Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Good Things Happening

Xavier to host student summit

Allen Howard

More than 1,000 students and 600 adults are expected to attend the fourth annual Education Summit sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati at Xavier University, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept 18.

Rochelle Morton, vice president of education and youth development for the league, said a feature this year will be Future Focus 2020.

"It is a workshop that forces students to look at what their futures may look like and how their actions today can either enhance or take away from their lives,'' Morton said.

[IMAGE] Withrow International High senior Jamie Johnson (left) and Marsha Watts, Urban League executive vice president, discuss a XU student summit Tuesday.
A parent workshop will be presented from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., by Geoffrey Canada, author of Fist Stick Knife Gun.

The summit is free.

Information: 487-6506 or 487-6534.

Holmes a warrior

Erin Holmes, a senior at Miami University, has won the Air Force ROTC Warrior Spirit Award as the top graduate out of 600 in a six-week summer field training program.

Holmes, 21, is a flight commander in the AFROTC, in charge of 30 cadets.

She has a 3.87 grade-point average and is majoring in organizational leadership and health studies.

She is the daughter of Kenton and Jody Holmes, who have relocated to Tampa, Fla.

Everybody's invited

Everybody's Backyard Picnic will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Drake Park, Kennedy Heights. Backyard Picnic is an end-of-summer picnic given by the Cincinnati Park Board and the Drake Park Advisory Council.

The event is free.

Information: 352-4080.


Musicians abroad

Peter Chen, a Mason Intermediate School sixth-grader, and Leeds Hill, an eighth-grader at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, visited Croatia and Italy this summer as part of a chamber music residency.

They auditioned for and were accepted into a touring group associated with "Strings With an Accent" through the Preparatory Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Scholarships won

These students have been awarded scholarships to attend Wilmington College:

Presidential Scholarship ($9,000) - Jennifer Flint, a Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy graduate from Loveland who plans to major in criminal justice.

Dean's Scholarships ($7,000) - Shannon Brimelow, a Colerain High School graduate from Peach Grove who will study early childhood education; and Allison Staud, a Mother of Mercy High School graduate from Westwood who plans to major in biology or English.

On dean's list

Second-year business major Kimberly Strunk achieved a 4.0 grade point average and was named to the spring quarter dean's list at Ohio University.

The Colerain High School graduate is the daughter of Sandy Strunk and Larry Strunk, both of Colerain Township.

For submission information, call 755-4165.


A 10-year-old boy from Lawrenceburg, Ind., rode off with top honors last weekend in the National Barrel Horse Association Ohio State Championship competition, in Dayton, Ohio.

He is Clint Van Volkenburgh, son of Joe Trentman and Terrie Van Volkenburgh.

Clint and his horse, named Six, beat out some 150 other riders age 18 and under.

"I am pretty excited about this,'' said the Sunman Dearborn Elementary School fifth-grader, who has competed in Texas and Mississippi events. "I have been barrel racing since I was 5."

And it's a family affair.

"His mother and I have been involved in barrel-horse racing more than 20 years,'' Trentman said.

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