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Published: Sun, February 16, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.

U Karen Anness, Springfield Intermediate School; Charlotte Eskay and Jean Wargo, Holy Family School, Poland; Gary A. Orosz, Byzantine Catholic Central High School, Youngstown; and Maria Pizanias, Hubbard High School, for being among the 149 teachers selected for the 2001-2002 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities by the Ohio Academy of Science.
U Bill Bell, Kathleen Fetcenko and Jill Merolla of Secrest Elementary School, Warren; Laura McCloskey of The Rayen School, Youngstown; Elaine Poklemba of New Hope Academy, Youngstown; and Jeanne Riser of Boardman Center Middle School for receiving FirstEnergy Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Grants from Ohio Edison for developing innovative educational projects.
U Gene Krotky, Patricia Riddick and Mary Van Buren of the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center for receiving a county Best Practice Award for developing a history unit to teach United States-Middle East relations.
U Stephen Bennett of the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center for coaching a junior student to win first place in the national Visual Basic Technical Programming Competition of the Business Professionals of America.
U Joyce Cannone of Farrell High School for receiving several scholarships and grants, including a presidential award from the Academy for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Technology Integration, and for being named in Who's Who Among Professional Women.
U Pam Grabman of Boardman Center Middle School for being selected by Gov. Bob Taft to serve on the state department of education advisory board.
U Cynthia Harris of the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center for her role in helping the Ohio Career Development Program win an Exemplary and Promising Career & amp; Technical Programs award. The program received the honor, given by the U.S. Department of Education, in December.
U Rebecca Lester of Girard High School for the school's Futures Prep and Awareness program, which earned an Ohio Best Practice Award.
U Kim Luther of Columbiana County Career & amp; Technical Center for receiving a county best-practice award for "McLutherville."
U Susan McLaughlin of Sharon High School for being a nominee for Pennsylvania Counselor of the Year and a Buhl Day honoree.
U Dr. Marie A. Pavlicko of the Mahoning County Career Development Program for receiving the 2002 Lucille G. Ford Award from the Ohio Council on Economic Education.
U Michele Polando of Bonham Elementary School in Niles for being a Disney Award finalist for work on "Leadership for Results."
U Judy Redig of Robinwood Lane Elementary School, Boardman, for being named in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2002.
U Connie Ridgeway of Reilly Elementary School, Salem, for being selected as a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar.
U Kathy Rotar of W.S. Guy Middle School, Liberty, for being a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, for advising the English Festival at YSU and other events and for various past awards.
U Ron Walcott of Paul C. Bunn Elementary School, Youngstown, for being the school's Teacher of the Year, for being named a WFMJ Giant Eagle Class Act and for his sixth-grade class's achieving a 100 percent passage rate in four of five proficiency test areas.
U Dean Wilson of Robinwood Lane and Market Street elementary schools, Boardman, for being a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, for being named in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2002 and for being named Arts Educator of the Year by the Youngstown Area Arts Council.
U Dennis Zinz of Western Reserve High School, Berlin Center, for being a Martha Holden Jennings scholar.

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