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Local girls attend Buckeye Girls State
Samantha Wilkins, Caitlin Dazely and Maria Fritsch served as delegates to Buckeye Girls State, held at the University of Mount Union from June 10 to 16.

The girls – sponsored by the Genoa American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #324, Genoa Kiwanis and Genoa Firettes, joined more than 900 of their peers from throughout the state at Buckeye Girls State, a project of the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary.

Participants learn about the duties, privileges and responsibilities of good citizenship. By getting involved in a weeklong mock government, the young women learn about city, county and state government, along with the election process and voting procedures.


Wilkins served as Hobart City Auditor; Dazely was a Merritt City Councilman and Fritsch was elected to the state

Local alumni to perform in separate concerts
Shawn Mlynek, a 2005 graduate of Clay High School, will perform in concert with renowned pianist Valerie Pool June 29 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway, Maumee.

This is the first “hometown” recital for Mlynek in years, after performing throughout the U.S., Germany, Austria and Italy.

The concert will offer an eclectic mix, from Mozart to showtunes.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 students/seniors, and are available at the door.

Guitarist Zach Reeder will perform July 2 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the 20th North Gallery in downtown Toledo.

Reeder, who hails from Genoa, studied classical guitar, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Toledo in 2011. He is working on a master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

He has given a number of concerts in the Toledo area, and enjoys performing and sharing his music and love of the guitar.

Reeder is also a composer, and has written and performed various compositions for solo guitar and for other instruments as well.

For more information, or to hear Reeder perform, visit

Book grants awarded
Olivia Czeczele and Emily Eskins have been selected as the 2012 recipients of the Sandusky County of Ohio Retired Teacher Association Book Grants.

Czeczele, a 2012 graduate of Woodmore High School, plans to attend Capital University and pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Eskins, a 2012 graduate of Bellevue High School, plans to attend Bowling Green State University and pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.

The grants are awarded in memory of Helen Beier, Marian Griffin, Frances Shaffer, Amanda Miller and Mary Ann Will, all former members of SCORTA.

Spring Pinning Ceremony
More than 70 Owens Community College registered nursing students were honored at the recent Spring Pinning Ceremony.

The nurse pinning ceremony originated in the 1860s at St. Thomas Hospital’s Nightingale School of Nursing in London, England. Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale chose to extend the honor she received to her most outstanding graduate nurses by awarding each of them a medal of excellence. The practice of awarding nurses a badge was adopted soon after, and the first pin was awarded to the Class of 1880 at the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City.

Owens students receiving pins include Heather Cole, of Oregon; Sarah Gerkensmeyer and Lay Mandy, of Genoa; Elizabeth Pasztor, of Pemberville; Christine Miller, of Walbridge; Jennifer Beachler and Nicole VanNess, of Woodville.

Owens’ registered nursing program requires 73 credit hours of coursework, which includes courses in nutrition, nursing concepts, pharmacology, psychology, nursing skills, adult health issues, anatomy and physiology, obstetrics, pediatrics and geriatrics, as well as other program course requirements. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination to become a registered nurse for health care facilities and community agencies.

Glass City Federal scholarships
Two local students received $1,000 scholarships through Glass City Federal Credit Union’s annual scholarship program.

Winners Grace Badik, of East Toledo and Timothy Mitchell, of Oregon, submitted an essay and were selected by scholarship reader volunteers from Glass City’s community business partners.

Badik is a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, and attends Xavier University in Cincinnati where she is majoring in “Philosophy, Politics and the Public,” an interdisciplinary honors program. After graduation, she plans to complete a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and then pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy. She has been awarded several scholarships from Xavier, and received the Gold X-Key Achievement Award for student leadership. She was also nominated for the Xavier Student Woman of Excellence Award.

Mitchell is a 2005 graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School and is currently attending Owens Community College where he is studying Pre-Physical Therapy. He has interned with the Toledo Masterworks Chorale, and was in the choir from 2009-11. He also received the “President’s Award” as a senior in high school, and was in National Honor Society.

Academic honors
University of Akron: Christine Gallatin and Kirsten Wegman, of Northwood; Andrew Logan, of Oregon; Charles Phillips, of Toledo;

Rachel Utendorf, or Elmore; Andrea Behm, of Oak Harbor; Hillary West, of Walbridge.

Defiance College: David Jacobs, of Elmore; Phoenix Golnick and Joshua Hegemier, Oak Harbor.

University of Kentucky: Dayna Ferguson, of Oregon;

Muskingum University: Jessica Warns, of Oak Harbor.

Ohio Northern University: Joshua Hille, of Curtice; Rachel Pioch, of Northwood; Mark Blowers, of Toledo;

Terra State Community College: Zach Walter, of Curtice; Ruben Cardenas and Cortney Trebus, of Elmore; Richard Tapia, of Genoa; Billie Brauer, Sidney Damschroder, Jerricka McCarthy, Lewis Morelock, Amanda Muncy, Alicia Villarreal and Leslie Waugaman, of Gibsonburg; Amanda Floyd, Jessica Hoffman, Rebecca Lawless and Jeanine VanDerLaar, of Helena; Laura Alspaugh, of Lindsey; Tyler Biggert, Klay Bodi, Nathan Carolus, Nicole Case, Jessica Dotson, Shelby Douglas, Erin Fowler, Jennifer Lochotzki, Melinda Mesbahi, Susan Newsom, Courtney Sanchez, Charlene Wahl, Chris Wansitler and Amber Worthington, of Oak Harbor; Sangdaow Isranucheep, of Oregon.

Wright State University: Lauren Ledzianowski, of Oregon; Ryan Scott, of Curtice; Kelly Swartzmiller, of Martin; Lydia Watson, of Oak Harbor; Breanne Hitchen, of Walbridge; Lynne Schroeder, of Woodville; Karli Hollister, Aaron Hunt, Andrew Rospert and Angela Taylor, of Woodville.

Rachel N. Pioch, of Northwood, recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio Northern University. She received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design.

On campus, Pioch was active in Habitat for Humanity, the Polaris literary magazine, Kappa Pi art honorary, the campus chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the ONU Women's Ultimate Frisbee club, the Open Doors organization, Alpha Lambda Delta scholastic honorary for freshman women, and the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board

Pioch is a graduate of Northwood High School.

EcoErek honored
Eleven-year-old “EcoErek Hansen, of Curtice, has been selected as an Honorable Mention for Action For Nature’s 2012 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Hansen was honored for recycling clothing and shoes.

Hansen was presented with the Eco-Hero Award by Lucas County Commissioners, along with representatives from Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful at the June 12 Commissioners’ Meeting.

He will be on hand at a Denim & Shoe Drive being held June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Future Wave Salon, 3324 Navarre Ave., Oregon.

In addition, Hansen and have partnered for a fundraiser to get the youth’s 2012 collection of jeans for recycling shipped to Arizona.

In the past three years, Hansen had a corporate sponsor that would take care of the shipping and storage of the recycled items. He currently does not have a shipping sponsor. Last year’s denim shipment (3,900 jeans) cost $3,200. The remanufacturing facility that turns the jeans into Ultra TouchTM Denim Insulation is in Chandler, AZ.

Northwest Ohio-based, a non-profit group that helps other non-profit groups raise money for their causes, is helping in the effort to raise shipping funds to get the jeans to Arizona through the sale of t-shirts. Fifty percent of the sale of each t-shirt goes to the non-profit holding the campaign. Hansen’s campaign runs through June 24. Visit for more information.

Samantha Wilkins, Caitlin Dazely and Maria Fritsch




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