Thursday, October 18, 2001

Trophy or not, Galaxy nominees all winners

Awards ceremony held in roomful of achievers

By Randy Tucker
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cory Cracchiolo tugged nervously at his tie while sitting with dozens of other finalists at the Golden Galaxy Awards for student achievement Wednesday at the Cintas Center at Xavier University.

        He didn't win, which means he didn't take home the top prize money of $1,000 to use for college.

        But the money wasn't that important, he said.

[photo] Thomas Curran (left) of Holmes High School is congratulated by fellow finalist Ali Blandford of Anderson High School at the awards.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
        The 18-year-old La Salle High School senior said his experience as a drama student, which led his drama teacher to nominate him for the contest, still helped pave his way to college.

        “Drama has helped me become comfortable speaking with others, and I'll use that for any kind of major I go into,” Mr. Cracchiolo said.

        For another finalist, Kristen Friedman, 17, a Mount Notre Dame student, her experience volunteering in nursing homes was reward enough. Not taking home the top prize in her category — vocational — was inconsequential.

        "I enjoy helping people, and I consider it a great honor to be a volunteer,” said Miss Friedman, who is bound for the University of Toledo on a soccer scholarship.

        The Golden Galaxy winners were selected for their achievements in various disciplines — science, mathematics, general scholarship, English, foreign language, journalism, music, speech and drama, social science, art and vocational-technical studies.

        Besides a trophy, the winners received a certificate honoring their accomplishments, and $1,000. First runners-up each received a trophy and $500. Second runners-up received a trophy and $250.

        The winners were chosen from 281 nominees from 48 Greater Cincinnati schools.

        The annual contest was sponsored by the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, the Enquirer and WKRC-TV (Channel 12) and Ashland Inc. Foundation.
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