Thursday, July 10, 2003

Some good news

Kings Island welcomes kids who have disabling conditions

Allen Howard

In a wheelchair, pushed by her mom, Makalia Brown, 4, was able to mix with more than 3,000 other kids and moms from Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus during the Adventures for Wish Kids outing Wednesday at Paramount's Kings Island.

"I liked the ride on the carousel and the Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle," she said.

Paramount's Kings Island donated 4,000 tickets, valued at $171,960 for the kids who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.

Makalia, daughter of Stephanie and Brian Brown of North Bend, is partially paralyzed, suffering from a muscular disorder.

[IMAGE] Ronald McDonald visits with 5-year-old Justine Porath of Sidney, Ohio, who was attending the Adventures For Wish Kids outing at Paramount's Kings Island Wednesday.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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The children enjoyed the rides and had lunch with Nickelodeon characters, as well as Ronald McDonald.

Each Wish Kid received a T-shirt and "Scooby Bucks" to spend during the day at the park.

Adventures for Wish Kids is a not-for-profit organization. It provides year-round activities for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

For more information about the group, call 800-543-9735.

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Ten local students left Wednesday for Miami Beach, Fla., to participate in ACT-SO, the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics, sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The students who won in local competitions are: Nia Heard, oratory, and Rian Hill, instrumental/classical and original essay, both from St. Ursula; Damon Ray, vocal/contemporary, Aiken; Erica Render, dance, School for the Creative and Performing Arts; Niles Sneed, drawing, and Jordan Stroud, music composition, both of Walnut Hills; John Campbell, biology, Purcell Marian; Lois Harris, painting & filmmaking, Sycamore; LeMar Johnson, poetry, St. Xavier, and Jason Stutson, sculpture, Taft.

The competition will take place Friday and Saturday during the national convention of the NAACP.

ACT-SO was started in 1978 by Chicago Tribune columnist Vernon Jarrett, who serves as national chairman.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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