AK Steel Announces Sons and Daughters Scholarship Recipients

 

Middletown, OH, May 15, 2003—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) today announced that twenty sons and daughters of AK Steel employees have been selected to receive the company’s 2003 college scholarship awards.  The awards, valued at $16,000 each, are funded by the AK Steel Foundation which has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships since 1989.  Winners of AK Steel scholarships are selected by an independent academic panel based solely on academic merit, entrepreneurial activities and community service.

"These students not only excel academically, they also play an active role in their schools and communities," said Richard M. Wardrop, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of AK Steel. "We are indeed honored to have such a bright and talented group of young people in our AK Steel family."

Recipients of the 2003 scholarships are:

Wesley Allen, son of Richard and Deborah Allen of Santa Claus, Indiana.  Wesley is graduating from Heritage Hills High School where he has been involved in student council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Business Professionals of America, the Drama, Pep and Spanish clubs, and golf team.  He is a National Honor Society student and has earned numerous academic awards. His community service activities include American Cancer Society, tutoring students and assisting needy families. Richard Allen works in the temper mill/annealing department at Rockport Works.

Cinnamon Baker, daughter of Ronald Baker of Hamilton, Ohio and Donna Henley, also of Hamilton. Cinnamon graduates from New Miami High School where she participated in volleyball, Spanish Club, and the Homecoming court.  She is a member of National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, and she has received a number of academic awards.  She has volunteered for the Salvation Army and academic boosters. Ronald Baker works in the stores department at Middletown Works.

Lauren Blanton, daughter of Anthony and Sandra Blanton of Middletown, Ohio.  Lauren graduates from Madison Junior-Senior High School where she was active in soccer, tennis, Thespians, Art Club, Students Against Drunk Driving, the school newspaper, steel drum band, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She received a number of academic awards and is a member of National Honor Society. Lauren volunteered for Middletown Regional Hospital, Extreme Team, Youth Ministry and Middfest. Anthony Blanton works in the rigger shop at Middletown Works.

Patrick Craft, son of James and Drema Craft of Worthington, Kentucky.  Patrick graduates from Raceland-Worthington High School where he has been active in football, track, Drama Club, Key Club, Technological Student Association and Future Business Leaders of America.  He has received numerous academic awards and served the community through the Salvation Army and his church’s community kitchen and youth group.  James Craft works in the steelmaking department at Ashland Works.

Ryan Craig, son of Robert and Rebecca Craig of Mansfield, Ohio.  Ryan graduates fromOntario High School where he participated in swim team, cross country, track, marching band and concert band.  He is a member of National Honor Society and has received a number of academic awards.  Ryan is an Eagle Scout and has volunteered for the YMCA, Ontario Public Library, Mohican Outdoor Center, Marshall Park and Boy Scout summer camp.  Robert Craig works in the quality department at Mansfield Works.

Libby Cullins, daughter of Larry and Tamara Cullins of Dresden, Ohio.  Libby graduates from Tri-Valley High School where she has been involved in Family, Community and Career Leaders of America, Ruriteens, Service Learning, basketball and softball.  She has received a number of academic awards and her community service includes 4-H, American Red Cross, Y-City Safety Town, serving meals to the needy, and a special horse riding program for the physically and emotionally handicapped.  Larry Cullins works in the custom strip department at Coshocton Works.

Scott Cygan, son of Larry and Debbie Cygan of Butler, Pennsylvania.  Scott graduates from Butler Area Senior High School where he has been active in marching band, jazz band, tennis, golf, Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Drunk Driving, tutoring, and as a library aide.  He received a number of academic awards including the Presidential Academic Achievement Award.  Scott has volunteered for United Cerebral Palsy, Habitat for Humanity, and his church youth group.  Larry Cygan works in technical services at Butler Works and Debbie Cygan works in the commercial department.

Jeff Day, son of Timothy and Maureen Day of West Chester, Ohio.  Jeff graduates from Lakota East High School where his activities have included student government, baseball, golf, basketball, and selection to the Buckeye Boys State program and the J. Kyle Braid leadership program.  A National Honor Society member, he has received a number of academic awards.  Jeff volunteers with RASKALS (Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors) and Special Olympics, and he regularly assists a special needs student.  Timothy Day works in the planning department at Middletown Works.

Ashley Esselman, daughter of John and Jennifer Esselman of Middletown, Ohio.  Ashley graduates from Middletown Christian High School where she has been involved in student council, yearbook, softball, volleyball and basketball.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned a number of academic honors.  Ashley has volunteered for church ministries, United Way, All-American Weekend, assisting Alzheimer patients, and as a tutor. John Esselman works at the cold strip mill at Middletown Works.

Abby Francis, daughter of Thomas and Susan Francis of Worthington, Kentucky.  Abby graduates from Raceland-Worthington High School and has been active in Future Business Leaders of America, the Key, Spanish and Beta clubs, yearbook, student council, track, cross country and 4-H.   She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and has received many academic awards.  Abby has volunteered for a number of community organizations including Special Olympics, March of Dimes, United Way and Salvation Army.  Thomas Francis works at the blast furnace at Ashland Works.

Matthew Hill, son of Russell and Karen Hill of Hamilton, Ohio.    Matthew graduates from Lakota West High School where he was active in Spanish Club, marching band, concert band, symphonic band, wrestling, Mu Alpha Theta, Boy Scouts and as a peer counselor.  He received a number of academic awards and is a member of National Honor Society.   Matthew volunteers in the community through his church and scouting.  He is also a math tutor and involved with Reach Out Lakota.  Russell Hill works in the steelmaking department at Middletown Works.

Emilie D. Hunt, daughter of James and Susan Hunt of Ashland, Kentucky.  Emilie graduates from Paul G. Blazer High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and has received a number of academic awards.  She has been involved in student council, the Beta, Latin and Key clubs, Youth Advisory Council, Future Business Leaders of America, Family Career and Community Leaders of America and soccer.   Emilie has volunteered for the community hospice, American Red Cross and in her church.  James Hunt works in the ironmaking department at Ashland Works.

Colby R. King, son of William and Belinda King of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.  Colby graduates from Slippery Rock Area High School.  He participated in student council, Knowledge Challenge Club, a school musical and attended the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise leadership camp.  A National Honor Society student, Colby has received several academic awards.  He has been active in fund raising events for charity, senior citizen luncheons, blood drives, and efforts to provide Christmas gifts to needy children.  William King works in the hot mill at Butler Works.

Amanda Kuzma, daughter of Gregory and Maureen Kuzma of Sarasota, Florida.  Amanda graduates from the Out-of-Door Academy where she is involved in the school newspaper, student council, soccer and basketball.  She is a National Honor Society student and has received numerous academic awards.  Amanda’s community service activities include volunteer work for the American Cancer Society, the Child Development Center, Historic Spanish Point and the Rotary Club.  Gregory Kuzma works in the finance department at the corporate headquarters.

Kathryn Lehman, daughter of Michael and Joyce Lehman of Middletown, Ohio.  Kathryn is graduating from Middletown High School where she has been involved with the school newspaper, marching band, orchestra, show choir, the school musical, French Club and Academic Quiz Team.   A National Honor Society student, she has received numerous academic awards.  Kathryn has volunteered for the Aid Association for Lutherans, Abilities First, Angel Tree Outreach, school blood drive, nursing homes and her church.  Michael Lehman works in the human resources department at Middletown Works.

Jennifer McFarland, daughter of Kenneth and Jacqueline McFarland of Butler, Pennsylvania.  Jennifer graduates from Butler Area Senior High School where she has been active in student council, school musicals, band, choir, track and field, and tennis.  She is a National Honor Society student and has received numerous academic awards.  Jennifer is involved extensively through her church in a variety of service activities and also has volunteered for the Rotary Club, Humane Society and Caring Angel program.  Kenneth McFarland works in the shops planning department at Butler Works.

Aaron Motley, son of Sidney Motley of Carlisle, Ohio and Amy Motley of Middletown, Ohio.  Aaron graduates from Carlisle High School where he has been involved in student council, Spanish Club, Art Club and football.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and has received a number of academic awards.  Aaron has volunteered for the Carlisle Baseball Association, Ohio Reads Program, United Way, as a camp counselor, and for church activities.  Sidney Motley works in the transportation department at Middletown Works.

Lynsi Renwick, daughter of Jeffrey and Patricia Renwick of Butler, Pennsylvania.  She graduates from Butler Area Senior High School where she has participated in cheerleading, track and field, student council and the Future Teachers Club.  A National Honor Society student, she has received numerous academic awards.  Lynsi is very active in her church and also volunteers as a coach for Midget cheerleading.  Jeffrey Renwick works in the information technology department at Butler Works.

Katie Scherer, daughter of Anthony and Cathy Scherer of Ironton, Ohio.  Katie graduates from Ironton High School where she has been involved in cheerleading, musical cast, show choir, Key Club, Math Club, Spanish Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and has received numerous academic awards.  Katie is active in her church youth group and has volunteered for March of Dimes, the PRIDE Team Drug and Alcohol Council, and Festival of the Hills. Anthony Scherer works in the quality department at Ashland Works.

Kelly J. Willey, daughter of Roger and Barb Willey of Zanesville, Ohio.  Kelly graduates from Bishop Rosecrans High School where she participated in Pep Club, student council, soccer and track.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned a number of academic awards.  Kelly has volunteered for her church, a nursing home, a day care center and the AK Steel employees’ association. Roger Willey works in the boiler house department at Zanesville Works.

In addition, Kevin Ellerbrock, son of David and Mary Ann Ellerbrock of Hamilton, Ohio, was originally selected to receive an AK Steel scholarship.  Kevin subsequently was awarded a full ROTC scholarship to Washington University making him ineligible for the AK Steel scholarship. Kevin graduates from Saint Xavier High School where he has participated in cross country, track and field, Math Club, Youth in Government Club and the World Affairs Council (Model U.N.).  He is a National Honor Society student and has received a number of academic awards.  Kevin has been involved in many community service projects through scouting and his church and has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, a food drive for the needy, and as a tutor.  David Ellerbrock works at the research center in Middletown.

AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products for automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets, as well as tubular steel products.  The company has more than 10,000 employees in plants and offices in Middletown, Coshocton, Mansfield, Walbridge and Zanesville, Ohio; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and Butler, Pennsylvania.