NEW PHILADELPHIA -- McDonald's of Coshocton, Harrison, Holmes and Tuscarawas counties hosted the 32nd annual Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Awards Breakfast at the McDonald/Marlite Center on Thursday, April 17, where they honored 37 area junior and senior high school students.

The eighth grade recipients received a framed certificate and $100. The senior recipients received a framed certificate and $250.

Area McDonald's owner/operators Amy Ansel, Dana Lewis, Vickie Lewis and Brian Mortellaro funded the awards and the event.

The program featured Ryan Delaney, Claymont City Schools Superintendent, as a guest speaker.

About the Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Award

The award is named after Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's Corporation. Not only did Kroc insist on providing the highest quality, value and service possible, he believed in giving something back to the community. The Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Award was designed to honor junior and senior high school students who demonstrate the characteristics exemplified by Kroc -- persistence, determination, hard work and excellence and the key achievement areas of Citizenship, Leadership,

Scholarship and Sportsmanship. Their school administrators and teachers evaluated the students and chose them for the award.

Local 2014 eighth grade recipients

Mikayla Ann Baker, Indian Valley Middle School

Brea Faith Garretson, Newcomerstown Middle School

Hunter Kyle Hamilton, Ridgewood Jr. High

Local 2014 Ssenior recipients

Colton Dean Cottis, Buckeye Career Center

Paige Lynn Saho, Indian Valley High School

Kirsti Joy Frances Buss, Newcomerstown High School

Larissa Kathryn Beitzel, Ridgewood High School