Area briefs



Local student receives national honor

PIQUA — Daysi M. Swallow of Piqua has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Daysi has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” Claes Nobel, founder and chairman of the NSHSS, said.

“We aim to help students like Daysi build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers,” NSHSS President James W. Lewis said.

NSHSS members automatically bcome lifetime members at the time of their initial membership.

Cupcake contest coming up

PIQUA — Calling all bakers and decorators! The Piqua Community Farmers Market is hosting a cupcake decorating contest on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m. There will be three categories, youth (13 and under), adult professional and adult non-professional. The contest is open to anyone who would like to participate.

The theme of the contest is “Fresh from the Farm” and those interested in participating in the contest are asked to bring six similarly decorated cupcakes to the Farmers Market before 5:30 p.m. on Aug. The cupcakes will be judged on appearance, taste and adherence to theme.

Preregistration is not required.

The winner in each category will win “Market Money” to be used at the Piqua Community Farmers Market. First place will receive $15, second place will receive $10 and third place will receive $5.

For more information on the Piqua Community Farmers Market cupcake decorating contest, please contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

Diabetes education program set

TROY — The Miami County YMCA is currently enrolling participants for an eight-week program on diabetes education, support and self-management.

Each session will concentrate on various topics to help participants to establish good habits and learn how to manage their pre-diabetes or diabetes symptoms. The program is designed to bring awareness and education to the community about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with diabetes.

This program is free for those who qualify through referral. It includes educational seminars, free personal training and membership with the Miami County YMCA during the program and for six months after participants graduate.

The class will be held on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at YMCA’s Robinson Branch in Troy beginning Aug. 22. This program is made possible through funding from the United Way.