Oregon youth completes Patrol’s Junior Cadet Program
Jonathan Grayczyk, of Oregon, completed the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Junior Cadet Program, held June 23-27 at the Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus.
He was one of 48 participants selected from applications submitted by young men and women. Applicants attended Buckeye Boys and Girls State, exhibited exemplary performance throughout the school year, or were eligible children of Patrol employees who will be high school seniors this year.
The Junior Cadet program is designed to give youths a better insight into the challenges faced by law enforcement officers by enabling them to experience a typical week at the Training Academy. The cadets sleep in the dormitories, dine in the cafeteria and learn from Patrol Academy staff regarding crash investigation, officer/violator contacts, self-defense tactics, K-9 operations, building searches, motorcycle operations, impaired driver apprehension and military drill.
Maj. George Williams, commander of the Office of Personnel, presented graduation certificates to the participants at a ceremony attended by the cadets’ family and friends.
Grayczyk will be a senior at Cardinal Stritch High School this year. His interest in law enforcement follows a longstanding family tradition – his grandfather retired from Sylvania police after 33 years of service and his father has been a police officer for 30 years, currently working with Oregon Police.
The Toledo Schwaben Verein, German American Festival Society, Inc., has awarded seven $500 scholarships.
Recipients include Thomas Henry, Owens Community College; Elise Luhmann, University of Toledo; Monica Mason, Kent State University; Brian Mathe, Michigan Tech; Henry Witt, University of Findlay.
The Chris Ziegler Scholarship was awarded to Craig Lohmann, Bowling Green State University. The Marie Schmalzried Scholarship was awarded to Emily Belcik, Capital University.
Kent State: Karli Hollister, of Woodville.
Grand Valley State University: Chase Baldwin, of Pemberville; Austin Dean, of Woodville.
Singing at the fair
David Henninger, of Millbury, has been selected to sing with the 51st edition of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. This year’s show is entitled, “Sing Together.”
He will be one of the 200 singer from throughout the state who will sing with the choir at the 12-day State Fair, which is running July 24-Aug. 4.
A student at Lake High School, Henninger has participated in Performance Chorale Show Choir, Barbershop Quartet and theatrical productions.
After converging at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on July 18, choir members spent five days in rigorous rehearsals prior to the fair’s opening. The choir was scheduled to perform more than 100 times for fairgoers at various sites throughout the 360-acre fairgrounds.
Scout seeking donations
Hunter Liming. of Oak Harbor, is seeking help to complete his Eagle Scout project.
Liming, of Troop 385, from Genoa, is planning a project that would benefit the Oak Harbor High School soccer program – a 20-foot press box that would provide shelter from the weather for a photographer, video recorder, and announcer.
Liming is looking for help in the form of monetary donations and/or materials. To make a donation or for more information, call 419-707-3092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) joined forces and awarded three scholarships totaling more than $2,000 to area students, including the first Martin A. Blaszczyk Memorial Scholarship.
Blaszczyk was the editor of the Lagrange St. News and a strong advocate for the Toledo Polish community for more than 30 years. He died of cancer on April 27, 2013. He was 59.
Emily Howland, of Curtice, who attends Lourdes University, became the first recipient of the Blaszczyk Memorial Scholarship. The other winners included Joseph A. DuPuis, of Toledo who attends St. Francis de Sales High School, and Kassidy Rejent, of Bowling Green, who attends Notre Dame Academy. Each winner will receive a $750 check.
“The loss of Mr. Blaszczyk was devastating to the area Polish community and his loss is felt by all who knew him,” said Stan Machosky, PACT president. “His legacy is his efforts to promote the Polish heritage in our community. We hope that having a scholarship named after Mr. Blaszczyk will help carry on his legacy and serve as a reminder of Polish heritage in northwest Ohio.”
Scholarship applicants had to fill out an application and compose an essay on “what having a Polish heritage means to me.” Applications were reviewed by a six-person panel.
Howland, who is scheduled to graduate from Lourdes in the Fall 2016, wrote about her great grandparents who, during the Great Depression helped those less fortunate. She also touched on her family and how they carry on Polish traditions during Easter and Christmas. Finally she explained how her Catholic faith and work ethic are rooted in her Polish heritage.
“I plan to pass on my family’s traditions and values down to my children and help them experience their Polish heritage in a similar way like I did,” Ms. Howland wrote.
PACT generated money for the scholarships through annual events like the Kielbasa Klassic Golf Tournament which, this year will be held Sunday, Aug, 4, at the Giant Oak Golf Course in Temperance, Mich. Learn more at www.polishcommunity.org.
Clay students honored
Clay High School students Emily Wilburn, Lindsay TenEyck, Brooke Wilson and Tabitha Chizmar earned first-place honors for their project, “The Effects of Family Life on the Social and Academic Health of Children” at the at the High School Research Poster Gala at Lake Erie Center. The event was sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The University of Toledo.
The program, “Building an Environmental Science Learning Community at the Land-Lake Ecosystem Interface” partners eight advanced graduate students at UT with eight teachers and their students at seven high school to build an Environmental Science Learning Community. In addition to Clay, Central Catholic, Start, Ottawa Hills, Bowsher, Sylvania Northview and Toledo Early College high schools participated in the program.
Wilburn, TenEyck, Wilson and Chizmar investigated how a child’s home life might affect grades and social relations, examining in particular the roles of sibling relationships, divorce, parents’ jobs and neighborhoods.