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Bales graduates with MD

FAIRBORN — Alison Bales graduated from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine on May 26, with her M.D. degree. Her graduation marks the culmination of a dream that began in childhood, and was only slightly delayed by a five-year professional basketball career.

Her mother is Mary McCarthy, M.D., FACS, a surgeon, is the chair of the Department of Surgery at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Bales grew up playing for the Beavercreek Stars youth basketball organization and won two state championships playing for Beavercreek High School. That year she earned a full scholarship to play basketball at Duke University. She finished her WNBA career with an average of 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

She will begin a residency in general surgery this summer at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Ind., almost exactly 10 years after being drafted there in 2007. Bales, who enjoys teaching and researching, would eventually like to go into academic medicine.

Dean’s list announced

SPRINGFIELD — Clark State Community College announced the names of students for the 2017 Spring Semester Dean’s List. Greene County students named to the list earned a 3.5 grade point average or better to receive dean’s list honors. The following students were recognized:

Full Time

Beavercreek: Jacob Anderson, Mark Hastriter, Megan Lesnoski, Hannah Randlett, Amber Rimkus, Benjamin Ripple, Sydney Shuster, Justin Stewart, Colin West, Donna Wightman. Cedarville: Rebekah Berrigan, Carley Jones, Patricia Voisard. Fairborn: Madalyn Bingham, Michelle Burns, Janea Eichman, Erin Erickson, Kristen Fording, Jennifer Hill, Robert Justice, Elizabeth Myers, William Sears. Xenia: Kayla Brown, Rebecca Collier, Brent Daufen, Kirstan Kuschnerus, Janet Russell, Christopher Sineno, Kayla Southworth. Yellow Springs: Casey Gleadell, Lori Lotts, Jessica Parnell, Janna Phillips.

Part-Time

Bellbrook: Brandi Cargle, Daysha Clark, Samira Simmons. Cedarville: Dalton Ary, Emily Herbst, Chloe Bell, Michelle Brandeberry, Elana Morgan, Grace Reibold. Jamestown: Richard Brooks, Stefanie Burban, Helena Curtis, Jonathan Lacey. Jeffersonville: Nathan Conn, Alan Nawman, Jeffrey Warner, Rebecca Weber. Xenia: Kelly Anders, Shawn Black, Cindy Cukovecki, Ashlyn Driscoll, Amanda Gill, Andrea Gochenour, Nathan Groninger, Dustin Haller, Taylor Hemmerich, Marchele Ingram, Gideon Jackson, Jacob Jones, Melodee Jones, Carrie Lamont, Caitlin Lavilla, Jeanne McGlone, Belinda Meaux, Christina Nash, Brian Pate, Ali Pullins, Alexis Purdom, Morgan Robertson, Leah Shope, Elizabeth Stahl, Alexa Stevens, Amy Trimble, Melinda Vanhoose, Hailey Wisniewski. Yellow Springs: Kristin Fagan, Brianna Fischer, John Hempfling, Luciana Lieff, Julian Roberts, Danielle Rodgers, Annabel Welsh, Brielle Willis.

Undergrad program honors students

CIRCLEVILLE — Greene County students named were named to the Residential Undergraduate Program Dean’s List at Ohio Christian University for the spring 2017 semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours. The following local students were recognized: Jessica Curry and Olivia Wireman, both of Beavercreek and Joshua Seabolt of Xenia.

Song performs in concert

FINDLAY — Dana Song, of Beavercreek recently performed in a spring band concert with the University of Findlay’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. “Myths and Legends,” the theme of the program, featured pieces based on myths and legends of the Greek and Roman empires.

JCU recognizes student

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — John Carroll University has announced its spring 2017 dean’s list. Students eligible for the dean’s list must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours within one semester and have a quality grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Greene County students named to that list include: Caylan Fazio of Beavercreek and Chloe Ruggiero of Spring Valley.

Smith awarded first place

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Three students were recently selected as the winners of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s seventh annual student writing competition and were awarded with scholarship funds courtesy of Deloitte through the Air Force Museum Foundation. Lauren Smith of Beavercreek was the first place winner and received a $1,500 scholarship; Grace Ojala of Dayton was the second place winner and received a $1,000 scholarship; and Issac Heil of Camp Hill, Penn. was the third place winner and received a $500 scholarship.

The competition, now in its seventh year, was open to students between the ages of 13-18, in public, private or home-schools. More than 150 research papers were received from students from six states.

CU graduates doctors of pharmacy

CEDARVILLE — The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy presented 45 Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) graduates with their doctoral hoods during a special ceremony May 5 in the James T. Jeremiah Chapel.

Greene County residents graduating include: Lauren Bluhm and Andrea Enterline of Beavercreek; Sarah Berman, Rebecca Dix, Heather Evankow, Joseph Newman, Michael Pelyhes, Nathanael Smith all of Cedarville; Jesse Hickey of Fairborn; Julie Cummings of Jamestown; Jessica Amtower and Mallory Thompson both of Xenia.

Sendelbach to study in Baja

OXFORD — Beavercreek resident Cailin Sendelbach, a new master’s student in the global field program offered through Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, will travel to Baja in June 2017 to study desert and marine landscapes through ecological and social field methods. Sendelbach works as a teacher at Gahanna Middle School South.

Students part of symposium

FINDLAY — Students at the University of Findlay recently participated in the annual Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity. Held on campus, undergraduate and graduate students were given the opportunity to share their research, creativity and professional learning experiences with the University and community. Many students received honors during the Symposium’s awards ceremony.

Rachel Claus of Xenia was named as Outstanding Student in Chemistry. Colleen Coombs of Beavercreek presented Reliability of Concussion Assessment and Management Practices of Certified Athletic Trainers. Tyler Donaldson of Dayton presented “An Apple a Day Keeps Your Business in Play.”

Cumberlands graduates

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands conferred 927 degrees during the annual commencement ceremonies on May 6. Two Greene County residents were among graduates:

Maureen McGaha of Beavercreek earned a bachelor of science degree and Krishna Chaitanya Sanagavarapu of Fairborn earned a master of science degree.

“We are proud of our institution and of our graduating seniors,” said Dr. Larry Cockrum, UC President. “Today, the University family pauses to recognize you and the significance of this milestone in your life and the life of the University.”

Sigma Pi Sigma inducts local

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The Sigma Pi Sigma chapter at University of the Cumberlands welcomed four new members, including James MacPherson of Beavercreek during its annual induction ceremony March 9.

Sigma Pi Sigma is the national physics honor society. To be invited to join the organization, students must maintain high standards of general scholarship and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in physics.

During the induction ceremony, the chapter also initiated Dage Spinning as president, Kevin McCracken as vice president, James MacPherson as secretary and Daniel Enge as treasurer.

Ashley named to dean’s list

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Celeste Ashley, a sophomore creative writing major of Beavercreek, was among approximately 860 Bob Jones University students named to the spring 2017 dean’s list. The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester.

Cumberlands’ dean’s list

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The University of the Cumberlands has announced the students named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester.

Local students named to the list include the following individuals: Sydney Beck of Beavercreek and Molly Lawson of Dayton. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and be in good academic standing.

Bausman named to list

BURLINGTON, Vt. — James Bausman of Beavercreek has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester. Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Bausman is majoring in accounting.

Vinolus makes list at Olivet

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Nicholas Vinolus of Beavercreek was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed spring 2017 semester. To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

Almotairi earns BS

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Bader Almotairi of Beavercreek has earned a bachelor’s of science degree in emergency medical services management from Springfield College for studies completed in 2017.

Locals earns degree

GREELEY, Colo. — University of Northern Colorado announced its spring 2017 commencement ceremonies May 5-6. The students, degrees, areas of study, honors and hometowns are: Alexis R. Corcoran, bachelor of science in biological sciences and chemistry, Summa Cum Laude and Paige L. Dahlke, bachelor of science in nursing, both of Beavercreek.

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News-Current Report

Greene County News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.

Greene County News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.