Education

Three seniors at the College of Wooster have been selected as Fulbright Teaching Scholars. Paige Ambord, a sociology major from Claremont, Calif., will teach English in Turkey; Rachel Myers, a political science major from Wooster, will teach English in Russia; and Kelsey Williams, an East Asian studies major from Wooster, will teach English in South Korea. The Fulbright Program is the international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Twinsburg violinist Claire Getho is one of 57 students from 23 states selected for the National Symphony Orchestra 2014 Summer Music Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The program offers private lessons, chamber music coachings and orchestral experience. Claire, who is home-schooled, is one of five Ohio students who will take part in the institute. .

Harvey Sterns, a professor of psychology and director of the Institute of Life-Span Development and Gerontology at the University of Akron, is one of 12 Ohioans to be inducted into the 2014 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, which is coordinated by the Ohio Department of Aging. Since 1997, more than 400 people have been inducted into the hall of fame for benefits to society after the age of 60.

The winners in the Medina County auditors sixth annual Memorial Day essay contest were Aaron Kornaker, Sacred Heart School; Madelyn Huzyak, Wadsworth Middle School; Sydney Minton, Wadsworth Intermediate; Haleigh Saylor, Central Intermediate School; Felicia Pasadyn, Brunswick Willetts Middle School; Grace Donnelly, Cloverleaf Middle School; Aaron Kornaker, Wadsworth Sacred Heart School; Richard Laurence, Cloverleaf Middle School; Cara Buonocore, Cloverleaf Middle School; and Anna Lanier, Highland Middle School. The contest was co-sponsored by Wadsworth VFW Post 1089.

Sydney Katz, daughter of Steven J. Katz, manager of operations at the Timken Co., received a $10,000 scholarship, from the Timken Company Charitable and Educational Fund Inc. The award is renewable for up to three years for a total of $40,000. A total of 38 children of Timken associates at 26 locations worldwide received scholarships of various amounts from the fund.

The Medina County Federal Credit Union awarded its yearly, $1,000 scholarships to Otterbein University nursing student Tia Mixell, daughter of Kevin and Sharon Mixell at Wadsworth, and Luke Swanson, a senior at Wadsworth High School and the son of David and Patricia Swanson. He plans to attend Ohio State or the University of Cincinnati to study biomedical engineering.

Five Tallmadge High School students competed in the schools first Shark Tank event, modeled after the TV show. The students prepared business plans in advance for their original ideas and presented their concepts for service- and product-based ventures to judges. Senior Kayla McGuinness, daughter of Sherri and Dennis McGuinness, won the first-place prize of a $100 gift card. Senior Austin Rohrbaugh, son of Dianne and Craig Rohrbaugh, won the second-place prize of a $50 gift card.

Flashnotes.com of Boston, the student-to-student study materials marketplace, appointed Kent State President Lester Lefton to its board of directors. The startup company enables college students to buy and sell course-specific study materials study guides, notes, flashcards, etc.

Adam Underwood, an associate professor of biology at Walsh University, was named the 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year. Underwood joined Walsh in 2006 and was an instructor at the University of Akron before that. He earned his bachelors degree in biology from Walsh, his masters degree in biology from UA and his doctorate in cellular and molecular biology from Kent State. He lives in Lawrence Township.

Annissa R. Langworthy of Canton, instructor of anatomy and physiology, earned the Distinguished Teaching Award at Stark State College. Stacy M. Jackson of Canton, an adjunct instructor in the education department, received the Excellence in Teaching Award; and Vicki L. Bittinger of Canton, human resources generalist, was chosen for the Staff Excellence Award.

Military

Air Force Airman Benjamin S. Pieper, son of Greg Pieper of Zanesville and Honey Lumbatis of Akron, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is a 2009 graduate of Tri-Valley High School, Dresden.

Air Force Airman Lopaz L. Curry graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is the son of Richard L. Curry of Twinsburg and Kenyada L. Spy of Akron. He is a 2013 graduate of Firestone High School, Akron.

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