Engineer gets award

Bert Dawson of Lisbon has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

Dawson has a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He has served as Columbiana County engineer since 1969 and the county sanitary engineer since 1990.

Dawson also serves on the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.

Dawson is a registered professional engineer in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

He was named Urban County Engineer by the National Association of County Engineers in 2007.


Receives Eagle award

Zane Alexander Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Smith of Howland, received his Eagle Scout Award during a recent court-of-honor ceremony at Warren Elks Lodge 295.

Smith is a member of Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scout Troop 101, and his Scoutmaster is Jim Potjunas.

Smith joined Troop 101 in June 2009 and has had leadership positions of troop historian, chaplain’s aide, troop webmaster, patrol leader and quartermaster. He earned a total of 26 merit badges.

For his Eagle Scout service project, he planned and oversaw the construction of an informational kiosk with covered bulletin boards for Willow Park in Cortland.

Smith is a student at Howland High School, where he will be a senior in the fall.


Completes residency

Monica Ann Selak, a daughter of August and Maria Selak of Girard, has completed her residency training in family medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and has accepted a position with a private practice in North Carolina beginning in August.

Dr. Selak graduated from Ursuline High School in 2003, where she was valedictorian. She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. She graduated in 2011 with her medical degree in family medicine from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine.


Graduates in St. Louis

Edwin J. Smith, son of Melinda Spencer-Smith and Phillip E. Smith of Youngstown, recently graduated from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is the grandson of Bertha Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Rollen Smith, also of Youngstown.

He is a 2005 Ursuline High School graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Ashland University in 2010.

He will take the Ohio State Bar Examination later this month. He is recipient of a 2012 Oral Advocacy Award.


Degree in Spanish

Melissa Doran of East Palestine recently completed her doctorate in Spanish from Ohio State University during the spring 2014 semester.

Her areas of concentration included Spanish literature and contemporary Latin American literature as well as history.

She graduated from East Palestine High School in 2004. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in 2008 and a master’s degree from OSU in 2010.

Doran is the daughter of Tim Doran of East Palestine and Libby Beight of East Liverpool. She lives in Dayton and is employed by Wright State as a full-time Spanish instructor.

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