Two students from Dublin City Schools have been awarded $2,500 corporate-sponsored National Merit scholarships.

Two students from Dublin City Schools have been awarded $2,500 corporate-sponsored National Merit scholarships.

According to the school district, Coffman High School student Kasun Waidyaratne and Jerome High School student Daniel King won scholarships from American Electric Power in the National Merit competition that is based on scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Other Dublin students may win scholarships, the district said. The winners are announced in phases.

Drew Hilgefort and Connor Reider, both high school seniors from Dublin, are the 2010 recipients of Dublin Irish Festival scholarships.

The winners were chosen based on their contributions to the festival.

Hilgefort, a student at Dublin Coffman, has volunteered at the festival for seven years. He also is co-captain of the Coffman boys varsity soccer team and a member of the National Honor Society.

Reider, a student at St. Charles Preparatory School, has volunteered and performed at the festival with the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance. According to the city, Reider has performed at the event for 10 years and volunteered for five years.

This year's festival is set for Aug. 6-8. For more information, look online at

Riverside Elementary School will celebrate its 25th anniversary next week with an artist showcase and open house.

The art and literary work of students will be on display from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 5 at the school, 3260 Riverside Green Drive. Light refreshments will be available and teacher and artist Drew Jones will create a painting at the event for auction.

Sells Middle School language arts teacher Gretchen Taylor will join the Columbus-Area Writing Project this summer.

Taylor recently was accepted into the program that "is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a collaborative university-school staff development program to improve the teaching of learning of writing in the nation's classrooms," the district said in a release.

The professional development opportunity helps teachers improve their teaching of writing by writing themselves.

Dublin Scioto High School athletics trainer Chris Troyer will receive the 2010 Ohio Athletic Trainers Association's service award next month at the group's annual meeting.

According to Dublin City Schools, Troyer will receive the award for "exceptional mentorship, educational leadership and community service."

Troyer mentors students from Otterbein College and Ohio State University in addition to his responsibilities at Scioto High School. He also helped create and implement the "Live Like a Champion" program that promotes wellness among middle school students in Dublin, Westerville and Columbus.

Samantha Troutman of St. Brigid of Kildare School in Dublin was named an Ohio finalist in the Letters about Literature contest, organized by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

According to the Ohio Center for the Book at the Cleveland Public Library, Troutman was named a state finalist in the national writing contest that required entrants to write a personal letter to an author explaining how the author's book changed the student's life or view.

More than 2,400 Ohio students participated in the contest. The six finalists "receive a gift of books," according to the Ohio Center for the Book's Web site.

The Center for the Book is a public-private partnership established in 1977 to use the Library of Congress to promote reading.

Karrer Middle School has announced its March Golden Shamrocks.

They are:

Sixth grade: Vincent Cubillo, Bradley Davis, Lindsey McAdow, Tess Somerville, Evan Sutula, Adam Erickson, Johnson Gao, Kelsey Hughes, Lauren Blair, Caitlyn Carpenter, Kris Goodman and Nathan Kipker.

Seventh grade: Brooke Eilers, Tom Pease, Anna Weber, Riley Barnwell, JaneHa, Matt Hite, Robbie Squier, Aaliya Bernal, David Flanagan, Brent Kaffenbarger and Jordan Medsker.

Eighth grade: Josh Hundley, Kelsey Larsen, Andrew McCullough, Emma VanderStoep, Madelyn Chennells, Kelly Flanagan, Kara Mahaffey, Colin Mitchell, Ishan Sethi, Haley Marshall, Meredith Post and Mahalakshmi Srinivasan.