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EIGHTH-GRADER REPRESENTS IN BEE: Guy-Michel Kaho recently represented St. Patrick School in Hubbard at the annual Youngstown spelling bee.

Kaho is in eighth grade and placed first in the school’s spelling bee to qualify to advance to the bee at Youngstown State University.

MIDDLEFIELD ART SHOW FEATURES STUDENTS: The 30th annual invitational Middlefield Historical Society Art Shows, featuring student artwork, will be held in conjunction with co-sponsors The Frank Agency and Western Reserve Farm Cooperative at the Historical Society lower level, 14979 South State Ave., Middlefield.

The high school/middle school show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 and 6, and 12 and 13, featuring work from students at Cardinal and Grand Valley high schools, plus both high school and middle school entries from Berkshire, Chardon, Ledgemont and Newbury.

The elementary show will be the same hours and location, on May 3 and 4, and 10 and 11, featuring work from Berkshire, Cardinal, Chardon and Newbury schools.

All work is judged by professional artists and / or art teachers, and prizes and ribbons awarded to outstanding artwork.

Admission is free and donations accepted.

WINDHAM SCHOOLS HOLD REGISTRATION: Beginning April 7, parents may pick up registration packets for preschool and kindergarten at Windham Schools. Registration materials can be picked up in the Katherine Thomas Elementary office during regular school hours.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 to attend kindergarten.

Parents / guardians should bring the following: child’s birth certificate, social security card and immunization records. Also two forms of proof of residency and custody papers (if applicable).

For more information, call K.T. at 330-326-9800.

KSU TO HOST CAREER CONFERENCE: Kent State University at Trumbull will host its annual The Road Not Taken career conference beginning at 8:45 a.m. April 4, in the classroom/administration building.

The conference is a career exploration program designed for high school female sophomores currently enrolled in high math and science classes. The purpose of the program is to expose these students to high-profile, local women who are successfully engaged in nontraditional careers dealing with math, science and technology. Approximately 150 Trumbull County students are registered to attend the daylong conference, which will feature 12 speakers.

BADGER STUDENTS COMPETE: Four teams, consisting of 22 students from the Joseph Badger School District competed at the Destination ImagiNation Region 1 Tournament at YSU on March 15. All came home with medals.

Three of the teams were awarded second place honors. One team, having earned first place in the Scientific Challenge “Going to Extremes” will now advance to the state finals in Reynoldsburg, on April 26.

The first place team of Riley Armstrong, Dana Cameron, Frank Matejka, MacKenzie Serverson, and Nash Timko with team leaders Robin Clower Timko, Jaison Armstrong, and Barbara Matejka will compete with schools throughout Ohio with the hope of qualifying for Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May.

Team members earning second place are: Rhiannon Baldwin, Hannah Bowser, Emma Deraway, Sammi Lovesee, and Langley Mackesy with team leader Michelle Moran; Hunter Hart, Logan Murphy, Suzanne Shaffer, Jayden Smith, and Logan Stout with team leader Angela Murphy; Bailey Armstrong, Shelby Cameron, Brandon Greathouse, Laila Mulligan, Jimmy Plunkett, Emily Thornton, and Thomas Zidar with team leaders Kelly Mulligan and Jennifer Plunkett.

Destination ImagiNation is a project-based educational program where student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Focusing on 21st century skills, science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and leadership skills, each team, for five months or more, works outside the school day in preparation for the regional tournament. Badger School has participated in this program dating back to 1995 when it was then called Odyssey of the Mind (OM). Throughout the years, teams have earned top honors in both regional and state levels giving them the opportunity to compete at globals with teams from all over the world.

The Badger DI program is supported by Novelis Neighbor, Badger PTO, parents, families and friends.

HUBBARD STUDENT PLACES AT COMPETITION: Cortney MacKay, a sixth-grade student attending Hubbard Middle School, was among the 23 young vocalists to perform in the fifth round of the annual Kean Quest singing competition held March 16 at the Kean Theatre in Gibsonia. Based on scores from a panel of judges, 11 semifinalistss from the youth preliminary round five will move on to compete Sunday.

MacKay performed “Good Morning Baltimore” from the musical “Hairspray.”

Contestants are competing for a chance to win a recording package and professional head shots and be named in two categories: overall Judges’ Choice and Audience Choice. The annual “Jackie Evancho Award,” named for international singing sensation Jackie Evancho, will be presented by Jackie herself at 7 p.m. April 11 during the Kean Quest Talent Search youth finals.

There is still time to register for the adult competition (April 4) by calling 724-625-3770 or by visiting The 2014 Kean Quest Talent Search benefits the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund.