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By The Staff

Jones graduates from North Oldham

Alaina Louise Jones graduated Cum Laude from North Oldham High School, where she was a member of the Honor Society and treasurer of the Beta Club. Alaina was also on the girls’ basketball and soccer teams. She received the Chancellor’s Merit Award and a soccer scholarship to Division I Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

Oldham students earn degrees from Bellarmine

La Grange native Jessica Poteet earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary and speical education May 10 during commencement exercises at Bellarmine University.

A 2004 graduate of Oldham County High School, Poteet is the daughter of Linda and David Poteet of Louisville.

Also earning a degree at Bellarmine’s commencement was Oldham County native Kara Lauterbach, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in middle grades education and special education.

A graduate of Oldham County High School, Lauterbach was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honors society, the concert and pep bands and the science club. Lauterbach is the daughter of Shirley and Steve Lauterbach of Oldham County.

Pontrich appointed to West Point

Adam Pontrich, a 2008 graduate of Oldham County High School, recently accepted an appointment to attend West Point Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

He is scheduled to graduate from the academy in 2012 and will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Pontrich joined the OCHS baseball team as an eighth-grader and now plays for the Oldham County Aces – the American Legion Post No. 39 team.

He was a Governor’s Scholar and received the Commonwealth Diploma upon graduation from OCHS.

He has two brothers who are serving in the Middle East. He is the son of Jim and Cindy Pontrich of Buckner.

Development program awarded grant

The Building Blocks Child development program has been awarded a Quality Enhancement Grant for $1,680. Grants are funded by the Rural KIPDA Early Childhood Council and supported by the KIDS NOW Initiative.

Licensed centers and certified family homes in Bullitt, Henry, Spencer, Shelby, Trimble and Oldham counties are eligible, other eligibility requirements must be met. For more information on how your program may benefit call (502) 220-8624 and ask how you can get more information on the Quality Enhancement Grant.

In addition, childcare programs that participate in the KIDS NOW STARS Program are eligible for incentives and awards that help to maintain and increase quality standards. Child Care providers can access a college scholarship fund and can have technical assistance from specially trained personnel to assist the program in meeting the quality standards that are a part of the STARS for KIDS NOW.

For more information on the KIDS NOW initiative visit www.state.ky.us/agencies/gov./ecd/index.htm.

Ivy Tech graduates three Oldham students

Ivy Tech Community College Southern Indiana graduated its largest class ever on May 9. Among the graduates were three from Oldham County.

Local students who earned degrees include Adam Lowell Brewer, of Crestwood, associate of science in general studies; Thomas Gover, of Crestwood, teaching certificate and associate of applied science in automotive technology; and Bill Sharp, of La Grange, teaching certificate, manufacturing and industrial technology, industrial electrician.

Hargis named to dean’s list at Northwestern

Lilia K. Hargis of Goshen, a student in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been named to the dean’s list for the winter quarter of the 2007-08 academic year.

Students on the dean’s list have attained a grade point average of at least 3.7.

Schulte named to Anderson dean’s list

Maranatha Ross Schulte of La Grange was named to the Anderson University’s dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2007-08 academic year.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Oldham students will attend GSA

The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts will be June 22 through July 12 at Transylvania University.

Participants from Oldham County include Cody Robbins, Instrumental Music; Meaghan Spencer, Instrumental Music; Kelsey Rose, New Media; Elyssa Zabel, Drama; Leslie Wishnevski, New Media; Blair Boyd, Drama; Tyler Stewart, Drama; Truman Simpson, Musical Theatre; Beata Durcanova, Visual Art; and Catherine Taylor.