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Congratulations to all the Kids Who Rock for the Class of 2024!

Congratulations to our scholarship winners, Ally Kogler & Regis Vargo! They each won a $3,000 scholarship!

97.5 WONE, saluting Kids Who Rock, in cooperation with NECA-IBEWToth Buick GMC and Stark State College.

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Thursday, 30 May 2024 09:29

May 2024 Winner - Jacob Wedekamm

Jacob from GlenOak High School has been a kid who rocks since he picked up his first guitar at eight years old, and hasn't stopped playing! He has played at venues, including a song at The Canton Blues Fest. He plays for fun now since starting his own lawncare and firewood business, J&K Landscaping, which allows him the flexibility to be a 4-year varsity cross country runner. He maintains a 4.85 GPA in all college level classes, NHS member, top 25 class member, and Key Club member. He has been accepted and plans to attend Baldwin Wallace with a major in cybersecurity. Congratulations, Jacob!



Tuesday, 23 April 2024 10:05

April 2024 Winner - Ally Kogler

Ally from Cloverleaf High School has been rocking since 3rd Grade, when she started piano lessons. Having solos in her past two competitive marching band shows, Ally is an outstanding performer on Saxophone and Keytar! She is currently involved in Jazz Band, National Honors Society, Class Officers and is the captain of the robotics team. During her summers, Ally enjoys rock concerts (some at Lock 3), meanwhile practicing for marching band and varsity golf tryouts. She plans to attend either Rose Hulman or Georgia Tech for Electrical Engineering and will keep on rocking wherever life takes her! Congratulations, Ally!



Tuesday, 26 March 2024 13:49

March 2024 Winner - Regis Vargo

Regis from Norton High School is truly rocking his senior year! He is on varsity golf, wrestling, and track; Norton’s Impact Club, and in the Carpentry Program of the 4 Cities Compact and in National Technical Honor Society. In his spare time he is learning acoustic and electric guitar and loves classic rock, especially the Eagles! This past summer he volunteered his time and talent to build a wheelchair ramp for a Norton resident in need of a new one. He’s been accepted to Kent State and wants to eventually own his own construction company. Congratulations, Regis!



Wednesday, 21 February 2024 13:42

February 2024 Winner - Rileigh Mosley

Rileigh Mosley from Tusky Valley High School is a National Honor society student. She has been a regional qualifier for her track team for two years and is active in her Drama Club, she has been recognized for her achievements in her robotics club. A 6-year member of the Tusky Valley marching swing band, she recently experienced tragic loss in the bus accident as her cousin and friend did not survive the accident. She plans to further her education in engineering at a local college. She also has time to work at a local diner as a dishwasher! She has done all of these things while suffering from a disorder known as selective mutism. Congratulations, Rileigh!



Thursday, 25 January 2024 08:48

January 2024 Winner - Nicholas Szekely

Nicholas Szekely is a senior at Bay High School, who loves to be on stage! He's a member of the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band and is section leader of the drumline, Orchestra, Choraleers, Acapella, Show choir and Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. Nicholas attends Rock Academy and performs with his rock band “Skippy’s on the Run” throughout the Cleveland area. As a member of drama club, he's performed in Clue, Chicago, Newsies, Bye Bye Birdie & Godspell. He's also a proud Eagle Scout, member of National Honor Society and President of the Greek Orthodox Youth Association. Congratulations, Nicholas!



Tuesday, 26 December 2023 21:09

December 2023 Winner - Justice Inman

Justice is 17 years old who goes to school every day and works full time at DQ in Garrettsville. Her grandparents have had custody of her, her older brother and younger sister since they were very young. On January 4, 2023 Justice went to her grandmother’s bedroom to wake her up and found she had passed away during the night. Justice has been taking care of her grandfather, who is 70% blind, and her younger sister. She was cheering and running track until she found out she couldn't any longer because she has no cartilage in her knees and running and jumping causes a lot of pain for her. She wants to go to college for criminal justice and she wants to help kids with parents who are are addicts and alcoholics. Congratulations, Justice!



Monday, 20 November 2023 10:38

November 2023 Winner - Jackson Johncock

Jackson is a great musician, student, and citizen in his community. He is in Show Choir, Concert Choir, Band, Plays, Musicals, and is even the Drum Major in the Marching Band. He has starred in many leading roles, such as Shrek and Bert from Mary Poppins. He participates on the school wrestling team and recreation baseball. Jackson cuts grass for elderly neighbors, and is always the one to bring a smile to everyone’s face with his silly antics and personality. After graduating, he plans to become a pediatric nurse. Jackson is polite, respectful and a joy to be around. With a name like Jackson Johncock - he was born to rock! Congratulations, Jackson!



Thursday, 26 October 2023 10:09

October 2023 Winner - Kaitlyn Troyer

Cleared for take-off! Kaitlyn Troyer is leading the way for young female aviators as a student pilot. She has over 80 hours in the air and is on track to earn her private pilot license before her 18th birthday! She carries over a 4.0 GPA, is a Highland High School Peer Leader, National Honor Society Member and still finds time to work and volunteer. She plans to pursue a degree in Professional Flight and continue flying high as a role model and mentor to future female aviators! Congratulations, Kaitlyn!



Thursday, 21 September 2023 09:50

September 2023 Winner - Tucker Spencer

Tucker is a senior both at Green high school and Portage Lakes Career Center - Medical Technician class, where he is excelling! Tucker is also in the Marching Band for Green high school playing trombone - he even played at Disney World this past summer. Outside of school, Tucker works at a local nursing home in the kitchen, serving the residents meals and conversations. He's responsible, kind, caring, and fun! He has big plans for his future, possibly in the Pharmaceutical field. I may be prejudiced because he’s my grandson, but he’s definitely a KID WHO ROCKS! Congratulations, Tucker!



Kids Who Rock Contest Rules

WONE “Kids Who Rock” shall recognize certain high school seniors, during the school year of 2023-­2024, who have excelled in music, theater, student government, and/or who possess great leadership skills. One student will be chosen each month by the "Kids Who Rock Selection Committee," which is comprised of members of Rubber City Radio Group. Interested students shall forward a written nomination/submission of 97 words or less in order to be considered. All entries shall remain under consideration until the end of the school year. All selections are final and at the discretion of the committee. 

Kids Who Rock Scholarship Winners, or their parents or guardians will be required to sign a release allowing WONE to use the student's name and likeness on the radio station and on line, and to acknowledge any potential tax liability. WONE may be required to file an IRS Form 1099 on behalf of the winner of any items having a value of more than $600.

Winners will be recognized at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory. Two students will be awarded the Kids Who Rock scholarship in the amount of $3,000. All monies will be disbursed in the summer of 2024 and sent directly to the post-secondary institution where the student has enrolled and been accepted. Post-secondary institutions can be 2-year, 4-year, or trade school. If the award is not claimed within one year of graduation, it will be forfeited.

No purchase is necessary in order to win any WONE contest. Generally, only one listener from any household is permitted to win a prize from WONE in any 30 ​day period. However, in the event a member of a household has won a “minor” prize from WONE (tickets, t­shirts, CDs, dinners, etc.), that shall not preclude someone in that household from being a winner in Kids Who Rock. Anyone may win except employees (or the immediate family members) of the Rubber City Radio Group, or any advertising agency, or advertiser connected to the promotion.

WONE reserves the right to make changes to the rules of “Kids Who Rock” at any time during the execution of the promotion. In such cases, the change(s) shall be posted to the contest rules page at www.wone.net, and will be made available at our reception desk at 1795 West Market St., Akron, OH 44313.