BANDSPERSON AWARD: John LaVange, son of Elaine Ditchey LaVange of Howland and Scott LaVange of London, Ohio, was named the 2017 recipient of the Most Inspirational Bandsperson Award at The Ohio State University.
The Most Inspirational Bandsperson Award is the highest honor that any member of The Ohio State University Marching Band can achieve.
A senior finance major from Warren, LaVange is the 61st drum major of the Ohio State Marching Band. He has been twirling for five years, beginning at Howland High School, where he was drum major for two years. At Ohio State, LaVange spent his first year on the band’s drum major training squad and his second as assistant drum major before earning the top spot for his junior and senior years.
A 2014 graduate of Howland High School, he is the grandson of Tom and Helen Ditchey of Howland. He will begin work at KeyBank in Cleveland, after graduation in May.
ASHLAND HONORS: The following students are members of the Honors Society at Ashland University.
Rachael Wyant of Youngstown, is majoring in computer science. She is a 2015 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School.
Hailey Capobianco of Hubbard, has been named a World Representative for a Living-Learning Community at the University at Albany.
WAINWRIGHT ELECTED TO OFFICE: Katelyn Wainwright of Newton Falls, was elected as the finance vice president of Alpha Delta Pi.
PARTICIPATION IN MLK DAY: The following students participated in the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service:
Anna Bodo of Mineral Ridge; Rebecca Cooper, Newton Falls; Kathryn Dhayer, West Farmington; Nicole Gluliano, Newton Falls; Alexa Goffos, Cortland; Courtney Lallo, Warren; Victoria Lehn, Austintown; Michaela Maus, Cortland; Alexa Nogales, Southington; William Rohaley, Youngstown; Erin Tamulonis, Youngstown; Jacqueline Vega, Austintown; Joshua Walters, Newton Falls; and Brooke Zucco, Niles
The MLK Day of Service is the largest community service event put on by the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union. More than 500 volunteers participated this year. Volunteers performed duties such as cleaning, painting, organizing and crafting.