Monday, July 02, 2001
Lakota East grad earns scholarship
Matthew Shay has accepted a Founder's Award, based on his class standing and American College Test scores, to attend Ohio University, in Athens, in the fall.
The graduate of Lakota East High School is the son of Mary and Dan Shay of West Chester Township.
Raymond Walters College has honored former students with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Two of this year's recipients were Rose and Michael Vitale of Amberley Village, the first husband-wife team to receive the award.
Mr. Vitale went back to school after 15 years as an electrical/instrumentation mechanic for Procter & Gamble. He carried a 4.0 grade point average, passed P&G's Process Engineering Test and was promoted to technical safety manager. He has since been the leading force behind various company innovations and helped organize and lead P&G's North American Relief Valve training course, which trains safety device inspectors for all P&G plants in North and Latin America.
Mrs. Vitale, a lab technician and then stay-at-home mom, went back to school, carried a 4.0 grade point average and was Raymond Walters' Honor Student of the Year. She went on to receive her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Cincinnati and received the university's Taft Graduate Fellowship Medal. She started in a staff position at Fifth Third Bank and is now vice president for merchant support in the bank's Merchant Conversions Group.
Paula Willaims Butler, Cincinnati Country Day Upper School science teacher, was named the High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching chemistry at Country Day since 1991, and prior to that taught at The American School of The Hague in the Netherlands.
Mrs. Butler, of Madeira, coaches the competitive JETS teams, Science Bowl, and Science Olympiad at Country Day, and also mentors new teachers.
Lyonel Pearce, a sophomore at Roger Bacon High School from Colerain Township, received this year's Spartan ACHIEVEMENT Award. He was chosen on the basis of strong leadership qualities in the areas of community and extracurricular activities, academic performance and written essay.
Call: 755-4164. Fax: 755-4150. Mail: Congrats, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069.
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