Students named Merit scholarship semifinalists

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:59 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Several local high school seniors were among about 16,000 semifinalists for the annual National Merit Scholarship.

The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half
of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Read more

City looks to add youth voice

October 3, 2014

Newcastle teen leads charge to get peers involved in city government

The Newcastle City Council explored the possibility of adding a youth voice to its government structure at its Sept. 16 regular meeting.

The discussion comes after Newcastle teen James Ricks approached Mayor Steve Buri about the feasibility of creating a youth advisory board to the council.

“I want youth to care about Newcastle,” Ricks said. “Whether that’s evident in service projects, involvement in planning activities or tutoring, I want youth to be involved because they care about the city they live in.” Read more