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Celebrations - July 10

By admin Published: July 10, 2011


•? Gabriela Jocas of North Canton was one of about 150 children nationwide who represented Ohio in a visit to Capitol Hill to tell Congress of the need for better treatments and a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Gabriela, who has Type 1 diabetes, was a delegate at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress.

•? Twenty-three Girl Scouts in the five-county area were among 74 in Northeast Ohio to receive Gold Awards, the highest achievement for members. They were Sarah Lafferty, Naomi Merklin and Jessie Wilson, all of Akron; Brittany Sarama, Brunswick; Raelyn ?Roxbury, Cuyahoga Falls; Nina Parri, Fairlawn; Caroline Feldman, Sarah Moffitt and Audra Hoffmeister, Hudson; Danielle Howard, Macedonia; Melody Monroe, Hartville; Michaela Schoeffler, Northfield; Meghan Eisenberger, Tallmadge; Andrea Kardohely and Allison Londeree, Canton; Sarah Gertz, Stephanie

Hillensbeck, Samantha Kaster and Cassandra Pyles, all of Louisville; Julie Benedetto, Stephanie Satrape and Kaitlin Saunders, all of North Canton; and Sabrina Dooley, Uniontown.

•?Stephanie Katherine Olbrych, daughter of Mary Ann Napolitano of Akron, received the 2011 Ramier-Coleman Fellowship, a $3,000 award from Mortar Board. Stephanie earned degrees in Spanish and global health from Case Western Reserve University and will attend CWRU's medical school next fall. Stephanie, a 2007 graduate of the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, was active in the Global Medical Initiative student organization. She received the Eva L. Pancoast award for female students who extend their education by foreign study or travel.

•?Katy Shircliff, daughter of Kenn and Patricia Shircliff of Atwater Township, was one of 20 students to win the Outstanding Activities Award for Seniors from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University. She is a graduating senior in animal science.


• ?Chick-fil-a team member Tiffany Hollinger received a $1,000 scholarship from the company. Tiffany works at the Chapel Hill store in Akron and is studying psychology at Malone University.

•?The 12 valedictorians at Washington High School in Massillon were Alexandria Burch, who will study pre-medicine at Cleveland State University; Brandon Fomich, accounting and information systems at the University of Toledo; Bruce Hamit, business management; Margaret Henderson, early childhood education at Kent State University; Matthew Ivan, who will attend either the University of Chicago or Bowling Green State University; and Scott Lunardini, engineering at Ohio State.

Also, Annah Moore, neuroscience and biochemistry at the University of Rochester; Gabrielle Pape, premedicine at Ohio State; Colin Pedro, engineering at the University of Cincinnati; Brian Robinson, math education at Notre Dame College in Cleveland; Rebekah Seesan, history and anthropology at Mercyhurst College; and Ryan Skelly, who will attend either Ohio State or Baldwin-Wallace College.

• Nicole Crayton of Akron is a new member in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is a student at the University of Akron. ?

•?St. John's Episcopal Church in Cuyahoga Falls awarded three $1,000 Sally Russell Memorial Scholarships to Cuyahoga Falls High graduate Anna Lemmon, who plans to major in journalism/communications; and Woodridge High graduates Joshua Yoho, biochemistry at the University of Dayton, and James Murat King, political science at Ohio State.

•? Lauren Eliopoulos of Bath Township was named a Phi Beta Kappa scholar at Stetson University, where she received a bachelor's degree in political science and history this spring. She received the Gilbert L. Lycan Outstanding History Senior Award, the Senior Political Science Department Award, the 2011 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference Thesis Winner Award, and the Gilbert L. Lycan Outstanding Junior Award and was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta History National Honor Society. She was captain of the Stetson women's golf team, president of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and vice president of philanthropy for Phi Beta Phi.

•?Justin McMahon of Coventry High School received a $1,000 Cargill Community Scholarship. Cargill provided the scholarship as a special project administered by the National FFA. McMahon received one of 1,521 awards distributed nationwide.

The Beacon Journal welcomes news about student, military and community achievement. Send releases to Beacon Journal writer Carol Biliczky at or fax them to 33908996-3030.



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