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Ashland University Track & Field Team Members

ASHLAND, OH (04/04/2017)— The following students are members of the 2016-2017 Ashland University Track & Field team. The Eagles, who entered as No. 1-ranked men and No. 15-ranked women, took 19 individuals to NCAA indoor nationals.

Ellie Jindra of Sunbury, OH. Jindra is majoring in sport management. Jindra is a 2016 graduate of Big Walnut High School. Jindra, a freshman, jumps for the Eagles.

The men’s track and field team finished as runner-up in the NCAA Division II National Championship, finishing second as a team in indoor nationals. There were 12 first-team All-American honors for the Eagles from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), which is a D-II-high. The track and field teams started their 2017 outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays and the Weems Baskin Invitational.

The Ashland University men’s and women’s track and field team competes in NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Eagles are led by head coach Jud Logan, now entering his 23rd season as a coach and his 12th season as head coach. The Eagles play their home games at Ferguson Field located next to the football stadium. The Eagles hope to return to the top of the GLIAC with a mixture of veterans and new faces in key positions. For more information, please visit the Ashland University men’s track and field webpage at

Ashland University Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Members

ASHLAND, OH (03/30/2017)— The following students are members of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at Ashland University.

  • Brianna Brdicka of Galena, OH, is a member of Ashland University’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Brdicka is majoring in toxicology. Brdicka is a 2016 graduate of Olentangy High School.
  • Madison Bucholz of Westerville, OH, is a member of Ashland University’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Bucholz is majoring in nursing. Bucholz is a 2016 graduate of Westerville North High School.
  • Kelly Fullin of Westerville, OH, is a member of Ashland University’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Fullin is majoring in mathematics. Fullin is a 2016 graduate of Westerville South High School.

The Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society credits first-year individual students who have achieved a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in their first or first two semesters. Their purpose is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year, to promote intelligent living, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals. Alpha Lambda Delta continues to celebrate academic excellence among first-year students.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

Powell’s Primrose School Project

In the midst of the consumerism that often surrounds the back-to-school season, one school has prepared girls for elementary school using self-confidence instead of fancy school supplies.

Kathy Krohn, child specialist at Primrose School of Golf Village in Powell, noticed that many of her kindergarten students were timid and quiet. She created the Brave Girls project to empower them while preparing them to transition into first grade at a new school. Girls participated in activities and read books to learn how to be both kind and strong.

Mentor High School and Tower Heights Middle School Win 2017 Ohio Science Olympiad

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 3, 2017) – Mentor High School and Tower Heights Middle School were crowned the winners of the 2017 Ohio Science Olympiad state tournament on Saturday, April 1. The tournament was hosted by The Ohio State University’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning.

Mentor High School won the high school division (Division C, grades 9-12) while Tower Heights Middle School won the middle school division (Division B, grades 6-9). Both teams move on to represent Ohio in their respective divisions at the Science Olympiad national tournament in Dayton, Ohio on May 19-20, 2017.

Also moving on to compete at the national tournament are the second-place teams in Solon High School and Solon Middle School. The top six teams can be found below, and the full list of tournament results can be found here.

Division C (Grades 9-12) Top Finishers: Mentor High School*; Solon High School*; Mason High School; Centerville High School; Chardon High School; Westlake High School

Division B (Grades 6-9) Top Finishers: Tower Heights Middle School*; Solon Middle School*; Magsig Middle School; Hadley E. Watts Middle School; Memorial Middle School; New Albany Middle School

* – Competing team at the Science Olympiad national tournament, May 19-20

Ohio Science Olympiad is the state’s premier science competition that allows students in grades 6-12 to demonstrate their skills in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. Science Olympiad tournaments are set up like track and field meets with two separate divisions: Division B and Division C. Teams compete in a series of 23 STEM-related events that add up to an overall score.

A record-high 320 middle and high school teams competed in eight regional tournaments in February and March to become one of 80 teams to advance to the state tournament.

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About Science Olympiad

For over 30 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,000 teams in 50 states. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.

The Science Olympiad national tournament is the culmination of nearly 300 regional and state tournaments. This year it will take place May 19-20, 2017, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. For more information about Science Olympiad, visit

News from University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Columbus resident graduates from University of Arkansas at Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, AR (03/30/2017)— Bhanu Girish Chukka of Columbus, OH, recently graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The fall 2016 commencement ceremony was held Dec. 17, 2016, in the UA Little Rock Jack Stephens Center.

With about 11,000 students and 100 programs, UA Little Rock offers learning, research, service, social and career opportunities that can only be found at a metropolitan university located in Arkansas’ capital city.

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