COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – A local student is among the winners of Wednesday’s Vax-2-School contest.
Twelve-year-old Anthony Harker lives in Niles and attends Lordstown schools. There, he competes in track and cross country.
Now, he can call himself a Vax-2-School winner.
“I was surprised. I screamed a little,” Anthony said.
We talked to Anthony and his mom over Zoom, just a few hours after they found out the news.
Anthony won a $10,000 scholarship to use at any Ohio college or trade school. At this point, he plans to attend college.
He got the vaccine in September before the start of school.
“He absolutely refused to get it. He did not want to get it,” said Nicole Harker, Anthony’s mother.
But then he changed his mind and now he’s so glad he did.
“He wanted to more or less protect his sister who’s five. She gets sick very easily so he wanted to protect her,” Nicole said.
The full list of winners is below:
- Kylie Beverick, Sandusky
- Eleanor Bohlen, Morrow
- Finn Braam, Columbus
- Taylor Demastus, Columbia Station
- Rachel Doyle, Chardon
- Cassandra Durham, Maumee
- Courtney Fox, Bellevue
- Lilian Frederick, Put-In-Bay
- Anthony Harker, Niles
- Hailey Hunter, St. Marys
- Andrew Keck, Hamilton
- Jessica Lee, Seven Hills
- Joseph Mautz, Castalia
- Brooke McFeely, Eastlake
- Michael Messer, Jr., Brunswick
- Eli Morse, Dublin
- William Northup, Novelty
- Zane Orley, Medina
- Bailey Price, Toledo
- Allison Pruss, Toledo
- Bren Puchta, Columbus
- Jaxon Pullins, Etna
- Cody Ratermann, Clayton
- Thomas Ratliff, Liberty Township
- Berkeley Rybak, Solon
- Koltyn Scarantine, Columbus
- Katelyn Schreiner, Dayton
- Eliott Trinh, Powell
- Joshua Yeager, Minster
- Logan Zelch, Chagrin Falls
Residents ages 5-25 who have at least started the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to win one of five $100,000 or one of 150 $10,000 scholarships to any Ohio college, university, technical or trade school, or career program of their choice.
The state will continue announcing 30 $10,000 every day through Dec. 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Twitter and Instagram at @ohiovax2school. The five grand prize winners will be announced during the lottery broadcast at 7:29 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.
Eligible residents can register online or by telephone by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian register for them.
Ohioans who registered before Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. are eligible for all of the prizes. For those who have not registered yet, there is one more opportunity to get signed up to be entered into the drawing for the five $100,000 grand prizes, and that deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 11:59 p.m.
The first and second rounds of winners included no local residents.