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Groveport students attend summer business program

Clara and DeLisa Beane from Groveport Madison High School attended Ohio Business Week (OBW) 2007, a premier business program that prepares Ohio high school students with the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in college and compete in the business world.

"Ohio Business Week is a great opportunity for students to become ‘apprentices’ for one week while they learn about the exciting world of business," said Nancy Whetstone, executive director for the Ohio Business Week Foundation.

Students are assigned to a "company" with 10-12 other participants. Under the guidance of a loaned business executive, each company brainstorms ideas for an imaginary start-up business venture and embarks on the Emerging Entrepreneur Project (EEP).

Reeb’s play to be staged

"Bad Girl Barbie" written by  Groveport Town Hall Junior Players Director Sharon Reeb and directed by Nancy Kephart will be staged at Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St., Columbus, in Nestor Hall Auditorium on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.; Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

"Bad Girl Barbie" is a coming of age play about a young girl whose world is tragically transformed by the fantasies she creates while playing with Barbie dolls. Real world scenes interspersed with "Barbie" world scenes featuring actors in the roles of "Barbie" and "Ken" bring comic relief to an otherwise serious drama.

Education news

Meghan Randolph of Pickerington graduated cum laude from Otterbein College on June 10 with a bachelor of arts degree in health promotion and fitness.

•The following Southeast area students were named to the dean’s list at Otterbein College for spring quarter: Amy Grooms of Groveport; Meghan Randolph of Pickerington; Christiana Congelio of Canal Winchester; and Julia Halriter of Columbus.

•The following Southeast area students graduated from the University of Cincinnati at the end of spring quarter: Joycelyn O’Connell, Michael Storms, and Amanda Venable of Pickerington.

•The following Southeast area students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Cincinnati for spring quarter: Timothy Kasberg of Canal Winchester; Edward Deering, Svetlana Timoshkin, and LaToya Watson of Columbus; Anthony Berman, Stephanie Brindle, Megan Mahaffey, Ryan Mahoney, Ryan Manalac, John Meadows, Kelli Merringer-Annis, Jessica Price, Tracy Reeb, Matthew Schuh, Katherine Stampfle, Michael Storms, Amanda Venable, Kathryn Wiseman.

•Graceland University awarded Daniel Martens of Pickerington the $4,000 Wallace B. Smith Scholarship for leadership. The scholarship is renewable for four years at Graceland, for a total value of $16,000. He is the son of Craig and Marilee Martens of Pickerington and will be a senior this fall at Pickerington High School North.

Military news

Air Force Airman Chris Hammond has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Niecie Nelson of Columbus and is a 2006 graduate of Groveport Madison High School.

Army Pfc. Michael Dover has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Kary Dover of Columbus and Kim Atwood of Pickerington. He is a 2007 graduate of Pickerington North High School.

•Marine Corps Pvt. Justin Knowles, a 2004 graduate of Canal Winchester High School, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N. C.  Knowles joined the Marine Corps in 2006.

•Army Pvt. Ashleigh Daugherty has graduated from the Food Service Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. She is the daughter of Don Daugherty of Columbus and Amy  Daugherty of Canal Winchester. Daugherty is a 2003 graduate of Groveport Madison High School.

Civilian Andrew Caster, son of Ann Carr of Hinsdale, N. Y. and Wade Caster of Columbus, recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program. Caster will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 2004 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, N.Y.


Air Force Cadet Christopher McGarvey has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. The officer is scheduled to attend undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla. He is the son of Vince and Eileen McGarvey of Pickerington. McGarvey is a 2003 graduate of Pickerington High School.

Air Force Cadet Ashley Snyder has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. She is the daughter of John and Mary Snyder of Pickerington. Snyder is a 2003 graduate of Pickerington High School.

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