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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Local students earn scholarships

Kevin Kaltenbach has received the Larry A. Hart Memorial Scholarship for 2007.

He is the son of Mike and Becky Kaltenbach, of Monroeville.

Kaltenbach is a 2004 graduate of Bellevue High School and recently has completed his third year of college in Nelsonville, as a Hocking College University center student. In March 2007, Kaltenbach obtained his associate's degree from Hocking College in fish and wildlife resources/major in wildlife sciences. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fish management and conservation from the University of Rio Grande while remaining in Nelsonville.

Kaltenbach is an avid hunter, especially during deer and turkey season, and enjoys fishing also. He grew up on a farm learning trapping and archery skills first and then bow hunting. His life experiences and natural resources studies have taught him the importance of wildlife management. Kaltenbach volunteered to trap muskrats one winter at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex to help control the overpopulation of muskrats in that area. He completed his internship at a wildlife rehabilitation and natural education center called "Back to the Wild" in Castalia.

Kaltenbach's awards prior to college include first place OSTA (Ohio State Trappers Association) trap setting contest, first place Indoor IBO (International Bow hunting Organization) World Champion, first place Outdoor IBO World Champion, and first place IBO National Southern Triple Crown Competition.

The Larry A. Hart Memorial Scholarship is a $500 scholarship that is sponsored by the Ohio Wildlife Officer's Lodge No. 143, of the Fraternal Order of Police, and The Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club in Preble County.

This scholarship was established in memory of Wildlife Officer Larry A. Hart. At the time of his death, Hart was a 30-year veteran of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Those in the professions of Wildlife Management and Law Enforcement recognized his integrity, and his commitment to service and conservation.

Continuing the tradition of employee and community support, the Norwalk Furniture Scholarship Foundation will award two grants for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Tiara Stingley, daughter of Allan and Billie Stingley of Cookeville, Tenn., will receive $1,000 to further her studies. She is seeking a doctorate of physical therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Nicholas Missler, son of Kevin and Vicki Missler of New London, will also receive a $1,000 grant. His area of study is sociology with a pre-med track at Emory University in Atlanta.

The Norwalk Furniture Scholarship Foundation was formed in 1986. All Norwalk Furniture employees and/or their children along with those from its subsidiaries are eligible. The foundation's purpose is to provide encouragement to those who are pursuing a college education. The scholarship award is based on merit, financial need, community involvement, and academic potential.

Students earning college credits

AVERY Area high school students and new 2007 graduates are on the campus of EHOVE Career Center this summer earning free college credits. Through Lorain County Community College's (LCCC) Summer College Options program, EHOVE is one of three sites (LCCC and Lorain County JVS) at which approximately 50 students have enrolled in classes to earn free college credits that can later be applied toward a college degree.

Summer College Options is a state grant funded proposal that features instruction by LCCC adjunct professors who are also high school teachers. Students receive both high school and college credit and in-class tutors are offered to provide enhanced services to students in course. Books are free.

Students are enrolled in any of the following courses offered at EHOVE:



Aquatic LIFE

Elementary Spanish

Intermediate Spanish

Throughout the school year, EHOVE students are offered college credit in computer software, networking, legal careers, health and engineering through the College Tech Prep programs. Partnering with Firelands BGSU, EHOVE's College Tech prep programs for high school juniors and seniors offer a mix of high school and college technical and academic classes.

By the time they graduate high school, some students have obtained anywhere from 15 to 30 college credits.

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