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In the Spotlight
THIS MONTH ON "LAW TALK":
Medina County Specialized Dockets presented by the Honorable Judges Joyce Kimbler and Christopher Collier
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In The Spotlight with: Jami Letzelter, Judge James L. Kimbler Scholarship Winner
By Kate Feeks
The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. provides students attending Cloverleaf High School the opportunity to receive a scholarship to assist them when attending a four-year college or university. This year’s scholarship was in the amount of $1000.
The purpose of the Judge James L. Kimber Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to actively involved and academically successful Cloverleaf High School graduates. To be eligible an applicant must be a Cloverleaf High School graduating senior, with financial need (albeit not a final determining factor), must be involved in school and/or community activities, and must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average with documentation from the most current academic term. Students who receive full scholarship support from other organizations or institutions will not be considered for this scholarship. Students pursuing a degree in law or criminal justice will be given preference.
Jami Letzelter has lived in Lodi, Ohio her entire life. She is the youngest of four very close siblings. As the winner of this year’s scholarship Jami enjoyed her extra curricular activities as well as the volunteer work that comes with them. Through cheerleading Jamie was often given opportunities to volunteer and help her community. Project Linus is a volunteer group that helps make blankets for children in hospitals. Jami took part in this for all four years of high school.
For two years Jami was also involved with Feeding Medina County, an organization that collects food for needing families. Jami’s family has also organized a semi annual charity event that collects used clothing, blankets, toiletries, toys and food for the homeless in Cleveland. “I think it is important to take some time, no matter how small, out of our lives to help people in our community.” noted Jami.
“When I first got into high school I didn’t plan on going to college nor did I know what I wanted to do with my future. When I started taking government and law (related) classes, I really enjoyed them. One of my teachers really encouraged me to try the Mock Trial Team. During my time with Mock Trial, I received multiple awards for my performance in the competition. Mock Trial helped me realize that a law related career was where I wanted to go with my life. I love learning about the law and understanding the workings of our government.” Jami explained.
In the fall Jami plans to attend Cleveland State University to study political science and then on to law school at the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Jami’s greatest aspiration is to someday become a local government official and be able to help her community much like the honorable Retired Judge James L. Kimbler.
Retired Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler presents his second annual scholarship to Cloverleaf High School graduating senior, Jami Letzelter. This year's scholarship was in the amount of $1000.00. Judge Kimbler is a 1967 graduate of Cloverleaf High School.
In The Spotlight with: Taylor Werner, Judge Reginald J. Routson Scholarship Winner
By Kate Feeks
Taylor Wener, 2016 Vanlue High School Graduate, accepted $2,000 from Attorney John Celebrezze on behalf of a Hancock County, Ohio Common Pleas Court judge. Werner is the first winner of the Judge Reginald J. Routson Scholarship.
The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc., provided students attending Vanlue High School the opportunity to receive a scholarship to assist them while attending a four-year college or university.
The purpose of the Judge Reginald J. Routson Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to actively involved and academically successful high school graduates. To be eligible the student applicant must be a graduating senior, financial need, albeit not a determining factor, is a consideration, the applicant must be involved in school and/or community activities, and the student must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average with documentation from the most current academic period. Students who receive full scholarship support other organizations or institutions will not be considered for this scholarship. Students pursuing a degree in law or criminal justice are given preference.
"As I have grown and matured into the young woman I am today, one of the biggest lessons I have learned is to never underestimate oneself. Determination, preparedness and effort will always beat self-doubt and fear. These lessons have come from the family coaches, teachers, and mentors that I have been blessed to have in my life." Taylor Werner said.
Ms. Werner has committed herself to education. She has received student of the year awards from various teachers for her efforts in history, English, band, health and Spanish. At Vanlue High School she was a member of student council and National Honor Society. She was the Elks Student of the Month and the Elks Student of the Year. A member of the Blanchard Valley Conference All-Academic Team, she was also a member of the Quiz Bowl team, a teacher's aide, prom decoration committee member, pep band participant and homecoming attendant.
Along with her studies, Taylor participated in many extracurricular activities. Some of the activities she participated in were volleyball and track. Through her hard work she was awarded the most improved award her junior year. Her senior year she was captain of the volleyball team. "In one year I had gone from hardly playing to captain. It wasn't because of talent or ability, but because I worked hard and stayed late to hone my skills." noted Werner.
During Taylor's junior and senior years she applied, and was selected, to participate in the Ohio Youth Tour. This included a trip to Washington D.C. to learn more about our government as well as participate in programs with other students from all 50 states.
Taylor was also selected by her school to deliver a speech on the topic of the obligations of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony where 16 people from all over the world became US citizens. "This experience continued to push me outside my comfort zone and helped me grow." said the first winner of the Reginald J. Routson Scholarship.
To further strengthen her future, Taylor plans to attend Bowling Green University to major in Adolescent Young Adult Education and minor in history. "While in college I still want to make an impact wherever I am able by volunteering or teaching," said Werner as she follows Judge Routson, also a Bowling Green graduate.
The Honorable Judge Reginald J. Routson, Hancock County Common Pleas Court pictured with John Celebrezze, co-founder of the Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. following the presentation of the first Judge Reginald J. Routson Scholarship to Taylor Marie Werner, recent graduate of Vanlue High School, Vanlue, Ohio.
Taylor Marie Werner, 2016 Vanlue High School graduate, happily accepts a check in the amount of $2000.00 from John Celebrezze as the first winner of the Reginald J. Routson Scholarship.
CZCLEP Police & Community Training Materials
The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will provide training materials to police and crime prevention organizations. In line with our mission statement these materials can be custom designed to individual content needs regarding police and crime prevention training.
In memory of Patrolman Vincent R. Celebrezze (1940-1988), Richfield Police Department, Richfield, Ohio these materials will be made available free of charge to Ohio law enforcement agencies for a limited time.
Interested police agents should contact John Celebrezze via this site or call 330.416.8774 for a sample disc.
CZCLEP's Tax Exempt Status Approved!
The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. holds tax exempt status exempting it from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the organization are deductible under section 170 of the Code. The organization is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code. The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. is treated as a public charity.
Tax deductible contribution checks payable to CZ-CLEP can be mailed to 5192 Gillen Way, Westerville, Ohio 43082. Contributors should consult a qualified tax advisor regarding their contributions as they apply to their annual tax filings.
Law Talk Wins WCTV Clapper Award Again!
The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. is again the proud recipient of a WCTV Clapper Award for Best Talk Show. On November 29, 2010 John Celebrezze accepted the runner up Clapper Award for our show on Judge Christopher Collier's drug court. This marks the second time in as many years Law Talk received the award.
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