Thursday, July 29, 2004

Future teachers honored by UC

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Allen Howard

Two Princeton High School graduates, now seniors at the University of Cincinnati, are winners of the Pearl M Wright Award to help in their careers as teachers of young children.

Jessica Petrey, Springdale, and Theresa Wiggins, Glendale, will receive $15,000 each to apply toward tuition, fees and living expenses.

"Before I even started majoring in early childhood education, I loved working with children,'' said Petrey, 22 , who is headed for a yearlong teaching internship at Cameron Park Elementary School in the Winton Woods School District.

Wiggins, 21, accepts the award as good news as she prepares for her wedding this weekend..

Theresa Wiggins (left) and Jessica Petrey, winners of the Pearl Wright Award, are seniors in early childhood education at the University of Cincinnati
She will do a teaching internship at Hopewell Elementary School in the Lakota School District.

The award was established in Kathryn E.Wright's will in 1992 in memory of her sister, Pearl.

They were graduates of UC in the 1920s and spent their careers educating young children.

Petrey and Wiggins, who expect to graduate in 2005, were selected from 18 applicants.

The award is given by UC. The endowment states that the Pearl M. Wright Award will honor students who best exemplify the high moral and academic standards of a primary teacher.

Eastern United Way leaders

Two business executives will co-chair the 2004 Eastern Area United Way campaign, which covers Clermont and Brown counties.

They are Milford residents Dennis W. Begue, vice president for business development at Center Bank, and Ronald L. Gramke, assistant treasurer, The Midland Co.

Begue said they are looking forward to expanding the number of individual and corporate contributors.

"Our community is a better place because of the generous support of United Way for critically needed services that are improving lives,'' Begue said.

He was also a co-chairman of the 2003 campaign. He has been involved with United Way for six years. Begue also is a member of Clermont 20/20 Inc. and the Clermont Community Fund.

Gramke is treasurer of Clermont Senior Services, chairman of Clermont Educational Opportunities and past chairman of Clermont Chamber of Commerce.

"The funding provided by United Way benefits our community in a very positive manner and I am honored to be associated with such an excellent effort,'' Gramke said.

The Eastern Area Campaign raised $1,872,815 last year.

$800 raised for Shriners

The Lang children, Victoria, Stephanie, Rebecca, Rachel and Michael, have raised more than $800 for Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati through a garage sale.

The Lang sisters are members of Pre-Teen America, an organization founded in 1990 to recognize girls ages 7-12 with high academic rankings.

Michael helped his sisters in their fund-raising project. His sisters have outstanding academic rankings in personal and leadership achievement, school and sports activities, and volunteer participation in the community.

Rachel, a sophomore at Ursuline Academy, was first runner-up in the 2002 Ohio Pre-Teen America academic rankings in the Senior Division. Victoria, an eighth-grader at All Saints School, is the 2003 Academic Ohio Senior Division titleholder, and Stephanie, a fifth-grader at All Saints, is the 2003 Ohio Academic Junior Division titleholder.

The girls are the daughters of Jim and Jackie Lang of Montgomery.

The children also presented a CD player to the hospital for the patients.

Pre-Teen America adopted the Shriners Hospitals for Children as its national philanthropy.

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