Saturday, November 8, 2003

Good Things Happening


Tramp champs spring forward

[IMAGE] Jonathan Bender (top) and Jordan Bonne
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - Two Greater Cincinnati teens, Jordan Bonne and Jonathan Bender, represented the United States at the World Age Group Games in Hanover, Germany, last week in a sport that doesn't get a lot of attention - synchronized trampoline.

Jordan, a 15-year-old sophomore at Turpin High School, and Jonathan, a 14-year-old freshman at Villa Madonna Academy, both had a background in gymnastics before switching to trampoline.

"I was bored with it, and I was looking for something new, and I found Top Flight" Gymnastics in Crestview Hills, Ky., Jonathan said.

The two have been working together in synchronized trampoline for five years, but this year was the farthest they'd gone in competition, winning their age group, 15 to 16, at U.S. Nationals, with a routine that includes 10 skills in about 20 seconds.

The two finished 16th at the international competition.

Food and clothing drive

The city's largest one-day food and clothing drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15, organized by Give Back Cincinnati with help from Panera Bread.

Contributions can be dropped off at any of 10 Cincinnati Panera Bread locations. The St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the items through its thrift stores, the Bank Street Pantry and West End center.

University honor

Dianne Dunkelman, founder and CEO of Speaking of Women's Health, will be honored by Northwood University in Dallas, Texas, on Friday.

She is among 17 women to be honored by the university's Distinguished Women's Award program, which has been in existence more than 30 years.

ACADEMIC ALL-STARS

Scholarship winners

These students were recipients of $1,000 Cincinnati Chapter of the Ohio Credit Union League Scholarships:

Jill Delaney at Franklin College, Indiana; Jamie Delaney, a Bethel Tate High School graduate; Jennifer Schuster, a Colerain High School graduate; Natasha Derden, a Walnut Hills High School graduate; Jennifer Hardy at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio; Jennifer Ohmer, an East Central High School graduate, and Amy Storer, Leah Burroughs, Emily Hedrick and Nicholas Myles at Miami University.

Jill Delaney received an additional $1,000 scholarship from the Ohio Credit Union League in Columbus.

Seminar selection

Ellen Thomas, an Oak Hills High School senior from Bridgetown, was one of 60 students from around the world selected to participate in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation 2003 Summer Seminar held at Colorado College, Colorado Springs. Her selection was based on slides of her paintings/drawings and creative writing.

The two-week program gave students experiences in college-level drawing.

To submit an item, call 755-4165.

BEHIND THE BADGE

Children and young teens at Cincinnati Bengals games are getting an important message in a fun way.

The Ohio Investigative Unit has has designed trading cards that encourage minors to stay away from tobacco and alcohol products. The cards are being handed out by Bengals mascot "Who Dey" at home games.

The unit also designed a game-day program ad and a concourse sign that is being displayed in the stadium. A toll-free number for parents to report underage alcohol and tobacco violations is included in the materials.

"We hope the trading cards and the program ad encourage parents to talk to their children about the importance of avoiding alcohol and tobacco, Ohio Investigative Unit Deputy Director Ed Duvall Jr. said. "Kids always enjoy bringing something home from a game and we're proud our important message can be a part of the game-day experience."

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