Published Online: March 4, 1998



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It looks like fame but not a full share of the glory for students on the gold-medal women's U.S. Olympic hockey team.

All 20 members of the team brought home the gold from the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but a few who plan to compete in college were prohibited from having their picture on the Wheaties cereal box because of eligibility rules.

Under National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, athletes who wish to play college sports cannot accept commercial sponsorship. That has left Angela Ruggiero and Jenny Schmidgall out of the team picture on the current cereal box.

Ms. Ruggiero, who is from Harrison Township, Mich., is a senior at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. She has not decided where she will attend college. Ms. Schmidgall, who graduated in 1997 from Edina (Minn.) High School, plans to enter the University of Minnesota in the fall. Three other team members who already attend college were also excluded. ... Marc Gilbertson, a social studies teacher at Lamoille Union High School in Morrisville, Vt., who traveled to Nagano to compete in the 50-kilometer cross country ski race, finished 52nd out of 62 skiers in the Feb. 22 race. ("Media Column," Feb. 18, 1998.)

Sharon Robinson has been named to the new position of senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Educational Testing Service.

Sharon Robinson

She joined the Princeton, N.J.-based group in January 1997 as the vice president for state and federal relations.

As chief operating officer, she will assume responsibility for all test programs and their administration. Before joining the test-maker, she served as the assistant secretary for educational research and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education.

The nonprofit company administers such exams as the SAT and the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has selected longtime civil rights advocate Julian Bond as its chairman.

Mr. Bond teaches at American University in Washington and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He succeeds Myrlie Evers-Williams, who stepped down last month.


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