Education briefs

Davidson nominates students to academies

TROY — Congressman Warren Davidson announced the nomination of 19 students of the 8th District for the United States Service Academies. The congressman will personally congratulate the nominees at a ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Securing a nomination, either Congressional or from another nominating source, is a required step in the academy application process. A nomination, however, does not guarantee admittance to any of the service academies.

Rep. Davidson made nominations based on proven leadership ability, academic accomplishment, athletic achievement, and extracurricular activities. An 11 member advisory board consisting of former military and community leaders aided Rep. Davidson in the interview and vetting process.

“As a graduate of the United States Military Academy, I know the vital role the service academies play in equipping leaders for our active force. First and foremost, we want young people who want to serve and lead on active duty,” said Davidson.

Members who attend the U.S. Service Academies commit to serving at least five years in their respective military branch upon graduation. Local students include:

• U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Isaac Brown, Troy High School

Danielle Mannier, Miami East High School

• U.S. Naval Academy

Milan Bess, Newton High School

Isaac Brown, Troy High School

Danielle Mannier, Miami East High School

Christmas chorale performs

FINDLAY, Ohio — Members of the Concert-Chorale and University Singers at the University of Findlay recently combined for two Christmas concert performances.

Local students include and Katherine Swank of Troy and Emily Mikolajewski of Piqua.

Students club officers at Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Wilmington College junior Dakota L. Albaugh of West Milton is serving as treasurer of the Wilmington College Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity.

Albaugh, who is majoring in agriculture, is a 2013 graduate of Milton Union High School.

Wilmington College senior Natalie E. Thobe of Piqua is serving as treasurer in both the Wilmington College Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority and WC’s Sport Management Club.

Thobe, who is majoring in Sport Management, is a 2013 graduate of Piqua High School.

Bee winners announced

CASSTOWN — Miami East Jr. High School recently held its Geography Bee, where the champion was seventh grader Courtney Ann Bair. She is the daughter of Shelly and Rick Bair of Fletcher.

The runner-up was Christopher Joe VanPelt. He is in the eighth grade and is the son of Carol and Tj VanPelt.