Andy Bodi

The Finnish Heritage Museum of Fairport Harbor is pleased to announce its first recipient of the “Nicholas Alexander Hiltunen Memorial Scholarship” to Andy Bodi, of Fairport Harbor.

AndyBA 2012 graduate of Fairport Harding High School, Bodi is the Salutatorian, with a 3.90 cumulative GPA. He participated in the PSEO program at Lake Erie College and made the Dean’s List this past semester. He is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and SADD. An accomplished athlete, Andy lettered in football, golf, basketball, and baseball.

A quiet and passionate young man, Andy loves to help an underdog, going out of his way to help someone in need. He loves music of all genres.

Andy Bodi is the son of Heidi Leikala Bodi, and the grandson of Ernie and Evelyn Leikala of Fairport.

Andy is passionate about helping an underdog.  He has been drawn to this person since he was young, whether it is a classmate or teammate.  He is always going out of his way to help someone in need. 
Andy is passionate about music.  He loves a variety of genres.  He feels like music is a direct expression of himself and his feelings. He is also passionate about sports, especially baseball.  He has played sports since he was three, starting with soccer.  He believes that once you start something, you see it through until the end.  He has never quit a team.  He rarely misses a practice.  He is a positive force and motivator to his teammates and a natural leader.


Andy is passionate about family.  At 18, he is still the person who prefers to be at home with his mom, sister and grandparents.  He enjoys being with friends and has many.  He often has friends at the house for a sauna or a fire or to just hang out.  He spends most of his nights staying up late watching TV with his Pappa. His friends all consider his sister a friend as well.  More often than not, when Andy leaves the house, he extends an invitation to his sister Lauren to join him.  He never goes to bed, leaves the house, or ends a phone conversation without telling his mom "I love you".

"Winning the Finnish Heritage Museum award was very rewarding.  Not only will it help me pay for school, but it gave me the opportunity to express how much my Finnish heritage means to me.  My Finnish heritage is a part of me that I am most proud of every day," said Andy.  The scholarship award is for One Thousand dollars as a one-time gift from the Museum to be applied towards her expenses at The Ohio State University next school year.

Shannon Harless

The Finnish Heritage Museum of Fairport Harbor is pleased to announce its second recipient of the “Nicholas Alexander Hiltunen Memorial Scholarship” to Shannon Harless, of Fairport Harbor.  Shannon appears below with Mrs. Jovette Hiltunen, who presented the award.

ShannonJovA 2014 graduate of Fairport Harding High School has attended Fairport Harbor schools all of her life and was a very active young person in school, activities, and sports.  She participated in the Lake Erie College PSEO program her junior and senior years, and was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior. Shannon also posted on the honor roll every time from grade 9 to 12.  She participated in in FHS Band as a majorette, in drama, and in basketball.  She was MVP as majorette, best section in majorette, most improved in basketball, broke the record for most 3 pointers twice, was selected to second team all district in basketball, MVP in basketball, Honorable Mention in All Ohio basketball as a senior,  and won the CVC Sportsmanship award as a senior. 

Shannon is the daughter of Sam and Nan Harless and is the grandaughter of Rusty and Helen Steinback.  Her great grandparents immigrated from Finland.  Her favorite is nisu, warm and buttered. 

Although she is undecided for a major but leaning towards psychology, Shannon will attend Ohio University in the Fall.  She cites her participation at Lake Erie as a stepping stone, giving her confidence to attend OU.  She is well respected by her peers and has recorded a wonderful academic record  of which her teachers  are proud.  She will represent FHS as the 2014 Mardi Gras Queen candidate, which is a notable distinction.  Shannon is very community minded and has served Fairport Harbor in church and extracurricular events.

"I have many memories of my heritage and I will carry my Finnish Heritage with me into college and wherever my journey takes me," said Shannon.

The scholarship award is for One Thousand dollars as a one-time gift from the Museum to be applied towards her expenses at The Ohio University next school year.

Nick Hiltunen, for whom the scholarship was named, was a graduate of Fairport, Miami University of Ohio, and was an accomplished journalist, artist, and musician. For information on Nick, click here.

The Scholarship is awarded each year to an area graduating senior. For form due in April, click here.










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