Hoxworth Blood Center Honored Cincinnati Students


According to Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati area high school students have an important role to play in saving lives. Roughly 13% of Hoxworth’s total yearly blood collections come from high school blood drives. In fact, during the 2013 2014 academic year, 107 individual high schools hosted 174 blood drives for a total of 8,726 donations.

Kristopher Folden Hughes STEM High School

Kristopher Folden Hughes STEM High School was honored by Hoxworth Blood Centeror a total of 8,726 donations.

Allison Kenneally Mason High School

Allison Kenneally Mason High School was honored by Hoxworth Blood Center

Through Hoxworth’s High School Program students who organize blood drives learn valuable skills in leadership, community service, communication, project management, planning, setting and reaching goals and teamwork.  “Without the student blood donors Hoxworth would not be able to adequately meet the needs of patients in the 30 Tri-State hospitals that we serve,” said Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth community relations manager.

Recently Hoxworth awarded eight scholarships to these young participants, selected based upon a submitted short thirty second video encouraging blood donations. Winners received $250 and an iPad Air.

Thirty-eight students applied. Below are the scholarship winners.

1. Holly Rack, McAuley High School
2. Allison Kenneally, Mason High School
3. Emma Nienaber, Taylor High School
4. Megan Hamberg, Bishop Brossart High School
5. Maggie Flanagan, Notre Dame Academy
6. Brianna Berry, Boone County High School
7. Kristopher Folden, Hughes STEM High School
8. Ryan Hodge, Deer Park High School

Moeller High School was also honored with the Tom Roebel Award of Excellence.  The Tom Roebel Award of Excellence is named in honor of this former Roger Bacon High School teacher and blood drive coordinator, whose commitment to the success of his high school blood drives exemplified the spirit of community service. Mr. Roebel’s legacy lives on through this award that identifies one high school annually, which has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the success of its own blood drives.  Moeller high school was selected for this award as they had 37 platelet donations during the academic year.

For more information about our high school program, please click here.

About Hoxworth:

Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati was founded in 1938 and serves 30 hospitals in 17 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. Annually, Hoxworth collects more than 90,000 units of blood from local donors to help save the lives of patients in area hospitals. Hoxworth Blood Center.  All Types Welcome.

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Sycamore Township Students’ Art Auctioned At Cincinnati Zoo

Marissa Thorp  is a student at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School in Sycamore Township

Marissa Thorp is a student at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School in Sycamore Township

Congratulations to these Edwin H. Greene Intermediate fifth graders, two of many other students of Paula Webb whose barrels were on display and then auctioned off at the Cincinnati Zoo last Thursday! Paula had challenged her students to paint rain barrels that promoted water conservation efforts. Then they were judged along with 200 other design submissions from across the region – and every barrel by Edwiin H. Greene Intermediate students was chosen.

Once the designs were complete, the student barrels were judged by members of the Save Local Waters organization and the Hamilton County Soil and Conservation District, along with more than 200 other design submissions from across the Tri-state, to see which barrels would be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo throughout April.

Niyati Kanchan, a student at Ewin H. Greene Intermediate School in Sycamore Township, painted a "Rainforest Riches" rain barrel.

Niyati Kanchan with her painted barrel

Every barrel by an Edwin H. Greene Intermediate student was chosen for the display.





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A Poetry Contest For Kids Who Love Their Pets


When I heard about this contest, it spoke to me on so many levels. Encouraging children to express their creativity and their love are beautiful gifts, and using those gifts to practice kindness for animals is even greater.

This is the sixth year that an organization called Pets Add Life is holding a poetry contest for young caregivers of pets. It is open to children in grades 3 to 8. To enter, they simply submit a personal and original poem about their pet, what they love about their pet and why their pet brings them happiness. pet poetry contest for kids

One student per grade level will be awarded a $250 gift card and a byline in a national publication or online outlet. Additionally, each winner’s classroom will receive $1,000 to be used toward pet-related education. Teachers are encouraged to submit on behalf of their classrooms. Entries can be submitted online or via mail to:

Pets Add Life
661 Sierra Rose Drive
Reno, NV 89511

For questions, contact Brooke Gersich at or at 775-322-4022.

Deadline: February 28th, 2014

Click here for link to enter.

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Cincinnati Student Competing In National Science Contest


Way to go Alex Kelley, 5th grader at Aldersgate Christian Academy! Rebecca Kelley’s son needs your vote. He is the only Cincinnati student competing in a national science contest for a prize of $10,000 to his school.

How did he get this far? He submitted a 16-page paper on his gravity experiment that tested his hypothesis: that a Cincinnati student, Alex Kelley, competing in national science contestbubble wrap layer would absorb the force of impact of an egg hitting asphalt when used with a parachute.

“The bubble wrap layer will absorb the force of impact when the egg hits the asphalt. The parachute slowed the descent of the egg onto the asphalt.  The bubble wrap and the parachute will protect the egg,” he wrote.

Alex listed these REAL LIFE APPLICATIONS for the PHYSICS PRINCIPLES he applied:

  1. An air bag in a car increases the time it takes a person to potentially fly forward.
  2. When a sports player wears padding, the person is increasing the time and decreasing the force if someone were to tackle them. The padding absorbs the force.
  3. Shock absorbers on vehicles keep us from bouncing up and down.
  4. Shipping with bubble wrap protect the mail.
  5. Playgrounds now use shredded rubber tires instead of mulch, since it is safer
  6. A parachutist bending his or her knees reduces shock.

Alex’s video:

To vote for Alex, please click here.

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Kennedy Heights Arts Center Needs Help To Earn $35,000


The Kennedy Heights Arts Center is one of 14 semi-finalists in the ArtsFwd Business Unusual Challenge. They are the ONLY Cincinnati organization from a national pool of applicants – and if they win, it could earn them a $35,000 innovation grant.

How can you help? Vote for them once a day through May 31, 2013 at this link.

About the Kennedy Heights Arts Center

Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to be the anchor of an increasingly vibrant, diverse, inclusive and creative Kennedy Heights Arts Centercommunity. It serves more than 3,500 people annually with its rotating art exhibitions, arts education programs for youth and adults, outreach programs in public schools and libraries, and community events from art festivals to poetry readings to concerts on the lawn. The majority of its programming is free and its “pay what you can” policy for art classes ensures that everyone can participate. Its inclusive, welcoming environment attracts many folks who might not venture downtown or to traditional arts institutions. As a community-based art center, KHAC has a special focus on Kennedy Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Why is the funding important?

“In the past, we have assumed that we could provide free programming for all and support our total operating expenses through grants and contributions. Kennedy Heights Arts Center was very fortunate to receive substantial support from one individual donor in the early years of the organization, but that donor recently passed away. Our relationship with Kennedy Heights Arts Centerthis “angel” has been both a blessing and a curse – it enabled us to grow quickly and develop a full range of programs, but caused a certain amount of reliance on one source of income which is not sustainable for the long-term.”  ~ from the description on Arts Fwd

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