1 Two Akron-area bicyclists fared well in the recent National 24-Hour Bike Challenge in Michigan.

Billy Volchko of Kent finished second overall, covering 509.1 miles in 24 hours. Volchko, 26, won his age group and finished second overall.

The winner Jessop Keene, 24, of Ellsworth, Wis., covered 516.7 miles with an average speed of 21.5 miles.

Volchko is a part owner of the Brimstone Bicycle shop in Canal Fulton.

Cassie Schumacher, 44, of Akron won the female race. She covered 430.7 miles in the 24 hours.

She was also named the most improved participant after she covered 81 miles more than her average finish in previous 24-hour races.

The event, staged June 18-19 in Barry County near Battle Creek, drew 270 participants from 20 states and five countries. Cyclists must pedal three on-road loops. For details, go to www.n24hc.org.

2 Uniontown Elementary paraprofessional Trish DiDonato and second-grade teacher Ali DeGeorge were recognized for their outstanding commitment to students during a state conference held in Columbus on June 13. DiDonato was recognized as Ohio Council for Exceptional Children’s Outstanding Paraprofessional, while DeGeorge was named Ohio Council for Exceptional Children’s General Educator of the Year. They were selected based on their work with students with and without special needs in the classroom.

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