Catholic Diocese announces winners

Catholic Diocese announces winners


The Office of Catholic Schools is announcing winners of the Golden Apple Award, which honors outstanding individuals who teach or are an administrator in Catholic schools, through the Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh. Diane Oswald and Dana Roscoe, both of John F. Kennedy Lower Campus, Warren; Shari Sfara, Holy Family Elementary School, Poland; and Janice Weitzman, St. Charles Elementary School, Boardman, are the local winners.

The award includes an unrestricted cash award of $5,000, a certificate, a Golden Apple paperweight and a Golden Apple lapel pin that will be presented to the winners at a dinner that will take place at the Youngstown Country Club on Tuesday.

School celebrates Autism Awareness Month


In support of Autism Awareness Month, Stadium Drive Elementary School offered multiple activities, including a “coin war” to raise money for local autism organizations as well as the school’s special education department. Students in all classrooms brought in coins and a classroom tally was kept. This year’s goal aimed to raise more than $2,000. Teachers and staff were encouraged to wear blue to the assembly, which featured open discussions on autism awareness.

Students to host STEM Showcase


Austintown STEM students will host the sixth annual STEM Showcase from 6 to 8 p.m. May 8 in the middle school cafetorium, 900-1104 S. Raccoon Road. Unlike a science fair, where all students display individual projects, the STEM students will present projects worked on collectively.

Projects on display will include live 3D printing, rocket and airfoil design, AutoCAD, Vex Robotics, DNA extractions, windmill design, circuit boards, soap box derby cars, weather balloon and more. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 school year for students entering grades 7 to 12.

Visit, click on 21st Century Learning, then click STEM for more information. The deadline is May 11.

Fund proposal includes center


The Ohio General Assembly’s proposed 2019-20 state capital bill includes $4 million to Youngstown State University to help fund the Mahoning Valley Innovation and Commercialization Center downtown.

If approved, it will be the second consecutive biennial budget bill that includes a special allocation for the MVICC. YSU received $3 million for the project in the 2017-18 capital budget.

The cumulative $7 million in state capital funds are being used to fund the establishment of the MVICC in a building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West Commerce Street, formerly owned by Mahoning County.

Ohio University offers new program


Ohio University recently announced it will be offering a new master of global health degree. Enrollment is open. The Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies has already established an undergraduate and graduate certificate in global health, but a need was identified that students were becoming more interested in coursework and education in the global health field.

For information, visit

YSU announces new board member


Michael A. Peterson of Massillon, director of global investigations and security services for Goodyear, has been named to the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees by Gov. John Kasich. Peterson, whose nine-year term runs through 2025, replaces Sam Grooms on the board.

Grooms submitted his resignation from the board earlier this year, saying that he and his wife have assumed official residence in Florida. State law requires trustees to live in Ohio.

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