Jennifer Markley, a 13-year-old student at Walnut Springs Middle School, is one of 30 national finalists - one of three from Ohio - in the first MASTERS competition sponored by the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public.

Jennifer Markley, a 13-year-old student at Walnut Springs Middle School, is one of 30 national finalists — one of three from Ohio — in the first MASTERS competition sponored by the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public.

The Broadcom Foundation was established to inspire and enable young people to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through partnerships with local schools, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations.

The MASTERS competition for middle school students is based on students’ demonstration of their mastery of math, applied science, technology and engineering as “Rising Stars” through science fair competition.

Markley’s project is titled, “All Cracked Up: Does the Food a Chicken Eats Affect the Protein in the Eggs Produced?”

Finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in October to showcase their projects in a four-day event, with a top prize of $25,000.

Dr. Suellywn Stewart of Westerville has been elected to serve as speaker for the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.

Stewart will serve a one-year term. Officers were installed during the annual dinner, held at Marriott Columbus Northwest on Aug. 6.

Lisa Simpson of Westerville will be a “Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge” finalist at the 18th annual American Sewing Expo in Novi, Mich., Friday, Sept. 23-25.

The 12 finalists design and sew garments for judging and a fashion show runway finale. First place receives a sewing machine and a New York City fashion sewing tour. Prizes will also be awarded for second and third place.

Elise Wesley and Lauren Seitz, both eighth-grade students at Heritage Middle School and members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1051, recently received the Girl Scout Silver Award for their project, entitled “Operation Christmas Child 2010.”

The girls organized a collection drive at All Saints Lutheran Church and shipped 177 shoeboxes filled with small gifts to children in Ecuador.