Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Local grads win business award

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Two McAuley graduates won a national award in desktop publishing at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference and Competition.

Samantha Bova and Jessica Burke also won first place in desktop publishing in the Ohio competition in March.

In the national competition, they placed ahead of 5,000 students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Europe and U.S. territories. The competition was held in Denver July 14-17.

McAuley graduate Stephanie Johansing and Sarah Cox, who will be a senior at McAuley, also participated. The students were led by teacher Janet Kumpf.

The students attended workshops, went on field trips, and voted for regional and national officers.

Samantha is the daughter of Richard and Linda Bova of Monfort Heights. She plans to attend Xavier University and major in business.

Jessica is the daughter of Joe and Karen Burke of Dry Ridge. She will attend Miami University and also major in business.

Medical leadership

Molly Pace-Scrivener was among 350 high school students from across the country who attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in San Francisco July 7-16.

"I really learned a lot about medicine and going to medical school,'' Molly said. "We actually had a chance to remove organs from a body.''

She said the students met with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators.

Molly, 17, is a senior at Anderson High School.

"I want to be a Third World pediatrician,'' Molly said. "Right now the schools I am looking at are the College of Charleston, University of Toronto and Ohio State University.''

Molly is the daughter of Susan Pace and Bill Scrivener.

Author to speak

Author and 1997 National Teacher of the Year Sharon A. Draper will speak with West End kids from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday during a double-dutch and reading-for-teens party at the West End YMCA, 821 Ezzard Charles Drive.

Draper's novel, Double Dutch, written in 2002, focuses on reading as well as rope jumping. The novel has been recognized as one of the American Library Association's top 10 youth sport books.

Draper, a former Walnut Hills High School English teacher, said teens must be encouraged to read because so many social distractions can cause young people to forget the joy of reading.

POSITIVELY KIDS: Students attend conference

Six St. Ursula Villa students were selected to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference June 25-30 in Washington, D.C. Eighth-graders Anna Enzweiler of Melbourne, Ky., Ricky Baylis and Annie Hurt of Hyde Park, and Franklin Gaw, Abby Gruber and Kelsey Haines of Anderson Township participated in educational activities and presentations and visited historic national landmarks while developing leadership skills.

The leadership development program for middle school students is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

Scholarship granted

Brandon Hammer received a $1,000 Standex International scholarship based on academic and all-around achievement. The 2004 graduate of Indian Hill High School will study business administration at Miami University in the fall.

He is the son of Victoria and Michael Hammer of Symmes Township.

Scouts achieve Gold

Two Mason High School seniors, members of Troop 1326, are recipients of the highest award of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Gold Award:

Courtney Aldridge, whose community service project was organizing an educational materials and clothing drive at the Solid Rock Church for Home for Life. Colby Miller, whose project entailed constructing and decorating 300 cards for seniors at the Mason Community Center and residents of Mason Christian Village.

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Local grads win business award

Donna Lee Whalen, 66, chief's wife, deputy clerk