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YSU nursing students on medical mission


A group of Youngstown State University Nursing students and faculty are on a medical mission trip in Mexico until Sunday as part of a study abroad course in health and human services.

For the past 10 years, each spring semester, students have traveled to San Quintin, Mexico, where the nursing students set up and run a clinic in a small rural church. Residents of the fishing-farming town having little access to health care, and the YSU delegation will be an important part of a medical team that treats the underserved population of this rural community.

Spanish linguistics interpreting/translation graduate students from Kent State and other team members, in various disciplines, from around the country will join the YSU delegation.

Victim’s mom asks for lesser sentence in rape


David J. Schmitt, 19, of Watson-Marshal Road in McDonald, was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty earlier to three counts of rape involving a girl, 11.

Schmitt was indicted on three counts of rape that each carried a possible prison sentence of life in prison, but at the request of the victim’s mother, the charges were amended to ones that did not carry the potential for a life prison sentence, said Gabe Wildman, assistant county prosecutor.

The girl was a willing participant in the sex, but a child of 11 is not old enough under Ohio law to consent to sex, Wildman said.

Police said the rapes occurred April 24, and police were notified by the school district April 29.

When he leaves prison, Schmitt will have to register as a sex offender for life.

YSU marketing team qualifies as semifinalist


A team of students from the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University qualified as a semifinalist in the Ball State University Center for Advancement of Digital Marketing and Analytics Social Media Competition.

The next round of the competition is March 24-25 in Muncie, Ind.

YSU team members are William Heath of Hubbard; Caleb Anderson of Clarksburg, Ohio; Leila Farhan of Howland; and Fierra Hueston of West Middlesex, Pa.

All four are members of the Eta Zeta Chapter of the national Pi Sigma Epsilon professional sales and marketing fraternity.

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