A crowd gathered around the steps of the County Courthouse at noon Thursday, May 6 to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. Thursday’s observance marked the 39th year Americans have gathered together to pray for the nation’s leaders, protectors, children, and community.
“On Memorial Day, we reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have died to preserve our freedom,” said Board of Clermont County Commissioners President Bob Proud. On this Memorial Day weekend, a solemn ceremony will be held at the Union Township Veterans Memorial Park, paying tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
One high school student from Batavia High School is honored at the first meeting of each month during the school year. These students live their lives in a manner that exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. Ashleigh Henson was honored as the club’s Batavia High School “Student of the Month” for May 2010.
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.