Education briefs

Davidson nominates students to academies

TROY — Congressman Warren Davidson announced the nomination of 19 students of the 8th District for the United States Service Academies. The congressman will personally congratulate the nominees at a ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Securing a nomination, either Congressional or from another nominating source, is a required step in the academy application process. A nomination, however, does not guarantee admittance to any of the service academies.

Rep. Davidson made nominations based on proven leadership ability, academic accomplishment, athletic achievement, and extracurricular activities. An 11 member advisory board consisting of former military and community leaders aided Rep. Davidson in the interview and vetting process.

“As a graduate of the United States Military Academy, I know the vital role the service academies play in equipping leaders for our active force. First and foremost, we want young people who want to serve and lead on active duty,” said Davidson.

Members who attend the U.S. Service Academies commit to serving at least five years in their respective military branch upon graduation. Local students include:

• U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Isaac Brown, Troy High School

Danielle Mannier, Miami East High School

• U.S. Naval Academy

Milan Bess, Newton High School

Isaac Brown, Troy High School

Danielle Mannier, Miami East High School

Swank performs at Findlay

FINDLAY, Ohio — Katherine Swank, of Troy, recently performed in a fall piano recital at the University of Findlay, as well as in a fall voice recital.

Swank played “The Boys’ Round Dance” by N. Gade. She also performed “Out of My Dreams” by Richard Rodgers and “Chanson d’amour” by Gabriel Faur.

Swank recently participated in the University of Findlay Theatre Program’s female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” She served as an assistant scenic artist.

Christmas chorale performs

FINDLAY, Ohio — Members of the Concert-Chorale and University Singers at the University of Findlay recently combined for two Christmas concert performances.

Local students include and Katherine Swank of Troy and Emily Mikolajewski of Piqua.

Ferrell joins wrestling team

ASHLAND, Ohio — Logan Ferrell of Tipp City is a member of the Ashland University Varsity Wrestling Team.

Ferrell is majoring in biology.

Ferrell is a 2016 graduate of Tippecanoe High School.

The Ashland University Wrestling Team is ranked 14th nationally.

Students club officers at Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Wilmington College junior Dakota L. Albaugh of Albaugh Road, West Milton, is serving as treasurer of the Wilmington College Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity.

Albaugh, who is majoring in agriculture, is a 2013 graduate of Milton Union High School.

Wilmington College senior Natalie E. Thobe of North Downing Street, Piqua, is serving as treasurer in both the Wilmington College Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority and WC’s Sport Management Club.

Thobe, who is majoring in Sport Management, is a 2013 graduate of Piqua High School.

Students inducted into honor society

BATON ROUGE — The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:

Fiona Foster of Troy was initiated at University of Kentucky

Ashley Gifford of Tipp City was initiated at Wright State University

Angela Grilliot of Yorkshire was initiated at Wright State University

Barbra Hendrix of Tipp City was initiated at Wright State University

Jennifer Fryman of Troy was initiated at Wright State University

Bee winners announced

CASSTOWN — Miami East Jr. High School recently held its Geography Bee, where the champion was seventh grader Courtney Ann Bair. She is the daughter of Shelly and Rick Bair of Fletcher.

The runner-up was Christopher Joe VanPelt. He is in the eighth grade and is the son of Carol and Tj VanPelt.