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Eisenhower student wins Distinguished Student Award
Erek Hansen, age 12, a seventh-grader at Eisenhower Middle School, has been chosen as the winner of the 2012-2013 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award given by the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC).

Hansen attended a luncheon Oct. 15 at the 2012 OAGC Conference at the Hilton-Easton in Columbus.

Only one student is selected to represent the state of Ohio each year.

Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar: Erek Hansen:
language arts teacher Leigh Ann Kesling: and Vickie Briercheck,
past president, OAGC, at the Hilton Easton Convention Center,
Columbus, OHio on October 15.

The Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award Program was launched by NAGC in 1996 with a contribution by Reg and Maggie Green, of Bodega Bay, Calif., in memory of their 7-year-old son Nicholas, who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting Italy in 1994.

The Greens donated the savings from their son’s college fund with a request that NAGC create a program to support the accomplishments of bright children who were approximately Nicholas’s age at the time of his death. With this lump sum contribution of $15,000 (and another $5,000 in 2005), NAGC created the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award Program, which recognizes the accomplishments of one child in each state, each year. These students must demonstrate excellence in visual or performing arts, academic achievement, or leadership.

Erek, known as “Eco Erek” was nominated in the spring by his sixth-grade Language Arts teacher, Leigh Ann Kesling. He has been collecting denim for recycling since 2009, and to date, he has collected more than 13,000 items.

Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Zalar; language arts teacher Leigh Ann Kesling; Erek Hansen and Vickie Briercheck, past-president, OAGC, at the Hilton Easton Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 15.

Owens nurses pinned
More than 20 Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the Nursing Department for their academic achievements specific to practical nursing during a recent ceremony.

The pinning ceremony is part of a traditional nursing practice, which honors students prior to beginning their careers within the health care community.

Owens nursing students receiving pins include Brittany Lasher, of Curtice; Kelly McGinnis, of Genoa; Christopher Lender, of Millbury; Jennifer Isbell, of Oregon; Angela Adams, Diona Brown, Tiffany Carter, Jana Detrick, Amber Dunbar, Candace Jewell, Brittany Joly, Melissa McGee, Michael Thieman, of Toledo and Erica Davenport, of Walbridge.

Owens’ practical nursing certificate is offered on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses and requires 43 credit hours of coursework, which includes courses in basic nutrition, nursing trends, pharmacology, general psychology, nursing care of adults, and human anatomy and physiology, as well as other course requirements.

Honor Society Inductees
Owens Community College students were recently recognized for their academic excellence and leadership, earning membership into the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

Metro- and suburban-area student inductees include Jennifer Basinger, Nikoy Wallace, Myron Draime, Brittany Morris, of Northwood; Michelle Pierce, Nuhad Zeitoun, Steven Dickens, Melissa Milazzo, Judy Stewart, of Oregon; Michelle Lozoya, of Curtice; Andrew Pinciotti, of Millbury; Erica Davenport, of Walbridge; Leesa Frost, of Woodville.




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