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April 27, 2016

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April 27, 2016 THE OAKWOOD REGISTER Vol. 25, No. 17 April 27, 2016 www.oakwoodregister.com Platinum earrings with Diamonds and Emeralds – May's Birthstone 'Hybrid' OHS, DECA robotics team crosses cultural boundaries as they take on the world Photo by Brian Barr DECA's Aaron Lewis, left, and Jared Dunn of Oakwood work on strategy prior to this week's world robotics championship in St. Louis. Dunn is the build captain for the team, which works out of the K-12 Gallery in Dayton. A 'hybrid' team comprised largely of students from Oakwood High School and the Dayton Early College Academy, or DECA, are competing this week at the World FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - Robotics Championship in in St. Louis. The event is only the third time the rookie team, calling them- selves Bonds FRC 5811, has taken a robot into competition. They took home early honors at their first two appearances at both the Pittsburgh Regional and Queen City Regional in Cincinnati, where they claimed Rookie All Star and Rookie Inspiration awards. This week's competition is the capstone to a year-long effort that brought together nine students each from Oakwood and DECA - two diverse schools that rarely, if ever, encounter one another in extracurricular or athletic compe- titions. And although the students come away with hands-on programming and engineering skills, as well as three rookie season awards from the competitions in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, organizers say the experience of working across aca- demic boundaries is giving these teens valuable life lessons. "These kids wouldn't likely run into each other through school activities," admits Ben Salisbury, an Oakwood parent who volun- teers as programming mentor for the team. His son, Peter Salisbury, is a freshman at Oakwood High School and a member of the team. "In the eight years I've been involved in the program, I've seen suburban teams, rural teams, and inner city teams, but in my expe- rience I have not seen a team as diversified as this team bringing together suburban students from Oakwood and urban students from the city of Dayton to form a team," said Tracy Martz, a teacher at DECA and one of the team coach- es. "It's been one of the cool- est experiences I have ever seen with the students because many of these students aren't typically challenged to work with someone from a different background...an African-American student from Developers, residents appealing Pointe Oakwood condo projects The ongoing battle over con- dominium developments at Pointe Oakwood has spilled over from the City Building to the courtroom, as both Oakwood Investment Group and Cincinnati-based Hills Developments, as well homeown- ers opposed to the condominium projects, have each filed appeals in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court seeking to reverse Oakwood City Council decisions regarding two multi-family devel- opments proposed for the former NCR property. Hills and OIG are appealing a March 14 decision by City Council to deny construction of an 84-unit condominium along Old River Trail in Pointe Oakwood. At the same time, the city faces a second legal challenge by 15 residents appealing Council's March 14 decision revising the city's master plan for the site to permit Hills and OIG to build a 32-unit condominium complex at the corner of West Schantz and Far Hills Avenues. Those same residents also filed a Motion to Intervene with Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in the pending Hills-OIG appeal. "The City of Oakwood does not represent the same interest [the homeowners] seek to protect," the filing contends. "The City may attempt to resolve this mat- ter in a way that would avoid a District says more money needed to build Old River athletic facility With an estimated $3 million in private funding already pledged toward construction of a new multi-purpose athletic complex and track at Old River, Oakwood school officials say the amount collected to date is not sufficient to cover the cost of the project as originally planned, and they've asked the Oakwood Athletic Boosters to undertake a second round of fundraising to support construction of the new facility. District officials said the money pledged to date will cover the cost of site preparation at the for- mer NCR property and allow for construction of a full-size, eight- lane track and installation of a synthetic turf field for use by the district's soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams, but is not suffi- cient to allow for construction of stadium seating or any structures at the site. On September 21, 2015, both Oakwood City Council and the Oakwood Board of Education agreed to a joint plan to construct the new athletic facility at Old River. At the time, plans called for the project to include an 8-lane track with field event accommo- dations; a state-of-the-art synthet- ic turf field meeting regulation sizes for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse; lighting for the fields; installation of close-in parking; construction of concessions, restrooms and possibly equipment or training facilities; stadium seat- ing for 1,000 spectators; and instal- lation of a scoreboard at the field. In March, the Oakwood school board also approved a five-year, $250,000 sponsorship agreement with Kettering Health Network that would give the healthcare company naming rights for a See Pointe on page 2 u See River on page 4 u See DECA on page 4 u Arts, Etc... SPECIAL PULL-OUT SECTION

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