Leetonia kindergarten registration planned

LEETONIA – Leetonia Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year from 3 to 6 p.m. May 31 and 9 a.m. to noon June 3. Children who are 5 by Sept. 30, 2013, are eligible to register for kindergarten. Parents should bring the following information: the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency, Social Security number, parent identification and custody papers if applicable.

West Branch sets kindergarten registration

BELOIT – Kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year is slated May 1 and 2 by appointment only at the West Branch Middle School. Any child who is 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30, 2013, and resides within the West Branch School District is eligible to be registered. To schedule an appointment call the superintendent’s office at 330-938-9324. Non-residents planning to apply for open enrollment must also make an appointment. Open enrollment applications will be available beginning April 15 and will also be available at registration. To be eligible for open enrollment the child must be 5 years of age by the date set by your district of residence. Contact the superintendent’s office in your resident district to confirm that date. The following items will be required at registration: birth certificate, immunization records, Social Security card, custody/court papers (if applicable) and proof of residency (utility bill, purchase/lease agreement, driver’s license). The office will copy a form of ID of the person who is registering their child. Only the custodial parent/guardian can register a child for kindergarten. Registration is not complete until all required forms are provided.

West Branch conducting open enrollment

BELOIT – Open enrollment applications will be accepted from April 15 through May 15 for anyone interested in attending the West Branch Local School District for the 2013-14 school year.

Applications for inter-open enrollment (students living outside the West Branch District) and intra-open enrollment (elementary students living within the district, but wish to attend an alternative elementary building) will be available in the superintendent’s office beginning 8 a.m. April 15. The application deadline is 4 p.m. May 15. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

The West Branch Local School District will not be responsible for transportation of students from other districts or for students requesting to attend outside their elementary attendance area. For more information contact Anna Lesch in the superintendent’s office at 330-938-9324.


Area students earn dean’s list at Rochester Institute

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The following local residents made the dean’s list for the winter 2013 quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kensington: Kayla Green, a fourth-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Hanoverton: Jenna Greene, a third-year student in RIT’s College of Science.

Local students on dean’s list at Miami University

OXFORD – Miami University students who ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2012-13 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic performance. Area residents include:

Alliance: Ashley Elizabeth VanBuskirk.

Beloit: Bethany Jean Brown.

Salem: Stasia Ann Baker; Alex Edward Stone.

SHS students compete in Solo and Ensemble

SALEM – Three Salem High School students competed in the District 8 Solo and Ensemble held Feb. 2 at Massillon Washington High School.

Placing were, Hobie Butcher, Snare Class A, superior rating and Timpani Class A, superior rating; Michelle Santini, Clarinet Class B, superior rating; and Brittany Warneke, Flute Class B, excellent rating. Members of the Salem High School Band, Butcher is a junior, and Santini and Warneke are sophomores.

Linger participating with Homework Express

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown State University student Kevin Linger of Negley is part of the production crew of the Homework Express television show that was recently honored with a national award.

The TV show, aired live from studios in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus, placed second in the Broadcast Education Association’s national competition and will be featured at the international BEA Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas in April.

Leadership Columbiana County visits CCESC

LISBON – Leadership Columbiana County spent March 6 learning about the Columbiana County Education Service Center. Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn discussed the programs offered to the students of the county. She discussed the cooperative approach they take with the local school districts to provide programming to students that may otherwise be too costly.

The Seniors to Sophomores program was also a topic of discussion. The program is offered by the ESC in conjunction with Kent State University. It allows high school students to earn college credit. Several area students have taken advantage of this program and it continues to grow in popularity. The class also was able to see how school districts can use technology to connect to classrooms across the country and the world.

Teachers are able to connect with other teachers and can develop curriculum, class projects and even participate in contests. It gives the children a chance to learn about other cultures and areas without ever leaving their classrooms. Other forms of technology that are being implemented around the county were also discussed such as IPads, smart boards and computer based learning.

The session wrapped up with an engaging and interactive presentation on generational diversity. Patrick Beaver, vice president of Patient Care Service at East Liverpool City Hospital, presented to the group. Currently there are four generations in the workforce. Each group holds different values and ideas in their approach to work. This provides a challenge for managers and leaders in the workplace environment. He focused on the characteristics of each generation and how to work effectively with each individual.

Leadership Columbiana County is a non-profit organization that provides intensive classroom and hands-on experience to build leadership capabilities. The program is governed by a board of trustees and is self sustained through tuition, corporate and community support.

Householder inducted into Sigma Iota Rho

CALCUTTA – Emily Householder, a 2010 graduate of Beaver Local High School, was inducted into Sigma Iota Rho, the National Honor Society for International Studies, on April 3.

She is a junior at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea Ohio, double majoring in political science and international studies, with a minor in sociology.

In addition to her academic pursuits, she is involved in Phi Mu National Women’s Fraternity, is the treasurer of the College Democrats and is a member of the award winning Model United Nations, NATO and African Union team.

She volunteers her time with Destination Imagination where she serves as a challenge master and head appraiser, and the Children’s Miracle Network. After graduation next spring she plans to pursue a career in politics.

Householder is the daughter of Jay and Joy Householder of Calcutta, and the granddaughter of Shirley Guz of Weirton, W. Va., and the late Chester Guz, and Jay Householder Sr. of Calcutta and the late Donna Householder.

NEOMED offering enrichment programs

ROOTSTOWN – High school students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and pharmacy can gain hands-on experience at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) through two established enrichment programs now open for enrollment-Pathways to Pharmacy and HealthSuccess.

Pathways to Pharmacy allows students from groups underrepresented in pharmacy to experience the pharmacy profession and career options for pharmacists through mentorship, enrichment programs and industry exposure in order to increase the number of students who graduate from high school and pursue pharmacy as a career. The summer program offers work-based learning experiences, personal development workshops, math and science enrichment activities and pharmacy-based lab activities. Students will become familiar with basic pharmacy terminologies, gain understanding of the pharmacy profession and learn the necessary requirements to matriculate into the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED.

Applications will be accepted now through May 3 for the 2013 program, which will be held June 24-28 on the NEOMED campus. Only current high school sophomores and juniors (at least 16 years of age) with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and at least a 90 percent school attendance rate will be considered for the program.

HealthSuccess is a selective enrichment program designed to help prepare students in grades nine through eleven who are interested in studying medicine or pharmacy. Participants will learn college readiness skills, teamwork, medicine and pharmacy career information, the importance of professionalism, and how to prepare to apply to the University while interacting with medicine and pharmacy students, physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Site visits will also occur throughout the program, allowing students to become familiar with the associated hospitals, pharmacies and universities that partner with NEOMED.

HealthSuccess programs are typically offered once a month on Saturdays, September through May. Applications will be accepted now through July 26.

To be considered for participation, students must reside in the greater Akron, Canton, Cleveland or Youngstown areas, must currently be enrolled in eighth through 10th grade, have a GPA of 3.5 or better, and complete an application process.

To obtain an application for either of these programs or to learn more, contact Harmony Ramunno at 800-686-2511 Ext. 6269 or

Applications are also available online at