Roy Bates Scholarships awarded for 29th year

Roy Bates Scholarships awarded for 29th year

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The 29th annual Roy Bates Scholarship winners were announced recently by the Wayne County Community Foundation.

After a review of nearly 45 applicants representing nine high schools in Wayne County, the following scholarship winners stood out above the rest and will share in a combined $20,000: Northwestern’s Shayna Allshouse, Triway’s Hailey Massaro, Smithville’s Luke Meech, Dalton’s Kole Miller, Norwayne’s Isaiah Portis, Waynedale’s Josiah Raber, Orrville’s Amari Slaughter and Wooster’s Jack Williams.

They will each receive a Bates Foundation one-time scholarship of $2,500 and are finalists for the Bates Player of the Year award, which will be announced at a dinner for the scholarship winners and their parents at Greystone Event Center in May.

The Bates Foundation, which is a component of the Wayne County Community Foundation, will reach $430,000 this year in scholarship money awarded to Wayne County student-athletes over nearly three decades.

Rick Rottman, a 1969 Triway graduate who’s been a longtime coach and supporter of area athletics, took over as the Bates Foundation committee chairperson in 2021.

"(The Bates committee) reviewed another outstanding pool of applicants," Rottman said. “Just about everyone who submitted an application could have been a winner, and that’s great to see. It’s another really outstanding senior class.

“We selected eight winners who we believe best represent the Roy Bates Foundation, and we say ‘congratulations’ to them. We’re pleased to keep this wonderful tradition going with this great group of student-athletes.”

Miller played baseball and football and ran cross country for Dalton. He ranks 14th in a class of 68 with a 3.9 GPA. He is the son of Jason and Krista Miller and will attend Cedarville University.

Allshouse played basketball and ranks second in a class of 100 with a 4.755 GPA at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Ben and Joelyn Allshouse and will attend Marietta College.

Portis has played basketball and been on the track team at Norwayne while compiling a 3.7 GPA that ranks 27th in a class of 102. He is the son of Gregory Portis and Beth Septer and will go to Allegheny College.

Slaughter played volleyball and basketball for Orrville and has a 3.724 GPA to rank 34th in a class of 98. She is the daughter of Sly and Sheila Slaughter and will attend Heidelberg University.

Meech played football and basketball for Smithville and has a 3.8 GPA, which is 12th in a class of 84. He is the son of Scott and Loren Meech and will attend Cincinnati.

Massaro played softball and volleyball at Triway and has a 3.76 GPA, which is 20th in a class of 122. She is the daughter of Frank and Alicia Massaro and will attend Ohio State.

Raber played football, basketball and baseball for Waynedale and ranks 10th in a class of 93 with a 4.108 GPA. He is the son of Ada Raber and is headed to Tiffin University.

Williams played football, basketball and baseball for Wooster and is 61st in a class of 279 with a 4.00 weighted GPA. He is the son of Mark and Chrissy Williams and will attend Denison University.

Roy Bates died at age 88 in 2004 after a life that saw him work as a successful teacher, coach, broadcaster, referee, athlete and more.

Bates played baseball and basketball for the now defunct Chester High and coached at both Chester and Northwestern. He even helped Bobby Knight as a basketball assistant at Indiana University.

Bates set up the foundation that bears his name to honor Wayne County senior student-athletes based on character, grades and athletic ability — in that order.

To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a senior at a Wayne County high school, and play basketball and/or baseball/softball (his favorite sports). The rules state only one athlete per school can receive an award.

The Bates Foundation Executive Committee that chose the 2022 award winners consisted of Keith Snoddy, Aaron Dorksen, Peggy (Bates) Yoder (Roy’s daughter) and Rottman.

Aaron Dorksen can be emailed at Follow him on Twitter at @AaronDorksen.

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