The Westerville North High School Marching Band, directed by Jordi Vilanova, placed fourth out of 20 in the Class AA Mid-States Band Association Championship at Beavercreek High School in Dayton on Nov. 1.

The Westerville North High School Marching Band, directed by Jordi Vilanova, placed fourth out of 20 in the Class AA Mid-States Band Association Championship at Beavercreek High School in Dayton on Nov. 1.

The 59-member band performed "Channel One Suite," as recorded by the Buddy Rich Big Band. This was the first time North's marching band has earned a spot in the finals at this competition. Last year, they placed 26th out of 30.

Gallery 202 will showcase the work of local elementary and middle school artists as part of the national PTA's Reflections program. The exhibit opens to the public on Dec. 10 and runs until Jan. 10, 2009.

Students participate in the Reflections program by submitting entries to their local PTA or PTSA.

The exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Gallery 202 is located at 38 N. State Street in Uptown Westerville.

The Invisible Children's Club at Westerville Central High School will hold a Hoops of Hope event in the school's auxiliary gymnasium from 9 -11 a.m. and 1- 3 p.m. Dec. 6.

The cost is $10 per person to shoot baskets. New or gently used books are also being collected. A dollar will be deducted from the cost of admission for every book donated. Books will be sent to children in Uganda.

Participants are encouraged to bring a basketball if they have one.

Hoops of Hope is a World Vision basketball shoot-a-thon created to raise money and awareness of AIDS. All proceeds raised will go toward building a medical facility in Zambia.

Invisible Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those affected by the 23-year war in northern Uganda.

Kevin Blakely, of Westerville North High School, and Andrew Sweet, of Westerville South High School, both received Honda-Ohio State Math Awards.

The awards are presented to the top mathematics student in each high school near Honda operations. Honda of America and The Ohio State University sponsor the awards.

The honor allows Blakely and Sweet to apply for a Honda-Ohio State Partnership scholarship at OSU's College of Engineering.

Up to a dozen $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to this year's Math Medal recipients for the 2009-2010 academic year. The awards can be renewed for four years.

Winners also receive a pewter medal, a certificate and a savings bond.

Patrick Rossetti of Westerville, retired principal of St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, was honored for his commitment to Catholic education during a Nov. 5 program at St. Charles Preparatory High School in Columbus.

The Office of Catholic Schools recognized Rossetti at the "Celebrating Catholic Schools' Virtues" gala. Under Rossetti's leadership, DeSales twice received the National School of Excellence title "Blue Ribbon School" by the U.S. Department of Education.

Westerville North High School's Interact Club and National Honor Society joined forces to initiate a "Howl for Hunger" food drive to benefit the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM).

Donations were solicited from North students and from students at Robert Frost, Wilder, and Hawthorne elementary schools. The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club assisted with the project.

A total of 1,939 pounds of food and $365 in cash were donated. Using WARM's purchasing leverage of five pounds of food for $1, an additional 1,825 pounds of food were obtained, enough to feed 59 local families for a week.

North's Interact Club adviser is Monica Berrier and the National Honor Society adviser is Lauren Mattioda.