Community

Several Suffield Lions Club members received chevron pins for their years of service. They were Harry Smith, Ernie Rufener and Carl Rufener, all with 40 years; George Taylor, 35 years; Dale Williams, 20 years; and Bob Gower, 10 years.

Debra Manteghi received the Literacy is Life Award from This City Reads. She is the homeless liaison for Akron City Schools and manages Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength Through Education), which provides supplemental educational services to children in shelters.

The Akron Bar Association presented its Liberty Bell Award to former Summit County Probate Judge Todd McKenney for his Good Deeds Project, which encouraged homeowners to automatically transfer their homes to their children or others at their death. The associationís Public Service Award went to the late Kathryn Motz Hunter, a businesswoman and civic leader who became president of the First Akron Corp. in 1990 at the death of her husband.

Education

Patricia Nugent, principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Cuyahoga Falls, received the 2013 Distinguished Principal Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for outstanding leadership of elementary education. She has spent 22 years as a principal at three schools. She was one of 12 educators nationwide to receive NCEAís top honor.

Three Akron students received awards this spring from Xavier University: Margaret Woods, who received the Athletic Director, Deanís and Academic Excellence Awards; Megan Milo, who was inducted into the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu; and Maria Libertin, who received the Athletic Director and Deanís Athletic Awards.

Two Akron students were finalists in a writing competition at Malone University ó Akash Negi, a junior English major, in nonfiction, and Joshua Graber, a junior creative writing major, in poetry.

Malone University President David King was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors to the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Malone University students employed by AVI Fresh were the first-place winners in the intercollegiate Platinum Chef Ohio competition this month. Participating chefs included Brooke Gifford, a junior social work major from Doylestown; Amber Benson, a sophomore middle childhood education major from Louisville; and Hillary Danko, a junior intervention specialist-education major from Doylestown.

Senior Timothy M. Pfeiffer of Clinton received the Academic Excellence Award in Accounting at Wilmington College. Pfeiffer, who is majoring in business administration and accounting, is a 2009 graduate of Manchester High School.

Military

Airman Christopher D. Mourton, son of Gary and Suzanne Mourton of Akron, completed Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is a 2011 graduate of Coventry High School.

Marine Pvt. 1st Class Mario A. Caprez, son of Daniel and Patricia Caprez of Akron, graduated from basic training at Parris Island, S.C. He was the honor graduate for his platoon. Caprez graduated from Archibishop Hoban High School in 2011 and is a sophomore at Kent State.

Marine Corps Pvt. Alexander K. Pamula, son of Beth and Barry Pamula of Peninsula, graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is a 2012 graduate of Woodridge High School in Peninsula

Marine Corps Pfc. Aaron M. Fikes, son of April J. Fikes and Kevin M. Fikes, both of Akron, graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Fikes is a 2012 graduate of Akron Early College High School.

Marine Corps Pvt. Dylan J. Levy, son of Karen L. Levy of Cuyahoga Falls, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Levy is a 2012 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Marine Corps Pvt. Kyle A. Cranford, son of Teresa Hollingsworth of Loganville, Ga. and Damon Cranford, of Stow, graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is a 2012 graduate of Archer High School of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Marine Corps Pfc. Christopher J. Boles, son of Yolunda Boxdale of Akron, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He is a 2012 graduate of Timken High School in Canton.

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