Friday, October 17, 2003

Good Things Happening

Student has the dry goods

Allen Howard

It started as a modest effort at Sycamore High School to collect a few dozen towels for guests at Ronald McDonald House.

But then junior Amy Petrocy, 16, took over.

The result: an avalanche of more than 300 towels donated by students, parents, hotels and community groups.

[IMAGE] Amy Petrocy, 16, a junior at Sycamore High School, holds some of the hundreds of towels she collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Avondale.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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"When we were told of the opportunity to help, I started organizing," Amy said. "This was a good chance to do something very positive."

She and other students collected more than $170 during lunchtime, and used that money to buy towels.

They were given Thursday to a representative of Ronald McDonald House.

Fairfield honored

If there is one thing the city of Fairfield can boast about, it is being on the cutting edge of technology.

For two years in a row, this city of 43,000 won second place in the Savvy Award Competition for its Web site. It also won second place for its electronic external newsletter, "eNews Updates."

"We are proud of this department," said Jim Hanson, financial director. "We try to make the Web site comprehensive and innovative."

Club helps schools

The Kiwanis Club of Mason is spending $9,300 to fund school initiatives and programs this school year, said Dave Moushey, past president.

"We will give out about $37,000, which will include a number of school programs and several organizations," Moushey said.

The club conducts a Pancake Day and a Golf Classic to raise money.


The Evendale Police Department recently received its fourth national accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The award was presented in Detroit.

It is earned by departments that meet a highly regarded and broad body of law enforcement standards.

Evendale's reaccreditation represents completion of a continuous process of agencywide self-evaluation, concluded by a outside review by a team of independent assessors.


The winners of the annual Golden Galaxy Awards will be announced Oct. 22. More than 300 students from 58 high schools were nominated. in one of 11 categories. All 55 finalists will be profiled here.

Name: Karen Staubach

Age: 17

School: Sycamore High School

Community: Montgomery

Category: Mathematics

Parents: Lawrence and Jean Staubach

Karen is taking a rigorous schedule that includes physics and multivariable calculus. She is third in her class and has achieved national standing in both the SAT and ACT. She tutors elementary school students.


Name: Jesse Draud

Age: 17

School: Simon Kenton High School

Community: Independence

Category: Music

Parents: Dana and Connie Draud

Jesse has performed with the May Festival Youth Chorus and with the Varsity Singers of Independence. He has performed at his school in West Side Story, The Music Man, Oklahoma and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.


Name: Mandy Rose Holcomb

Age: 17

School: East Central High School

Community: Lawrenceburg

Category: Music

Parents: Jim and Melissa Holcomb

Mandy plays the flute and tenor sax in the school band. She is described by the band director as "a great musician." She also makes contributions to the band with her humor, enthusiasm and energy.

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