St. C. academic banquet on tap

THE ST. CLAIRSVILLE Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the 15th annual Academic Achievement Awards for Tuesday.

This year’s banquet will be at Belmont Hills Country Club, and nearly 50 students were invited as guests of the Chamber of Commerce.

To be selected for this award, students must live in the St. Clairsville-Richland School district and must be a junior or senior with a 3.90 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 5.0 scale, and attend St. Clairsville High School, Belmont Harrison Vocational Schools, The Linsly School, St. John Central High School in Bellaire or East Richland Christian Schools. This year, students from East Richland Christian Schools, St. Clairsville High School, St. John Central High School and The Linsly School will be honored.

Students will receive certificates to commemorate their accomplishment. In addition, one senior will win a $500 scholarship, and another will win a $250 scholarship. Winners will be determined by a random drawing from the names of the seniors attending the banquet.

Dr. Paul Abraham, dean of Ohio University Eastern Campus, will speak. Prior to joining the Eastern Campus, he served as associate dean for academic affairs at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus and in a similar role at the Kent State Stark Campus in North Canton.

Abraham received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and in computer science (before the days of Macs and PCs) at Youngstown State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics at Kent State University. He was a faculty member for 14 years at the Kent State Stark Campus and helped to develop the first and only full bachelor degree in mathematics available at an Ohio regional campus.

He entered higher education administration in 2010.