The Village Academy Science Olympiad Team placed third overall and qualified for state competition after vying with 14 other teams in its division March 13 at the regional contest at Grandview Heights High School.

The Village Academy Science Olympiad Team placed third overall and qualified for state competition after vying with 14 other teams in its division March 13 at the regional contest at Grandview Heights High School.

Individual team members won prizes in 18 of 23 events.

The state competition will be held April 14 at Ohio State University.

Village Academy Science Olympiad Team adviser Tim McDonley had promised the team he'd shave his head if they qualified for state. On March 15, McDonley sat in a chair while team members each took a turn with an electric razor.

Kroger has announced the winners of its annual "I Can Make History Contest," held every February in celebration of Black History Month.

Several area residents were included in the list of winners. They are Kevin Pellington, a freshman at Olentangy Orange High School; Kristen Pellington, a sophomore at Olentangy Orange High School; Kyle Pellington, a seventh-grader at Orange Middle School; Micah Rode, a fifth-grader at Oak Creek Elementary; and Jacob Tanner,

Winners were honored at a March 6 luncheon and awards presentation. Prizes included $1,500 scholarships, laptop computers and family trip packs to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

More than 300 entries were received for the contest, which invited students to submit art, an essay or poetry on what black history meant to them or how they are making history in their community.

Of those submissions, 59 winners were selected by an independent panel of judges.