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Ohio Valley Bank names 2021 4-H Scholars


GALLIPOLIS, Ohio - Madison Petro, Marlee Norris, Elizabeth Fannin, Kenly Arbogast, Caelin Seth and Riley Welch were named the 2021 recipients of the Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Scholarship. To date, the bank has helped 241 4-H members pay for college through the program.

Madison Petro, of Gallipolis, Ohio, was named the Gallia County Scholar. She is the daughter of Chris and Holly Petro. She is a member of the Triangle 4-H Club. She will graduate from Gallia Academy High School this spring and plans to study nursing at the University of Rio Grande this fall.

Marlee Norris, of Glenwood, W.Va., was named the Cabell County Scholar. She is the daughter of Mark and Rachel Norris. She is a member of the Chapter Ridge Runners 4-H Club. She will graduate from Cabell Midland High School this spring and plans to attend West Virginia University to study civil engineering.

Elizabeth Fannin, of Jackson, Ohio, was named the Jackson County Scholar. She is the daughter of Aaron and Rae Anne Fannin. She is a member of the Four Mile Farmers 4-H Club. She will graduate from Jackson High School this spring and will attend Ohio State University, where she will major in agriculture communications with plans to study law post-graduate.

Kenly Arbogast, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., was named the Mason County Scholar. She is the daughter of David and Kelly Arbogast. She is a member of the Haer Bears 4-H Club. She will graduate from Point Pleasant High School this spring. She plans to study at Marshall University this fall.

Caelin Seth, of Long Bottom, Ohio, was named the Meigs County Scholar. She is the daughter of Shaun and Jennifer Seth. She is a member of the Meigs County Dairy 4-H Club. She will graduate from Southern High School this spring. She plans to study veterinary medicine at Ohio State ATI and Ohio State University.  

Riley Welch, of Waverly, Ohio, was named the Pike County Scholar. She is the daughter of Don and Tricia Welch. She is a member of the All About 4-H Gang. She will graduate from Waverly High School this spring. She plans to study agriculture at Morehead State University.

Created in 1986, for over 30 years the Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Scholarship Program has recognized outstanding high school seniors for their accomplishments in 4-H.  Recipients receive $3,000 over 4 years which is typically presented to them during the county fair.

Winners are determined by 4-H advisors and volunteers. 4-H involvement accounts for 50 percent of the decision. The other half considers the individual’s experiences in other groups and activities, academic accomplishments and potential for success. 

Ohio Valley Bank, established in 1872 and based in Gallipolis, operates 15 offices throughout southern Ohio and western West Virginia. The company is a subsidiary of Ohio Valley Banc Corp. whose stock is traded on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol OVBC. The company’s website is www.ovbc.com.