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August 19, 2012
Salem News

Pethel earns Ph.D. from Bowling Green

Olivia Pethtel, daughter of Joe and Pat Pethtel of Calcutta and Sun and Dr. Paul Lim of Boardman, recently attained her PhD from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Pethtel graduated from Beaver Local High School in 2003. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina in 2007 and went on to BGSU to obtain her master's degree and her doctorate in developmental psychology in 2012.

Dr. Pethtel conducts research in the area of adult development and aging with a focus on cross-cultural issues, decision-making, and well-being. Her dissertation examined decision-making and well-being in middle-aged and older adults. She has published research articles in scientific journals.

Dr. Pethtel has accepted a teaching position at Youngstown State University for the upcoming fall semester.

Schlueter earns top ACT composite score

SALEM - Frederick Anthony Schlueter, son of Fritz and Lori Schlueter of Salem and a junior at West Branch High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2011, only 704 of more than 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT's optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead. For more information about the ACT and ACT scores contact Nancy Owen at 319-341-2289 or Visit the ACT website at

West Branch offering free preschool

BELOIT - West Branch Local Schools is offering free preschool to all children ages 3-5 living in the West Branch District.

All classes are half day and will be held at West Branch Middle School in Beloit. Both morning and afternoon sessions are available.

For more information contact Special Services at 330-938-4490 or visit the West Branch website at

WB holding Freshman Orientation Camp

BELOIT - West Branch High School will conduct a Freshman Orientation Camp from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24.

Students should report to the auditorium upon arrival. The camp will include: an initial meeting with school personnel, an opportunity to meet some upperclassman, group activities, an opportunity for freshmen to receive their schedule and locker assignment, a practice run of the school day, important information concerning West Branch High School, lunch, prizes, fun, etc.

Parents are invited to attend a parent meeting from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium which will cover various topics and address any question they may have. It is highly recommended that all incoming freshmen students attend.

Upperclassmen who are new to the district will receive an orientation at 10 a.m. Aug. 27. For more information call the high school office at 330-938-2183.

Rudder graduates from West Virginia?Univ.

WELLSVILLE - Jonathan Robert Rudder of Wellsville graduated from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University during commencement ceremonies on May 12 in Morgantown.

Rudder, a 2008 graduate of Wellsville High School, was sports anchor for the award winning campus television program "WVU News" during the spring semester. He did several video segments during that time for ESPNU as well. In addition to his duties as Associate Sports Producer at U92, the campus radio station, he handled color commentary and play-by-play for broadcasts of Lady Mountaineer basketball, men's ice hockey, and baseball games for two years.

Rudder served internships with the Pittsburgh Penguins Radio network during his junior year and at WTOV-9 in Steubenville prior to that. During his tenure at WVU, he contributed to the "" Cleveland Indians baseball blog and was also a member of Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio and Television Digital News association. He recently accepted the position of media relations director with the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things of the independent Frontier League.

Wins honor at fair

Abby Donkin, a member of the Country Clovers 4-H Club, received an "Outstanding of the Day" award for her 4-H Health and Safety Speech on flood safety at the Ohio State Fair on July 25. Donkin had qualified for state at the area two competition in Wooster on July 6. The Country Clovers 4-H Club also received the "Best in Show" award for the quilt members made for the "When the Call Comes" category at the Columbiana County Fair. Quilts in this category will be presented to first responders in the county at a ceremony on Sept. 9 at the county fairgrounds which is open to the public. For more information call 330-222-1914.



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