Toole and Purcell are recipients of the 2022 Young Memorial Scholarships


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The Young Memorial Scholarship is an academic/athletic scholarship that honors the lives of David and Mark Young.

The 2022 recipients of the Young Memorial Scholarships are Myla Toole from North Adams High School and Molly Purcell from West Union High School.

The recipients :

Myla Toole graduated with honors from North Adams High School and Associate of Science degree from Southern State Community College. She was a member of the Beta Club for four years, the National Honor Society for two years, the track and field team for four years, the cross country team for two years, and the Mock Trial team for three years. She has been a 4-H member for 10 years and participated in basketball and volleyball for two years.

Myla is the president of her Beta Club as well as the vice president of the Ohio Beta Club. She is treasurer of the NAHS Student Council, vice president of the NAHS National Honor Society, and secretary of its 4-H club. Throughout high school, her participation in sports led her to hold a school record in four track and field events, a volleyball record, and the women’s cross country record. She was state qualified four times in track and field twice and named to the All-League, All-District and All-State teams. She was SHAC’s Cross Country Runner of the Year and a member of SHAC’s Champions Track and Field Teams as well as Cross Country Teams. Myla’s cross country team was district champions in the 2021 season.

Graduating as a Salutatorian in her class, Myla will attend Xavier University in the fall to major in biology on the pre-med track while doing cross country and track. She plans to pursue a career in the field of orthopedics or chiropractic. Myla is the daughter of Eric and Lisa Toole, sister of Madelyn and Mackenzie Toole, and granddaughter of Gene and Sally Toole and Johnny and Jane Brown.

A graduate with a 3.96 GPA, Molly Purcell participated in various extracurricular activities at West Union High School. She is an active member of West Union High School’s Beta Club and National Honor Society, earning over 50 hours of service. She also served on the Student Senate for four years and served as its class secretary.

Molly has received various academic achievements, including the All-A Honor Roll and first place in the Voice of Democracy Essay Competition. Molly is an active member of her church’s youth group at West Union Bible Baptist Church and frequently volunteers in her church’s nursery and toddler classes.

Throughout her high school career, Molly participated in: four years of band, two years of choir, four years of exceptional section in the band, two years of the all-county band, one year of musical school, two years of the steel-drum band, one year of the academy team, two years of the Homecoming Committee, one year on the Homecoming Court, two years of volleyball, one year of athletics and four years of basketball . This past basketball season, Molly nearly averaged a double/double with 10 points and 9 rebounds per game. She was the second best rebounder in SHAC. Molly received an Honorable Mention for District 14, as well as a Special Mention for the Southeast District.

Molly will be attending Morehead State University in the fall. She will major in secondary math education, with hopes of returning to Adams County to teach after graduation and give back to her community. Molly is the daughter of Brad and Stacy Purcell, sister of Hunter, Liam and Walker Purcell, and granddaughter of Juanita Speck.

In honour of:

David Young graduated from West Union High School in 1972. At WUHS, David participated in basketball and baseball. He continued his baseball career at Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in education. David returned to Ohio where he taught science, health and physical education. He also began his coaching career, notably in basketball, where he coached at West Union, Waverly, Minford, Whiteoak and finally North Adams for 23 years. David’s accomplishments include numerous SHL Coach of the Year, District 14 Coach of the Year and, in 2009, Ohio Division III Coach of the Year. David was very proud of his players, his school and his community. He found the most joy when his players were successful off the pitch.

Mark Young graduated from West Union High School in 1978. At West Union, Mark was a tri-sport athlete in basketball, baseball and football. He excelled on the gridiron and received numerous offers to take his footballing skills to the next level. Education-focused Mark attended Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in business administration. Mark became a world traveler as he made his way through the United States Department of Defense. When Mark died, he was working directly with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his administration. Mark’s accomplishments include: the Army Value of Engineering Award (1991), the Quality in the Space and Defense Industries (NASA) Award in 2004, and most notably, the Al Gore Golden Hammer Award in 1999.

The Young Family would like to take the time to thank everyone who has donated to the foundation and wish Myla and Molly well. Your qualities and successes are true indications as to why both of you have been chosen for this scholarship.


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