Messenger photo by Dianne Garrett
Judy Hinckley, left, with the Whitehall Education Foundation, and Amalee Soteriades, widow of James "Herk" Soteriades, present a display of his service as a Whitehall firefighter and council member, and a supporter of school drama programs, before the Nov. 9 performance of Whitehall Yearling High School’s fall play. A portion of the proceeds benefited a scholarship in the name of Soteriades for students pursuing a career in theatre and safety services.
Whitehall Yearling High School Theatre gave a shining presentation of "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" the weekend of Nov. 10. A portion of the Nov. 9 performance benefited the James A. "Herk" Soteriades Scholarship Fund, which is given each year to one student who will be attending an accredited college for theatre, and one who will pursue a career in the safety forces.
The scholarship is a part of the Whitehall Education Foundation, managed through the Columbus Foundation. The foundation is not a part of Whitehall City Schools. It is an independent entity.
The mission of the foundation is to support quality and excellence in the school district. The scholarship was founded by Amalee Soteriades to honor of her late husband, who died in 2000, affectionately know to residents as "Herk."
Soteriades was retired from Whitehall Division of Fire, where he was a firefighter and then a fire inspector. During the time of his death he was serving on City Council.
Two of his passions were theatre arts and serving the community in the safety services. It seemed appropriate for his wife to establish scholarships for graduates pursuing both of those careers.
Donations to the scholarship are tax-deductible. To donate, or for information, call 417-5000.