Sgt. Metts graduates with honors from West Virginia University

Sgt. Tyler J. Metts of the 77th Brigade Troop, 151st Military Police Battalion, earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in criminology from West Virginia University on Dec. 27.

He graduated cum laude while serving as a sergeant in the West Virginia National Guard.

Metts, a son of Terry and Debbie Metts of Salem, is a 2009 Salem High School graduate.

In January 2013 he was assigned to Washington, D.C., for riot control during the 2013 presidential inauguration. While attending WVU, he taught and created a curriculum for the West Virginia state prison system for inmates wanting to earn college credits.

Following his commitment to the National Guard he plans to pursue a career in education. (Submitted photo)

Students recognized at Allegheny Wesleyan

SALEM – The Office of Academic Affairs at Allegheny Wesleyan College announces that the following students were recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the fall 2013 dean’s list with grade point averages of 3.8-4.0:

Lynnette Deeter, Emily McCain, Jennifer Montgomery, Brittany Quales and Benjamin Sanders.

Among those named to the Honors List with a grade point average of 3.5-3.79 were:

Elizabeth Carpenter, Suzanne Coleman, Katrina Kaufman, Katie Marsh, Hannah Moyer, Anthony Watt and Alicia Zack.

EP band, choir students compete

EAST PALESTINE – Students from East Palestine High School Band and Choir participated in the Ohio Music Education Association District Solo and Ensemble Event in February and received the following awards.

Excellent ratings went to MacKenna Elick, Hannah Darlington, Justina Stanislaw, Sarah Adams, Payton Albano, Courtney Loyd, Sidney Smith, Evan Jones and Curtis Myers.

Superior ratings were awarded to Kendra Hoover, Jade Waite, Emma Meckler, Haley Huff, Wayne Guy, Tayler Meyers, Kyle Zimmerman, Mark Ortega, Taylor Townsend, Miranda Velcheck, Paul Melnick and Evan Jones. Ben Frazier received a good rating.

Area students graduate from Miami Univ.

OXFORD – Miami University awarded 856 degrees to students during fall commencement exercises on Dec. 13 in Millett Hall.

Miami University is a public university located in southwestern Ohio, offering 120 degree programs in humanities, science, engineering, business, education and fine arts.

Area students include: Gina Snavely of Columbiana, Chad Toussant of Minerva and Paula Roberts of Salem.

Kuhaneck graduates from Rochester Inst..

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Christopher Kuhaneck of Salem graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology in fall 2013.

Congressional Art Competition under way

MARIETTA – Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) recently announced that high school students in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio residing in the Sixth Congressional District are eligible to participate in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”

The winning student-artist will be invited to Washington D.C. to take part in a national reception, and have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Rep. Johnson’s Marietta, Salem, Cambridge, Ironton, or Washington D.C. offices. All high school students living in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio can participate, regardless of where they attend high school: public, private, home school, or online school.

“I have been very impressed by all of the exceptional artwork submitted over the last three years by the talented students in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, said Johnson. “I’m pleased to once again participate in the Congressional Art Competition, and view the artwork produced by our young, gifted artists. I look forward to proudly displaying their work in my offices and in the U.S. Capitol.”

All artwork must be no larger than 28x28x4-inches including the frame, and can weigh no more than 15 pound. The artwork should be original in design, concept, and execution. Acceptable media include:

Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolors

Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers


Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

Mixed media: use of more than two media such as pencil, ink, watercolor

Computer-generated art


Full guidelines can be found online at:

All submissions are due by April 24 and can be either mailed or delivered in-person to Rep. Johnson’s Marietta, Salem, Cambridge, or Ironton district offices. A completed privacy form must be submitted with all entries; this form is available for download on Johnson’s website.

The top five submissions will be determined by a three-person panel of local experts; the winners will be notified during the first week of May.

For more information on the contest contact Ben Keeler in the Salem district office at 330-337-6951.

A bunch of sweethearts at East Palestine HS

EAST PALESTINE – The East Palestine High School sophomore class, under the leadership of teacher Lindsay Wollet and parent Donna Thornton, won bragging rights during the annual Sweetheart Campaign.

The class raised $6,479 to be used toward its junior and senior year activities. Jessica Leake and Grant Wagner who were chosen to represent the class at the annual celebration dance. Other class totals include: Freshmen, led by parent Brenna Davis and teacher Amy Babik, $5419,94 (class reps Kyle Zimmerman and Kimberly Mengel); Juniors, led by parent Ann Marie Velchek and teacher, Abi Miller, $4984.88 (class reps D.J. Bandy and Paige Barr); and Seniors, led by parent/teacher Bonnie Sansenbaugher, $1350.15 (class reps Dakota Mitchell and Korynn Crawford).

Poster contest winners at Leetonia Schools

LEETONIA – The Columbiana County Chapter of the Knights of Columbus Council sponsored its eighth annual Substance Abuse Prevention Poster Contest for students ages 8 to 11.

Pictured are the first-place winners from Leetonia Schools, from left, Madisyn Best, seventh grade; Patrick Hull, sixth grade; and Miya Dolan, fifth grade. Madisyn’s poster advanced to the regional competition. The posters are on display at the Leetonia Community Public Library.