CIAO awards scholarships
LIMA — The Charitable Italian American Organization of Lima awarded its 2016 scholarships.
The organization was able to award $10,000 in scholarships; $1,000 each to one student from the 10 schools it received applications from.
Italian heritage is not a requirement for CIAO’s scholarships or its charitable giving. To qualify, students must be a graduating senior from a school in or a resident of Allen County. They must hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, submit official transcripts and ACT or SAT scores, two letters of recommendation from a school faculty member and a member of the community, a written essay, and a list of achievements, awards, community service, employment, clubs and extracurricular activities.
Receiving scholarships were, Dylan Tippie of Lima Central Catholic High School, Austin Rex of Spencerville High School, Mark Bixel of Bluffton High School, Dominic Azzarello of Shawnee High School, Andrea Rocca, of Bath High School, Sari Jones of Lima Senior High School, Ariana Sherrell, of Elida High School, Kimberly Dove, of Perry High School, Ariel Schantz, of Allen East High School and Samantha Nusbaum, of Columbus Grove High School.
For nearly 30 years, CIAO, formerly UNICO, has raised funds to donate to local worthy causes and award college scholarships to Allen County high school graduates. CIAO is best known for its main fundraiser, the Italian dinner held annually on Palm Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima. This year, it is adding two new fundraisers, including a CIAO cannoli vendor’s booth at the July 4th Star Spangled Spectacular and a Purse Bingo event in October.
Co-op students tour DC
LEIPSIC — Logan Kreinbrink, of Leipsic, and Ryan Wenzinger, of Deshler, were among 34 high school students from Ohio who visited Washington, D.C., and other sites as part of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour. Kreinbrink is the son of Jeffrey and Denise Kreinbrink. Wenzinger is the son of Russell and Renee Wenzinger.
The students were awarded the tour in a scholastic competition sponsored by Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, of North Baltimore, a Touchstone Energy cooperative. The high school students joined some 1,600 other rural students representing 42 states. Students met with members of their congressional delegation, visited Arlington National Cemetery and attended a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Academic All Star recognized
PAULDING — Gavyn Arnold, a student at Paulding Elementary, was honored as an academic all star.
For being recognized as an academic all star, Arnold will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.
The Ohio Lottery recognizes academic all stars and teachers of the month throughout the school year. For information about the program and for nomination forms, go to http://j.mp/1sb9ECC.
Paulding county youth an award winner
PAULDING — Alexis Howell has been awarded a 4-H Bright Futures Award. She was selected by the 4-H Youth Development Ohio State University Extension, Paulding County, and received a $25 Visa gift card and plaque.
The 4-H Youth Development Award is sponsored by Green Leaf and Tractor Supply.