Villagers In The News: September/October 2017

Village Voice Staff

Villagers Erika Contreras and Jeremy Holloway were two of 20 individuals who received a 20 Under 40 "Leadership Recognition Award" at the 22nd annual 20 Under 40 ceremony in September.

Contreras is an estimating engineer and recruiting coordinator at The Lathrop Company. She is a 2017 Midwest Management Systems Effective Personal Productivity graduate, a 2016 Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy graduate, and a LEED Green Associate accredited professional.

While attending the University of Toledo to earn a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, she was recognized as the Non-traditional Student of the Year in 2015 and received a number of scholarships during her academic career. She was selected as Rotary Club of Fremont's Student of the year at Terra State Community College in 2012.

Contreras has served the community as a member of the Lucas County Sustainability Commission, EPIC Toledo, and a community member of Building Ohio's Sustainable Energy Future (BOSEF). She has also been a BOSEF Education Group Leader, a Purple Hard Hat mentor, the Lathrop Company organizer/representative for UT Earth Fest, a member of the UT Society of Environmental Education, and a member of the Leadership Lathrop Class 8 committee. She also volunteers in multiple capacities a UT and BGSU, Clean Your Streams, Ottawa Hills Green Team and for numerous other non-profit organizations.

Holloway, teacher/speaker at the University of Toledo, serves as the Community Relations Director for the UT Student Government, president of Narrow Gate Community at UT, and a leader in the PhD program there.

He serves his community as an advisor, mentor, and leader for the Multicultural Educators of the Future, Brothers on the Rise, serves as an instructor with the Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program and is a recognized minister of music in various local churches. He has taught in South Korea, Mexico, Argentina and Spain. Holloway was also a team leader in Toledo for community building projects in Managua, Nicaragua; Wonju, South Korea; and Laung Prabnang, Laos.

He is a recipient of the UT Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. He is also a mentor at Keiser Elementary through JLJ Mentor's Outreach, and he ran in the Glass City Marathon and in an international marathon in Seoul, South Korea.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selects the 20 candidates for recognition. The panel received more than 120 nominations this year. The purpose of the program is to further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996, 440 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program. ...

Evan Fritts, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, took First Place in both the Teen Bodybuilding and Men's Bantam Weight categories at the Lenda Murray Detroit Classic, a bodybuilding competition. He also took Third Place in Men's Classic Physique category. The competition was held in August in Dearborn, Mich. Fritts' First Place in Men's Bantam Weight qualifies him for the National Collegiate Competition in 2018. ...

Ranae Goik, OHHS class of 2017, is a new addition to Purdue University's "All-American" Marching Band. Established in 1886, the band performs at each home football game and travels to concerts and festivals around the world, including China, Ireland, and Colombia.

The marching band has more than 380 members and is the largest in the Big 10 and one of the largest in the nation.

Goik's first performance as a member of the band was Labor Day weekend when Purdue faced the Louisville Cardinals in Lucas Oil Stadium, the home field of the Indianapolis Colts. She also plays in the Box Band, a pep band for Purdue's volleyball team. ...