AK Steel Announces Company’s 2009 Sons and Daughters Scholarship Recipients

West Chester, OH, May 14, 2009—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) is continuing a longstanding tradition this year by awarding college scholarships to sons and daughters of company employees.  The awards recognize outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. 

“Earning an AK Steel scholarship speaks volumes about the students and families associated with our company,” said James L. Wainscott, AK Steel chairman, president and CEO.  “We congratulate all of our recipients for their achievements and applaud them for demonstrating the values that help make AK Steel a successful company.”

The scholarships are funded by the AK Steel Foundation and are worth a maximum $20,000 each.  Recipients are selected by an independent panel through the Middletown, Ohio Community Foundation.

2009 Scholarship Recipients:

Ryan Alder, son of Jeff and Cyndi Alder of Eaton, Ohio. 

Ryan attends Eaton High School where he is a scholar athlete and a recipient of the Perfect Attendance Award and the Principal’s Award for straight A’s.  He served as chief financial officer at Ohio Business Week and was the city board of health leader at Buckeye Boys State.  Ryan participates in Boy Scouts, soccer, tennis and Spanish club.  He is involved in Boy Scout charitable activities and is a project leader for the Eaton food drive.  He also volunteers for roadside cleanup projects.  His father, Jeff Alder, works in the company’s research department in Middletown, Ohio.

John Beringer, son of Walter and Sara Beringer of Loveland, Ohio.

John attends Archbishop Moeller High School where he is a Trinity House Captain and member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.  He is also a member of the All-Ohio Academic Team, captain of the golf team and a recipient of several awards for his achievements on the golf course.  John was named to the Moeller Service Honor Roll for completing more than 200 hours of community service.  He volunteers for the Moeller Little Buddies-Big Buddies Program and the Loveland Interfaith Effort Food Pantry.  John’s father, Walter Beringer, works in the finance department at AK Steel’s corporate headquarters in West Chester, Ohio.

Christopher Berry, son of Christopher and Alicia Berry of Beaver Dam, Kentucky. 

Christopher attends Ohio County High School where he is the captain of the academic team and a recipient of the Governor’s Cup award for science and social studies.  He has also been recognized for excellence in biology and research.  Christopher is an All-State Academic and a “We the People” academic competitor.  He also participates in football, tennis, chess club and French club.  Christopher is involved with the Beaver Dam Elementary School Fall Festival and is a Natural Helpers volunteer.  His father, Christopher Berry, works in the pickling department at the company’s Rockport (IN) Works.

Matthew Bocchi, son of Kenneth and Cynthia Bocchi of Cabot, Pennsylvania. 

Matthew attends St. Joseph High School where he is a recipient of the St. Michael’s College book award for scholarship and service.  He received the PHEAA certificate of merit and is a Trib Media outstanding young citizen award nominee.  Matthew is a member of the yearbook staff and drama club, and he is the founding member of the robotics team.  He is the outreach chairperson for his school’s food drives, nursing home visits and other service programs.  He is also a Center for Hope volunteer.  Matthew’s father, Kenneth Bocchi, works in the central maintenance department at the company’s Butler (PA) Works.

Breianna Colley, daughter of Randall and Mignon Colley of Grayson, Kentucky. 

Breianna attends East Carter High School where she was named to "Who's Who Among American High School Students" and the national honor roll.  She is a recipient of the distinguished scholar award, power of one award and the national science merit award.  Breianna participates in French club, Beta club, Future Educators of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.  She is also a Salvation Army and Ronald McDonald House volunteer, as well as a blood drive chair.  Breianna’s father, Randall Colley, works in the ironmaking maintenance department at the company’s Ashland (KY) Works. 

Ian Collins, son of Stephen and Marlene Collins of Lebanon, Ohio. 

Ian attends Lebanon High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Principal’s Award and Scholastic “L” Award for academic excellence.  He participates in student council and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Ian also participates in the Cincinnati Ultimate Select Program, as well as the Spanish, rocket, ski, ping-pong and bowling clubs.  He is also the captain of the ultimate Frisbee club.  Ian is a camp counselor, youth mentor and Bible school volunteer.  His father, Stephen Collins, works in the Zincgrip coating department at the company’s Middletown Works.

Adrienne Fuhrman, daughter of Gary and Marian Fuhrman of Butler, Pennsylvania.

Adrienne attends Butler Senior High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Gold High academic award and the Japanese oratorical competition award.  She is treasurer of the Japanese club and a member of the Future Teachers Club of America.  Adrienne also participates in student council and is a member of the equestrian and lacrosse teams.  She is involved with Caring Angels and the Lifesteps Family Caring Fund, and is also a Butler County Humane Society volunteer.  Adrienne’s father, Gary Fuhrman, works in the melt shop at the company’s Butler Works.

Kahla Johnson, daughter of James and Sonya Johnson of Germantown, Ohio. 

Kahla attends Valley View High School where she is class president, a scholar athlete and a member of the National Honor Society.  She was named a Buckeye Girls State representative and attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program.  Kahla is a soccer, basketball and track athlete, as well as a member of the Spanish club.  She participates in school musicals and is president of muse machine and Students against Destructive Decisions.  Kahla is also a Bible school and nursing home volunteer.  Her father, James Johnson, works in the electronic services, maintenance and control department at the company’s Middletown Works.

Blaine Kincaid, son of H.B. and Darcy Kincaid of Springboro, Ohio. 

Blaine attends Springboro High School where he is an honor student, scholar athlete and member of the National Honor Society.  He is captain of the varsity swim team, as well as a member of student council, Students against Destructive Decisions and the YMCA Junior Leadership Dayton program.  He also participates in muse machine and Ski club.  Blaine is involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Carnival for Special Needs Children.  He is also a Bible school and food pantry volunteer.  Blaine’s father, H.B. Kincaid, works in the hot strip mill at the company’s Middletown Works. 

Jennifer Konstantinidis, daughter of Steven Konstantinidis of Troy, Ohio and Susan Zolovick of Bucyrus, Ohio. 

Jennifer attends Bucyrus High School where she is a scholar athlete, member of the National Honor Society and a Buckeye Girls State representative.  She is the recipient of the Girl Scouts silver award and the Elk’s extra effort award.  Jennifer participates in track, cross country, volleyball and student council.  She is also a member of the science club, yearbook staff, marching band, pep band and concert band.  She is involved with the Caitlin Smiles cancer support program and is a volunteer Sunday school teacher.  Her father, Steven Konstantinidis, works in electrical steel sales and customer service in Troy, Ohio.

Paul Leduc, son of David and Diane Leduc of Bellville, Ohio. 

Paul attends Clear Fork High School where he is a Buckeye Boys State representative and recipient of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence.  He also received the National Honor Student Award, the Principal’s Academic Award and the Ohio Music Education Association’s Solo Award.  Paul participates in student council, French club and ski club.  He is also a member of the tennis and track teams, as well as the marching, pep, concert and jazz bands.  Paul is a volunteer fundraiser and is involved with church outreach programs.  His father, David Leduc, works in the melt shop at the company’s Mansfield (OH) Works.

John McGuire, son of William and Beth McGuire of Middletown, Ohio. 

John attends Madison Junior/Senior High School where he is a scholar athlete, member of the National Honor Society and a Buckeye Boys State representative.  He is a recipient of the Top Twenty Academic Award and the President’s Award for Education Excellence.  He is a member of the track and tennis teams, and is captain of the soccer team.  He is also a member of the marching, steel drum, pep and concert bands, as well as the Spanish club.  John is an altar server at his church and a community blood drive volunteer.  His father, William McGuire, works in the ironmaking maintenance department at the company’s Middletown Works. 

Kyle Moore, son of Adam and Tracie Moore of Zanesville, Ohio.

Kyle attends John Glenn High School where he is an academic letterman, class president, student body president and a member of the National Honor Society.  He is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Students and Family Career and Community leaders of America.  He also participates in Earth club, art league and prom committee.  Kyle is a nursing home and fundraising volunteer, as well as a Sunday school assistant.  He also participates in wildlife sustainability projects and is the leader of his school’s canned food drive.  Kyle’s father, Adam Moore, works in the quality department at the company’s Zanesville (OH) Works.

Caitlin Music, daughter of Ronald and Jill Music of Crestline, Ohio.

Caitlin attends Crestline High School where she is valedictorian, a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Bulldog Award for outstanding contributions to her school.  She is co-captain of the basketball and volleyball teams, treasurer of key club and secretary of student council.  She also participates in prom committee and choir.  Caitlin tutors elementary school children and is an event organizer for several charitable causes.  She is involved with recycling projects and fundraisers that help local families in need.  Her father, Ronald Music, works in the melt shop at the company’s Mansfield Works.

Alexander Peltier, son of Stan and Cynthia Peltier of Germantown, Ohio

Alexander attends the Miami Valley School where he is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Middlebury College Award.  He participates in the Ohio Summer Honors Institute’s gifted program, studying engineering and robotics at the Ohio State University.  He also plays trombone in the jazz ensemble, attends the Dayton Jazz Orchestra’s music camp and is a member of the soccer and track teams.  Alexander is a Shalom Ministry and Habitat for Humanity volunteer.  His mother, Cynthia Peltier, works in the finance department at AK Steel’s corporate headquarters in West Chester.

Dakota Schmitt, son of Kenneth and Theresa Schmitt of Rockport, Indiana. 

Dakota attends South Spencer High School where he is an Eagle Scout and a National Merit Commended Scholar.  He is an Academic Super Bowl state finalist and a member of the science, math and interdisciplinary academic teams.  He is co-captain of the soccer team, section leader for the marching band and captain of both the chess club and Lego robotics team.  Dakota is vice president of student council and beta club, as well as a member of the track team, concert band and pep band.  He participates in local food drives and is an American Legion volunteer.  His father, Kenneth Schmitt, works in the quality department at the company’s Rockport Works.

Shayna Sidwell, daughter of Charles and Kathleene Sidwell of Frazeysburg, Ohio. 

Shayna attends Tri-Valley High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Academic Excellence Award.  She is vice president of her class, student council president and a member of the basketball and volleyball teams.  Shayna is also a member of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Scholarship Society and the recipient of the Muskingum Valley League Scholar Athlete Award.  She participates in church outreach programs and is a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer.  Shayna’s father, Charles Sidwell, works in the anneal and condition department at the company’s Coshocton (OH) Works.

Ali Thompson, daughter of Daniel and Dawn Thompson of Franklin Furnace, Ohio. 

Ali attends Green High School where she is valedictorian and president of the National Honor Society.  She is a member of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams, and is a recipient of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.  She participates in student council, science club, Spanish club and dance, and is involved with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.  Ali is a peer tutor and Challenger League baseball assistant, as well as a Relay for Life, Hike for Hospice and Potter’s House Ministry volunteer.  Her father, Daniel Thompson, works in the steelmaking maintenance department at the company’s Ashland Works.

Andrew Wilson, son of Bruce and Lori Wilson of Renfrew, Pennsylvania. 

Andrew attends the Portersville Christian School where he is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the USAA national award for math and science.  He was also named to "Who's Who Among American High School Students."  Andrew is captain of the soccer team and a member of the basketball team.  He participates in band, chorus, drama and musicals, and is head of sound and lighting for school productions.  Andrew has performed missionary work in the Dominican Republic and is a nursing home and food pantry volunteer.  His father, Bruce Wilson, works in the electronic services department at the company’s Butler Works. 

Seiko Yoshitake, daughter of Eizo and Yoshiko Yoshitake of Middletown, Ohio. 

Seiko attends Bishop Fenwick High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the William Otte Math Merit Scholarship.  She has also received certificates of excellence in Spanish, chemistry, physics, religion and history.  She is president of the Spanish club and vice president of Hi-Y, as well as a member of the Fenwick ambassador leadership team.  She also participates in cheerleading and key club.  Seiko serves on the Middletown Youth Advisory Board and is a volunteer youth dance instructor.  Her father, Eizo Yoshitake, works in the company’s research department in Middletown. 

About AK Steel

AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, appliance, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets.  The company employs about 6,200 men and women in Middletown, Mansfield, Coshocton and Zanesville, Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and its corporate headquarters in West Chester, Ohio.  Additional information about AK Steel is available on the company’s web site at www.aksteel.com.

AK Tube LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AK Steel, employs about 250 men and women in plants in Walbridge, Ohio and Columbus, Indiana.  AK Tube produces carbon and stainless electric resistance welded (ERW) tubular steel products for truck, automotive and other markets.  Additional information about AK Tube LLC is available on its web site at www.aktube.com.