Their voices moved like the wind, conveying messages to soldiers in the Pacific from Guadalcanal to Okinawa during World War II.
They were the Navajo Code Talkers who befuddled Japanese cryptographers by using their native tongue to relay information and orders to American soldiers.
Taylore Che, an eighth-grader at Mercy Montessori Center, turned the role of the code talkers into an award-winning drama.
She won regional competition in March at the University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters Campus and represented Ohio in the National Competition for History Day at the University of Maryland this week.
Taylore Che won a regional History Day award
"I didn't move to the next level, but it was a great experience for me," Taylore said. "My mom (Joyce Lavendar-Che) suggested the idea of the Navajo Code Talkers to me. I saw the movie (Windtalkers) and read newspaper articles about them."
Taylore developed a bibliography and wrote a drama, depicting the code talkers on the island in the Pacific during World War II.
Her background is Cherokee and Blackfoot.
Katherine Buckingham, Vidya Venkataramanan and Katie Kitchin of Sycamore High School were also in the finals.
About 3,800 inner-city children, ages 4-12, and their chaperones will participate in the Annual Children's Outing at Paramount's Kings Island, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The event is sponsored by AAA members and Kings Island.
Good advice on home ownership comes with free food, fun and music at several house parties from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, WIZF and WDBZ radio stations.
Loan officers will be at the party to give advice about creditworthiness and financing options.
Locations are: Fifth Third branches at 6067 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge; 10320 St. Rita Ave., Evendale, and 6800 Hamilton Ave., North College Hill. For more information, call 731-4000, 521-4600 or 771-8866.
The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life events have raised $400,000 in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky this year.
Totals are being calculated for events in Lebanon, Harrison, Reading, Brown, Clinton and Campbell counties.
Proceeds go to cancer research. For more information, call 891-1600 extension 324 or 225-5473.
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