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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017

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ADA — A number of Van Wert County students were named to the Dean’s List for the 2016-2017 spring semester at Ohio Northern University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must attain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and be enrolled full-time.

From Crestview High School: Tyson Bolenbaugh, Hannah Bowen, Bryce Richardson, and Mackenzie Riggenbach.

From Van Wert High School: Alyssa Bowen, Rachel Chen, and Nicholas Krugh.

From Lincolnview High School: Ann Karalunas.

From Delphos Jefferson High School: Seth Wollenhaupt.

POSTED: 06/21/17 at 7:22 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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It was an epic battle of boys versus girls. As the moment of declaring the winning team approached, the lights lowered, the cheers got louder, and the drum roll intensified as both Craig Alix (boys team) and Carrie Pauquette (girls team) were armed with a pie, awaiting the announcement.

Craig Alex and Carrie Paquette react after receiving pies in the face as part of a fundraiser at Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. (photo submitted)

Craig Alex and Carrie Paquette react after receiving pies in the face as part of a fundraiser at Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. (photo submitted)

Then it happened: the girls were pronounced the penny war champions and Alix’s face received a pie in defeat. As Paquette gloated in victory, though, Alix greeted her with a face pie of her own.

The kids and volunteers of Calvary Evangelical Church’s Summer Bible Venture — Gadgets and Gizmos: Uniquely Wired and Wonderfully Made, were challenged to bring in coins to donate to the YWCA Summer Lunch Program. Whichever team brought in the heaviest amount of coins was declared the winning team. The boys collected 124.2 pounds of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, but the girls outweighed them in change with 151.2 pounds. Collectively, the kids and volunteers of SBV17 raised a total of $1,024.37 to give to our local YWCA.

The YWCA Summer Food Program has 225 boys and girls registered and will be providing breakfast, lunch and weekend backpacks filled with food through August 4. Besides food, the YWCA also offers recreational activities to these boys and girls of Van Wert.

“Because of donations like this, we can take the kids on field trips like bowling and going to the movie theater that otherwise would not have been possible,” said Jordan Dettrow, supervisor for the Summer Food Program.

He noted that, in addition to monetary donations, the program also needs playground equipment, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, sunscreen, books, and games.

Craig Alex (left) and Carrie Paquette present Jordan Dettrow with a check for $1,024.37 for the YWCA's Summer Food Program. (photo submitted)

Craig Alex (left) and Carrie Paquette present Jordan Dettrow with a check for $1,024.37 for the YWCA’s Summer Food Program. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 06/17/17 at 7:28 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

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Community Health Professionals Home Care & Hospice will conduct its annual Rays of Hope Camp from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily June 27-29 at YMCA Camp Clay, 9196 Liberty-Union Road in Van Wert.

The camp is for children and youths (ages 6-17) from throughout the area who have recently lost a loved one and helps them gain support, develop friendships and have a better understanding of the grief process.

Most importantly, Rays of Hope Camp provides an environment where kids can express feelings of loss among others their age with similar experiences.

There are also many fun activities like swimming, rock wall climbing, team-building obstacles, crafts, games, music, and more.

“New this year, we will be having a night of evening activities for those 12 and up,” said Kim Mason, CHP volunteer/event coordinator.

There is no cost to families for their children to attend camp this year, thanks to proceeds raised for the Noah’s Ark Fund at CHP’s dinner/auction held in April.

Call Jeanie Saum or Kim Mason at 419.238.9223, or Beth Dye at 419.623.7125 to register. Information is also posted at www.comhealthpro.org.

Previous attendees of Community Health Professionals' Rays of Hope Camp are shown. (CHP photo)

Previous attendees of Community Health Professionals’ Rays of Hope Camp are shown. (CHP photo)

POSTED: 06/06/17 at 7:27 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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Van Wert High School has released its final honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.

Click the following link for a list of students on the honor roll:

http://www.thevwindependent.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/HONOR-ROLL-4-201617.pdf.

POSTED: 06/05/17 at 10:54 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 in order to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area. It is their continued mission to assist Van Wert County students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agricultural related field.

Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship recipients:

Farm Focus logo 8-2014Tara Vorst of Middle Point, daughter of Chris and Sandy Vorst, is a junior at The Ohio State University majoring in food science.

Macala Ashbaugh, a recent Lincolnview graduate, is the daughter of Rick and Dianna Ashbaugh. She will be attending Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, majoring in agriculture education and ag business.

McKenzie Davis, another recent Lincolnview graduate, is the daughter of Scott and Amber Davis. She will be attending Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness

Joel Germann, the son of Doug and Marcia Germann, is a Crestview graduate who will be attending the University of Alabama with a focus on microbiology.

POSTED: 05/24/17 at 8:07 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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TOLEDO — The 32nd-degree Masons, headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts, have announced the award of an Abbott Scholarship to Joseph J. Linser of Van Wert. The announcement was made by Michael E. Shobe, executive secretary.

“Abbott Scholarships are awarded to qualifying students in recognition of scholastic and all-around achievements,” Shobe said. “Our goal is to help young people fulfill their career goal by assisting them financially as they further their education beyond high school.”

Linser, the son of Jeff and Cory Linser, attends Cleveland State University.

“Freemasonry has historically been dedicated to the importance of education in our society, and this scholarship is another indication of continuing Masonic commitment,” Shobe noted. “We are pleased to be able to contribute to the educational opportunities for young people.”

Abbott Scholarships are given to the children of 32-degree Masonic families, to young people who have been active in Masonic-related organizations, such as DeMolay, Rainbow, and Job’s Daughters. The grants are made throughout the 15-state Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

POSTED: 05/24/17 at 8:06 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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More than $40,000 in scholarships was given out to 33 soon-to-be-graduates during Lincolnview’s annual senior awards night held at Willow Bend Country Club on Monday. High School Principal Brad Mendenhall and Brenda Leeth, school counselor, organized the event.

Lincolnview senior Macala Ashbaugh receives the Farm Focus Scholarship during Monday’s awards night at Willow Bend Country Club. More than $40,000 in scholarships was presented to a group of 33 seniors. (Lincolnview photos)

Lincolnview senior Macala Ashbaugh receives the Farm Focus Scholarship during Monday’s awards night at Willow Bend Country Club. More than $40,000 in scholarships was presented to a group of 33 seniors. (Lincolnview photos)

“We wanted to treat our seniors to a special night of celebration,” said Leeth. “Their hard work and dedication over the year should be recognized, and this is the perfect way to do it.”

Monday night’s ceremony marked the second time Lincolnview has held a senior awards night separate from the traditional in-school awards presentation.

The following seniors were the recipients of cash awards:

  • Macala Ashbaugh: Farm Focus Scholarship, V.H. Cooper/Cooper Farms Scholarship, Susie Dickman Memorial Scholarship, and Middle Point Lions Club Scholarship
  • McKenzie Davis: Jeffrey S. Evans Agricultural Scholarship, Farm Focus Scholarship, and Rotary Club Scholarship
  • Allison Berryman: Amvets Post 698 Scholarship and Elks Lodge Student of the Month
  • Nick Motycka: American Legion Post 178 Government Test, first place boy
  • Katlyn Wendel: Lincolnview Local Education Association Scholarship, Lincolnview Athletic Boosters Scholarship, V.H. Cooper/Cooper Farms Scholarship, John R. Evans Memorial Scholarship, and YWCA Scholarship
  • Kaylee Hobbs: Heritage Foundation Scholarship
  • Kayla Schroeder: American Legion Post 178 Government Test, first place girl; Junior Achievement Scholarship; and Middle Point Lions Club Scholarship
  • Kelsey Brenneman: Northwest State Community College Presidential Scholarship
  • Gracie Lammers: YWCA Scholarship and American Red Cross Award
  • Ryanne DuCheney: Amvets Post 698 Scholarship
  • Skyler Friemoth: Elks Lodge Student of the Month and Middle Point Lions Club Scholarship
  • Austin Elick: Lincolnview Athletic Boosters Scholarship
  • Dillon Woods: Venedocia Lions Club Scholarship
  • Brooke Thatcher: OSU Alumni Club Award

Additional classroom awards were presented by the following: Anna Baker, band director; Stacie Korte, choir director; Valerie Parsell, art teacher; Adam Owens and Greg Byrum, science teachers; Chris Doner, Spanish teacher; Kevin Losh, social studies teacher; Michelle Knodel, English teacher; Kirstie Schroeder, intervention specialist; Deb Stetler, Student Council advisor; Rachel Rohrs, math and accounting teacher; and Kristy Ringwald, English teacher and yearbook advisor.

Those award recipients included Zoe Miller, Zania Hasty, Casey Garay, Tessa Murray, Andy Newell, Mackenzie West, Kaytlynn Gellenbeck, Brooke Thatcher, Kaylen Brown, Kelsey Pavel, Claira Rhoades, Michael Cooper, Angel Proctor, Breann Dougal, Dylan Verhoff, Makenzie Kraft, Jacob Bradford, Jayden Dickson, Allison Berryman, Macala Ashbaugh, McKenzie Davis, Nick Motycka, Katlyn Wendel, Kaylee Hobbs, Kayla Schroeder, Kelsey Brenneman, Ryanne DuCheney, Skyler Friemoth and Taylor Braun.

Greg Leeth, Lincolnview athletic director and dean of students, presented the evening’s athletic awards. The Wendy’s High School Heisman award was given to Allison Berryman. The OHSAA Scholar Athlete Awards were presented to Nick Motycka and Katlyn Wendel. The Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Awards were given to Jacob Bradford and McKenzie Davis, while the Courageous Student Athlete award was presented to Zoe Miller.

Nine seniors were recognized as recipients of honors diplomas, including: Allison Berryman, McKenzie Davis, Kaytlynn Gellenbeck, Zania Hasty, Zoe Miller, Nick Motycka, Kayla Schroeder, Brooke Thatcher, and Katlyn Wendel.

Also recognized were Allison Berryman, valedictorian, and Nick Motycka, salutatorian. Each will speak at the commencement ceremony next weekend, along with Class President McKenzie Davis.

Each year, the top three students in each class have the opportunity to present a mentor or role model with a Golden Apple Award. This year, Allison Berryman, Nick Motycka, and Katlyn Wendel presented awards to, respectively, Stephanie Renner, intervention specialist; Brett Hammons, second grade teacher and head boys’ basketball coach; and JaNahn Evans, head volleyball coach.

In addition, Trevor Neate and Max Rice, graduates from the class of 2016, were inducted into Lincolnview’s Academic Hall of Fame. In order to become a member, students must score a certain number of points based on a cumulative GPA and ACT score.

“I am very proud of the class of 2017,” said Mendenhall. “It’s always sad to see students leave, but to see what they accomplish makes not only myself, but the entire Lincolnview community, proud!”

Lincolnview’s commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017 will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, in the high school gymnasium.

Nine seniors will be awarded honors diplomas Sunday, May 21. They include (front row, from the left) Kayla Schroeder, Allison Berryman, Zania Hasty, and McKenzie Davis; (back row) Zoe Miller, Nick Motycka, Kaytlynn Gellenbeck, Katlyn Wendel, and Brooke Thatcher. Students receiving honors diplomas will be denoted with gold cords.

Nine seniors will be awarded honors diplomas Sunday, May 21. They include (front row, from the left) Kayla Schroeder, Allison Berryman, Zania Hasty, and McKenzie Davis; (back row) Zoe Miller, Nick Motycka, Kaytlynn Gellenbeck, Katlyn Wendel, and Brooke Thatcher. Students receiving honors diplomas will be denoted with gold cords.

POSTED: 05/17/17 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

VW County Rabbit Show 5-2017

Things (rabbits, actually) were hopping at the fairgrounds this past Saturday during the annual Van Wert County Spring Rabbit Show hosted by the Van Wert County Youth Rabbit and Bunny Hoppers 4-H rabbit clubs. This show was  American Rabbit Breeders Association sanctioned and drew hundreds of adult and youth exhibitors, friends, and rabbit enthusiasts from a five-state region. The clubs thanked supporters of the show, volunteers that worked the show, and everyone who showed rabbits. Shown is Marley Heritier of South Whitley, Indiana, with her Youth Division grand champion white New Zealand rabbit and competition judges. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 05/16/17 at 7:40 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Crestview Elementary hosted the annual Kindergarten Recognition Program, entitled “Zooming to First Grade” this past Tuesday. Kindergarteners sang a number of musical selections and were presented with certificates signifying the completion of their kindergarten year. Art projects were also on display for parents and guests to view. Anyone who wishes to purchase a DVD of the program ($5 each) can do so by contacting the Crestview Elementary office at 419.749.9100, option 1. Shown are Crestview kindergarteners singing “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain” during the program. (Crestview photo)

POSTED: 05/13/17 at 8:36 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Lincolnview’s 88 junior high and 76 high school choir students presented a spring choral concert on Tuesday. The two choirs were directed by Stacie Korte and accompanied by Annette Hoverman.

The junior high choir performed five pieces including “Cripple Creek,” “Swing Down, Ezekiel!” and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” Four junior high ensembles performed the following pieces: “In My Dream,” “The Moon,” “A Voice From a Dream” and “Rock Island Line.”

The junior high and high school choirs, as well as the select ensemble and the high school boys perform at the spring choral concert. The choirs were under the direction of Stacie Korte. (Lincolnview photo)

The junior high and high school choirs, as well as the select ensemble and the high school boys perform at the spring choral concert. The choirs were under the direction of Stacie Korte. (Lincolnview photo)

The high school choir performed five pieces, including “Africa,” “On My Way to Jordan,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” featuring soloist Lainie Jones.

The select ensemble, which includes seniors Katlyn Wendel, Claira Rhoades, and Angel Proctor, as well as juniors Alana Williams and Lainie Jones, sang “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” “Time after Time,” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

“I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” featuring soloists Brad Korte, Ryan Rager, and Alek Bowersock, was performed by the high school boys.

Two seniors, Rager and Wendel, performed piano solos of “How Great Thou Art” and “My Tribute,” respectively.

Each year, senior students have the opportunity to present their parents with a flower during the song, “For Just a Little While.” This year, 15 seniors gave out a flower.

Together, the combined choirs concluded the concert with “Humble and Kind.”

The high school choir received all superior ratings at the District III OMEA competition and an excellent rating at the OMEA state competition.

The junior high choir will perform in the District III OMEA competition at 4:30 p.m. today at Parkway High School. This contest is free and open to the public.

POSTED: 05/12/17 at 8:28 am. FILED UNDER: Youth