Community

Summit County Children Services recognized several Akron-area residents at its 64th annual foster parent recognition event. Recognized as retiring foster parents were Regina Gladman of Akron, with 28 years of service; Annabelle Brice of Akron, 24 years of service; Susan Minick of Mogadore, 22 years of service; John and Patricia Gilbert of Akron, 20 years of service; and John and Thelma Phillips Sr. of Uniontown, 16 years of service. Awards for at least 15 years of service went to Barbara Carey of Akron, Robert and Arlene Diehl of Canton, Harry and Willie Belle Hamilton of Akron, Keith and Janet Hammond of Stow, Gerald and Catherine McCausland of Stow, Jude Mericle of Elyria, Deborah Dardie Griffin of Akron and Kenzie and Deloise Jenkins Jr. of Barberton.

Also, recognized for 10 years of service were Yolanda Davis of Akron, Jeffery and Sharon Fuelling of Uniontown, Troy and Angelita Jackson of Akron, Julie Schafer of Akron, Sandra Thornton of Akron, Tina Tucker of Akron, Bruce VanCamp of Tallmadge and Tolliver and Jonilon Vaughn of Akron.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio recognized 62 Girl Scouts who achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Akron-area recipients were Grace Berry, Emma Freshwater, Rhianna Quine and Hailee Zendlo of Akron; Emily DiDonato of Fairlawn and Emmanuelle McCann and Jessica Roth of Copley.

Education

Melanie Sonntag of Wadsworth, a freshman in business administration at the University of Akron, received a $750 scholarship from the Medina County chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Her goal is to become an entrepreneur.

Alex Prokop and Jacob Prokop, 16-year-old twins, have been accepted into the Interlochen Arts Camp, a summer program for aspiring artists grades three through 12 at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Mich. Alex and Jacob, the sons of Mike and Michelle of Hartville, will study trumpet and trombone, respectively.

The College of Woosters board of trustees elected William A. Longbrake chairman and Mary A. Neagoy, vice chair. Longbrake is an executive in residence at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Neagoy has had senior positions in corporate communications and public industry, including that of vice president of corporate communications for NBC.

The PPG Industries Foundation awarded scholarships to Danijela Lonco, daughter of Milojica and Branka Lonco, who will major in biology at the University of Akron, and Tiffany A. Spaller, daughter of Kenneth and Brenda Spaller of Mogadore, who will major in accounting at Kent State. The scholarships are for $1,500 a year for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Thomas Kratzer, a professor of business administration at Malone University, received the Business, Society and Government Consortiums Best Paper Award for 2014.

Roshini Srinivasan of Tallmadge received a Stamps Leadership Scholarship to attend Ohio State. The award, worth $111,000 over four years, includes enrichment funds for travel and outdoor leadership experiences. She is the daughter of Srinivasan Krishnamachari and Vasanthi Srinivasan.

James Dawson of Green received a $3,000 scholarship from Warther Financial Group of Akron for his fall tuition at the University of Akron, where he is majoring in finance.

Kent State graduate students Jeff Jasinski of Wickliffe and Matt Dureiko of Stow placed second in the DawnTown 2014 Alternative Mobilities design competition, sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Both students are enrolled in KSUs architecture and urban design program.

The Sharon Womens Club awarded $1,000 scholarships to three Highland High graduating seniors Joshua Froats, who will study chemical engineering at Ohio State; Maddie Petrilla, who will study nurse anesthesiology at Ohio State; and Christine Bolton, who will study art at the University of Akron.

Military

Navy Seaman Apprentice Deneice Willis, daughter of Demetrius Willis and Dora Lewis, both of Akron, graduated from U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 2011 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron.

Army 2nd Lieutenant Michael P. McNichol was promoted to captain and received his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Ohio University. He graduated from Tallmadge High in 2006, Kent State in 2009 with a bachelors degree and earned a masters at the Albany Medical College in New York while finishing his medical degree. He is the son of Dennis and Robin McNichol.

Send news of community, school or military achievements to Carol Biliczky at cbiliczky@thebeaconjournal.com or fax them to 330-996-3729.