The 2010 SkillsUSA Ohio State Championships gathered nearly three-thousand members and advisors from career training programs throughout Ohio, including 20 members of the Grant Career Center SkillsUSA Chapter. The 58th annual Skills Championship was held at the Ohio State Fairground Complex in Columbus, April 23 and 24.
UC Clermont College has created a new position to serve veterans, naming Jeff Bosworth as the academic director of veteran affairs. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or the new GI Bill has been hailed as the most extensive educational assistance program for veterans since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944.
The Board of Clermont County Commissioners has proclaimed the month of May as Foster Care Month. In making the proclamation on May 10, 2010, the BCC recognized the valuable and extraordinary contributions of foster families who show unconditional love and support for children in crisis.
Mercy Clermont Hospital presented 16 Hospital Guild volunteers with the Presidential Service Award at the Guild’s annual recognition banquet. The award, signed by President Barrack Obama, is presented to volunteers with more than 4,000 hours of service. The recipients are, from left, Marge McCollum, Florence Smith, Harris Wright, Charles Bailey, Dorothy Jones, Geraldine Meinhart, Grace Bailey, Robert Eisen, Karen Klysz, Ester Meadors, Viola Sibert, Annabelle Neal, and Marjorie Webb. Not pictured were Charles and Molly Bostic and Oscar Morrison.
Williamsburg High School was the site of a day with World War II veterans. It was hosted by social studies teacher Dan McKibben. In attendance were, front row from left, Pedro Harry (Marines), Don Carlier (Navy), Joe Sinkking (Navy), Tom Thomas (Marines), John Niels (Marines), Joe Golfman (Army), and Milt Rooms (Marines); back row, Charles Luithle (Army), Bob Goldsberry (Marines), Joe White (Navy, Pearl Harbor survivor), Roy Abrams (Army), Alvie Taylor (Navy), Nathan Poff (Army), Jim Lefferson (Navy), and Ralph Shepherd (Marines).
Five Grant Career Center Business and Finance I students made a “clean sweep” at the recent Business Professionals of America regional contest. Students competed against BPA members from eight different schools in the Region 13 area. The “Fabulous Five” brought home top awards in the Fundamental Accounting contest. Placing first in the challenging competition was Taylor Eckart, New Richmond.
Milford High School/Great Oaks Satellite Program DECA Chapter recently returned from Louisville, Ky. where four DECA members received national/international recognition. Jeff Michael and Jordan Pethtel, seniors, received “First Place – Best In The Nation” in the “Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations Research Written Event” competitive event.
The Mercy Hospital Clermont Guild recently awarded three local high school seniors $1,000 scholarships for their educational expenses as they pursue careers in health care fields. Ashleigh Henson of Batavia High School, Lynette Fenchel, of Glen Este High School, and Elizabeth Ballman of Amelia High School were each awarded scholarships.
Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey has been presented with the Royal Coachman Award from the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA). Humphrey recently completed a term representing Clermont County on the SORTA Board of Trustees.
“We really enjoy performing for children and seniors,” said Amy Buskey (Birdie the bird), following a recent free performance of the Hands up! Puppet Troupe. Buskey and six other employees of the Clermont County Public Library have served as puppeteers for the past 10 years, performing at all 10 library branches, daycare centers, preschools, senior centers, and other venues across the county.