Forty-eight Akron-area students were named winners in the 2013 Safety Kids Calendar contest sponsored by the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. All winners received gift cards. The grand-prize winner was Jenna Ford, an eighth-grader at Spring Hill Junior High School. The students who placed first for illustrating 12 rules, such as “Don’t do drugs,” were: Anna Liggett, eighth-grader, St. Paul School; Maeve Cox, seventh-grader, St. Paul School; Alex Reese, seventh-grader, St. Barnabas School; Trayvon Walk, seventh-grader, East CLC; Jonathan Brooks, sixth-grader, Dodge Intermediate School; Anthony Conti, seventh-grader, St. Joseph’s School; Amy Dudek, sixth-grader, St. Hilary School; Isabella Grasa, seventh-grader, St. Barnabas School; Elizabeth Kalal, seventh-grader, St. Hilary School; Ariona Ollison, eighth-grader, East CLC; Sierra Moles, seventh-grader, Spring Hill Junior High School; and Nicole Seal, sixth-grader, Tallmadge Middle School.
The Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board honored four local trailblazers at its appreciation luncheon in October. The Rev. Bob Denton, executive director of the Victim Assistance program, received the 2012 Maggie Carrol Smith Award for his life’s work of ministering. Dr. Steve Jewell, medical director for Child Guidance and Family Solutions, received the Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Award for his work to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness. Rachel Gordon, founder of the support group Caring and Miracles ... We Care Foundation, received the Sister Mary Ignatia Award for helping families, women and children turn away from addictions. David Weis, who has taught counselors and psychologists at the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University, received the Dr. Bob Smith Award.
The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Ohio college students planning for careers in parks and recreation. Ashley Mowen is a recreation, parks and tourism management major at Kent State. Laura Lansinger is a recreation management major at KSU.
Barberton Municipal Court Administrator Susan Sweeney received the 2012 Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Memorial Scholarship Award from the Ohio Association for Court Administration. Sweeney said she would use the $1,000 scholarship to further her professional development.
New Akron-area inductees as Schar Scholars at Ashland University are Kelly Crowl of Uniontown, who is majoring in early childhood education; Heather Wray of Seville, who aims to be an intervention specialist; and Jessica Loyer of Lodi, who is majoring in middle grades education. The program for selective students offers enhanced training in education.
Karla Mugler, associate vice president of student success at the University of Akron, received the Outstanding Service Award by an Institutional Representative at the 2012 American Council on Education’s Ohio Women’s Network Conference. The award recognizes an administrator who advocates for women with her employer. Fedearia Nicholson, UA assistant vice president for student success, was elected co-chair of the ACE Ohio Women’s Network; Julie Zhao, director for the IDEAS program for the UA College of Engineering, is on the executive board.
Stark State College student Rose Rebuelta received a $1,000 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship. The award helps new Phi Theta Kappa honor society members defray educational expenses. Rebuelta, of East Canton, is a business management major.
Kent State Stark senior Felicia Dragos of North Canton received the Innis Maggiore Endowed Scholarship for Communications. She is majoring in marketing. Innis Maggiore is an advertising company in Canton.
Army Sgt. Craig Warfle, a 2008 graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High, received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest military medal, for heroic actions when deployed to Afghanistan in August 2010. He is the son of Charlena and Gary Warfle.
Marine Corps Pvt. Wallace D. Crabb II, son of Marisol M. De Oca of Tallmadge and Wallace D. Crabb of Massillon, graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is a 2012 graduate of Tallmadge High School.
Marine Cpl. Aaron Byard, a 2008 graduate of Akron’s Ellet High School, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp. Medal for Heroism for his actions following a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2011. He is the son of Sue and Bob Byard.
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