BLUE ASH - Lifeguards at the Blue Ash Recreation Center recently showed off their skills, taking top honors at both local and statewide lifeguard team competitions.
The five Blue Ash teams were among the top eight finishers, including first place, in the local competition and took all top five places in the state contest. The local contest was held in Florence July 18 and the state competition was held in Dublin Aug. 1.
About 22 lifeguards from the Blue Ash Recreation Center competed, said Jon Corum, pool manager.
The contests included five scenarios, including three situations in which a person is drowning, one involving first aid skills and another involving treatment of a spinal injury.
"They had to demonstrate all their skills," Corum said. "Each team is made up for four people, so they divide up the work.''
Among the lifeguard competitors from Blue Ash Recreation Center are Amanda Quatkemeyer, 17, of West Chester (left) and Chelsea Bachman, 17, of Indian Hill.
The competitors, ages 15-24, included some first-year lifeguards.
The competition helps the lifeguards hone their skills and keeps them sharp in case an emergency occurs at the pool.
"Everything that they do are skills that they have to master to be lifeguards," Corum said. "We practice. The kids come in and do it on their own time.''
Success in the competition helps create a safer pool environment.
"You have to be able to recognize when something is happening so you can use your skills," Corum said.
$1 baseball tickets
Here's a chance to take in a Reds game and help a good cause.
The Reds have made available 20,000 view-level tickets to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati as part of a $1 ticket program implemented by Major League Baseball.
Fans can get a ticket by donating $1 to the local Boys & Girls Clubs. The face value of the tickets is $11. Up to 20 tickets can be purchased at a time; group purchases of 20 or more tickets must be coordinated through Major League Baseball.
Fifty cents of each ticket goes to the local Boys & Girls Clubs, and the other 50 cents goes to the CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Tickets are available at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati administrative offices, 600 Dalton Ave., from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 31. They also can be bought at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton, 958 East Ave., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been the official charity of Major League Baseball since 1997.
For more information, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
These recent high school graduates have received scholarships to attend Xavier University:
$20,100 St. Francis Xavier Scholarship recipients must rank in the top 5 percent of their class and score 1360 or higher on the SAT or 31 or higher on the ACT - Matthew Risley of Amelia High School, who has been accepted into Xavier's Philosophy, Politics and the Public Honors Program with a focus on Spanish and Latin American Studies. He is the son of Mary Lynn and George Risley of Pierce Township.
$11,000 Schawe Scholarship recipients must rank in the top 15 percent of class and score 1280 or higher on the SAT or 29 or higher on the ACT - John Philip Becker of St. Xavier High School. The son of Margaret O'Malley of Loveland and Philip Becker of Crestview Hills plans to major in business; and Andrew Gilpin also of St. Xavier. The son of Terrie and Jim Gilpin of Colerain Township will study chemistry.
$7,000 Presidential Scholarship recipients must rank in the top 20 percent of their class and score 1200 or higher on the SAT or 27 or higher on the ACT - Matthew Broderick of St. Xavier High School. He is the son of Cynthia and Thomas Broderick of Indian Hill; James Escudero of Summit Country Day School. He is the son of Mary Ann and Edmund Escudero of Anderson Township; Laura Morand of Ursuline Academy. The daughter of Jane and William Morand of Deerfield Township plans to major in elementary education; and Mark Scherer of St. Xavier. He is the son of Cathy and Kevin Scherer of Colerain Township.
$5,000 Honor Scholarship recipients must rank in the top 25 percent of their class and score 1130 or higher on the SAT or 25 or higher on the ACT - Richard Maas of Oak Hills High School. The son of Carol and Richard Maas of Bridgetown intends to major in business finance; Kyle Connolly of Elder High School. The son of Linda Hood and William Connolly of Green Township plans to double-major in history and political science; Stacey Naylor of Goshen High School. The daughter of Joy and Vince Naylor of Loveland intends to major in psychology; Tiffanie Pfefferman of Bishop Brossart High School. The daughter of Cindy and Mark Pfefferman of Butler, Ky., will major in physical education; Julie Sporing of Loveland High School. The daughter of Laurel and Lester Sporing of Loveland plans to major in English; and Caitlin Shagena of St. Ursula Academy. The daughter of Mary Beth and David Shagena of Anderson Township plans to major in chemistry.
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