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Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251


Turpin band is grand champion Turpin High School Marching Band continues to impress judges. Most recently the band was named Grand Champion at the Kettering Fairmont High School marching competition. “The band students had an unbelievable performance on Saturday night of their show entitled OZ. The students were full of emotion and energy as they entertained the crowd and rose above all other bands in the competition,” said director Joe Wesche. “All nine of the judges rewarded the stellar performance by bestowing upon the band the highest ratings possible.” Kettering was the fourth contest for Turpin this year and capped off an already tremendous marching season to date, Wesche said. The band has taken first place in its class at every competition and finished no lower than second placed overall among all divisions, earning either Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion. Turpin is already qualified to compete at state this year having achieved that goal in September. The band continues to be focused and dedicated to perfecting its already strong program, the director added.

Turpin High School band members Cole Litterski, Alyssa Farmer, Elizabeth McDade, Isabelle Reynolds and Jack Fetick show off the band's winnings from competition. The band is already qualified for state competition.

SCHOOL NOTES McNicholas High grad is set to speak on CP

Sam Becker, 2013 graduate of Archbishop McNicholas High School, was recently chosen as the CP Inspires Foundation Honoree this year for his work through the school to raise awareness surrounding cerebral palsy. Last year, more than $3,800 was raised for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Cerebral Palsy unit in conjunction with the first and only varsity basketball game he was able to play in during his high school career. Becker will be speaking and recognizing nominees who have the chance to be next year's CP Inspires Honoree. The celebratory ceremony event will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Kings Island Resort and Conference Center. The foundation is requesting attendees to RSVP via their website for planning purposes. Also, the foundation encourages all McNick students to wear their CP shirts that were sold during last year's fundraising basketball event in support of Becker.



Maddux Elementary students play together using a parachute at the school's recent Field Day. Great weather and fun activities made for a successful Field Day for Maddux. As students had fun, they also learned about and experienced the benefits of physical fitness. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS

Maggie Curoe of Anderson Township, Katie Colvin of Western Hills, Shawna Reilly of Sharonville, and Kate Rankin of Anderson Township display their new hairstyles after donating an 8-10 inch ponytail to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Program. THANKS TO MISHA BELL

St. Ursula girls lose locks for a cause

Anderson High School DECA students Harley Stevenson, Kate Mueller, Gabrielle Smith, Sumedha Chakravarti, and Annemarie Watkins earn awards at the district fall competition. Stevenson, Smith, Chakravarti and Watkins qualified to compete at the state DECA Ohio Fall Leadership Conference. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS

Anderson students to compete at conference Four Anderson High School students have earned the opportunity to compete at the state DECA Ohio Fall Leadership Conference this fall. Representing Anderson at the conference will be: Sumedha Chakravarti, Gabrielle Smith, Annemarie Watkins, and Hartley Stevenson. They qualified for this opportunity after they each placed in the top four in their events at the district fall competition held in at the University of Cin-

cinnati, Clermont location. “These students have the opportunity to represent Anderson as DECA state officers, which is an exceptional achievement,” said teacher coordinator Karen Vanderhorst. “One other marketing student, Kate Mueller, also received an award at the fall competition. All of these marketing students represented Anderson very well and we are proud of their accomplishments.” The awards from the fall

competition were as follows: Parliamentary Law, Sumedha Chakravarti, first place; Parliamentary Law, Gabrielle Smith, second place; Public Relations, Annemarie Watkins, first place; Public Relations, Hartley Stevenson, fourth place; Public Relations, Kate Mueller, fifth place; Sumedha, Gabrielle, Annemarie, and Hartley will compete in Columbus against representatives from 13 Ohio districts to try to attain these respective state officer positions.

In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 67 St. Ursula Academy students participated in the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which provides free wigs to women battling cancer. The students agreed to cut their long locks and donate their hair to Pantene. Pantene, in turn, collects the ponytails, creates wigs, and ships them all over the world. In order to participate, the girls had to be willing to have at least 8 inches of their hair cut. In addition to the students, one teacher and one parent also agreed to have their hair cut. Twenty local hairdressers also donated their time to ensure the success of the event. Junior Maggie Curoe participated in the event in honor of an aunt who is currently being treated for cancer. “It felt good to donate my hair for a wig for someone who was struggling like my aunt,” said Curoe when asked why she participated. Sophomore Shauna Reilly also agreed to have her hair

cut. “The initial feeling when you cut 10 inches off your hair is to feel sad. But then, when you see a cancer patient with a wig you know that it was worth it. I miss my long hair, but I still have no regrets.” During the hair-cutting event, students heard from speakers who have battled cancer. Kimberly Listerman, recent breast cancer survivor, offered the following words of advice to the St. Ursula students, “Girls, you need to take charge of your own health, make sure you go to your preventive checks on a regular basis and if something doesn’t feel right, check it out. It could save your life.” Seniors Mackenzie Dolle and Morgan Miller spearheaded the event following their studies in Mary Porter’s Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health Class with a goal of increasing awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and providing a way for the St. Ursula Academy students to help those who are battling cancer.