Gahanna Lincoln High School students Gram Bowsher and Todd Ives have earned the National Forensic League's (NFL) degree of "premier distinction," the highest student degree in the honor society.

Gahanna Lincoln High School students Gram Bowsher and Todd Ives have earned the National Forensic League's (NFL) degree of "premier distinction," the highest student degree in the honor society.

A degree of premier distinction reflects sustained excellence in classroom activities, competition rounds and service projects, according to a release from the NFL.

Students earn points in six separate categories: speech, debate, congress, service, district and national. Only about 400 students out of NFL's 112,000 student members (one-third of 1 percent) receive the degree of premier distinction each year, according to the NFL.

"Gram and Todd have worked hard over their three years in speech and debate and deserve this honor," said Lyle Linerode, speech-debate teacher and coach. "They have accumulated over 140 debate wins, spoken in multiple areas for service and will be attending nationals for the second time this summer. As varsity members of the team, they have been great role models for the novices and have helped to teach them what is needed to be a successful debater."

The National Forensic League is a nonprofit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech-and-debate activities as a means to develop a student's essential life skills and values.

More than 112,000 high school and middle school students, representing more than 2,800 high schools and nearly 100 middle schools, are currently building their communication, leadership, cognitive, and presentational skills as members.

The Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation will host its annual Chili Bowl & Golf Club Tradeoff on Saturday, April 9, at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, 200 Olde Ridenour Road.

Tee times are between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

An array of chili will be available to sample from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the chili is gone. The cost of the event is $5.

Guests also are invited to play nine holes of golf to kick off the 2011 golf season. Anyone who buys or renews a membership by the end of the Chili Bowl will be entered into a drawing to win a parking spot for the 2011 season at the golf course.

Individual, group and family tee times are available during specific times throughout the day.

Call the parks-recreation department at (614) 342-4250 for more information.

Local Contemporary Christian band "Living Water" will perform at Peace

Lutheran Church in Gahanna beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

The group, which began in 2003, has performed 45 times at multiple venues around Ohio.

This Lent, the band will perform the concert narrative, "The Way of the Cross," six times in the central Ohio area. "The Way of the Cross" combines narration and song to tell the story of Christ's last hours on His journey to Calvary. Songs range from the traditional hymn, "Were You There," to Mark Schultz's popular "I Am the Way" and Living Water's original favorite, "Higher Ground."

For more information about Living Water performances, visit www.livingwatermusic.org or contact Greg Gliebe at ggliebe@insight.rr.com.

Marla K. Kuhlman