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March 31, 2015

Dave Knapp supports local athletes through SSSF

GREENVILLE – Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln has provided two scholarships to graduating seniors who have excelled in their respective high school sports programs. The scholarships, presented through the Senior Scribes Scholarship program, went to Abbey O’Donnell, Arcanum Class of 2014, and Travis Fietshans, Franklin Monroe Class of 2014.

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us,” said Abbey, and echoed by Travis, as they thanked Kristina Knapp-Bradley, Dave Knapp Ford’s marketing director. Both were appreciative to sports writer George Starks, who nominated them to receive this year’s scholarship. This is the third year Dave Knapp Ford has been part of the SSSF scholarship program.

Abbey will be heading to Bluffton University in the fall and plans to double major in Intervention Specialist and Early Childhood Education. Sports is still a part of her plan, however, as she plans to minor in coaching and will be playing Bluffton basketball. She got a jump on her college credits through the Sinclair College post-secondary program.

Travis heads to Ohio Northern University this fall to play basketball and major in computer engineering. He also got a head start through post-secondary coursework; he received his credits through Edison Community College. Both would like to come back to Darke County, although Travis acknowledged it might be a little difficult with his career path.

Favorite memories? “My freshman year when we beat Jefferson in the tournament,” he said. “They had won state the year before.”

Abbey’s was more local. “When we beat Tri-Village… we hadn’t beaten them in seven years,” she said. “We had two girls transfer to Tri-Village…”

For Abbey it was “payback.”

Travis Fietshans, Franklin Monroe, and Abbey O’Donnell, Arcanum, accept scholarship awards from Kristina Knapp-Bradley (far left), marketing director for Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln. To the right, George Starks in front, Abbey’s mom, Angela O’Donnell, and her brother Daniel.

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