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Local students among honor society inductees
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 16:10

The Alpha Omega Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society student inductees for the 2009 fall semester at Owens Community College included Lorenzo Carrion-Bistolf and Janette Gargac, of Northwood; Renee Kromenacker and Mark Webner of Oregon; Alys Vollmar of Curtice; Mark Fosgate, of Elmore; Carol Doll, Chad Fairbanks and Stefan Bradstreet, of Stony Ridge;  and Nicholas Ragan, of Woodville.

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic excellence among two-year college students, provide opportunities for leadership training and an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas and ideals. In addition, the society promotes four standard hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

Selection is based upon achieving a minimum 3.5 grade point average and exemplifying academic excellence, as determined by faculty.

Academic honors
Several local students have earned academic honors at their chosen colleges and universities. They include:

Defiance College: Gene Snyder, of Elmore.

Vending machines offer students healthy snack options
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 16:01

When a “snack attack” strikes at school, students all too often turn to vending


machines, lured by the quick pick-me-up offered by the candy bars, potato chips and other less-than-healthy options.

A Curtice-based company is offering a line of vending machines designed to offer wholesome alternatives to sodas and junk food.

Andrew, Kelley and Jessica Howard, started Healthy Vending LLC last February. The trio – brothers Andrew and Kelley and Jessica, who is Kelley’s wife – are not new business partners – they have owned Howard Lawn & Landscaping for about 10 years.

“The thing is, landscaping is a seasonal business in our area, so we were looking for another venture that would give us income in the winter time,” Jessica said.

Eastwood band student:Performing in bowl halftime show a “fantastic honor”
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 15:56

Kevin Rahrig began playing the trumpet in the sixth grade, and it didn’t take
long before he was hooked.

“When I picked it up, it just came naturally to me,” said Rahrig, a senior at Eastwood High School.

Rahrig comes from a musical background. His father, Doug, played the trumpet in high school at Otsego, and his mother, Carla, sang in high school at Bowling Green and also in college at BGSU.

Brian Myers, who has been Eastwood’s band director for nine years, said Rahrig is not only “obviously gifted, but his dedication has been extraordinary.”

“The practice time he puts in for the extra ensembles is so far above average,” Myers said. “That’s what puts him above the rest. You name an ensemble here at Eastwood and he’s been a part of it – orchestra, pep band, Christmas ensemble, solo and ensemble adjudicated events. He’s taken private lessons for several years and he’s been a section leader since his sophomore year.”

It was no surprise, then, that Rahrig was chosen to play trumpet in the 10th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl marching band.

The band, made up of high school musicians from around the country, performed during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.

Rahrig, 18, was one of four band members from Ohio.

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