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Orrender member of council

ASHLAND — Ashlynn Orrender is a member of Ashland University’s Council for Exceptional Children. Orrender is a 2017 graduate of Carroll High School.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Ashland University’s chapter sponsors multiple events to raise awareness and volunteer for these children in the community.

Cokes member of group

ASHLAND — Raygn Cokes of Xenia, is a member of Ashland University’s Diversity on Campus. Cokes is majoring in fashion merchandising and is a 2017 graduate of Xenia High School.

The Diversity on Campus (DOC) exists to promote an awareness and understanding of different cultures on campus for an all-inclusive campus environment. The organization affirms the value and dignity of all human beings and strives to provide opportunities for students, faculty, administrators and staff. DOC seeks to support institutional excellence through initiatives which advance the University’s diversity and strategic plans, while also fostering civility and respect for the value of all.

Nielsen named to principal’s list

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Audrey Nielsen of Beavercreek, a sixth grader at Randolph-Macon Academy, earned a place on the principal’s list for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year. Only students who achieve a GPA of 3.5-3.99 at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School (grades 6-8) are named to the Principal’s List. Audrey is the daughter of Amy Nielsen and Kevin Nielsen of Beavercreek.

Denen receives certificate

CEDARVILLE — T. L. Denen, a junior theatre major from Xenia, received a certificate of merit for her sound design in Cedarville University’s fall production, “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

“Getting a certificate of merit resulted in me simultaneously feeling satisfied, accomplished and ridiculously excited,” said Denen. “I’ve been working really hard to get involved in theatrical productions, and for my first major involvement to be so well received is incredibly meaningful to me.”

The Kennedy Center American Theater Festival recognized Cedarville University’s fall production, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” with five certificates of merit and two Irene Ryan Acting Award nominations.

Speranza finishing studies

OXFORD — Hannah Speranza of Beavercreek has been applying the tools of science, education and conservation to become a leader in the conservation community. In mid-December 2017, Speranza is expected to conclude her master’s course of study with a master of arts (MA) in biology from Miami University through Project Dragonfly.

Since joining the Global Field Program master’s in 2015, Speranza has traveled to Belize, Mongolia and Namibia and conducted projects that have made a difference in the Beavercreek area.

Xenia Daily Gazette

Greene County News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.