Kids Voting of Central Ohio created the Kids Voting Citizenship Scholarship in honor of Suzanne Helmick, the founding director of KVCO. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who demonstrates leadership and a commitment to citizenship through community and school activities.
For 2012 the scholarship winner is Zak Davidson of the Metro Early College High School in Columbus, Ohio. Zak has served on the Kids Voting Youth Council for two years and has been engaged in extensive civic leadership activities.Zak cited a Youth Council meeting with State Representatives Ted Celeste and Michael Stinziano as being inspirational to him. “Youth Council has had a prominent role in the shaping of my concept of citizenship through engaging and intriguing discussions,” Zak said.
While maintaining a 4.0 at the Metro school, Davidson has been engaged with National Honor Society, co-founded Metro’s first student government organization, and earned 65 credit hours at the Ohio State University. He is also a pitcher for his home Whetstone High School. Zak plans to major in political science nest year at either Ohio State or Tulane University.