Student Stars: Clay, Sylvania students earn Global Studies Diplomas

Press Staff Writer

        While the global pandemic has created numerous challenges to schools and students since last March, six area students have gone above and beyond to achieve their Global Studies Diplomas, a credential that signifies an extraordinary level of global and cultural competence.
        The World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio announced this year’s Global Studies graduates from Oregon City and Sylvania schools. They include:
        From Clay High School: Vicky Chen and Tyler Soncrant.
        From Sylvania: Alexander Steenrod, Piper Nicely, Hannah Eggenschwiler and Alyssa Cruz.
        Advisors for the program include Erin Weiker at Clay High School and Lucas Hoffman and Katy Creecy for Sylvania Schools.
        Participating high school students have completed coursework, designed and completed capstone projects, collaborated with others, and taken action on globally significant issues.
        The award demonstrates the students have the knowledge, skills, and attitude to be successful in today’s interconnected world.
        This is the first year for Sylvania schools to offer the certificate, while Oregon began offering the program in 2014. Global Scholars have gone on to university programs and/or careers requiring significant global competence. Completion of the program has led to scholarship opportunities for some, and international study or program participation for others.
        For more information about the program, contact the World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio at
Academic honors
        Several area college and university students earned academic honors. Among those submitted to The Press are:
        Berry College: Elizabeth Griffith, of Luckey.
        Capital University: Allison Roach, of Northwood; Taylor Adams, of Woodville.
        Cedarville University: Joseph Heise, of Northwood; Noah Board, of Millbury.
        Ohio Dominican University: Rylee Fredericksen, of Curtice.
        Southern New Hampshire University: Alexia Peth, of Toledo.
        Terra State Community College: Heather Hornstein, of Curtice; Jeb Shook, of Elmore; Matthew Reitzel, Nolan Weaver, of Genoa; Nathaniel Damschroder, Jacob Egbert, Brendon Kolkemeyer, Sarah McCroy, Olivia Paul, of Gibsonburg;
        Angelica Sagrero, of Lindsey; Alexis Blank, Emily Haar, Delaney Hayes, Grace Johnson, Samantha Michael, of Oak Harbor; Ethan Davis, of Woodville.
        Tiffin University: Erika Berg, of Toledo; Brandon DeWitt, Rayanne Mitchell, Kimberly Nagel, of Oregon; Aaron Miller, of Northwood;
        Madeline Schuessler-Recker, of Genoa; Brittney Jahna, Coral Kocsis, of Gibsonburg; Logan Stone, of Helena; Jordyn Kreager, of Martin; Leslie Henn, of Oak Harbor.
        Trine University: Tanner Johnston, of Northwood; Tyler Strasbourg, of Oregon; Megan Davis, Reagan Guthrie, of Genoa; Hannah Johns, of Millbury.
        Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): Tori Turner, Alexia Peth of Toledo; Jason Roberts, of Gibsonburg; Evan Slates, of Pemberville, Drew Fancher, of Walbridge.
        Harding University: Emily Hook, of Oregon.
        University of Findlay: Jordan Bekier, of Northwood; Christopher Bennett, Karleigh Clere, Regan Gajdostik, Olivia Morrison, Allison Reichert, of Oregon; Lisa Martinez, Serena Parlette, of Curtice;
        Megan Sander, of Elmore; Emily McLargin, of Genoa; Meghan Timm, of Luckey; Karis Dewalt, of Oak Harbor; Jillian Banky, of Walbridge.
        Tiffin University: Ann Burke, Richard Screptock, of Oregon; Rayanne Mitchell, of Northwood; Carrie Barr, Adam Lemke, of Elmore; Daniel Kaetzel, of Gibsonburg; David Crowe, of Helena; Morgan Steck, of Walbridge; Rebecca Vinson, of Woodville.
Johns inducted into Order of the Engineer
        Hannah Johns, of Millbury, was among 34 seniors in Trine University's Allen School of Engineering & Technology who were inducted into the Order of the Engineer during a recent ceremony.
        Johns is a Civil Engineering major.
        The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.
UF students participate in symposium
        Students at the University of Findlay recently participated in the annual Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity.
        Undergraduate and graduate students were given the opportunity to virtually share their research, creativity and professional learning experiences with the University and community, with many students receiving honors at the same time. The symposium may be viewed at
        Local students who participated include:
        • Madison Arquette, of Oregon, received the Aristos Ekletos Membership Award.
        • Regan Gajdostik, of Oregon, presented “Effectiveness of Interprofessional Education.”
        • Christian Orr, of Oregon, was named a Dana Scholars 2020.
        • Lisa Martinez, of Curtice, received Honors in English.
        • Bailey Cherry, of Toledo, presented “Prevalence of Genetic Variations in CYP2C19 and Their Proposed Role in Pharmacotherapy.”
        • Morgan Kuhlman, of Millbury, was named as a Kappa Delta Pi New Initiate.
        • Abigail Schroeder, of Pemberville, presented “How Age-Friendly is my Community of Pemberville, Ohio?”
        • Makayla Throop, of Woodville, received the Aristos Ekletos Membership Award.
Graduates announced
        Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, Adult Workforce Development announced the graduates of the Diversified Medical Occupations course, Class of 2021.
        Graduates were presented with their Career Passports on May 18. Each of the individuals successfully passed their credentialing exam with American Medical Technologists in April, and have been hired into their chosen profession.
         Emma Durnwald, formerly of Lindsey, was also awarded the Work Ethic award and is employed as a phlebotomist at Awan & Associates, Allen Park Health Center in Allen Park, Michigan.
        Madison Keesee, of Fremont, is employed as a medical assistant at NOMS ENT in Sandusky.
        Kierstan Seamon, formerly of Fremont, was also awarded the Attendance Award and has been employed as a medical assistant at DaVita Kidney Care in Butler, Indiana.


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