Area briefs

BNC seeks wildlife photos

TROY — We hope you’ve had plenty of time to sort through your favorite photos taken from your backyard or North American travels this year and are ready to enter them into Brukner Nature Center’s annual photo contest “It’s About Wildlife.”

They are accepting entries from Nov. 15th – December 1st that showcase wildlife or wild places that support of BNC’s slogan “It’s About Wildlife”. Visit our website or stop by our main building to pick up a brochure with full contest details. This event is open to all photographers of all ages! Winners will be announced on December 17th following our seasonal concert in the Heidelberg Auditorium. Email for an entry form to be sent to you or stop by the Interpretive Building to pick up a form!

Holiday card exchange offered

TROY — Do you have left over holiday cards from past years? Bring them to the Troy-Miami County Library during open hours, beginning Monday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Jan. 4, and exchange them for something new.

You are also entered into a drawing when you participate. All cards must be unsigned and have an envelope.

The library is located at 419 W. Main St., Troy.

For more information, call the library at 339-0502, Ext. 117, or visit

Krauss earns degree

PARKVILLE, Mo. — Park University held a commencement ceremony for its Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center on Nov. 7 at the DSCC base. The university had 42 students eligible to participate in the ceremony — one student earned a master’s degree, 32 students received bachelor’s degrees, two students received a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree, and seven students earned an associate degree.

Matthew William Krauss, a Troy High School graduate, received a bachelor’s degree in management/computer information systems.

Krauss also earned an associate of science degree in information and computer science.

Students of month named

TROY — Upper Valley Career Center Student Services Director Matt Meyer released the names of Miami County students of the month for October.

According to Meyer, students from each program are named for the honor to recognize extra effort and to encourage development of leadership, scholarship, citizenship and community service abilities throughout the year.

The Miami County recipients for October were: Jordan Johnson, Agriculture and Power Technologies I (Algebra II); Bryann Padgitt, Medical Technologies I (English); Miami East. Walker Branson, Environmental Occupations I; Dylan Cassel, Electronic Applications I; Bradford. Tylor Cline, Automotive Services I; Megan Seibert, Automotive Services II (Science); Piqua. Sam Kirkpatrick, Environmental Occupations I; Troy Christian.