving as a Specialist in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his parents Scott and Connie Hamilton and Nancy Krestan, brothers Brandon Hamilton and Nick Krestan and sisters Shawney and Taya