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 Lindsey Mooney

Mooney is Miss Ohio Teen

Lindsey Mooney, 18, of Pickerington, was crowned National American Miss Ohio Teen at the state pageant held July 23 in Columbus. She is the daughter of Doug and Suzi Mooney.


Mooney received a $500 modeling scholarship, plus a $1,000 cash award. She also was awarded transportation costs to the National Pageant to be held in Anaheim, Calif., during Thanksgiving week along with a special day in Disneyland and a tour through the famous streets of Hollywood.


Mooney is a 2007 graduate of Pickerington North High School as a distinguished scholar.  She received an honors diploma, the Ohio State Board of Education Award of Merit, and the President’s Education Award for Educational Excellence. She is amember of the Sunny Side Up Leadership Team, The National Honor Society, and Who’s Who Among American High School Students Honor Society. She is employed by Anesthesiology Management Services and Mira Bella Salon.

Mooney has been awarded a Trustee Scholarship and will attend Kent State University in August where she plans to major in fashion merchandising with a minor in marketing.

Education news

•Pickerington resident Heather Binkley was among those selected to exhibit their artwork in the Ohio All-Media Competition show through Sept. 6 at Ashland University’s Don Coburn Gallery. Binkley was selected to exhibit her linocut work titled "Portrait of an Artist." She was named an honorable mention award recipient.

•The following Southeast area students graduated from Franklin University at the end of summer trimester: Master of Business Administration – Austin Monroe, Brett Kim, Erika Konowalow, Kari Lennon, Heidi Kroll, Melissa Simpson, Patricia Sutton, Brandi Barron, Troy Tignanelli, Cindy Florer, Manyangu Madoshi, Tiffany Page, Brian Feeney, Michael Grossman, Tami Strickland, Jacqueline Bryant, Terry Jones; Bachelor of Science – Leslie Attwooll, Frank Condefer, Maria de Luz Quezada, Rachel Ohlemacher, Timothy Workman, David Church, Charlotte Long, Edward Young, Rebecca Arnold, Sharon Morrison, Joseph Owens, Keat Herdman, Pearlina Kazee, Jeffery Baden, Bridget Febus, LaShaya Wallace, Steven Distelzweig, Hannah Mathina, Roberta Galvin, Tonya Daniels, Amanda Hulse, Kelvin Rugashumba, Anne Holloway, Marcy Morrison, Donna Smith, Michelle Smith, Alicia Lee, Barbara Roland, Zalika Harris, Blair Neu, Shemeka Rodgers, Sarah Monroe, Wanda Brown, Shane Carlson, Ryan Caltrider; Associate of Science – Timothy Whiting, Shirley Green, Daniel Fowler, Indya Wicker, Crystal Hairston.

Military news

•Air Force Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Rex and Angela Smith of Groveport. Smith graduated in 1999 from Groveport Madison High School and received an associate degree in 2004 from Columbus State Community College.

•Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael O’Callaghan has arrived for duty at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, N.M. O’Callaghan is a security forces apprentice assigned to the 27th Security Forces Squadron. He is the son of Michael R. O’Callaghan of Pickerington and Jo Ann Hannon of East Stroudsburg, Pa.

•Army National Guard Pfc. Ross McQueen has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the grandson of Joy McQueen of Columbus and brother of Ryan McQueen of Belen, N.M. McQueen is a 2000 graduate of La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, N.M.

•Air Force Airman Daniel Alban has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Lynn Alban of Canal Winchester and is a 2006 graduate of Canal Winchester High School.

CW dancer at nationals

Studio C School of Dance student, Jaren Howard, 9, was chosen to participate on the Sophisticated Productions National Dance Competition’s Performance Team held in Wildwood New Jersey in July. Girls from across the country were selected at their regional dance competitions to participate.  More than 80 Performance Team members (ages 5-18) arrived at Nationals two days early to learn and rehearse their production numbers. This was Howard’s second year on the team.

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