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JACKSON?REPRESENTS?AT?BEE: Eighth-grader Chris Jackson represented Victory Christian School in the Regional ACSI Spelling Bee and advanced to Nationals. He will head to Texas to compete in the National ACSI Spelling Bee.

FRANTZ GETS ACADEMIC HONORS: Megan Frantz, daughter of Mark and Sandy Frantz of Warren, was among the Ashland University students to receive academic honors during the university’s Academic Honors Convocation held earlier this month.

Frantz, a 2010 graduate of Champion High School, is majoring in middle grades education.

AREA STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS LEARN LIFE SKILLS: Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, Associated School Employees Credit Union and Youngstown State University hosted a one-day financial life skills conference for area high school students and educators on April 8.

More than 300 area high school students and 35 educators received education and hands-on experiences in three critical areas of financial literacy including managing credit, investing in their future and building a personal budget. During the life skills session, each student and educator was given a salary and with the help of community and business volunteers, they were given the tools to determine their monthly expenses such as food, housing, transportation, clothing and education.

The event, held at Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center, is offered at no charge to area high school educators.

Area high schools who attended this year’s event included Hubbard, Life Skills Center, Lordstown, Pymatuning Valley, Southington Chalker, Victory Christian School, Warren John F. Kennedy and Warriors Inc.

SPENCER TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT: The Youngstown campus of National College will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. May 1 at Ford Hall at Powers Auditorium with special guest Dr. Brian P. Spencer as the commencement speaker.

Dr. Spencer is the owner of Premier Foot and Ankle Center in Grove City, Pa. He serves as chief of staff of Grove City Medical Center, where he provides comprehensive podiatric medical and surgical treatment for the foot and ankle.

During the graduation ceremony, the class of 2014 will accept their new degrees after hearing from Dr. Spencer. In addition, selected graduates will receive awards for leadership and high academic achievement from the business, medical and computer technology programs.

FIRST BOOK TO PRESENT NEW BOOKS: First Book-Trumbull County announced recently that 3,920 new books will be given to 10 literacy programs that serve children in need in the area.

Programs include TCAP Rise in Warren; TCESC preschool programs at Bascom Elementary; McGuffey second grade in Warren; Trumbull County Help Me Grow; Grace AME Church “Reading is Fun” tutoring program; Warren SPARK; Mind, Body and Soul / Hoops for Homework; Niles Wilson Reading classes; and Trumbull County Homes for Kids.

Each child will receive at least six books each, which enables the children to start their own home libraries they can share with their siblings and families. They will also receive a bookplate on which to place their names celebrating the importance of book ownership.

First Book-Trumbull County raised the funds through a variety of initiatives in 2013. A grant from the Warren Area Chamber Education Civics and Cultural Foundation provided $4,000 to the project. Donations were also provided by Warren Kiwanis, Delta Kappa Gamma sorority and Warren Rotary Club.

For more information or to get involved with First Book-Trumbull County, contact Ellen Finan at 330-638-4393.

For more information about the nonprofit First Book, visit or call 866-393-1222.

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ST. STEPHEN REGISTRATION: St. Stephen Preschool is accepting registrations for 3- and 4-year-old morning and afternoon classes as well as a pre-kindergarten morning class. Register now to ensure your child’s placement in the class days preferred. Call the school office at 330-652-5511 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.

EDUCATION FORUM OFFERED: An education forum, “Accountability: Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing in Ohio,” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 28 at Union Baptist Church on Lincoln Avenue in Youngstown.

The following speakers and topics will be discussed: Doug Oblinger, Akron Beacon Journal, “What Journalists Can and Cannot Tell You About Charter Schools”; Sherry Tyson, assistant treasurer of Youngstown City Schools, “What Choice Costs Youngstown City Taxpayers”; Dr. Ronald J. Iarussi, superintendent of Mahoning County Educational Service Center, “Testing and Mandates in the New Age of Accountability”; Dr. Randy Hoover, professor emeritus at Youngstown State University, “The Reality of Student and School Academic Performance.”

The panel will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown.

LETSON INDUCTED: Benjamin Letson will be inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on May 10. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary by five students to “embrace the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression.”

Only 10 percent of colleges and universities in the United States have chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and membership is offered to the top 10 percent of students in those schools.

On May 11, Letson will graduate from Ohio Wesleyan with honors degrees in mathematics and physics. He has accepted a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Mathematics Department to pursue a PhD in neuro-mathematics.

RASSEGA NAMED NEW MEMBER: Pierce Alexander Rassega of Mineral Ridge has recently been recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda at Youngstown State University. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

SHIELDS NAMED NEW MEMBER: Kathryn Davis Shields of Vienna has recently been recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda at Youngstown State University. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

CHAMPION OFFERS OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR NINTH GRADE: Champion School District is offering open enrollment for ninth grade for the 2014-15 school year. Open enrollment dates for picking up and returning completed applications has been extended. Applications will be available at the Champion Board of Education Office (top floor), 5759 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, OH 44483; forms must be returned by 3:30 p.m. April 25.

Applications must be picked up and returned in person by a parent / guardian with the following information – birth certificate, shot record, preschool report, Social Security card, utility bill for proof of residence in a bordering district, and custody papers, if applicable.

Open enrollment applicants for Champion’s kindergarten must also submit a completed kindergarten registration packet to the Central Elementary principal’s office to receive an appointment for kindergarten screening on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information or questions, call Melissa Campana, elementary secretary, at 330-847-2328.

NILES ACCEPTING OPEN ENROLLMENT: The Niles City School District is accepting open enrollment applications for the 2014-15 school year, now through June 5. Those interested may call the Administration Office at 330-989-5095 or come to the office at 390 Rhodes Ave., Niles, to receive information.Students from any school district in Ohio are eligible to apply. Applicants will be notifide by mail of their acceptance or denial.

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KINDERGARTEN MAKEUP DATE: The kindergarten registration and enrollment makeup date for children in the Brookfield / Masury area, will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 1:30 to 2:30 and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brookfield Elementary School, 614 Bedford Road S.E., Brookfield.

To register your child, you must bring his / her official birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, the parent’s driver’s license or Ohio ID, two proofs of residency and proof of custody (if applicable).

AUSTINTOWN REGISTRATION: If your child will be 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2014, and you are a resident of the Austintown Local School District, registration packets are available to be picked up at the Austintown Elementary School, 245 Idaho Road, or at theAustintown Early Learning Center (formerly Lynn Kirk Elementary), 4211 Evelyn Road. If you are not an Austintown resident, you must also apply for open enrollment for the 2014-15 school year by completing the open enrollment application online at “”>

The kindergarten registration and screening will take place the week of April 28 through May 1, by appointment only. During registration and screening, parents will complete necessary paperwork while your child will work through various stations: vision, hearing, speech, nutrition and learning activities.

LOCAL GIRLS COMPETE FOR MISS TEEN: Local girls were chosen recently to participate in Miss Teen Youngstown / Cleveland / Akron pageant competition that will take place April 13 at the John Hay Campus High School in Cleveland. If any of them were to win the title of Miss Teen Youngstown / Cleveland / Akron, she would represent Youngstown / Cleveland / Akron and the surrounding communities at the national competition that will take place in Orlando, Fla. Those from this area chosen are:

Zoe Billig, daughter of Christen Basilon of Cortland, is accepting assistance through sponsorship by contacting the Miss Teen Youngstown / Cleveland / Akron pageant coordinator at 1-877-403-6678.

Melody Harris-Michetti of Fowler, is accepting assistance through sponsorships through the pageant coordinator at the above number.

Alyssa Cross, daughter of Sally Landwert and Jason Cross, is accepting sponsorships at

Megan Rounds of Niles, will accept sponsorship donations through the Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Youngstown / Cleveland / Akron pageant coordinaator, or by contacting Loretta at 330-33-1429 or

SOUTHINGTON GIRL HOMECOMING QUEEN: Brittany Sherwood, daughter of Brett and Yvonne Sherwood of Southington, has been selected a finalist for Ohio’s 34th annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held April 13 at the Dayton Marriott in Dayton. Chalker High School’s Homecoming Queen, Sherwood will also be competing for Ohio’s favorite homecoming queen. You can vote for her for Ohio’s favorite homecoming queen at

To help sponsor Sherwood, call 330-647-5555.

DRAMA PRESENTATION: Girard High School Drama Club presents the Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door, or call 330-545-5431, Ext. 110, or email