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 www.firstbook.org or call 866-393-1222.