Shout-Outs: December 15

Shout-Outs: Making Team USA, Celebrating a Community Art Project and Honoring an All-American
Posted on 12/19/2017
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East's Dustin Horter Selected for Team USA

Dustin Horter, a senior at Lakota East, will compete as a member of Team USA in the Junior Men’s 6K at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country. One of only six athletes under the age of 20 selected to be on the team, Horter will travel to Scotland for the Jan. 13, 2018 race. Horter has had quite the year, winning his second cross country state championship and finishing sixth at the Nike Cross Nationals earlier this month.

Ridge Art Teacher Celebrated for Community Art Project

At a recent staff meeting, Ridge Junior art teacher Amy Panfalone received a surprise visit from a community partner wanting to recognize her efforts to connect a student project to a national cause.

As a form of music therapy, True Joy Acoustics works to put ukuleles in the hands of clinically ill pediatric patients at hospitals nationally. In spring 2016, Panfalone challenged her students to use the ukulele as a blank canvas to create artwork that would inspire children facing chronic or terminal illness. The process resulted in four students’ creations being handpainted on ukuleles. Those pieces went on tour and were displayed in such locations as MidPointe Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Fairfield Community Arts Center.

Over the last 18 months, students’ artwork has helped inspire about $16,000 in donations, translating to about 60 ukuleles donated to pediatric hospitals. Panfalone and her former students were presented with a booklet to commemorate the project.

West Senior Linden Everle Selected to All-America Team

Linden Everle, a senior at Lakota West High School, has been selected to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches High School Soccer All-America team. He is one of only 67 boys in the country to be chosen. In January, Linden will be honored in Pennsylvania at the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.