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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Milan resident Ashley Ostheimer has been awarded an $8,000 transfer scholarship to attend Ashland University based on her academic achievements.

A 2006 Edison High School graduate, Ostheimer was a member of National Honor Society; drama, key, Spanish, French and art clubs; SADD; Enlightenment; varsity cheerleaders; and peer tutors. She was the 2005-06 Melon Festival Queen.

Ostheimer attended Ball State University where she was a member of the Fashion Merchandising Association and the Fashion Design Society, was a coed cheerleader and on the dean's list.

She is the daughter of Ellen Ostheimer of Milan and the late Keith Ostheimer.

A total of 2,242 students at Wright State University earned dean's list honors during the spring 2007 quarter, based on their grade-point averages.

All students must take 12 or more credit hours to earn dean's list honors. They must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average to be placed on the dean's list.

Area students include: Rebecca L. Hummel of Collins, Melanie E. Kautz of Monroeville, Lindsey A. Wegner of Monroeville, Nicole L. Zimmerman of Norwalk, and Eric M. Guild of Wakeman.

The following students earned their bachelor degrees from Miami University at the spring commencement. They were: Jane Stevenson, Greenwich, business; Elise Gardner, Norwalk, family studies; Anne Gross, Norwalk, arts; Sally Smetzer, Norwalk, social work, cum laude; Victoria Spurling, Norwalk, arts, cum laude.

Smetzer was also named to the President's List for achieving a 4.0 grade-point average.

These students qualified for the dean's list at Miami University. They were: Heather Gentzel, of Norwalk; Erin Smetzer, of Norwalk; Victoria Spurling, of Norwalk; and Jason Torrence, of Norwalk.

Katie Moore of Plymouth and David Dauch of Wakeman gained insight into what it takes to be an entrepreneur. The two area residents were among five Ashland University students who attended Immersion Week hosted by the Entrepreneur Education Consortium. They were among 35 students from the seven universities who attended the event Aug. 12 to 17 at Cleveland State University.

The students attending heard several entrepreneurs give talks about being an entrepreneur, received training from university professors and participated in joint exercises with the college students from the other universities. The week ended with Ashland students competing against the teams from the other six universities. It was a stiff competition over various business concepts with the judges stating that it was a difficult decision to select a winner from all of the projects that were submitted with only five days development. The Case Western Reserve University team won the competition.

The five Ashland University students developed a web-based provider service which many of the judges felt was a very good project. The students are bringing this project back to AU to continue with a business plan and to seek financing to make this concept a reality.

Moore, a biology major, said, "Coming into this group, I was the only non-business major, so I was a little intimidated at first. I learned so much during the week and now am even contemplating a business minor of some kind. Our AU group was outstanding and I am so thankful for having the opportunity like this. The EEC is just an awesome experience."

A 2004 Willard High School graduate, Moore is the daughter of Timothy and Susan Moore, of Plymouth.

Dauch, a business management major, said, "The EEC brought us in with only a dream. As we left, it was becoming a reality."

A 2005 Huron High School graduate, Dauch is the son of Donald and Marti Dauch, of Wakeman.

The Entrepreneur Education Consortium's Immersion Week was made possible by a grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation of Akron.

"This was the first time that seven universities worked together to present such an event," said Robert Stimpert, operating director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University. "The entrepreneurship directors deviated from the rigid traditional academic structure to one of collaboration and cooperation. This is an event that could spread to other regions across Ohio and the nation. Immersion week was a great success and one that is intended to be repeated yearly. All seven university entrepreneur directors were very satisfied with the results from this past week."

Dawn M. Olvera of Norwalk graduated from Owens Community College at the 41st annual spring commencement with a major in occupational therapy assistant.

DePaul University student Suzanne H. Deucher of Wakeman, who is pursuing an English major, has been named to the dean's list for the 2007 spring quarter.

To receive dean's list commendations, full-time students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above on a four-point scale.

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