Monday, May 24, 2004

Group to compete in science bowl

Oli Ononye (left to right) Chris Agomuo, Kemi Ademuyewo and Olufemi Taiwo discuss their
designs for the the hydrogen fuel cell race car for the National Science Bowl.

(Thomas E. Witte/For the Enquirer)

A group of local science and technology students, organized into teams by the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, will represent the Midwest Region at the Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Golden, Colo., in June.

The teams are made up of students from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Liberty, Mason, Summit Country Day and Wyoming schools.

Blood donors receive awards

Seventeen people received awards this week from the Hoxworth Blood Center for achieving 10 or more gallons of blood and platelet donations during collections received from May 1-15.

Topping the list was Thomas Maly, Price Hill, reaching 19 gallons, followed by Ralph D. Englert, Delhi Township, at 18 and Martin D. McLearen, Anderson Township, at 16.

Louis G. Wartman, Fort Wright, Ky., and Linda L. Cook, Milford, each reached the 15-gallon level.

Steven E. Schrader and Bernhard H. Bieri, both of Loveland, achieved 14 gallons.

Four donors each reached the 12-gallon mark. They were Richard E. Krieger, Anderson Township; Paul F. Kloeker, Bellevue, Ky.; Stephen M. Francia, West Chester; and Timothy B. Daugherty, Northside.

John R. Snape, Cheviot, reached 11 gallons.

Five donors were honored for hitting 10 gallons. They included Mary R. Kramer and Donald B. Lewis, both of Clifton; Joseph R. McSwiggin, Delhi Township; Jack M. Pohlmeyer, Anderson Township; and William B. Thompson, Fairfield.

Hoxworth is recruiting donors of all blood types to help prevent possible blood shortages over the Memorial Day holiday. Donors may call 451-0910 to donate blood or call 558-1296 to arrange a blood drive.

They are coached by Kim Jackson, principal researcher at Procter & Gamble, and Ike Ononye, principal scientist in the Personal Health Care Division at P&G.

Three of the local teams competed against 33 teams from across the country at the Energy Department's Midwest Regional Science Bowl in March at Wayne State University, Detroit.

Kara Henderson, Olivia Anderson, Adekemi Ademuyewo, Jade Brown, Jabu Mickle-Molefe and Icy Okafor, all sixth-graders, won first place in the Building of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Contest.

The other two teams placed first and third in the academic competition. Members included Oluseye Akomolede, Kayode Omoyosi, KaMariea Magette, Olufemi Taiwo, Chris Agomuo, Oli Ononye and Itse Charles.

In April, the students placed first and second in a national science bowl in San Diego.

"Though winning the science bowl is great, the biggest benefit for them is the tools they are gaining to succeed in life, not just school," said Jackson.

She said the program began in 2003 with only eight students. There are now 20 African-American students in the program.

Humanitarians honored

Karen "Rusty" Siegfried, director of Adult Services at the Center for Children and Families, will receive the Marshall A. Ginsburg Humanitarian Service Award at the annual meeting of the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board Tuesday.

The meeting will be 5-7 p.m. at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Others honorees include Stuart Schloss, Susan Shelton, Connie Newton, Keith Watson and Michael Oberdoerster.

The awards are presented to those who demonstrate exemplary commitment and dedication to the Hamilton County mental health system.

Greek art on exhibit

A traveling art display, which spans 1,500 years and features 120 examples of Greek art, will be at the Cincinnati Art Museum from Tuesday through Aug. 1. The special exhibit, Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past, is free to the public.

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