Education Roundup: Lake, Hoover students receive awards – Canton Repository

Sisters net first responder scholarships 

HARTVILLE – Ramsburg Insurance and Financial Services has awarded the 2021 First Responders Ramsburg Scholarship to Lake High School graduates Alexandria and Elizabeth Bauer, the twin daughters of Joan Bauer, a Hartville police officer. The sisters each received $2,500 toward their education at Walsh University, where they are freshmen this fall. 

Hoover students win Spectrum awards 

NORTH CANTON – Spectrum News 1 and the Ohio High School Athletic Association awarded its first Spectrum Scholar-Athlete Award of the season recently. Hoover High School student-athletes Angela Roshack and Brockton Ziarko received $500 awards.

During the halftime of Spectrum News 1’s “OHSAA Game of the Week” on Friday nights throughout the high school football season, Spectrum News 1 and the OHSAA will recognize male and female high school senior athletes in the Northeast region who have excelled in academics and athletics excels both sports and academics. In total, 18 high school seniors in Northeast Ohio will receive scholarship awards for their achievements as part of the 2021 Spectrum Scholar-Athlete program. Scholarships are awarded for college expenses. 

KSU names new vice president  

KENT – Valoree Vargo has been appointed the vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, according to Kent State University President Todd Diacon. Vargo has served the university since 2010 as the associate chief of staff in the president’s office, the senior associate vice president for the Division of Institutional Advancement (now the Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement) and as the interim vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement since June 2020. 

Stark State instructor earns higher ed award 

JACKSON TWP. – Stark State College instructor Chip Gerstenslager has been honored for educator excellence in online course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment and learner support. 

Gerstenslager was named a winner in in the 2020 Exemplary Course Program Awards by Blackboard, a top learning-management system that also includes online collaborative learning, mobile learning, education analytics and accessibility. Gerstenslager received the award for his international business course. 

Blackboard’s award program recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges, and universities who develop engaging and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.  

Plain Local official wins trip  

PLAIN TWP. – Mark Parent, director of pupil personnel for Plain Local Schools, won an all-expenses paid trip to Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancún. After a difficult year for schools, Margaritaville Hotels and Resorts urged people to nominate a teacher, counselor, administrator or coach for Margaritaville’s Excellent Educators campaign to win a trip. Margaritaville leaders chose Parent as one of 15 winners out of more than 1,000 applicants.