Gifted coordinator chosen for state teacher program
Miami University of Ohio selected Yvonne Lipinsky, Youngstown City School District's gifted coordinator, as a participant in a learning experience July 24 through Aug. 6 at the university's Geology Field Station in Dubois, Wyo.
Lipinsky and 41 other Ohio teachers participated in the environment-based program, sponsored by the university and the Ohio Board of Regents program, "Improving Teacher Quality."
The program chose Lipinsky, of Boardman, over several hundred applicants.
Participants spent two weeks in outdoor laboratories studying flora and fauna, geologic concepts and stream studies.
"It was overwhelming," Lipinsky said.
The teachers will attend a follow-up workshop at 4-H Camp Ohio near Utica, N.Y., Oct. 14-16.
Valley schools awarded health seal of approval
COLUMBUS -- Nine schools in Mahoning County are recipients of the Governor's Buckeye Best Healthy School Award.
The awards program recognizes schools whose policies and practices reflect a high priority on health outcomes for children including improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and stopping or preventing the use of tobacco.
Gold award winners receive a Buckeye Best Healthy School flag that can be flown outside the school building. The award recipients are Austintown Fitch High School; Boardman High School; Hayes Middle School, Youngstown; Lowellville Elementary School; Lowellville High School; Robinwood Elementary School, Boardman; South Range High School; Springfield Intermediate School; and Williamson Elementary, Youngstown.
The program is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health in partnership with the American Cancer Society.
Learning Tree program
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Learning Tree After-school Program of Family Service Agency hosted a "Summer Enrichment Week" for middle school pupils during the week of Aug. 1.
Participants toured WFMJ-TV studios, Mill Creek Metroparks Experimental Farm, McKinley Memorial and Museum and the Children's Museum of the Mahoning Valley.
Before each day's activities, students gathered at Family Service Agency for breakfast.
Learning Tree is an after-school program for pupils in preparation for high school. Classes are held at the Beeghly School of Education at Youngstown State University during the school year free of charge. Transportation is provided.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in the program can contact Ellen Taylor, director of the program, at Family Service Agency, (330) 782-5664.
Radiography school grads
SHARON, Pa. -- Ten students recently graduated from the Sharon Regional Health System School of Radiography during ceremonies at Corinthian Restaurant.
They are Jennifer Addicott, Hermitage; Marilyn Emrick, Kinsman; Elizabeth Freed, Ellwood City; Christine Hanna, Fredonia; Catherine Jozic, Farrell; Angela Lambert, Youngstown; Laura Myers, Hubbard; Jennifer Phillips, Vienna; Zackary Ryan, Mercer; and Bobbi Simons, Austintown.
Hanna received the Clinical Excellence Award. Phillips and Emrick received a co-award for Overall Academic and Clinical Excellence.
The School of Radiography offers a 24-month accredited program with a new class starting every fall.
Essay contest finalist
BOARDMAN -- Lisa Dolasinski, 17, of Boardman, has been selected as one of four finalists in the 2005 Connect for Kids Youth Essay Contest.
"Speak Out! Let Your Voice Be Heard" allows teens to share their ideas on what policy makers need to know about youth with Connect for Kids' national audience.
Dolasinski was among some 70 young people from 22 states who participated in this year's contest.
She will receive a cash award of $100 from Connect for Kids and a copy of "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV," compliments of Health Communications Inc.
Teens from Indiana, Massachusetts and Iowa also were finalists.
The essays are being placed on Connectforkids.org at various times in August.
Dolasinski's publishing date is Aug. 29.
Connect for Kids makes use of communication technologies to give adults tools and information they need to improve the lives of children, youth and families.
WASHINGTON -- LEADAMERICA named Jennifer Colla as a forensic science participant at the Congressional Student Leadership Conference at Georgetown University.
The organization selected her based on academic record, extracurricular activities and community involvement.
The CSLC is an invitational leadership conference focusing on student involvement with national leaders in chosen fields of profession.
Jennifer is the daughter of John and Mary Colla of Austintown. She will begin her senior year at Ursuline High School this fall.
Open enrollment meeting
McDONALD -- A mandatory meeting for new parents of open enrollment pupils will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.
Principals from the high school and elementary school along with schools Superintendent Michael Wasser will discuss the district's expectations of its new open enrollment pupils. Afterward, tours will be conducted for the parents and pupils.
$2,000 raised by YSU and United Way charity event
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State University students along with the United Way raised $2,000 during a charity event Aug. 2 at the MVR.
The event titled, "What Matters in the Valley," was held to enable YSU business students to not only practice their public relations skills, but also raise money for the United Way. Local area businesses made monetary donations as well as donating gifts for the event to help sponsor it.
Activities included a pie-throwing contest involving YSU professors. Tommy Zetts, YSU quarterback, donated his time while local area children threw pies in his face.
The MVR also offered a buffet for $5 to raise money.