The Who and Where


OHS senior garners French award

The American Association of French Teachers (AATF) is please to announce that Lizzy Johnson, Oakwood High School, has received a 2008-2009 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award.

This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well a exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. Recipients must have completed at least three years French study at the time of graduation and be non-native speakers of French.

Ms. Johnson has studied abroad, is a member of the national French Honor Society and the French Club and has participated in the National French Contest and National French Week activities. She has studied French for five years and is the student of Connie Abner. Lizzy is the daughter of Kirk and Bev Johnson.

Alumni News...

Hanna Pancoast to join NSCS honor society
in the Fall

Hanna Pancoast of Oakwood has accepted membership in the National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Hanna will be honored during an Induction Convocation this fall on the campus of the University of Dayton.

Hanna is a June 2008 graduate of Oakwood High School. She is the daughter of Jim and Mary Pancoast of Hathaway Road.

NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students.

Scott Slivken to be leadership scholar at OU

Scott Slivken, OHS ’07, has been selected as an Ohio University Pepsi Leadership Scholar for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Pepsi Leadership Scholarships program is made possible through the generous support of Pepsi and is designed to recognize and enhance student leadership in the university community.

Each spring, 12 undergraduate students are selected as Leadership Scholars for the following academic year. In addition to the scholarship, Scott will participate in the LeaderShape® Institute scheduled one week prior to fall classes beginning. A student may be selected as a Leadership Scholar only once during his/her college career. Additionally, selection includes the awarding of a $2,500 scholarship.

Scott will serve his second term in the Ohio University Student Senate, is president of the Political Science Student Association, serves as an officer in the Inter-fraternity Council, and volunteers weekly making and serving food at a homeless shelter. A political science major, Scott plans to enter the Peace Corps following graduation. He is the son and stepson of David and Bridgid Slivken of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rachel Rudwall headed to Uganda, Kenya

OHS Class of 2004 graduate Rachel Rudwall will be traveling to the African countries of Uganda and Kenya as the photographer and videographer for the non-profit organization Sunflower Solutions. She’ll be documenting the living conditions of East Africa and helping to install solar panels in local schools. She currently is employed by Original Productions as a Production Coordinator and was recently named a Great Grad of 2009 by the website

Rudwall graduated with a dual degree in International Studies and Spanish from Miami University in 2008. She signed on in 2007 with STA Travel for the internship assignment of a lifetime - visiting 12 different countries in 12 weeks. Among the countries and experiences she had included working with giant Panda in China; trekking and living with hill tribes in Thailand; skydiving, bungee-jumping and ocean kayaking in Australia; wine tasting in Austria; visiting cathedrals and night clubs in Hungary and eating crepes by the Seine River in Paris, France, among others.

She plans to have a career “learning from the world and then sharing with others what I’ve been taught... I want to be telling the world’s stories.” Her website is

Ms. Rudwall is the daughter of Dave Rudwall and Barbara Acker.

Reid Schaeffer earns Juris Doctorate

Reid Schaeffer, Oakwood Class of 2001, graduated Magna Cum Laude earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law on May 17,
2009. He has accepted a position with the firm of Lewis Tein, PL, specializing in complex commercial litigation and located in Coconut Grove, Florida.

Christine Wuebker earns BA in history

Christine Victoria Wuebker of Oakwood, graduated with a B.A. degree history from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, ;on Saturday, May 9.

The commencement ceremony, attended by approximately 5,000 friends, relatives and graduates, was held on the lawn of Ball Circle in the center of the Fredericksburg campus.

Schivley Earns PT.D from OU

Doug and Cathy Schivley, former Oakwood teachers, would like to take a moment to brag about their daughter, Emily Schivley, Oakwood High School graduate - class of 2002.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree at Miami University, she then was accepted into Ohio University’s three-year Physical Therapy Program. Emily will be graduating June 12 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy and has accepted a job at Good Samaritan North Medical Center.

We congratulate her and hope she saves some time to work her magic on her parents!






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June 2, 2009
Volume 18, No. 22

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