Jessica York, 11, a student at Holloway Elementary School in Springfield Township, received four trophies and a crown at the National American Miss Pageant held recently in Columbus.
She was first runner-up for her art submission and first runner-up for her volunteer service. She also received a state finalist trophy and a trophy and a crown for advertising. Jessica competed against 203 other pre-teens in her category.
Charlie Schneider, an instructor at Clay High School, was named outstanding agriculture instructor in Ohio for 2004. The award was presented at the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators Conference Aug. 3 in Columbus.
Mr. Schneider was nominated for the award by other teachers in Agriculture Education District 1, which includes the seven counties in northwest Ohio. He teaches in the environmental and agricultural technologies program at Clay.
April Varner of Holland, a student at Christ the King Elementary School, has received an honorable mention in the national Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, which had over 40,000 entries from across the country.
Her story had won a first place in the first grade category in the local WGTE Public Broadcasting contest.
Philip Sanford, a senior in finance at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., has been recognized by the New Jersey Press Association for his editing and sports coverage in The Setonian campus newspaper.
He and his colleagues were also presented the Sweepstakes award for earning the most quality points of any college paper in the region in a competition entered by 19 universities.
Mr. Sanford has worked for three years on the college paper and has been community editor and assistant sports editor. In Toledo he worked on The Lance, the school newspaper, for four years at St. Francis de Sales High School.