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4/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Local student honored as state finalist

Kristin Osborne
MACEDONIA — On April 12 at the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) offices, Kristin Osborne, of Norton, a senior at Copley High School, was presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award and an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist for Ohio in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She was one of 10 in the state to receive this award.

According to award officials, Kristin has collected hundreds of household items to create transition kits for children aging out of the Independent Living Program at Summit County Children’s Services. Kristin held collection drives and cleaned and stored the donated items.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service, according to award officials.

All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees — one middle and one high school student — plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

Kristin, a member of GSNEO, has been accepted to Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College for the fall. She plans to major in history and German.  

[For more, see “Copley teen helping youths moving from foster care,” which appeared in the Dec. 27, 2012, West Side Leader in the archives at www.akron.com.]


Copley Music Boosters plan food truck rally

COPLEY — Copley Music Boosters will host a food truck rally April 26.

The whole community is invited to this event, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. in the Copley High School parking lot. It will be the first time a food truck rally has been held in Copley, according to organizers, and is a fundraiser for the music (band and choir) program at the school.

Entertainment for the afternoon will include performances by high school students. The music boosters will hold a bake sale in addition to the food sold by the trucks. There will be tables set up for people to sit and enjoy their food.

Trucks that have confirmed they will participate to date include: The Orange Trük, Kräv, Stone Pelican Rolling Café, Mobile Sushi Bar, Get Stuffed, Boca Loca Burrito Factory, Pig Lickin Good BBQ, 216 Bistro, Doughnutlab, Swenson’s, Gyro Bob’s Street Sensations and Premier Crèpes.

For more information, contact Beth Thomas Hertz at 330-668-6886 or Hertz23@aol.com or Music Boosters President Mark McManus at mmcmanus@neo.rr.com or 330-666-0040.


Akron Bar Association presents 12th Annual Street Law Student Summit

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Bar Association will present its 12th Annual Street Law Student Summit April 28 at the Quaker Square Inn.

The event will bring together about 170 high school students and teachers from Revere, Coventry, Ellet, Shaw, Stow and Tallmadge high schools for a day of activities. The theme of this year’s Student Summit is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”

The event will open with a keynote address by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Following Brown’s presentation, students from different schools will be placed into small groups to consider and debate various hypothetical legal and public policy dilemmas. These discussions will be facilitated by volunteer judges, attorneys, law professors and law students.

Also on the agenda is an interactive panel titled “Truth or Consequences.” The panel will feature Akron Municipal Court Judge Katarina Cook, Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Teodosio, Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver, Assistant Akron City Prosecutor Tom Bown and local criminal defense attorney Noah Munyer.

After lunch, the students and teachers will observe live oral arguments involving a real criminal case before a three-judge panel of the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals. There will be a question-and-answer session with the judges and counsel after court is adjourned.

According to Bar Association officials, Street Law is a national program that promotes the education of law, democracy and human rights in schools and in the community. Since September 2000, the Akron Bar Association’s Street Law Committee has partnered with area high schools to establish Street Law as an elective course. The Street Law Committee supports these schools with textbooks and by assigning resource attorneys and law students to each school. The Street Law Committee also coordinates training and educational events throughout the year for students, teachers and volunteers.

The Student Summit is closed to the public.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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