Thursday, October 19, 2000

Golden Galaxy winners selected

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Some would say that hard work and a caring heart are their own rewards.

        But for Peter B. Sanders of Avondale, those characteristics translated into money the 17-year-old Withrow High School senior can use for college.

        “I want to become a physician, probably family practice,” said the teen, one of 11 Greater Cincinnati high school seniors honored Wednesday night with a 2000 Golden Galaxy Award.

        A participant in Withrow's International Baccalaureate Program, in which he takes a rigorous program of academic study, Peter balances that with community service and a part- time job.

        “The most important activity in my life right now is my volunteer work as a Postponing Sexual Involvement teacher,” he said in his application. He is also involved with Teen Institute, an organization designed to promote positive thinking and goal-setting and has led teens on student leadership trips and conferences through the Black Achievers Program.

        The Golden Galaxy winners were selected for their achievements in various disciplines — science, mathematics, general scholarship, English, foreign language, journalism, music, speech and drama, social science, art, and vocational/ technical studies.

        Besides a trophy, Peter, along with the other 10 winners, received a certificate honoring their accomplishments, and $500. Runners-up each received a trophy and $250.

        The honors were handed out Wednesday at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Delhi Township.

        Thirty-three finalists were chosen out of 271 nominees from more than 50 Greater Cincinnati high schools.

        The annual contest is sponsored by the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, the Enquirer and WKRC-TV (Channel 12).


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