State schools superintendent Deborah Delisle will address more than 1,600 Dublin City Schools teachers and staff members during the convocation for the upcoming school year at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at Scioto High School.

State superintendent to address district staff

State schools superintendent Deborah Delisle will address more than 1,600 Dublin City Schools teachers and staff members during the convocation for the upcoming school year at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at Scioto High School.

Delisle, appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland last October, will be the keynote speaker for the convocation, which will be held five days before the school year begins.

Delisle has 30 years of experience in education, serving as a superintendent, principal and teacher, among other positions.

Poker Tournament

A poker tournament benefiting the Willow Ridge Therapeutic Riding Facility will be held Aug. 7-8 at Eli Pinney Elementary School, 9989 Concord Road.

The tournament has a $40 buy-in that gives each player $2,000 in chips. Registration runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Poker will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at midnight.

Players must be 18 or older and will not be allowed to buy-in once they lose their chips.

The Willow Ridge Therapeutic Riding Facility, located north of Dublin, is a nonprofit organization that helps children with emotional problems and disabilities through equine therapy.

For more information, call (614) 923-4244.

Speech contest winner

Kyle Faber, a Metro Early College High School sophomore, was one of six winners chosen in a national speech contest sponsored by nonprofit What Kids Can Do.

Faber, whose assigned school is Dublin Coffman High School, was one of six high school students chosen from 150 entries on "Crisis and hope in these trying times."

What Kids Can Do is a national nonprofit organization based in Rhode Island.

VBS slated

Jerome United Methodist Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Aug. 3-7 at the church, 10531 Jerome Road.

Children age 3 (must be toilet trained) through 12 are invited to "Crocodile Dock: Where Fearless Kids Shine God's Light," featuring stories, snacks, crafts and games.

Cost is $10 per child with a $25 maximum per family, to be paid at the door. Financial aid is available on request.

For information, visit www. jeromechurch. org. or call (614) 873-8851 to register.

Dublin Counseling Center names replacement

The Dublin Counseling Center has named a replacement for Kathryn Mihelich-Helms, who is moving to Colorado after 17 years with the center.

Dublin resident Julie Erwin Rinaldi will take over as the executive director of the nonprofit organization that offers mental health, drug and alcohol services. Rinaldi has a long career in the mental health sector and will be leaving her position as vice president of consumer and network services for the Franklin County ADAMH Board.

National Merit scholars announced

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced an additional 2,000 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

Dublin residents receiving scholarships are Ian Coley, Northwestern University, and Jennifer Dotrong, Northwestern University.

Officials of each sponsor college selected winners from the National Merit Scholarship program finalists who will attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.