Thursday, October 17, 2002

Cheetah becomes more than a mascot



By Sue Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

AMBERLEY VILLAGE - Principal Christine Neville likens her 30 students at the Academy of Greater Cincinnati to cheetahs, the school mascot.

The students at her school for gifted children are like those in most schools, just as the cheetah is similar to other species in the cat family.

[photo] Cathryn Hilker shows off a cheetah named Saraha.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
| ZOOM |
Yet the first- through ninth-grade students are unlike their peers because they think more rapidly and approach problems differently, just as the cheetah is unlike other cats because it can run up to 70 mph, Ms. Neville said.

Students got a look at the similarities and differences Tuesday when Cathryn Hilker, founder of the Cat Ambassador Program at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, brought several cats, including a cheetah, to the school.

"We learn in different ways just as the cheetahs learn different ways than other cats to survive,'' said Kay Griffith, 11, who has three cats at her Anderson Township home.

"We've been speaking of that (comparisons with cheetahs). It rang true,'' said Derek Lester, 15. "It was a chance to see cool animals.''

Ms. Hilker showed students how the serval, Canada lynx, ocelot, house cat and cheetah adapt to their environment in the wild.

Students presented Ms. Hilker with a $300 check for her 10-year-old Angel Fund, which supports the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The fund was named after a cheetah Ms. Hilker trained and used in the first Cat Ambassador Program.

Angel died in 1992.

In turn, the students were asked to become a sister school with the Rogate School in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, near the international headquarters of the conservation fund. Its director, Laura Marker, will visit with students Nov. 8 in Cincinnati for a fund-raiser.



I-75 upgrade cost daunting
Issue 1 finances tough to pin down
Teacher-troops praised
Death of woman won't be prosecuted
RADEL: A waste of time
HOWARD: Some Good News
Museum: Belafonte's comments not our view
Cheetah becomes more than a mascot
Fire hits historic building
Official quits in a snit over pit
Campaign ad sets off alarm bells
10 arrested near N.Ky. schools
'Jackass' stunt leads to lawsuit
Jones to tout city's progress on TV
Rev. Albert Lauer of Old St. Mary's `was always teaching'
Westwood principal is honored
Nation's drug czar opposes Issue 1
Statements begin in couple's adult-video obscenity trial
Tristate A.M. Report
Talks aim to build bridge
Cops seek tips on who shot out windows of 40 cars
Fairfield dispatchers to be trained to offer medical tips
Area firm seeks shot at contract
Wanted or not, water line will be installed
EPA session tonight on Bigfoot II
Bar rates Butler judicial hopefuls
Political group told to stay away
Rivals agree: no video gambling
Soldier's body recovered
Community Agenda
Man shot in street stickup in Delhi Twp.
Indictment charges attempted murder
Grants to help mentally ill, addicts
Columbus' police helicopters outnumber New York City's
Law firm defended Clinton, now Patton
Session out West energizes teacher