Tiberi nominates students to Service Academies


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Bridget Early of Galena was among a small number of Plexus Worldwide Ambassadors (independent resellers) flown all expenses paid to Scottsdale, Arizona, to participate in a three-day leadership training session at the company’s headquarters. Her invitation to the program was based on her recent advancements as a Plexus Ambassador, having achieved one of the company’s highest rankings. She is joined by Plexus CEO Tarl Robinson.


On Feb. 16, Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) announced his nominees for further consideration to admission of the U.S. Service Academies’ classes of 2021.

“Every year, I have the distinct honor of nominating young men and women to our U.S. Service Academies,” said Congressman Pat Tiberi. “These students represent the best and brightest young adults in our community. They should be applauded for their leadership and desire to serve their country. As they continue on in the application process, I wish them all the best.”

Congressman Tiberi nominated 30 students from Ohio’s 12th Congressional District to be considered for appointment to four of the five U.S. Service Academies. After a competitive nomination process, each academy will evaluate each individual student for admission based on evidence of character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, medical fitness, goals and motivation in determining each nominee’s “whole-person” evaluation.

Richland County

· Jared Galat, son of Michael and Sheila Galat, Lexington High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.

· Charlotte Kuhn, daughter of David and Sarah Kuhn, Lexington High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

· Caitlynne McLaughlin, daughter of Tammy and Michael McLaughlin, Mansfield Senior High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Morrow County

· Selena Cortez, daughter of Louie and Karen Cortez, Northmor High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Delaware County

· Sebastian Bouscher-Helbig, son of Jeffrey Helbig and Jamie Lynn Bouscher, Westerville South High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.

· Joseph Cashman, son of Randall and Kristin Cashman, Westerville North High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

· Mitchell Garnett, son of Stacey and Doris Garnett, Buckeye Valley High School, received nominations to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

· Ellen Geyer, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Geyer, Bishop Watterson High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

· Grant Henry, son of Sean and Laura Henry, Rutherford B. Hayes High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

· Colton Hilleary, son of Chip and Tiffany Hilleary, Desales High School, received nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

· Alec Kapps, son of Robert and Erin Kapps, Delaware Hayes High School, received nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

· Kevin Leary, son of Michael and Julie Leary, St. Charles Preparatory School, received nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

· Leah Roach, daughter of Kathy Richard, Genoa Christian High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.

· Christopher Wright, son of Bryan and Tina Wright, Rutherford B. Hayes High School, received nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Franklin County

· Ethan Burby, son of Rick and Susan Burby, Worthington Christian High School, received nominations to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

· Addison Hamilton, daughter of Scott and Kate Hamilton, Thomas Worthington High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.

· Mitchell Heaton, son of Greg and Lisa Heaton, Worthington Kilbourne High School, received nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

· Jacob Kotik, son of John and Christine Kotik, Westerville South High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.

· Connor Pickerill, son of Eric and Julia Pickerill, Westerville North High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

· Karlee Scott, daughter of Kevin and Deborah Scott, Worthington Kilbourne High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

· John Sheppard, son of John and Deborah Sheppard, St. Charles Preparatory School, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

· Rachel Sigulinsky, daughter of Randolph and Terri Sigulinsky, Gahanna Lincoln High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

· Chase Smith, son of Ryan Smith and the late Kim Holzer, Olentangy Liberty High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

· Joshua Stoner, son of Keith Stoner and Valerie Winston-Stoner, Worthington Kilbourne High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

· Daniel Stuhldreher, son of Amy Anderson, Hilliard Bradley High School, received nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Licking County

· Colton Hughes, son of Kenton Hughes and Julie Losego, Licking Valley High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

· Joseph Landis, son of Joseph and Gwen Landis, Lakewood High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

· Anthony Miller, son of Charles and Jo Sue Miller, St. Charles Preparatory School, received nominations to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S. Air Force Academy.

· Andrew Snider, son of Michael and Jodi Snider, Newark Catholic High School, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Muskingum County

· Annie Brock, daughter of Eddie and Beth Brock, Tri-Valley High School, received nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

The United States has five U.S. Service Academies: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Nominations by U.S. Senators, U.S. Congressmen, and/or the Vice President are required for appointment for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy which makes appointments based on a nationwide competition.

Columbus, Dublin students honored

  • Mackenzie Lewis of Columbus, a fifth-grader at Berwick Alternative K-8 School, will be presented with an engraved silver medallion to recognize her selection by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as one of Ohio’s top two youth volunteers of 2017.

    Mackenzie conducted two community drives that collected 1,350 cases of bottled water and more than 300 gallon water jugs for people dealing with unsafe tap water in Flint, Michigan. For more information on Mackenzie’s volunteering, click here: https://spirit.prudential.com/honoree/2017/oh/mackenzie-lewis

    As a State Honoree, Mackenzie also will receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., for several days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017.

  • Matthew Oh of Dublin, a sophomore at Dublin Jerome High School, will be presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize his selection as a Distinguished Finalist for Ohio in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

    Matthew founded “New Kicks for Kids,” a nonprofit that has raised more than $3,100 since January 2015 to provide shoes and other essentials to children in need in central Ohio. For more information on Matthew’s volunteering, click here: https://spirit.prudential.com/honoree/2017/oh/matthew-oh

About the award:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees—one middle and one high school student—plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

For more information on the rest of this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

News from Otterbein University

Virtual Campus Experience wins award

New York, NY—The Winners of the 2016 W3 Awards were recently announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with Otterbein University receiving a Silver Award for Best Website and Virtual Campus Experience.

Receiving nearly 5,000 entries, the W3 Awards honors outstanding websites, web marketing, web video, mobile sites/apps and social content created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers and creators worldwide. Otterbein University’s Virtual Campus Experience was produced by StudentBridge, a digital marketing agency specializing in educational recruitment and retention solutions. Otterbein’s Virtual Campus Experience won based on its unique design elements, high-end production values and personalization, giving prospective students an insider view of what it’s truly like to be on campus and helping them to answer the question “Will I Fit In?” as opposed to simply “Will I Get In?”

According to StudentBridge Founder and Vice Chairman Jonathan Clues, this question is what students need to answer when making the costly decision about what college or university to attend. “Students who feel they fit in are students who stay,” says Clues, whose company accurately portrays a school’s culture and feel, as opposed to just showcasing the buildings.

As a result, StudentBridge Virtual Campus Experiences are narrowing the graduation gap at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. The strategy has proven to be a most positive one for Otterbein University, who partnered with StudentBridge to raise the bar on their recruiting efforts.

“StudentBridge created a site that captures the student perspective about what it means to be an Otterbein student,” says Jefferson R. Blackburn-Smith, vice president for enrollment management at Otterbein. “Their insight into what students want to know was right on target.”

The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the Web and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning websites, web video and online marketing programs. W3 is the first major web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms and everyone in between. The awards are sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “who’s who” of acclaimed media, advertising and marketing firms. Please visit www.aiva.org for a full member list and additional information.

“We were once again blown away at the creativity and quality of this year’s entrants. As our connected world continues to expand in new and exciting ways, our winners are a true testament to the power of Web creativity around the globe,” said Linda Day, the director of the IAVA. “On behalf of the 750+ members of The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, we salute the talents and high level of execution our winners display and commend all of this year’s entrants for their dedication and commitment to online excellence.”

To visit Otterbein University’s winning Virtual Campus Experience visit otterbein.university-tour.com. For more information about StudentBridge, visit www.studentbridge.com.

Otterbein’s Opening Doors to the World Program Brings China and Tibet to Central Ohio

Westerville — As Chinese New Year is celebrated on Jan. 28, Otterbein University’s Opening Doors to the World program invites the community to explore the arts and culture of China and Tibet. This multi-year international arts initiative will host a full slate of events this spring. All events are free and open to the public.

The spring schedule includes:

ART EXHIBITIONS: BETWEEN US: Relationship and Identity in Tibetan Contemporary Art (Now-April 22)

Guest Curator, Dr. Ariana Maki; Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St.

A rare opportunity to see Contemporary Tibetan Art in Ohio, this exhibition features work by traditionally trained and internationally recognized Tibetan artists and brothers, Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ). Working in contemporary modes, they explore emergent identity at the relational edge of tradition and modernity. Special thanks to NEA Artworks for their continued support of our Opening Doors to the World exhibitions.

BETWEEN US: PUBLIC ARTISTS TALK & RECEPTION (March 16) 6:30 p.m. Talk – Philomathean Room, Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.; 7:30 p.m. Reception – Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St.

Tibetan artists Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ) discuss their artwork, growing up as Tibetans in Nepal, and their personal transitions from traditional Buddhist thangka painting to the world of contemporary art. Introductory remarks by Dr. Ariana Maki.

Water and Ink Revisited (Now-April 30) Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.; Public Reception: Friday, March 10, 5-7 p.m.

A special exhibition of works on paper by fine art faculty from the Shanghai Printing and Publishing College, the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and Shanghai Jian Qiao University, three of Otterbein’s partner schools in China.

THEATER: ACT OUT Reading Series: KWATZ! The Tibetan Project: The Sound of a Hammer Hitting the Head (April 13) 7:30 p.m.; Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St.

Ernest Abuba’s unconventional script combines mystical visions, music, song, and dance to explore Tibet under Chinese oppression. Kwatz is a Buddhist term for a new awakening, in this instance brought about by an assault when a wandering vagrant drives the claws of a hammer into a Tibetan immigrant’s head. The play explores this man’s visions while having an out of body experience. Abandoning conventions of plot or character development, Abuba immerses his audience in a groundlessness that is at the heart of Buddhist teachings and traditions.

MUSIC: Silk Road Concert (April 9) 7:30 p.m.; Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 E. Schrock Rd., Westerville

Guest performer Dr. Siu-Leung Lee will play erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument, during the concert.

SONG OF ASIA: Celebrating the Music of Central Asia; The Otterbein University Choirs (Feb. 19) 7 p.m.; Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.

Celebrate the cultures of Central Asia with the Otterbein choirs this February. The singers of the university’s Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorale, and Concert Choir will honor the music of India, Nepal, China, and Mongolia with arrangements of traditional folks songs as well as works that celebrate Mongolian horses, the beauty of the Himalayas, and the excitement of Bollywood.

Bridget Early of Galena was among a small number of Plexus Worldwide Ambassadors (independent resellers) flown all expenses paid to Scottsdale, Arizona, to participate in a three-day leadership training session at the company’s headquarters. Her invitation to the program was based on her recent advancements as a Plexus Ambassador, having achieved one of the company’s highest rankings. She is joined by Plexus CEO Tarl Robinson.
http://sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Bridget-Early.jpgBridget Early of Galena was among a small number of Plexus Worldwide Ambassadors (independent resellers) flown all expenses paid to Scottsdale, Arizona, to participate in a three-day leadership training session at the company’s headquarters. Her invitation to the program was based on her recent advancements as a Plexus Ambassador, having achieved one of the company’s highest rankings. She is joined by Plexus CEO Tarl Robinson.
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