Friday, October 10, 2003

Good Things Happening

Grandma also served country

Allen Howard

Christopher and Katelyn Wilson won't remember the time they spent with Grandma, and what a fuss people made over them.

But their grandma certainly will.

The 1-year-old twins of Aaron and Amanda Wilson came to live with their grandmother, Pam Covert, near Dayton while their Air Force parents were serving overseas during the war with Iraq.

Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy in Fairfield became an extended family of sorts. About 100 people, many from the academy, attended the twins' first birthday party in May.

[IMAGE] When Pam Covert's daughter and son-in-law got orders for the Middle East, she became full-time caretaker for Christopher (left) and his twin, Katelyn.
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The twins are back home with their parents now in South Carolina.

"It was a wonderful experience for me to have them," Covert said.

Mental health effort

Debbie Baker, a coordinator for Mental Health Works, would like to end the stigmas.

"Families suffer not only from the effects of their disease, but also endure strong negative stigma and numerous myths associated with mental illnesses," she said.

She is coordinating 300 volunteers in Movin' for Mental Health at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park.

Participants are asked to pledge $25.


Robert Laufman, a nationally known civil rights lawyer, will head the list of honorees who have made contributions to diversity at the annual meeting of One Human Family, a diversity group, at 7 p.m. today at the Bankers Club.

Others to be honoredare: WCPO Channel 9, Jack Rouse and Associates and Moe Rouse.


Jaspers makes list

Nikki Jaspers, a senior speech pathology major, was named to the dean's list each quarter of her junior year at the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences. She has made the dean's list nine consecutive times.

Jaspers was awarded the Sheri Bloom Award, which recognizes a student who has excelled academically and has been active in campus activities. She was also elected president of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association.

The Mount Notre Dame High School graduate is the daughter of Gina and Jerry Jaspers of Reading.

Herr's a scholar

Chemical engineering major Jonathan Herr was named a Berry Scholar and received a scholarship to attend the University of Dayton

The Elder High School graduate is the son of Penny and Mike Herr of Miami Township, Hamilton County.

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The winners of the annual Golden Galaxy Awards will be announced Oct. 22. More than 300 students from 58 high schools were nominated All 55 finalists will be profiled here.

Name: Michael Winters


School: Madeira High

Community: Madeira

Category: General Scholarship

Parents: William and Kathy Winters

Michael has won top-students awards in English and science and earned a top score of 5 GPA in AP European history.

Name: Clarke Brinn


School: Indian Hill High

Community: Indian Hill

Category: Vocational/Technical

Parents: Stuart and Deborah Brinn

Clarke is active with the Indian Hill Television Network. He is an Eagle Scout and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Name: Eileen Walsh

Age: 17

School: Mother of Mercy High School

Community: Westwood

Category: Vocational/Technical

Parents: Denis and Cecile Walsh

Eileen is active in Teen Institute, a group leader and a four-year weekly volunteer at Mercy Franciscan Hospital.

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