Ohio Newspaper Carrier of the Year
The 2014 Glenn L. Cox Carrier of the Year program recognizes carriers in three different age-related categories, which are Youth, Adult and Senior. This year’s award was presented at the fall circulation conference, which was held September 28 and 29, 2014.
The application for entry can be filled out digitally or printed out. Download the application here. (2MB PDF)
Senator John Eklund presented the 2014 Ohio Carrier of the Year Awards; read about the Senator here.
The Glenn L. Cox 2014 Carrier of the Year winners were announced at this year’s Ohio Circulation Conference, held September 28 and 29 at the Kent State University Hotel. The winners were:
- 2014 Youth Winner (up to 18 years of age): Trey Newell, The Courier, Findlay, Ohio
- 2014 Adult Winner (age 19-54): Levi Rausch, The Courier, Findlay, Ohio
- 2014 Senior Winner (age 56-over): Wanda Phillips, The Courier, Findlay, Ohio
Winners receive a cash award of $1000 and a plaque of recognition. Runners-ups receive a $500 cash award and a plaque.
About the Winners
2014 Youth Winner (up to 18 years of age): Trey Newell, The Courier, Findlay, Ohio
Trey started delivering to the North Baltimore Community when he was only thirteen years old. Now at age fifteen he currently manages three of the four routes in that community. Trey states, “I became a newspaper carrier to serve my community in a responsible way.” This responsibility is shown in his 0.13 CPM.
Trey states that if it were not for the great customers that he has, he would not continue to be a newspaper carrier. He enjoys the interaction with both his customers and his District Manager. He tries to make sure that any special delivery requests are taken care of. Realizing that some of the customers cannot move around easily, Trey assures a safe start to their day, by hanging the paper on their door.
Trey is home schooled and enjoys activities in the Boy Scouts, the Upward basketball program, the Civil Air Patrol Ace Program and volunteering at the local nursing home.
RUNNER UP: Zachary Tomlinson, The Times Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio
2014 Adult Winner (age 19-54): Levi Rausch, The Courier, Findlay, Ohio
To offset the cost of preschool for his children, Levi began delivering The Courier in Arlington, Ohio. Working full time at the Equestrian Center at the University of Findlay, the early hours required of a newspaper carrier helped assure the needed extra income for his family, but more importantly preserved the evening for family time which is important to him.
He started delivering three of the four routes in Arlington, Ohio and soon worked into the six day a week rhythm of delivering to over 100 subscribers. When the remaining route in Arlington became available, Levi acquired those customers bringing his customer base to over 160.
While Levi was nominated for the Award, he makes it very clear that his success in managing his routes is due to the partnership of his wife Carrie. She helps every day in prepares the papers and manages any customer calls during the day.
When not delivering his route, working at the Equestrian Center or spending time with his family, Levi also is an Assistant High School Track coach, runs 5K races and volunteers in the Landscaping and Children’s ministries at his church.
RUNNER UP: Regina Curtis, Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio
2014 Senior Winner (age 56-over): Wanda Phillips, The Courier, Findlay, Ohio
Our Senior Carrier of the Year Award Winner represents the Findlay Courier. Wanda initially became a carrier to provide an additional source of exercise to help combat rheumatoid arthritis. The prospect of buying birthday and Christmas presents for her twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also helped drive her to take a route.
Starting with sixty customers, her route quickly grew to service nearly 250 subscribers. Wanda states, “When you have customers like I have, you look forward to providing them with the best service each and every day.” With over 75 customer reference letters a recurring theme is: Wanda goes well beyond the “call of duty” in whatever she does.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Wanda traveled the world extensively as a Specialist in the US Army receiving many commendations for her exceptional service. When she is not taking care of her customers or husband of over forty years, Harrison Phillips, Wanda enjoys acting as a wedding consultant, floral designer and volunteering at her church and with children services.
RUNNER UP: Mona Brockman, Nordonia Hills News Leader, Kent, Ohio
The 2013 Ohio Newspaper Carrier of the Year Winners are Chance Sonnenberg, Youth Carrier of the Year, Findlay Courier, Ed Rouston, Adult Carrier of the Year, Findlay Courier; and Otis Maynard, Senior Carrier of the Year, The Telegram News (Jackson).
Runners-up were Sam Scherer, Youth, Sentinel Tribune (Bowling Green); Tiffeny Wilson, Adult, The Columbus Dispatch; and Anne Wilcheck, Senior, The Toledo Blade.
Congratulations to all of our winners and to all who entered the competition.