PHS grad wins scholarship

SIDNEY — Alyssa Jones, a graduate of Piqua High School, is one of five 2017 graduates to receive a Leadership Scholarship from the law firm of Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk of Sidney.

Each of the graduates received a cash award of $1,000 for attendance at their designated college or university. Jones will attend Edison State Community College.

The award recipients were selected by an independent source on the basis of superior academic performance and demonstrated leadership ability through significant involvement in school or community activities.

The other award recipients are: NourEddine Hijazi (Sidney High School), who will attend Wright State University; John-Henry Frantz (Lehman Catholic High School), who will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville; Jonathan Niemeyer (Minster High School), Columbus State University; and Aliya Holdheide (Fort Loramie High School), who will attend The University of Toledo.

YWCA trip planned

PIQUA — An exciting YWCA trip awaits you on Wednesday, July 26, as the tour bus takes you to Columbus and Mansfield.

The first stop in Columbus will be to the Topiary Gardens which depict Victorian-era Parisians relaxing along the River Seine. The Gardens are the brainchild of Columbus sculptor James T. Mason. Lunch will follow at Mozart’s Restaurant in the capitol city which will replicate the rich flavors and ambiance of Austria’s café tradition.

The final stop will be in Mansfield to the Ohio State Reformatory. The Reformatory, home to 154,000 prisoners at one time, is now open to “rebirth” its three architectural styles: Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Ann and allow visitors to tour this massive facility.

YWCA trip escorts will be Leesa Baker and Beth Royer-DeLong. All gratuities for lunch and the bus driver are included in the fee. Trip fees are available for both members and non-members. Departure time is 8 a.m., with return at 7 p.m. A $10 deposit is required with registration and the balance is due by Thursday, June 14.

For more information or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626.

Safe Sitter class offered

PIQUA — Students ages 11-18 can sign up to become a Safe Sitter with a two-session class on Tuesdays, June 20 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“This program is more than babysitting, but a youth developmental program focusing on safety and life skills,” said Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director. “Students will participate in small group interactive learning, role-play games and practice rescue skills with mannequins,” she added.

Upon completion of this six-hour course, students will be a registered safe sitter. “YWCA volunteers have completed extensive training to be able to teach this program,” Royer-DeLong said. “We feel that the youth taking the Safe Sitter classes will be better prepared to both babysit and take care of emergency situations at home and in other places, too.”

Students must attend both classes in order to be certified. YWCA membership is not required. Class size is very limited, so sign up early.

For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626.