Seven students from Medina High School are the first class to belong to the John Ryan School of Historical Excellence that was started by the Medina Sandstone Society this year. Allison Bensley, Caitlyn Davies, Zachary Harris, Gregory Husung, Amanda Lunden, Alyssa Shortridge and Tyler Waldriff are honor level students who were recognized by the organization. The goal of the John Ryan School is to instill in the minds of Medina's youth a heightened pride in the local community and encourage an understanding of their hometown history and heritage.
John Ryan was a pioneer stonemason who traveled hundreds of miles on foot and spent the rest of his life as a builder and quarry operator, using world-famous Medina sandstone. The Sandstone Society started the school to encourage the students to become future leaders of Medina.
At a recent ceremony, students saw their names unveiled on a plaque at the High School and received scholarship money from the John Ryan school.