AK Steel Announces Company's 2014 Sons and Daughters Scholarship Recipients
WEST CHESTER, Ohio, May 9, 2014
WEST CHESTER, Ohio, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) is
continuing a longstanding tradition this year by awarding college scholarships
to sons and daughters of company employees. The awards recognize outstanding
academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.
"Earning an AK Steel scholarship speaks volumes about the students and
families associated with our company," said James L. Wainscott, Chairman,
President and CEO of AK Steel. "We congratulate all of our scholars, and we
wish them great success as they take the next step in their academic
The Sons and Daughters scholarships are funded by the AK Steel Foundation and
are worth a maximum $20,000 each. The Middletown, Ohio Community Foundation
independently selects each recipient.
2014 Scholarship Recipients:
oKara Addis, daughter of Scott and Diana Addis of Pedro, Ohio.
Kara attends Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School where she is class
president and a member of the National Honor Society. She is a Buckeye Girls
State delegate and a four year high school honor roll member. Kara is a
member of the volleyball and bowling teams. She participates in church choir
and lector, homecoming / prom committee and received an excellent rating at
her local science fair. Kara volunteers to help at the local canned food
drive, coat drive, community charity fair and Clean-Up Ironton Day. Her
father, Scott Addis, works in the iron making department at the company's
oKaitlyn Barnes, daughter of Bob and Melissa Barnes of Mason, Ohio.
Kaitlyn attends William Mason High School where she is a member of the
National Honor Society and is a National Merit Commended Scholar. She is a
recipient of the American Legion Government and Citizenship Award and is a
Buckeye Girls State delegate. Kaitlyn participates in academic team, concert
band, Student Ambassadors and TUSK (tutoring science for kids.) She is also
an AP Scholar with Distinction and member of the Spanish National Honor
Society. She interns at the Warren County Historical Society and tutors
English as a second language. Her father, Bob Barnes, works in the research
department at the company's Middletown Works.
oAaron Barrett, son of Henry and Kathy Barrett of Ashland, Kentucky.
Aaron attends Boyd County High School where he is a member of the National
Society of High School Scholars and a recipient of the Boyd County High School
Distinguished Leader Award. He also received the National Social Studies
Award and is a National Youth Leadership Forum participant. Aaron is a member
of the varsity swim team, vice president of the Beta Club and secretary of the
Boyd County Kentucky Youth Council and Volunteer Services. He is a Special
Olympics, Salvation Army, Veteran's Hospital and Summer Motion volunteer. His
father, Henry Barrett, works in the transportation department at the company's
oDaniel Braun, son of Eric and Nancy Jo Braun of Butler, Pennsylvania.
Daniel attends Butler Senior High School where he is a member of the National
Honor Society, an AP Scholar and Certificate of Merit recipient for his SAT
and ACT test scores. He is treasurer of the Junior Classical League and a
member of the National Junior Classical League Honor Society. He participates
in model United Nations, track and field and is a percussionist in the Butler
High School Marching Band. Daniel is a volunteer at the K9 Unit dinner, Empty
Bowls charity event, Dunbar Community Center and Butler ARC. His father, Eric
Braun, works in the hot mill maintenance department at the company's Butler
oSarah Byrd, daughter of Roger and Natalie Byrd of Middletown, Ohio.
Sarah attends Madison Junior / Senior High School where she is a scholar
athlete, a recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence and a member of
the National Honor Society. She is a member of the soccer, cross country,
basketball and track teams. Sarah participates in Spanish club and art club,
and is a member of the marching, concert, pep and jazz bands. She is a
volunteer at First Christian Church, Madison Local Schools, Future Leaders of
America and the Atrium Family and Middletown Area YMCAs. Her father, Roger
Byrd, works in the sales and customer service department at AK Steel's
corporate headquarters in West Chester.
oAlexis Conley, daughter of Stephen Conley of Rush, Kentucky and Louticia
Malone of Kitts Hill, Ohio.
Alexis attends Dawson-Bryant High School where she is a member of the National
Honor Society and a recipient of the Dawson-Bryant Top Student Award in each
of her classes. She is president of the history club, secretary of the
Christian Youth Association and editor of the school yearbook. Alexis is
captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and a member of Mu Alpha Theta,
P.R.I.D.E. team and the Leo club. She is a long-time volunteer at Sunset
Nursing Center and also at Hoods Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Her father,
Stephen Conley, works in the steelmaking department at the company's Ashland
oDevin Dickson, son of James and Jodi Dickson of Nashport, Ohio.
Devin attends Tri-Valley High School where he is a member of the National
Honor Society and is recognized by the United States Achievement Academy. He
is a member of the German club, Family Career / Community Leaders of America,
Ruriteen and is a Buckeye Boys State delegate. Devin plays in the jazz,
marching, pep and symphonic band. He is a three-time recipient of the
Tri-Valley High School "All A" end of school year award. He is a Big Brother,
Genesis Charity Fund and Camp-Read-A lot volunteer, as well as a peer mentor
and math tutor. His father, James Dickson, works in the labor relations
department at the company's Zanesville Works.
oBashir Emlemdi, son of Hasan and Fatima Emlemdi of Hamilton, Ohio.
Bashir attends Lakota West High School where he is a recipient of the Firebird
Character Award and the All Conference Academic Award. He is a four-year
member of the High Honor Roll and was named Outstanding Participant in the
PSAT National Achievers Scholarship Program. He is a member of the varsity
football team and is a recipient of the West Pride Award. Bashir is chair of
the INTERalliance Leadership Council and was selected to attend the J. Kyle
Braid Leadership Ranch. He is a Volley for the Cure, Islamic Center of
Greater Cincinnati and RASKALS volunteer. His father, Hasan Emlemdi, works in
the company's research facility in Middletown.
oDaniel George, son of Thomas and Ronda George of Ashland, Kentucky.
Daniel attends Russell High School where he is a member of the National
Society for High School Scholars and the National Beta Club. He participates
in Latin club, Lift club, concert chorale as well as concert, jazz, marching
and pep band. Daniel was nominated for the Lead America High School Career
and Leadership Program and for the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music. He
volunteers to help students with special needs and is an Anthem youth worship
team leader and a King's Way Church praise team member. His father, Thomas
George, works in the iron making department at the company's Ashland Works.
oRachel Green, daughter of Daniel and Rebecca Green of Butler,
Rachel attends Vincentian Academy where she is a high honor student. She is a
member of the Vincentian Academy spring musical crew, art/photography club,
hula club and chess club. Rachel also participated in varsity cheerleading
and varsity lacrosse. An accomplished pianist, Rachel provides lessons to
other students. She is a volunteer at Second Grace Shoppe, Elliot Acres
Therapeutic Riding Lessons and World Vision. She also provides childcare at
her church for adults pursuing their GED. Her father, Daniel Green, works in
the central maintenance department at the company's Butler Works.
oKiana Green, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Green of Butler,
Kiana attends Butler Senior High School where she is a member of the National
Honor Society and a recipient of the Distinguished Young Woman of Butler
County Scholastic Award. She is a National Junior Classical League member and
has received the State Latin Convention's Creative Arts Award. Kiana is a
member of the orchestra, student council and volleyball team. She volunteers
serving meals to those in need, as an altar server and violinist at her
church. At her school she volunteers timing swim meets, ushering events and
working at concession stands. Her mother, Elizabeth Green, works in the
metallurgy department at the company's Butler Works.
oKurtis McIntosh, son of David and Angie McIntosh of Middletown, Ohio.
Kurtis attends Madison Junior / Senior High School where he is a member of the
National Honor Society and a three time recipient of the Presidential Award
for Excellence. He is captain of both the varsity basketball and soccer
teams, and he participates in concert and pep band. He is also a recipient of
the Honda OSU Math Medal and has been honored as a VIP student. Kurtis is a
coat and blood drive volunteer, and he works the election polls and concession
stands for special events. His father, David McIntosh, works in the
electronic repair department at the company's Middletown Works.
oMegan Muhleman, daughter of Scott and Tammy Muhleman of Coshocton, Ohio.
Megan attends River View High School where she is secretary of the National
Honor Society, vice president of the student council and a National Society of
High School Scholars member. She is a recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Honorary
Science Award, United States Achievement Academy Award and the Chris Spielman
McDonald's Scholar Athlete Award. Megan is captain of the cheerleading squad
and a member of the softball and cross-country teams. She is a volunteer for
Windsorwood Assisted Living and Project Linus. Her father, Scott Muhleman,
works in the engineering department at the company's Coshocton Works.
oHunter Music, son of Ronald and Jill Music of Crestline, Ohio.
Hunter attends Crestline High School where he is president of the National
Honor Society and a senior representative of student council. He was also
selected as a Supreme Court of Ohio student representative and guest speaker.
Hunter is captain of the varsity basketball and football teams and editor of
Key Club. He participates as percussion section leader in marching band and
pep band, and is president of FCCLA Regional Executive Council. Hunter is a
community food, coat and Christmas drive volunteer as well as a camp counselor
and teachers aide. His father, Ronald Music, works in the melt shop
department at the company's Mansfield Works.
oAdam Pohlabel, son of James and Mary Kay Pohlabel of Hamilton, Ohio.
Adam attends Fairfield High School where he is a member of the National Honor
Society and a GMC All Academic Award recipient. He is a student speaker for
Rotary club and the Youth Advisory School Board. He is a member of the
varsity cross-country team and serves as academic team captain. Adam is also
a recipient of the Centre Fellow Program Award and the 4.0 Golden Achievement
Award. He volunteers at Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio and the St.
Maximillian Kolbe Church Festival. His father, James Pohlabel, works in the
sales and customer service department at AK Steel's corporate headquarters in
oErin Sexton, daughter of Jason and Melissa Sexton of Webbville, Kentucky.
Erin attends East Carter High School where she is a Distinguished Scholar and
a recipient of the American Legion Auxiliary Academic Excellence Gold Medal.
She participates in JROTC drill team, honor guard and color guard. She
received the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal and JROTC Superior
Cadet Plaque. Erin is a member of the American Sign Language club,
Educational Talent Search and LMC work study. She is a volunteer at several
veterans' events, as well as Project Merry Christmas and the Greyson
Homecoming Parade. Her father, Jason Sexton, works in the transportation
department at the company's Ashland Works.
oLevi Stewart, son of Timothy and Tracy Stewart of Ironton, Ohio.
Levi attends Rock Hill Senior High School where he is president of the
National Honor Society and captain of the quiz bowl team. He participates in
baseball, bowling, football and track. In addition, he participates in the
engineering, science and Spanish clubs, and has served as a People to People
Student Ambassador. He is a Red Cross blood drive, Salvation Army, YMCA and
food pantry volunteer. He also serves as a volunteer for parent-teacher
conferences, Volley for the Cure and local clothing drives. His father,
Timothy Stewart, works in the finishing department at the company's Ashland
oMaddilyn Thoma, daughter of Bruce and Laura Thoma of Butler, Pennsylvania.
Maddilyn attends Knoch High School where she is president of the Future
Business Leaders of America and a member of the National Honor Society. She
is the recipient of the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Biology and Ecology Awards and STEM Award. She participates in volleyball,
student council and class cabinet. Maddilyn is president of the robotics and
programming clubs, as well as secretary of the Spanish club. She is a Special
Olympics, Shriners Hospital, Children's Hospital and Lighthouse Foundation
volunteer. Her father, Bruce Thoma, works in the silicon maintenance
department at the company's Butler Works.
oMary Zellhart, daughter of Michael and Beth Zellhart of Butler,
Mary attends Knoch Senior High School where she is a member of the National
Honor Society and is a four time high honor recipient. She is captain of both
the volleyball and track teams, and was named first team all section and
second team all WPIAL. Mary is the president of the German club and
participates in lacrosse, student council and chemistry club. She is a
vacation bible school, Cabot Food Bank, Concordia Lutheran Ministries and
Knoch High School office volunteer. Her father, Michael Zellhart, works in
the cold mill department at the company's Butler Works.
oAlexi Zika, daughter of Richard and Theodora Zika of Valencia,
Alexi attends Mars Area High School where she is a high honor student and a
member of the National Honor Society. She is captain of the volleyball team
and was selected as a second team all section player. Alexi also participates
in Pitt Elite Volleyball, Cincinnati Volleyball Academy and Cincy Classics.
She serves as vice president of the Greek Orthodox Youth Association and is a
member of the Spanish and INTERACT clubs. She is a volunteer youth dance and
volleyball instructor and has led several local food, toy and backpack lunch
drives. Her father, Richard Zika, works in the cold mill department at the
company's Butler Works.
AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels,
primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and
electrical power generation and distribution markets. The company employs
about 6,100 men and women in Middletown, Mansfield, Coshocton and Zanesville,
Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and its
corporate headquarters in West Chester, Ohio. Additional information about AK
Steel is available on the company's web site at www.aksteel.com.
AK Tube LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AK Steel, employs about 300 men and
women in plants in Walbridge, Ohio and Columbus, Indiana. AK Tube produces
carbon and stainless electric resistance welded (ERW) tubular steel products
for truck, automotive and other markets. Additional information about AK Tube
LLC is available on its web site at www.aktube.com.
AK Coal Resources, Inc., another wholly-owned subsidiary of AK Steel, produces
metallurgical coal from reserves in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. AK Steel
also owns 49.9% of Magnetation LLC, a joint venture headquartered in Grand
Rapids, Minnesota, which produces iron ore concentrate from previously mined
SOURCE AK Steel
Contact: Media - Michael P. Wallner, General Manager, Communications and PR
(513) 425-2688; Investors - Roger K. Newport, Vice President, Finance and
Chief Financial Officer (513) 425-5270
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