Dublin Vice Mayor Cathy Boring was recently awarded a Silver Certificate of Achievement in Leadership by the National League of Cities' Leadership Training Council.

Dublin Vice Mayor Cathy Boring was recently awarded a Silver Certificate of Achievement in Leadership by the National League of Cities' Leadership Training Council.

The council recognizes government officials for dedication to leadership and learning.

Boring was one of 55 people to receive the Silver Certificate of Achievement in 2008.

Through the Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Program, local elected officials can develop and foster the skills necessary for effective leadership as well as personal development.

There are four levels of achievement: platinum, gold, silver and bronze. Silver certificates can be obtained by completing a minimum of 36 credits in a variety of seminars offered by the council's training institute.

Boring began serving on Dublin City Council in January 1994 and is currently serving her fourth four-year term.

Grizzell Middle School has announced its Gold Students for December.

They are: Maggie Arnold, Natalie Christman, Connor Henneberry, Cole Judge, Melissa Noe, Zach Pharis, Yannick Gbadouwey, Caitlyn Merzbacher, Sarah Myers, Jacob Pettrey, BrittneyĘBerberick, Amulya Dega, Micaela McGoldrick, Jordan Schafer, Emily Swisher, Connor Kerns, Brian King, Patryk Moeller, Naoki Takamasa, Nichole Viscoglosi, Alexis Harris, Nick March, Ryan Anderson, RyanĘMoeller and Alex Wang.

The Columbus Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators is accepting nominations for its 2009 Distinguished Communicator Award.

The award is given annually to recognize outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, service to the communications field and involvement in the community.

Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

• Contributions to and leadership in the organizational communication profession in the greater Columbus area.

• Career achievement.

• Professional recognition for other activities, including business-related achievements and community involvement.

Nominees do not have to be members of IABC International or IABC Columbus. Nominations may be made by members of IABC Columbus and by the general public. Nomination forms are due Jan. 15, 2009. The Distinguished Communicator Award will be presented at the IABC Columbus Bronze Quill Awards ceremony in June. To download the nomination form and for more details visit http://columbusiabc.com.