Friday, November 21, 2003

Good Things Happening

Gifts of Hope helps the deaf

Allen Howard

Gifts of Hope have a special meaning to Bryan Eubanks; his wife, Pam; and son, Nathaniel.

Nathaniel has a hearing impairment. The Gifts of Hope Campaign raises money for the Cincinnati Deaf & Hard of Hearing Institute for Christian education, to provide families with sign language books, crayons, computers, dolls, flash cards, and articles on latest technology for assisting the hearing-impaired.

"Gifts of Hope open doors to many families who have children who are deaf," said Eubanks, who is director of the institute. "We know from personal experience."

The General Electric Elfun volunteer organization is conducting the fund drive, which has a goal of $8,000, said Bill Bross, project leader.

For information, call 777-6069.

A lifetime of helping

Lisa J. FitzGibbon has spent an entire career providing support for people with disabilities.

For her work as president and chief executive officer of Work Resource Center, she received the Southwestern Ohio Rehabilitation Association Tomko Award for lifetime achievement in the field of rehabilitation.

It will be presented Dec. 3 at a banquet in the Sharonville Convention Center.

Hospital gets $1 million

A $1 million gift to Shriners Hospital will be used for research, said Dr. Glenn D. Warden.

"Dramatic advances have been made in clinical and basic research," Warden said. "We are able to save over half of children with burns over 95 percent of their bodies."

The gift came from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trust, Fifth Third Bank.

Academic all-stars: Scholarships awarded

The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy has awarded scholarships to local graduates:

• $1,000 recipients: Katherine Dees of Winton Woods High School, who will major in electrical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro.

Carrie Jones of Western Hills High School, who is studying biology at Howard University, Washington, D.C.

• $500 recipients: Tiffany Brown of Hughes Center, who will major in business administration at Wright State University.

Ralph Dixon of Princeton High School, who will study engineering at Wright State University.

Sasha Henry of Holmes High School, who will major in business management at Clark-Atlanta University.

Alicia Hite of Winton Woods High School, who will study forensic studies or biochemistry at the University of Miami, Fla.

Sierra Housley of Holmes High School, who will major in business technology/information technology at the University of Cincinnati.

Duran Smith of Holmes High School, who will study engineering at the University of Kentucky.

To submit an item, call 755-4165.

Our Kids: He does everything

At Oak Hills High School, Brandon Wendling is referred to as "The Quintessential Highlander."

That title is no exaggeration when you consider:

Wendling, 17, is in the top 10 percent of his class. He is co-president of student council and coordinated the homecoming dance, class officer elections and schoolwide blood drive. He co-edits the school newspaper and participates in Model U.N.; speech; art; band; orchestra; and Earth, Key, French, German and Spanish clubs. He is in the National Honor Society.

Rally's restaurant honored the senior this week as the Student Achiever for October. He is the son of Thomas and Patricia Wendling, Bridgetown.

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