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Elder High School Band was awarded second place in the Krewe of Tucks Parade in New Orleans the weekend of Feb. 11. They placed second out of 35 bands and won $2,500. PROVIDED

St. Antoninus Mathletes prepare for annual Mathcounts event St. Antoninus sixth- through eighth-grade students have been preparing for the upcoming annual Mathcounts competition. Angie Heisel, eighth-grade math teacher, coordinates the program for the school. The team is coached by Jim Dolle, Jeff Briggs and Mike Martini who volunteer their time to meet with the students before school for several months to teach complex math problems, challenge the students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, promote logical thinking and sharpen their analytical abilities. The 10 mathletes representing St. Antoninus are Lindsey Alverson, Drew Cappel, Carly Hawk, Meredith Meyer, Rachel Meyer, Simon Needham, Sophie Needham, Makensie Neville, Carly Perrmann and Collier Smith. To help prepare local mathletes for the competition, St.

St. Antoninus Mathcounts Team at Mini-Mathcounts competition hosted by St. Margaret of York in Loveland. Front from left: Drew Cappel, Sophie Needham, Carly Perrmann and Makensie Neville. Back from left: Coach Jim Dolle, Simon Needham, Collier Smith, Lindsey Alverson and Carly Hawk. PROVIDED

Margaret of York School in Loveland hosted a Mini-Mathcounts competition Feb. 8. Nineteen schools competed in a condensed format of sprint, target, team and countdown rounds. The event ended with individual and team awards. Collier Smith who earn the Super Mathlete Trophy for St.

Antoninus School. The Cincinnati Chapter Mathcounts competition was Feb. 23 at the University of Cincinnati; about 42 teams and 300 students competed. Participants advancing through school, chapter and state competitions will compete at the Mathcounts national competition on May 10.

Delhi man honored for his teaching Karl Ullrich, a psychology and sociology instructor at Ivy Tech Community College Lawrenceburg Campus, was honored with the Gerald I. Lamkin Award. The award recognizes the adjunct faculty member who epitomizes the mission of Ivy Tech. He received a professional development grant and a commemorative medallion. Ullrich, who lives in Delhi Township, has been an adjunct instructor since 2007, but has 40 years of professional experience as a social worker, primarily in the field of child welfare services. His most recent employment was with the Ohio Department of Mental Health. In his retirement he has devoted himself to the field of higher education and says he believes strongly in the concept of life-long learning. Students frequently

praise Ullrich for his enthusiasm and sense of humor. Ullrich has a Ph.D. in public administration, a master’s of education in guidance and counseling, a bachelor’s of arts in sociology, and an associate of arts in liberal arts. The purpose of the collegewide adjunct awards program is to recognize Ivy Tech’s adjunct faculty members who best typify excellence in instruction. The Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction is presented annually to one faculty member in each of the College’s 14 regions. Those chosen receive a commemorative plaque and a professional development grant.

La Salle cheerleaders perform at Orange Bowl Eight students from McAuley High School and two students from Mother of Mercy High School had the opportunity of a lifetime on New Year’s Day as they performed during halftime of the Orange Bowl. The 10 students are all cheerleaders for the Lancers of La Salle High School and were invited to the Orange Bowl by World Strides Heritage Performance, which coordinates halftime shows for college bowl games. There were a total of 463 young people in the eight-minute routine and they hailed from many places. McAuley senior Jessica Knab met girls from Canada, Virginia, New York, Maryland, and Connecticut, just as example. The rehearsal schedule began on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. All-day rehearsals continued on Dec. 29, 30 and 31, as well as the morning of New Year’s Day. The girls had very little free time. The La Salle squad was the only cheer team from Cincinnati to perform in Miami. They danced to four

The La Salle High School cheerleaders who were at the Orange Bowl were, back row from left: Jessica Knab, Jill Hellkamp, Desi Dick, Erika Ventura, who attend McAuley High School, and Kellie Leonard, who attends Mercy High School; front row, from left: Becca Davis, Sarah Dickerson, Sydney Schultheiss and Claire Sillies, whop attend McAuley, and Brooke Leonard who attends Mercy. PROVIDED

songs, sung live by country singer-songwriter Jake Owen, in front of a crowd of 72,000 at the game. They10 also learned choreog-

raphy tips from three famous choreographers: Chris Judd, who choreographed the routine; Travis Wall, who specializes in contemporary dance and jazz;

and Jamal Sims, who is an expert in hip hop. McAuley senior Jessica Knab, the daughter of Jack and Lori Knab of White Oak, said,

“Being in the halftime performance at the Orange Bowl was one of the coolest things I have ever done. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was worth all the work to get there.” Fellow McAuley senior Desi Dick, daughter of Michael and Susanna Dick of Colerain Township, said, “Getting to be part of such a huge production and dancing in front of thousands of people was so surreal. Also, getting to work with and meet all the famous choreographers was amazing!” The head coach of the Lancer cheerleaders is Shauna Yauger Walsh, a McAuley graduate from the class of 1998, who accompanied the cheerleaders to Florida. “They did an amazing job and truly made McAuley, Mercy and La Salle proud, from their sportsmanship, to how hard they worked to learn material, to just be all-around women with character and values that their schools instill in them,” she said. “They made me proud to be their coach, and together we shared an opportunity that only 463 girls were able to experience.”