Jackson completes PhD

work at Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – James “J.R.” Jackson, a 2003 graduate of Lisbon David Anderson, recently completed a PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

His dissertation was titled, “On the influence of PI(4,5)P2 and PI(3,4,5)P3-enriched lipid rafts on exocytosis,” and involved the study of the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory in the brain.

Prior to his graduate studies, he also graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Youngstown State University in 2007. He is currently living in Cincinnati and seeking employment in the biomedical instrumentation field.

Mellot inducted into

Alpha Sigma Lambda

CANTON – Mindy Mellot of Salem was recently inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda with a grade point average of 3.966.

She graduated on May 4 from Malone University with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management (management major) and is currently employed at PTC Alliance in Alliance.

Mellott is the daughter of Sharon (Mark) Sobek and Ed (Kathy) Mellott, all of Washingtonville.

Local students earn

Muskingum degrees

NEW CONCORD – The following area students graduated from Muskingum University on May 11 during commencement exercises held on the campus in New Concord.

East Liverpool: Cory Hrycko, majored in psychology and sociology.

Minerva: Jered Hochadel, majored in nursing.

Wellsville: Sara Shallcross, majored in digital media design.

Smith achieves dean’s list

at St. Mary’s College

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., has named Rebecca Smith to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester. She is the daughter of Tim and Vicki Smith of Rogers.

To earn academic honors at St. Mary’s, a student must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have at least 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C.

Local students earn

degrees from Akron

AKRON – Nearly 3,000 students graduated from the University of Akron in the spring 2013. Local graduates and their degrees include:

Alliance: Morgan Underwood, accounting; Adam Hoff, biomedical engr-biomech/coop; Kimberly Sweitzer, business and org commun-PR; Kellie Hays, child and adolescent HNP-primary; Samuel Dudek, civil engineering; Robert McCann, civil engineering; Aaron Nervi, computer engineering; Jason Ulbricht, computer engineering; Daniel Pinkerton, computer IS-programming spec; Alec Fuchs, finance-corporate finl mgmt; Daniel Bogunovich, finance-financial services; Angella Kerns, hospitality mgmt-culin arts; Devin Dickerhoof, mechanical engineering; Thomas Sams, mechanical engr-coop edu; Victor Wilhelm, mechanical engr-coop edu; Kristen Bugara, social work; Danielle Sotcan, social work-adv standing prog; Brooke Riley, special educ: mild to moderate; Courtney Legros, special educ: mod to intensive; Steven Metzger, statistics-actuarial science; Matthew Gibbons, surveying and mapping.

Beloit: James Held, mechanical engr -coop edu.

Columbiana: Nancy Woodruff, teaching training.

East Liverpool: Sarah Booth, integrated marketing communication; Amanda Allmon, nursing.

Hanoverton: Kaylin Fillman, nursing.

Leetonia: Lisa Sheets, exercise science-pre-physical therapy; Helen Dauka, business and org comm-PR; Abbey Votaw, exercise science-pre-physical therapy; Laura Walker, psychology.

Minerva: Joshua Fick, accounting-accelerated BS/MSA; Joshua Fick, accounting-accelerated BS/MSA; Douglas Granger, applied politics; Nicholas Berger, mechanical engineering.

Negley: David Eichler, computer IS-networking.

Salem: Tyler Hall, accounting; Jonathan Lee, biomedical engr-biomechanics; Jordan Manser, business and org commun-PR; Andrew Frankhouser, civil engineering-thesis opt; Philip Smith, clinical mental health counseling; Erik Cibula, computer IS-networking; Adam Lewis, exercise science-pre-physical therapy; Joshua Dustman, middle level edu-math/soc st; Jonathon Morris, middle level education.

Sebring: Tamra Pelleman, business and Org Comm-Org

Wellsville: David Ramsey, exercise science-pre-physical therapy; Bonnie Taylor, geography/geography information science-thesis.

MCCTC students

advance to nationals

CANFIELD – Eighteen students from the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center have advanced to the Health Occupation Students of America National Competition after competing at the state competition.

Students advancing to nationals are:

Canfield: Second Place Biotech, Queen-Amina Chijide.

South Range: Third Place Extemporaneous Speaking, Christian Shedosky; Third Place Medical Assisting, Katie Taylor.

The students traveled to compete at the 2013 HOSA National Leadership Conference June 28-29 in Nashville, Tenn. The HOSA organization at MCCTC is comprised of students from the biotechnology, exercise science, health tech prep and medical occupations programs.

Morrow earns Academic

All-OAC recognition

SALEM – A.J. Morrow, son of Ray and Kay Morrow of Salem, earned Academic All-OAC Honors this spring.

He has a 3.67 grade point average as a student-athlete on the University of Mount Union men’s varsity track team. He was also named to the dean’s list for the 2012-13 fall and spring semesters.

A 2011 United Local graduate, Morrow is a sophomore at Mount majoring in mathematics with a minor in education.

Area students named

to dean’s list at Ashland

ASHLAND – The following local residents are on the dean’s list for the spring semester at Ashland University:

Minerva: Jennifer Hall, majoring in business management, daughter of Ralph and Theresa Hall and a 2010 graduate of Malvern High School.

Salem – Jakeb Gonci, majoring in supply chain management, son of Andrew and Gillian Gonci and a 2010 graduate of West Branch High School.

Solmen earns U.S.

Honor Student Award

SALEM -The United States Achievement Academy announced that student Trey Solmen of Southeast Elementary School has been recognized as a United States Honor Student Award winner, and named an All-American Scholar.

He is the son of Willis and Melissa Brink of Salem, and grandson of Jeff and Eva Cross of Salem, and the late Jan Solmen.

Hill named to dean’s list

at Westminster College

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Amber Hill, a senior mathematics major, has been added to the spring semester’s dean’s lists of accomplishments at Westminster College.

She is a daughter of Mary Hill and a graduate of East Palestine High School.

KSU Salem students

receive scholarships

SALEM – Three students from Kent State University at Salem received scholarships during the recent Ohio Insurance Institute’s Insurance Education Day in Columbus.

The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation awarded scholarships to Katelyn Moore of East Liverpool, George Bosworth of Lisbon; and Angela Moroni of Salem.

Moore received the Insurance Education Day Scholarship, valued at $1,500. She is the first KSU student to declare insurance studies as a major, which is a new bachelor’s degree program that began last fall on the Salem campus and the first of its kind in Ohio. She graduated in 2010 from Beaver Local High School and is also seeking an associate’s of applied business degree in business management technology at KSU.

Bosworth and Maroni each received the $1,000 Elizabeth A. Kocur Memorial Scholarship.

Bosworth graduates this month with an associate’s of applied business degree in business management. He will return to KSU to earn bachelor degrees in insurance studies and business management. He is a 2002 graduate of David Anderson High School in Lisbon.

Maroni also is working to earn dual bachelor’s degrees in insurance studies and accounting. She is a 1997 graduate of Salem High School.

Carol Blaine, lead faculty for the insurance studies program at KSU, attended the event with the students. Also attending was Michelle Quinn of Salem, a student majoring in business management.

“It was an honor to accompany these students to the Insurance Education Day and to see their academic accomplishments recognized by leaders in the Ohio insurance industry,” said Blaine. “They certainly represent excellence in action.”

The conference included educational sessions on current topics such as natural gas drilling, distracted driving, hail damage testing and an arson dog demonstration. Students could also meet insurance professionals from various insurance companies throughout Ohio.

The insurance studies program at KSU is the only such program in Ohio. Students can take classes online or at any KSU regional campus. For information about the degree program, visit; email; or call 877-KENT.EDU (877-536-8338).

Green Team, Damascus

Elementary recognized

DAMASCUS – The Mahoning County Green Team and Damascus Elementary School have been selected by the United States Environmetal Protection Agency to win WasteWise awards for their 2012 waste reduction programs.

The Green Team is being recognized as the 2012 WasteWise Local Government Partner of the Year Honorable Mention award winner. It is the fourth time in seven years that the Green Team has won a WasteWise award. Highlights of Green Team activities include curbside recycling, drop-off recycling, business recycling, special materials recycling, and a comprehensive public outreach program.

Damascus Elementary School is being recognized as the 2012 WasteWise School Partner of the Year award winner. It is the fifth time in six years that Damascus has won a WasteWise award. Highlights of the Damascus program involve a wide array of waste reduction projects. These projects include recycling comingled fibers, food and beverage cans, plastic containers, household batteries, eye glasses, cell phones, ink jets, and phone books. These projects also include donating shredded paper to local farmers for re-use and upcycling drink pouches through Terracycle’s “Drink Pouch Brigade.”

The Mahoning County Green Team is honored and proud of all of the accomplishments achieved through the US EPA WasteWise partnership program.

For more information about EPA’s WasteWise program and how you can become a member call the Green Team at 330-740-2060 or visit the WasteWise Web site at

Local students receive

degrees at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Approximately 400 Westminster College students earned dean’s list recognition for the 2013 spring semester.

Local students include:

Canfield: Selena Dasari, a sophomore neuroscience major, daughter of Amar Dasari and Melissa Rocci, Shaker Heights, and a graduate of Canfield High School; Nicholas Reinthaler, a senior biochemistry major, son of Joseph and Linda Reinthaler and a graduate of Canfield High School.

East Palestine: Liesl Groubert, a senior music education major, daughter of Trudi Todd and a graduate of East Palestine High School; Shane Peterson, a senior biology major, son of Lance Peterson and a graduate of East Palestine High School.

Minerva: Leanna Rinehart, a junior molecular biology major, daughter of Annette Rinehart and a graduate of Minerva High School.

Petersburg: Cody Ortz, a senior music education major, son of William and Connie Ortz and a graduate of Springfield Local High School.

Hoffman, Kaplan named

to O. Wesleyan dean’s list

DELAWARE – Ohio Wesleyan University has released its 2013 spring semester dean’s list. To qualify for dean’s list recognition, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes. Local residents earning dean’s list recognition are:

Alliance: Kaley Hoffman and Ryan Kaplan.

Local students achieve

dean’s list at Akron

AKRON – The following local students made the University of Akron’s dean’s list for the spring semester.

Alliance: Leigh Ann Andreani, Olive Busson, Nicholas Caruso, Devin Dickerhoof, Ean Dickerhoof, Samuel Dudek, Logan Flickinger, Alec Fuchs, Adam George, Matthew Gibbons, Emily Holbrook, Mark Huebner, Brooke Jarvis, Angella Kerns, Cody King, Taylor Kress, Asha Lanham, Robert McCann, Steven Metzger, Abigail Miller, Lindsea Moore, Brennen Morrison, Aaron Nervi, Daniel Pinkerton, David Preas, Roy Quinn, Thomas Sams, Edwin Sarver, Luke Smith, Joshua Stillwell, Kimberly Sweitzer, Morgan Underwood, Victor Wilhelm, Michael Williams, Bailey Willis, John Wirth.

Beloit: James Held, Katie Whinnery.

Columbiana: Anthony Colella, Shelby Daniszewski, Alyssa Hamilton,Dominic Iudiciani, Hannah Reeser, Kyle Shaffer, Haden Solmen, Jacob VanFossan, Nancy Woodruff.

East Liverpool: Amanda Allmon, Sarah Booth, Alan Bowdler, Courtney Dawson, Nicolette Ferlaino, Katie Rotellini, Jordan Steele, Clinton Taubert, Mallory Waggle.

Hanoverton: Hillary Hoppel, Alyssa Myers.

Homeworth: Katherine Wallace.

Leetonia: Abey Blue Duke, Jakob Leon, Wesley Spencer, Danielle Welton.

Lisbon: Helen Dauka, Clinton Householder, Alexa Raymond, Abbey Votaw, Courtney Votaw.

Minerva: Nicole Everetts, Matthew Granger, Jacob Lambert, John Leidner, Michael Williams.

New Waterford: Kilani Amabile.

Petersburg: Jason Horn.

Salem: Aaron Beabout, Kyle Costal, Jon Deamicis, Courtney Driscoll, Samuel Flinn, Timothy Frankhouser, Christina Gentile, Amanda Hepfner, Adam Lewis, Jordan Manser, Stephen Navarra, Eric Razo, Megan Smith, Karli Utt.

Sebring: Kayla Hurford.

Wellsville: David Ramsey, Rachel Vallera.

Local students graduate

from Ohio Christian U.

CIRCLEVILLE – The following local students have graduated from Ohio Christian University.

East Liverpool: Jodi Adkins, associate’s of arts in business management.

Salineville: Robert Minor, bachelor’s of arts in leadership and ministry. Minor was awarded the Pinnacle Honor Society.

Roberts chosen for

Thailand study program

SALEM – A local resident has been selected to participate in summer 2013 global graduate studies in Thailand.

Beginning in early July, Canfield High School staff member Paula Roberts of Salem will study Buddhism and conservation in Thailand. More information about her course is located at

The graduate courses from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly are based on Earth Expeditions, which has engaged more than 1,400 people since 2004 in firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. More information is located at

Area students selected

as University Scholars

YOUNGSTOWN – The following area residents have been named University Scholars at Youngstown State University, the university’s most prestigious scholarship award:

Beloit: Sarah Pigza, a graduate of West Branch High School.

Columbiana: Kyle Bryan, graduate of Columbiana High School’ and Cassidy Stoddard, a graduate of Columbiana High School.

Salem: William Erskine, a graduate of Salem High School; Michael Gagnon, a graduate of Salem High School.

The University Scholars program, started in 1993 under the leadership of then YSU President Leslie H. Cochran, is a full-tuition, room-and-board scholarship awarded annually to 40 of the best and brightest high school graduates throughout the nation.

Funded by the YSU Foundation, the Scholars program boasts more than 650 alumni and is widely recognized for producing some of YSU’s most successful graduates. In all, the program has attracted students from 19 states and six foreign countries. More than 300 of them were at the top of their high school classes when they came to YSU. Nearly 100 Scholar graduates have either completed or are in the process of completing a terminal degree.


Kish graduates with

honors from Vanderbilt

SALEM – Salem native, Daniel Kish, graduated on May 10, magna cum laude, from the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

He received a bachelor’s of engineering degree with a double major of chemical engineering and economics.

Kish was awarded the W. Dennis Threadgill Award for outstanding achievement in the chemical engineering undergraduate program and was a member of Tau Beta Pi Scholarship Fraternity.

During the fall semester 2011, he studied both majors at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary.

A 2009 graduate of Salem High School, Kish was a National Merit Scholar and received the Paul Harrawood Undergraduate Honors Scholarship from Vanderbilt University.

His activities included, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Beta Upsilon Chi Fraternity, Habitat for Humanity Nashville, and Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break where he served as a site leader.

He completed internships with the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt as an Undergraduate Researcher; SAIC, Huntsville, Ala., as a cost analysis intern; and Bush Consulting Group, Salem, Ohio, as a consultant. Kish has accepted a position with The Boston Consulting Group in Atlanta, Ga.

Daniel is the son of Paul and Brenda Kish of Salem.

Costa earns scholarship

awarded at C.E. Kelly

cherry hill, NJ – The annual Scholarships for Military Children Program has announced Nicholas Costa of Salem is a recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded at C. E. Kelly.

C. E. Kelly is one of over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency.

His parents are Timothy Costa and Melissa Costa. Nicholas plans to attend Denison University.

His school and community activities include National Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Phi, American Red Cross blood drive, Interact and Academic Challenge.

Higgins receives degree from Ohio Northern U.

ADA – Caitlin R. Higgins, daughter of Michael and Robin Higgins of Hanoverton, recently graduated from the College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University.

She received a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration in accounting.

On campus, Higgins was active in the Institute of Management Accountants, Beta Alpha Psi, the honor society which promotes the study and practice of accounting and finance, the women’s club volleyball team, the undergraduate mock trial competition team, Colleges Against Cancer and the women’s volleyball team.

Higgins is a graduate of United High School.

McKee graduates with

honors from ONU

ADA – Sean O. McKee, son of John McKee and Suzi Annabell, both of Salem, recently graduated cum laude from the College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. He received a doctor of pharmacy.

On campus, McKee was active in the Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, the Academy of Student Pharmacists, Habitat for Humanity, Mortar Board scholastic honorary, Northern Christian Fellowship, Fusion, the Greek Life Bible study group, the Northern Without Borders, Christian Pharmacy Fellowship International and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. McKee graduated from Salem High School.

Sweeney graduates

with honors from YSU

LISBON – Aaron Sweeney, son of Dale and Christina Sweeney of Lisbon, graduated summa cum laude from Youngstown State University on May 18.

He received an honors degree and bachelor’s of science degree in biology/pre-medicine and will be attending Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown for medical school this fall.

West Branch Middle

School students honored

BELOIT – West Branch Middle School held its awards assemblies on June 3, 4 and 5. Students in grades five through eight were recognized for: Academic Challenge, Power of the Pen, spelling bee, band, choir, outstanding attendance, perfect attendance, honor roll and school service.

Special honor awards presented include:

– Hahlen Math Award: Seth Phillips.

– Lion’s Club Good Student Awards, Fifth Grade: Blayne Flickinger, Samantha Plocher; Sixth Grade: Griffin Lough, Elizabeth Ostadali; Seventh Grade: Conner Francis, Kelly Ginnetti; Eighth Grade: Josh Davidson, McCoy Yarian.

– Ruritan “Good” Student Awards (Fifth Grade): Jamyson Robb, Justin Good.

– Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Awards: Rob Lozier, Brenna Rito.

– L. Timothy DeStefano Outstanding Instrumentalist Award: Derek Reed.

– Chief Musician: Joe Mitchell.

– Outstanding Jazz Musician: Marshall Ney.

– Outstanding Eighth Grade Choral Students: Kailee Gibbons, Kaylen Sanor, T.J. Frederick, Marcus Hoopes.

– Outstanding Seventh Grade Choral Students: Peyton Zamarelli, Travis Kutler.

– Outstanding Sixth Grade Choral Students: Tessa Wells.

– Warrior Explosion “Spirit” Award: Ashley Weber, Zach Dean, Rob Lozier.

– Standing “O” vation Award: Michael Jones.

– Damascus Ruritan Award: Ashley Weber, Michael Minich.

– President’s Award for Academic Excellence, Eighth Grade: Zoie Bailey, Amber Mondak, Carl Bates, Deanna Pagnucco, Colton Brown, Seth Phillips, Jordan Brown, Bailey Polinori, Maddie Buehler, Derek Reed, Alli Davidson, Hannah Reed, Josh Davidson, Brenna Rito, Amanda Dean, Kaylen Sanor, Madison Definbaugh, Mariah Saulsberry, T.J. DeShields, Erica Scarpitti, Kailee Gibbons, Ian Sharp, Emma Griffith, Grace Skolosh, Shae Haas, Jenna Smith, Alexis Hatton, Andrew Stainer, Michael Jones, Matthew Steer, Alex Kidd, Nick Tuttle, Alexis Ludwig, Calista Waters, Devyn Mazzei, Chelsea Woodburn, Kylie McLean, McCoy Yarian, Michael Minich, R. J. Yarwood, Joseph Mitchell, Angela Young.

Area students named to

dean’s list at O. Christian

CIRCLEVILLE – Three local students were named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University for the spring 2013 semester.

– Alliance: Tiffany Fey and Emily Grossman.

– Salem: Roanna Thawley.

Seguin earns dean’s list at

Youngstown State Univ.

SALEM – Justin Seguin of Salem has been named to the dean’s list at Youngstown State University for the spring 2013 semester. He is majoring in mechanical engineering at YSU.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must carry a semester grade point average of 3.4 or better and take a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit.

Local residents receive

degrees from Grove City

GROVE CITY, Pa. – The following local residents were among the 592 students who received degrees during commencement exercises on May 18 at Grove City College.

4East Liverpool: Brittany Barrett earned a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting. She is a 2009 graduate of Beaver Local High School and the daughter of Robert and Debbie Barrett; Shawn Mercer earned a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering degree in mechanical engineering. He is a 2009 graduate of Beaver Local High School and the son of Mark and Sheryl Mercer.

4Salem: Mellay Gardner earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in communication studies. She is a 2009 graduate of Salem High School and the daughter of James and Diane Gardner.

Delivering this year’s commencement address was Dr. John Sparks ’66, retiring dean for the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters.

Area students among

those inducted by NTHS

CANFIELD -The National Technical Honor Society at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center inducted 47 juniors and seniors into the organization during a ceremony at the Career Center.

NTHS recognizes students for outstanding achievement in career and technical education.The society encourages higher academic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence and helps students find success in today’s highly competitive workplace.

Area students inducted into NTHS are:

– Canfield: Nadine Berezny, Queen-Amina Chijide, Michael Dercoli, Joseph Fagnano.

– Sebring: Jaclyn Rinehart, Jaclyn Rinehart.

– South Range: Taylor Hoffman, Katie Taylor, Nancy Thomas, Dani Wix.

– Western Reserve: Nicole Barbone, Alexander Dahler, Gabrielle Doran, Samantha Griffiths.

– West Branch: Tristen Belt, Haley Hawkins, Alexandria Riggle.

Couchenour, Mitchell

recognized at Anderson

ANDERSON, S.C. – Two area residents were named to the dean’s list at Anderson University for the spring semester.

In order to be named to the dean’s list, a student must maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher for the semester.

The students include Kristine Couchenour of Columbiana and Jesse Mitchell of Salem.

KSU Salem holds nursing

graduates ceremony

SALEM – Kent State University at Salem recently held its convocation and pinning ceremony for its 2013 nursing graduates. The ceremony was held at The Lake Club in Poland and helped recognize the students’ hard work and dedication to the nursing profession.

Dr. Mary Lou Ferranto, director of the nursing program at KSU Salem, recognized the 45 students earning bachelor’s of science degrees in nursing this year.

They are: Stephanie Anderson, Ashley Crump, Brandi Fox, Lauren Frank, Sierra Frantz, Chantel Fusco, Danelle Golba, Milissa Hartman, Jessica Herron, Codi Karlen, Rachael Kennedy, Erica Kotheimer, Ronald Lordi, Kelsey Lyle, Pamela Mackos, Erica Newbauer, Rhiannon Nicholas, Rachael Sanor, Kara Savage, Yolande Simpson, Lindsey Smith, Paige Stryffeler, Samantha Thomas, Michelle Toth, Ashly Toussant, Emily Wallace, Ryan Weikart, Staccie Zilavy, Joann Blakeman, Nicole Chipps, Chelsea Cochran, Coriandra Deremer, Katherine Glover, Nicole Gumino, Jennifer Martin, Matthew Miller, Erin Murphy, Jennifer Karsti, Taylor Toothman, Krissa Trombetta, Emily Weber, Jennifer White, Lindsay Koontz, Brittany Steele and Megan Wyatt.

New student packets

available at West Branch

BELOIT – New student registration packets for the 2013-14 school year at West Branch Local Schools are now available in the high school front office for grades kindergarten to 12.

Completed new student registration packets will be accepted in the superintendent’s office at the high school beginning Aug. 1 for all new students in grades one through 12. All new kindergarten students and new students participating in fall sports are asked to call 330-938-4467 to schedule an appointment for early registration. Registration hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Required documents for registration include birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records, proof of residency and custody papers, if applicable. New students can only be registered by their custodial parent or guardian. All new student registrations must be completed by Aug. 29 to begin the school year. The first day of classes at West Branch Local Schools is Sept. 4.

Weaver achieves dean’s

list at Wilmington Coll.

WILMINGTON – Melinda M. Weaver of Neon Road, Salineville, a senior at Wilmington College, was named to the dean’s list for the 2013 spring semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list honor, a student must be enrolled full time and maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Guterba, Mesmer named

to Hocking College list

NELSONVILLE – Hocking College has announced that Renee Guterba and Nicholas Mesmer, both of Leetonia, have been added to the dean’s list for spring semester 2013.

Each student earned at least a 3.3 grade point average and completed 12 or more credit hours.

Salem MS students

recognized at assembly

SALEM – Salem Junior High Principal Sean Kirkland announced the following students were recognized for various achievements during the end-of-year assembly for the 2012-13 school year.

– Perfect attendance: Ethan Bailey, Michael Burkey, Jerod Carner, Katelin Chilton, Ricky Coffey, Angel Dong, Mia Filaccio, Blade Kemats, Rachel Kuttler, Nathan Little, Zachary Martin, Georgia McLachlan, Emma Minamyer, Emily Null, Calista Nuzzo, Ana Ocampo Rodriguez, Nathaniel Wilson, and Kate Yuhanick.

– Top 20: Rickey Coffey, 4.000; Sidney Cushman, 4.00; Olivia Dotson, 4.000; Katelyn Dustman, 4.000; Nathan Guest, 4.000; Zachary Martin, 4.000; Ashtyn Morris, 4.000; James “Lex” Murray, 4.000; Emily Null, 4.000; Samantha Wilson, 4.000; Blade Kemats, 3.972; Taylor Sienerth, 3.949; Gabrielle Workman, 3.949; Kole Zellers, 3.949; Garrett Dickey, 3.935; Bethany Dotson, 3.915; Emma Minamyer, 3.915; Brandon James 3.835; Collin Zimmerman, 3.835; and McKenzie Martin, 3.815.

– Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award: Cooper Bezeredi and Mary Double.

– Principal’s Award: Ethan Bailey and Heather Harmony.

– Geography Bee: Erik Valiente.

Area students participate

in Malone symposium

CANTON – Although still primarily a teaching college, Malone University supports scholarly research projects being conducted by both undergraduate and graduate students.

At the end of spring semester, the University hosted the Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium, showcasing student scholarship across schools and departments. Excellent projects from such programs as zoo and wildlife biology, fine arts, nursing, history, business, chemistry, psychology, theology, and English were all part of this celebration of student achievement.

Local students participating in the symposium include:

– Alliance: Angie Nutial, a 2013 graduate with a major in nursing. Susan McDevitt, instructor of nursing; and Debra Lee, dean, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, served as faculty mentors for the project, titled “Perception of Relaxation.”

– Columbiana: Treg Lunger of Columbiana, a senior with a major in exercise science. Cindy Ries, associate professor of language and literature, served as faculty mentor(s) for the project, titled “The History of African-American Art and Artists;” and Eric Barto, a sophomore with a major in exercise science. Maria Lam, professor of business administration, served as faculty mentor for the project, titled “Roller Coaster Marketing.”

– East Liverpool: Lexi Hill, a senior with a major in biology-allied health. Cindy Ries, associate professor of language and literature served as faculty mentor for the project, titled “The History of African-American Art and Artists;” and Robert Buch, a senior with a major in biology. Nicholette Rogers, assistant professor of biology, and Jennifer Stanke, visiting assistant professor of biology, served as faculty mentors for the project, titled “Analysis of Fetal Bovine Serum’s Effects on Sf9 Cell; Analysis of Apoptosis by UV Light in Sf9 Cells; and Morphological Effects on Sf9 Cells at Varied Temperatures.”

– Minerva: Joe Conway, a 2013 graduate with a major in nursing. Judy Risko, assistant professor of nursing, and Susan McDevitt, instructor of nursing, served as faculty mentors for the project, titled “Health Behaviors of College Students.”

– Salineville: Brittney Rife, a 2013 graduate with a major in nursing. Susan McDevitt, instructor of nursing; and Debra Lee, dean, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, served as faculty mentors for the project, titled “Perception of Infant and Toddler Development.”

Persello receives master’s

degree from YSU

SALEM – Angie Persello, a 2009 United Local graduate, recently graduated from Youngstown State University earning her master’s degree in business administration.

During her time in the MBA program, Persello was able to study in London, England and throughout India. Currently she is teaching English in South Korea.

Prior to YSU, Persello graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University in 2011. She is the daughter of Dale and Ronda Persello of Salem.

Area students earn dean’s list at U. of Mount Union

ALLIANCE – The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at the University of Mount Union:

– Alliance: Julie Amabeli, Rachel Amabeli, Benjamin Brink, Russell Castellucci, Sarah Croley,Ronnie Edwards, Desiree Erchick, Preston Ewing, Julie Jakmides, Taylor Kring, Tanner Mathews, Elizabeth Milburn, Zachary Nelson, Bethany Porter, Andrew Reed, Dekota Toot, Aaron Wolfe.

– Beloit: Madeline McClellan.

– Columbiana: Aaron Bussard, Andria Lyons, Ciara Marshall, Ashley Shea.

– Damascus: Brinley Bauman.

– East Liverpool: Katey May, Presley Mays, Alexis Thrasher.

– East Rochester: Ciara Marshall, Emily McIntosh.

– Hammondsville: Dakotah Young.

– Hanoverton: Stephen Baker.

– Homeworth: Angela Altenhof, Cali Granger, Matthew Latham, Olivia Stoffer.

– Kensington: Jacob Ward.

– Lisbon: Nathan Grimm, Jason Ridgley.

– Leetonia: Jocelyne Riehl, Jessica Russell.

– Minerva: Allison Barnhart, Allison Bates, Zachary Bowman, Kristen Cappelli, Seth Goshorn, Alexis Gram, Jamie Laubacher, Darian Marrs, Kristen Morton, Elizabeth Wheeler.

– Salem: Victoria Altomare, Jonathon Karmazin, Andrew Morrow, Cody Raga, Tylor Rockwell, Rebekah Santarelli, Mackenzie Shivers, Morgan Shivers, Brett Stoll, Natalie White.

– Sebring: Haley Umbs, Ashley Woodburn.

– Wellsville: Alyson Saracco.

McKenzie named to

dean’s list at York College

YORK, Pa. – Ashley MacKenzie of Salem, a senior English literary studies major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher.


Riley graduates from OSU with doctor of pharmacy degree

COLUMBUS – Salem High graduate Ryan Riley has successfully completed the Pharm-D program at The Ohio State University.

He graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree during spring commencement held May 5 at Ohio Stadium.

He has started his career with Target in Reynoldsburg, Ohio as the manager of pharmacy. He has taken up residency in Hilliard, just outside of Columbus.

He is the son of Rohn and Carol Riley, and grandson of Donald and Patricia Riley, all of Salem; and the grandson of the late Ray and Jane Thomas of Boardman.

Leetonia Class of 2013 scholarship winners

LEETONIA – The Leetonia Class of 2013 local scholarship winners have been announced.

Nakoa Anderson: Rance Family Scholarship ($500), American Legion Robert C. McCoy Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), American Legion Dennis Ferry Memorial Scholarship ($500).

Miranda Baker: Leetonia Masonic Lodge #401 ($500).

Bethany Basich: Columbiana County Farm Bureau Scholarship ($1000), Woods Family Alumni Scholarship ($500), Leetonia Area Sports Association Scholarship ($250).

Brandon Dattilio: Rance Family Scholarship ($500), Leetonia Eagles ($1000).

Autumn Davis: Fraternal Order of Police Quaker Lodge #88: ($1,000).

Delaney Gardner: Columbiana County Coaches Association ($500), Ruritan’s Dilbert Sitler Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Rosemary Jeswald Smith Memorial Scholarship ($1,000).

Nicole Halverstadt: Leetonia Eagles ($1,000), Leetonia Education Association-Ken Myers Memorial Scholarship ($500), Leetonia High School Alumni Scholarship ($1,000).

Emilie LaVogue: American Legion Robert C. McCoy Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Leetonia Eagles ($500).

Ashley Mesmer: Leetonia-Salem Township Historical Society ($1,000), Ruritan’s George Trombitas Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Class of 1955 Scholarship ($500), Perkins/Tortora Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Band Boosters Scholarship ($200).

Luke Nappi: Travis Ryan “Make a Difference” Scholarship ($400), Wilhelm Math Recognition Scholarship ($50), Band Boosters Scholarship ( $500), Red Cross Scholarship ($250).

Zachary Renier: Salem Elks Scholarship ($1,000).

Jessica Russell: Pearce Foundation Scholarship ($8,000), Jackie Batcha Memorial Scholarship ($250), Kornbau Family Scholarship ($500).

McKinzie Smith: Coca-Cola Scholarship ($1,000), Ruritan’s Galen Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000).

Ian Stecker: Salem Elks Scholarship ($1,000), Columbiana County Coaches Association Scholarship ($500), Leetonia Board of Education Scholarship ($500), Leetonia Area Sports Scholarship ($250), Dr. Paul Conrad and Paul W. Conrad Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Wilbur Couchie Scholarship ($1,000), Youngstown Lion’s Club Rita Merz Memorial Scholarship ($800), American Legion Dennis Ferry Memorial Scholarship ($250), Band Booster’s Scholarship ($500), American Red Cross scholarship ($250).

Kelsie Valentine: American Legion Robert C. McCoy Scholarship ($1,000), Leetonia Eagles 1496 ($500), Ed Smith Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), American Legion Dennis Ferry Memorial Scholarship ($500) and Alexander Eastek Memorial Scholarship ($500).

Leffel graduates with honors from The Ohio State University

COLUMBUS – Jaclyn Leffel graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s of science in education.

She majored in special education, focusing on students with mild to moderate disabilities.

Jaclyn is the daughter of David Leffel and Melanie Dolak, both of Leetonia. During her four years at OSU, she was the recipient of the Trustee’s Scholarship, Hathaway Education Scholarship, and Buker Elementary Education Scholarship.

She is a 2009 graduate of Leetonia High School.

MCCTC students earn gold medals at state competition

CANFIELD – Students in the culinary arts program and the early childhood education program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center took high honors at the state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (CFCCLA) competition.

Krystal Means of Jackson Milton took home a gold medal and placed first overall in the Toys that Teach event. Fellow students Kayli Dean of Western Reserve won a gold medal in the Language and Literacy event and Marissa Edwards of Sebring won a silver medal in the Toys that Teach event.

In addition, the Senior Culinary Arts Team received a Gold Medal Rating and placed fourth overall. Members of the team are Catlyn Walker of Struthers, Sam Kosec of Canfield and Erika Rigby of Canfield.

Students were led by Early Childhood Education Instructor Julie Pagnotta and Culinary Arts Instructor Matt Putzier.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Kuffel, Career Development Supervisor, at 330-729-4120.

Restifo chosen for General Electric graduate program

YOUNGSTOWN – Adam J. Restifo has been selected for the General Electric Mechanical Systems Graduate Program.

Restifo graduated summa cum laude from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He will earn his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Gannon University while working for GE Transportation in Erie, Pennsylvania.

He is a 2009 graduate of David Anderson High School and the son of Jim and Cathy Restifo of Lisbon.

Kelvington named to dean’s list at Youngstown State University

YOUNGTOWN – Leighann Kelvington, a 2012 graduate of East Palestine High School, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Youngstown State University.

Leighann is majoring in early childhood education, and is the daughter of Ron and Jenni Kelvington.

Steer will pursue master’s degree in divinity at Duke University

CANTON – The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences has announces that four recent graduates will all be heading to Duke University in the fall to pursue studies toward the master’s degree in divinity.

Marcus Steer of Beloit, who graduated magna cum laude on May 4 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and philosophy double major, with a biblical languages minor, is among the group.