Area briefs

Troy Foundation 2015 scholarships awarded

TROY — The Troy Foundation recently awarded 317 scholarships to area students totaling $480,202 and 31 renewable scholarships totaling $204,000 for the 2015 scholarship year.

These scholarships are established within The Troy Foundation by individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, civic clubs, and through bequests. The scholarships awarded to students range from $250 to $10,000. The Troy Foundation administers nearly 95 scholarship funds each scholarship has its own specific purpose, selection and criteria. Donors make these scholarships possible and the work provided by the selection committees allow these recipients to focus on their future educational goals.

Teacher to sign book

PLEASANT HILL — Newton Local School would like to invite the public to an open house and book signing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center for a new author, Tiffany Wall one of the district’s teachers.

Tiffany is a 20-year veteran teacher currently teaching kindergarten at Newton Elementary. According to Wall, there has never been a time in her life when she wasn’t creating stories. As a young child, she was a storyteller as she brought her ideas to life in the woods surrounding the house where she grew up, she said.

As soon as she could physically put pen to paper, she began writing stories and poems. This love of writing continued through her young adult life, and, in the early 1990s, she came to Newton and “published” her first story on stage as the play director. In addition to her love of writing, Tiffany has always been a teacher at heart. She said she has spent the last 10 years motivating others to stay focused on the positive in order to find success in life. She said she believes that your spirit has the ability to overcome any obstacle set before you on your journey.

Tiffany’s first book, “The Dragon Stone,” combines both her love of storytelling and her desire to inspire others to believe in themselves. Although this book is presented as a children’s book with its traditional picture book format, she said she feels the message extends beyond children and will inspire people of all ages.