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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

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The Van Wert County Foundation, through a generous donation from the Fred W. Wollenhaupt Fund, donated $1,500 to the Van Wert High School Robotics Team (shown above). “Our budget to build a robot and travel to various competitions is primarily paid for by the contributions by local companies, businesses, and team fundraising,” said Coach Bob Spath. “We are very thankful for the donation and support of Seth Baker, executive secretary of The Van Wert County Foundation, to help the Robotics team and Northwest Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.” VWHS will be hosting the third annual edition of the regional robotics competition on January 28, with 32 teams competing this year. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 01/05/17 at 8:20 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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ST. MARYS — West central Ohio high school seniors could be eligible for college scholarships from Midwest Electric and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives (OEC).

Midwest Electric has two scholarship programs – a general scholarship for students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5; and the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship for students with at least a 2.75 GPA who have overcome adversity or personal challenges in pursuit of their goals.

For the general scholarship, six student finalists will compete for $9,000 in scholarships from Midwest Electric. Three boys and three girls will vie for two $2,000 scholarships, two $1,500 and two $1,000 awards.

The top boy and girl finalists will represent Midwest Electric in the OEC competition in Columbus where they will compete against students representing other Ohio electric cooperatives. OEC awards 18 scholarships totaling $35,800.

For the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship, Midwest Electric will award one $2,000 winner, and OEC will give six $2,100 awards.

To be eligible for the 2017 scholarship programs, applicants must be graduating seniors who have all the basic credits for college, vocational or technical school entrance. Applicants must be a child or legal ward of a Midwest Electric member.

Other provisions apply. Contact your high school guidance counselor or Midwest Electric for more information or an application.

Completed applications are due at Midwest Electric by January 13, 2017. For an application form, students may visit www.midwestrec.com and click on the My Community page for the scholarship link. Or, call Kecia Schmerge at Midwest Electric, 1-800-962-3830, or e-mail kschmerge@midwestrec.com.

Based in St. Marys, Midwest Electric is the customer-owned electric cooperative for 11,000 homes, farms and businesses in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Shelby, Putnam and Darke counties.

POSTED: 12/21/16 at 8:14 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

Students at LifeLinks Community School were transformed into Santa's Elves as they made special doorknob hangers for the residents of Vancrest Asssisted Living.   The students will be caroling on December 15 up and down the halls of Vancrest as they hang their creations on the doors of the residents.  This has become an annual event for the students to participate in during the Christmas season. (Photo submitted.)

Students at LifeLinks Community School were transformed into Santa’s Elves as they made special doorknob hangers for the residents of Vancrest Asssisted Living. The students will be caroling on December 15 up and down the halls of Vancrest as they hang their creations on the doors of the residents. This has become an annual event for the students to participate in during the Christmas season. (Photo submitted.)

 

Mrs. Marsee's senior English class at LifeLinks Community School made jambalaya and cornbread as part of their hands on approach to classroom work.   Stations were created to divide meal preparation into manageable units.   Cooking skills of meat prep, chopping veggies, and combining ingredients made for a delicious pot of jambalaya complimented by freshly baked cornbread.   The seniors are planning another meal before Christmas break and will spend classroom time deciding on a dish to make, making a shopping list and dividing responsibilities among class members...great organizational planning with the end result being yummy! (Photo submitted.)

Mrs. Marsee’s senior English class at LifeLinks Community School made jambalaya and cornbread as part of their hands on approach to classroom work. Stations were created to divide meal preparation into manageable units. Cooking skills of meat prep, chopping veggies, and combining ingredients made for a delicious pot of jambalaya complimented by freshly baked cornbread. The seniors are planning another meal before Christmas break and will spend classroom time deciding on a dish to make, making a shopping list and dividing responsibilities among class members…great organizational planning with the end result being yummy! (Photo submitted.)

POSTED: 12/07/16 at 3:08 pm. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Four dancers from Kim Hohman’s DanceWorks (above) have been selected to perform in the Ballet Theatre of Toledo’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The dancers are Sayler Wise, Rilee Conrad, Ellie Vining, and Kaden Hohman. The dancers were chosen to be Chinese Acrobats and Hohman is also a Party Boy. The performances will be held at the Valentine Theatre in Downtown Toledo on Friday, November 25, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 26, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 27, at 2 p.m. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 11/25/16 at 9:14 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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Crestview Elementary recognized all fifth grade students who completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. Deputy Michael Biberstine of the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, emceed the event. Highlights include a song performed by the entire fifth grade class, remarks from Crestview Superintendent Mike Estes, as well as essay presentations from winners Lillia Bladen, Trey Skelton, and Zoey Miller (above). All fifth grade students received a pin and certificate for completing the program. Fifth grade students also were given free DARE t-shirts, donated by Convoy Lions Club. (Crestview photo)

POSTED: 11/16/16 at 9:09 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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CONVOY — On May 9, 2017, all Crestview seventh graders will get to tour and learn about the Ohio Supreme Court and the Statehouse as a result of a grant that was awarded to the school.

Jason Cross, seventh grade history teacher, received a grant through the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center Foundation. The grants are designed to help school districts defray the costs of transporting students to the Ohio Supreme Court and Visitor Education Center.

The Thomas J. Moyer Visitor Education Center offers students the opportunity, through hands-on experiences, to learn about the Ohio Supreme Court and participate in a mock trial. Students will also tour the Ohio Statehouse, view the floor of the Ohio General Assembly, and meet the senators and representatives from the local area.

Before the field trip to the Ohio Supreme Court and Statehouse, Crestview students will study various court cases, as well as the structure of the judicial branch at the federal, state, and local levels.

POSTED: 11/12/16 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Van Wert High School Principal Bob Priest has scheduled parent-teacher conferences for Monday and Tuesday, November 21-22, and Monday, February 27, 2017.

Times are as follows: Monday, November 21, from 4-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, November 22, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Monday, February 27, 4-7:30 p.m.

The conferences, which are held in the high school-middle school commons area, allow parents the opportunity to discuss their students’ progress in school with teachers. Priest said members of the teaching staff welcome parents to the school during the scheduled hours.

Due to conferences, school will be closed the week of Thanksgiving and resume Monday, November 28.

Those planning to attend parent-teacher conferences at VWHS should park in the far west parking lots to the back of the school and enter through either the high school gymnasium entrance or middle school gymnasium entrance.

POSTED: 11/08/16 at 8:54 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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Crestview Middle and High School art students recently participated in the Van Wert County Apple Festival Art Contest.  Nicole Kirkpatrick, Crestview MS/HS art teacher, submitted student artwork to share with the community at the Apple Festival. Students posing with their art work and awards include (from the left) Brooke Ripley (Best in Show), Sarah Simmons (second place), Emily Greulach (third place), Zechariah Simerman (fourth place), Lydia Saylor (Outstanding Commendation), Kelsey Rothgeb (Outstanding Commendation). Not pictured is Olivia Irwin (Outstanding Commendation). (Crestview photo)

POSTED: 11/05/16 at 3:17 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Crestview recently inducted its newest class into the National Honor Society. Eligibility requirements include maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA, submitting an application, submitting three letters of recommendation from both faculty and community members, and completing an interview with the Crestview National Honor Society Faculty Board. NHS responsibilities include completing 25 hours of service during the school year and attending a cultural event. The newest Crestview High School NHS class includes (front row, from the left) Kara Strabbing, Whitney Bowen, Celina Sweet, Elizabeth Boroff, Ashley Bowen, Matteson Watts; (back row) Haley Michaud, Emma Leary, Brett Schumm, Spencer Rolsten, Derek Biro, Becca Daugherty, Abigail Bagley. (Crestview photo)

POSTED: 11/01/16 at 7:15 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Lincolnview parents attending conferences with their children’s teachers had a new option for child care this year. Lincolnview Bible Board Teachers Sue Miller and Deb Mongold offered child care for school-age children during parent-teacher conferences.

Erin Miller helps students with crafts. (photo submitted)

Erin Miller helps youngsters with crafts during parent-teacher conferences. (photo submitted)

About 30 students attended and many parents were delighted to drop off their children at the Bible House on their way to conferences.

“This was such a great thing to do for us,” said Nicole Benson, “It helped me focus on the conferences without worrying about what my kids were doing in the hallway.”

Several other parents echoed their gratitude when picking up their children.

Lincolnview Beta Club students assisted with crafts, coloring, and playing games while the children waited for parents to return.

“The Beta Club students were a huge help in making this venture successful,” said Miller.

“We had a lot of fun working with the students outside of class time,” Mongold added. “I think we will make this an annual event.”

POSTED: 11/01/16 at 6:54 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth