Amelia Brownstein, a Bexley High School senior, earned first runner-up status at the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition held at Ohio Dominican University.

•Amelia Brownstein, a Bexley High School senior, earned first runner-up status at the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition held at Ohio Dominican University.

Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide recitation contest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. As part of the statewide event, Brownstein recited Kubla Kahn by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg by Richard Hugo and Golden Retrievals by Mark Doty.

•Spencer Brooks, an eighth-grader at Bexley Middle School, tied for fourth place in the 2013 Scripps College of Communication Columbus Metro Spelling Bee held recently at Ohio University in Athens.

•Bexley High School junior Simon Horn was selected to perform with the National Senior High School Honor Choir at this month's national conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Dallas. BHS Choral Director Amy Blosser also was scheduled to attend, serving as the association's national chairperson for repertoire and standards.

•Bexley's Maryland Elementary School's fifth-grade team won the annual countywide Battle of the Books Feb. 28, besting Canal Winchester and New Albany in the championship round at the McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany.

The team of Clare Martin, Emma Segerman, Danner Rogers, Ford Cowan and Emma Goodney represented the school, along with alternates Harrison Dupler, Olivia McDermott and Andi Meyer.

Teams from each of Bexley's three elementary schools competed. The teams have been working for several months, reading from a list of 12 books and answering questions about plot, character, setting and other aspects.

Cassingham's 2011-2012 team won the county competition last year.

•Five artists from Montrose Elementary School received statewide recognition recently.

Maddie Burger, Harry Ditullio and Allison Taylor were among the artists from nine central Ohio counties whose work was selected to be displayed in the 2013 Central Regional Ohio Art Education Association Art Exhibition. OAEA is a professional organization of art teachers that sponsors this juried exhibition including exemplary work by art students in grades K-8. The exhibition will be on display at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., during March. In addition, the artists will be honored at a reception and awards ceremony April 27.

The work of Montrose student Rafey Phillips will be exhibited in the OAEA's 33rd annual Young People's Art Exhibition at the Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad St. in downtown Columbus through March 30. His piece, a patterned paper collage completed at the end of his second-grade year, is one of only 124 works by Ohio students in grades K-8 to be selected.

Hayley Heideman, also a Montrose student artist, is represented in the 2013 OAEA Youth Art Month Exhibition with her mixed-media piece inspired by an African tale, blending printmaking, painting, drawing and collage, and completed during her third-grade year. The display of exemplary works of art by Ohio students in grades K-8 will be at the State Teachers' Retirement Systems building, 275 E. Broad St. in Columbus during March.

•Andrew Getz, a Bexley High School senior football lineman, was one of the central Ohio athletes presented with the Ernie Godfrey Award in February. He also was one of 13 nominees for the Nationwide Dr. Sol Maggied and Larry Romanoff Award. The Columbus chapter of the National Football Foundation recognizes excellence on the field and in the classroom at an annual Scholar Athlete Banquet.

Getz is the son of Roy and Monica Getz of Bexley.

•Bexley High School musicians performed well at the recent OMEA Large Group Contest.

The school's Symphonic Band, Women's Chorale and Vocal Ensemble all received Superior (I) ratings, qualifying them to compete at the state level in early May. The Women's Chorale and Vocal Ensemble received straight superior ratings in class A and AA respectively, the highest ratings available for this competition.

Bexley and Berwick students were among those named to the honor and merit rolls for the third grading period at St. Charles Preparatory School. They include:

Honor roll – Russell Bateman, Thomas Brown, William Gianakopoulos Jr., Maximilian Howson, Aaron Kebe, Philip Kebe, Sean King, Daniel Krajnak, Thomas Krajnak, Daniel Mackessy, Conor Manley, Connor Mentel, Elliott Narcross, Sean O'Donnell, Matthew Plank, Conor Quinlan, Patrick Quinlan, John Quinn, Henry Sarko, Christopher Sharp, Kevin Summers, Clayton Tylka and Nicholas Wesolek.

Merit roll – Conor Abel, Daniel Burkhart, Cameron Cooke, Andrew DiNapoli, Benjamin Hale, Connor Hernon, Coleman Lyski, Oliver Sarko, Richard Stranges III and Nicholas Tylka.