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Scholarships Awarded to Two CCH Students

Todd A. Sheets, Jr., a senior at Covington Catholic High School, is the recipient of the $5,000 Williams Fund College Scholarship awarded by the Kenny and Brian Williams Fund. Ken Williams, Sr., who is on the board of directors for the fund named after his sons, and David Thiel, Jr., also a member of the fund’s board of directors and a 1986 Covington Catholic graduate and classmate of Ken "Kenny" Williams, Jr., presented Sheets with the award.

The Kenny and Brian Williams Fund was founded by David Thiel and six other friends of the Williams brothers as a way to honor them after their tragic deaths. Kenny died in 1994 after falling from a Cincinnati skywalk. Brian died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The brothers are Covington Catholic alumni who were known for their spirit, athleticism, academic excellence and zeal for life.

Todd Sheets is the son of Todd A. Sheets, Sr. (deceased) and Lynda K. Sheets of Florence. He plans to attend the University of Louisville in the fall to study business. At Covington Catholic, he has been a member of the swim team (and recipient of the “Corbett Award” for leadership and commitment), the track and field team, the intramural bowling league, many clubs, and has earned varsity letters for 60+ community service hours all four years of high school.

To be considered for the Williams scholarship, applicants submit essays explaining the reasons they value their Covington Catholic experience and deserve the award. The recipient is chosen for his academic performance, extracurricular participation and recommendations from faculty and administrators. 

The Kenny and Brian Williams Fund also supports the Northern Kentucky-Greater Cincinnati community, particularly assisting those facing tragedies or having special needs. Since its inception, the Williams Fund has raised over $2 million. For more information, visit The Kenny and Brian Williams Fund website at kbwilliamsfund.org or the Covington Catholic website at www.covcath.org.

Faris Awarded $1,000 Pfetzer Memorial Scholarship

Steven Faris, a senior at Covington Catholic High School, is the recipient of the $1,000 Jeffrey A. Pfetzer Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Michael Cayse presented Faris with the award at the school’s Baccalaureate Luncheon on May 19.

The Pfetzer Memorial Scholarship was founded in 2004 in honor of Jeffrey Pfetzer (CCH Class of 2001).  Jeffrey died from a tragic fall in 2002 at the University of Kentucky where he completed his freshman year of college. His family and friends established this scholarship fund as a way to recognize a CCH student who embodies the qualities and character of Jeffrey.

Steven Faris attended St. Agnes School previous to CCH and is the son of Travis and Michelle Faris. He plans to attend Northern Kentucky University, where he also received the Kentucky Governor’s Scholarship. He was selected for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in 2014. At Covington Catholic High School, he was a member of the Art Club and Magnified Giving Club and earned a CCH varsity letter for community service. 

The Pfetzer scholarship criteria include GPA, involvement in extracurricular activities and/or work, and evidence of ambition, a commitment to learning and respect for others.  Further, the student should be admired by peers and teachers, selfless, humble, and, most importantly, live a good Christian life. A selection committee including administration and faculty of CCH as well as Pfetzer family members reviews applications and selects the scholarship recipient.    

Staff report/Photo (center): CCH student and Williams Fund College Scholarship recipient Todd Sheets Jr. (provided)