Licking Heights' North Elementary School has been selected as a finalist in the 2010 Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators' Hall of Fame program.

Licking Heights' North Elementary School has been selected as a finalist in the 2010 Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators' Hall of Fame program.

Principal Kim Henderson said it is a great honor to be selected as a finalist for the contest, which recognizes exemplary educational programs in the designated 10 different state zones.

Licking Heights Local Schools' South Elementary School was honored as a Hall of Fame school last year.

Schools are evaluated on such aspects as student academic progress, community involvement, staff development and student leadership development.

"It's an honor for the school even to be at this level of consideration," Henderson said. "It's a confirmation from the association and from our peers for outstanding educational practices in the building."

Representatives from OAESA will visit North Elementary School Monday, March 8, to evaluate the school.

The winner will be honored during the OAESA professional conference awards luncheon June 22.

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The Central Ohio Technical College in Newark will hold a Health Career Expo in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive, on Thursday, March 4.

The event begins with an optional campus tour at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m. Associate degree and certificate programs include nursing, sonography, radiology, surgical technology and emergency medical services.

The program is free.

COTC is a fully accredited, two-year college with campus locations in Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala as well as in Newark.


Alex VanAtta, a senior at Newark High School, is one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2010 Presidential Scholars program.

The candidates were selected from nearly 3.2-million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2010.

The candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or ACT assessment, as well as essays, self-assessments, activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.

A panel of educators will review the Presidential Scholars candidates and select 500 semifinalists in early April.

VanAtta's parents are Roy and Patti VanAtta.